College Football Notes – Jan. 22, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
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By Bo Carter
NFF Chairman Archie Manning of Ole Miss and board members Roger Staubach of Navy and Jerry Jones of Arkansas participated in a seminar about encouraging preparation in youth football and how football safety has made many scientific advances last Monday at the NFL Dallas Cowboys headquarters The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 23-29 time period are Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; (1952) Shelby Jordan, E. St. Louis, Ill.; Jan. 24 (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.; Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago, Ill.; Jan. 28 (1937) Charlie Krueger, Caldwell, Texas; Jan. 29 (1896) Edwin “Goat” Hale, Jackson, Miss.; (1927) Arnold Galiffa, Donora, Pa.; (1945) Jim Donnan, Laurens, S.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 23 (1963) Benny Lee Boynton, Dallas, Texas; (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; Dr. Ed Dyas (2011), Mobile, Ala.; Jan. 25 (1999) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.; Jan. 27 (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.; Jan. 28 (1991) Red Grange, Lake Wales, Fla.; (2004) Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Madison, Wis.; (2013) Doug Kenna, No. Palm Beach, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 23 Jerry Tubbs, Shelby Jordan, Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis, Jan. 28 Charlie Krueger, Jan. 29 Jim Donnan…
More College Football Notes…
There will be a record 774 college teams competing in college football in 2017, according to NFF researchers…Arkansas and San Jose State will meet in 2019…Maryland and Virginia will play a home-and-home series in 2023 and ’24…The three college football games scheduled for the Football at Fenway Series in 2017 are Brown vs. Dartmouth on Nov. 10, Massachusetts vs. Maine on Nov. 11, and Connecticut vs. Boston College on Nov. 18…Appalachian State and East Carolina will meet in a four-game series between 2021-26. The schools last faced off in 1961…Air Force and Stony Brook will play in both teams’ season openers in 2018…Colorado State and Vanderbilt will meet in a four-game series beginning in 2020…Virginia Tech tied or set 10 school records on offense for the 2016 campaign, and some of the most notable were mot points with 490, most total touchdowns with 490 and most total first downs with 330…Southern California’s 2017 non-conference opponents include Goodyear Cotton Bowl participant Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Big 12 Conference contender Texas…Alabama already has 12 recruits and future signees for 2017 on campus, taking classes and doing offseason conditioning for 2017 spring football drills.
The University of Kansas School of Business, Langston Hughes Center and KU athletics will present the annual “Race and Sports in American Culture: A KU Symposium” on April 23 in Lawrence, Kan., with a keynote address by New York Times sports columnist and best-selling author William Rhoden and panel discussions with former and current KU student-athletes and coaches…Minnesota athletics and UM President Eric Kaler are seeking more thorough sessions concerning proper off-field conduct and service to community…Penn State athletics is working to smooth out weather-related announcements and game time alterations to the public in a timely fashion…Oregon’s general counsel has opened a review into athletic department media policies and recent hospitalizations of football student-athletes during offseason drills…Baylor university has established new committees for athletics’ overhaul, oversight and continuing education for coaches and student-athletes…Almost miraculously, no Southern Miss students or student-athletes perished or were injured in a Class EF-3 tornado that hit one mile from its Hattiesburg, Miss., main campus last Saturday.
Tim Lester has been named head coach at Western Michigan…Nebraska head coach Mike Riley and new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco held a joint news conference last Friday to discuss offseason work, recruiting, signing day, and spring training…New Rhodes (Tenn.) head coach Jim Ryan is pointing toward a sterling recruiting season in ’17 to bolster the forces…Paul Rhoads was named defensive coordinator at Arkansas…Alabama moved Mike Locksley to a fulltime assistant in recruiting and co-offensive coordinator on the UA offensive staff…Casey Horny has been added to the support staff of new Texas head coach Tom Herman. Three Texas high school coaches said they expect better in-state recruiting and communication on the prep level by Herman in coming months. Herman also has requested that student-athletes’ parents refrain from interviews with media about their youngsters and to avoid social media foibles…Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has removed his name from among candidates for the same post at Auburn…2016 Texas A&M assistant coach Terry Joseph is leaving to become defensive backs coach at North Carolina…Darrell Dickey was named offensive coordinator at Memphis…Delaware named Matt Simon offensive coordinator…Iowa is completing its 2017 coaching staff overhaul….Michigan tabbed Pep Hamilton as assistant head coach/passing game coordinator…Notre Dame has added Clark Lea as linebackers coach…Former Oregon strength and conditioning coach Jim Ratcliffe has changed roles in UO athletics…Purdue chose Chris Barclay as offensive quality control coach and Sean Pugh as director of player development…Former TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is leaving for the same post at Kansas…Previous Texas A&M strength and conditioning coach Larry Jackson has accepted a new position elsewhere for ’17…Boise State has a new wide receivers coach in former Fresno State offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau…Houston assistant coaching salaries have been made public…Current Wyoming assistant coach Curt Malloy tops the candidates’ list for new head coach at Indiana State…Former Michigan football analyst Rick Finotti has been named head coach at John Carroll U. (Ohio)…Former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel will have the same role at Wake Forest in 2017…New Oregon State assistants Jason Phillips and John Rushing have signed two-year contracts…Utah has selected former Eastern Washington assistant coach Kiel McDonald as running backs coach…Rice’s appointments of assistant coaches Brian Stewart and Scott Vestal have been made official…San Diego State head coach Rocky Long had his contract extended through the 2021 season…Louisiana-Lafayette named Will Hall as offensive coordinator…Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos and strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert received contract extensions and pay boosts…Auburn added former Arizona State assistant Chip Lindsey as offensive coordinator…California has interviewed Marques Tuiasosopo for its quarterback coach opening…Former East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams is seeking new horizons for 2017…Tennessee named Larry Scott offensive coordinator, former North Texas interim head coach Mike Canales quarterbacks coach, Charlton Warren defensive backs coach, and Willie Martinez will not return for the 2017 staff. Adrian Klemm will not return as offensive line coach…UCLA tabbed Deshaun Foster as running backs coach and Hank Fraley as offensive line coach…Washington State chose former Minnesota assistant coach Jeff Phelps as defensive line coach…The Wisconsin Athletics Board approved a new contract and extension for head coach Paul Chryst…Former Rutgers defensive line coach Aaron Henry has left for a post at NC State…Former Eastern Washington co-offensive coordinator Troy Taylor has been hired as Utah’s offensive coordinator…Illinois State head coach Brock Spack and UNI head coach Mark Farley each coached their sons in 2016. Fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference head coach at Youngstown State and 2016 NCAA FCS runnerup Bo Pelini has noted that his son Patrick Pelini, a senior at Youngstown’s Cardinal Mooney HS, is considering perennial FCS powerhouse North Dakota State as a QB-DB-ATH combination.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Purdue: Jeff Brohm, Louisville, Ky.; Rhodes: Pueblo, Colo.; Rice: David Bailiff, Dallas, Texas; Richmond: Russ Huesman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Rutgers: Chris Ash, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Gonzaga AD Mike Roth was praised recently for athletics’ solid success on a sustained basis…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs has handled fan discussion about including the Yankee Stadium game in the 2017 football ticket package…Southern Miss is starting the process of narrowing its list of candidates to replace former AD Bill McGillis…UTEP AD Bob Stull recently made an appeal for continued support from Miner fans…Western Michigan AD Kathy Beauregard knew she had a standout replacement for new Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck when she appointed Broncos QB coach Tim Lester to the post…Jeremiah Dickey has been tabbed as deputy AD for operations at Baylor as he rejoins his former Houston AD Mack Rhoades at the Waco, Texas, university…Virginia Tech added Omar Banks as senior associate AD for finance and administration…New Alabama AD Greg Byrne was praised for his meshing with the Alabama football program and making a smooth transition with the retirement of NFF College Hall of Fame board member Bill Battle at UA. Arizona’s administration has identified as many as nine quality candidates already for the vacant post…Michigan State AD Mark Hollis is leaving his post as vice chair of the Football Bowl Subdivision’s athletics directors group to focus on MSU day-to-day operations…Tennessee athletics has hired Turnkey Sports and Entertainment firm for its AD’s search and named 1998 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient and NFF College Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning to the search committee…South Carolina tabbed Jeff Crane as executive associate AD…Texas A&M named Lon Williams senior associate AD…Former Baylor assistant and assistant track coach Tom Hill was named president of a new professional baseball team coming to Waco, Texas.
The Las Vegas Bowl still has the distinction of having the first NCAA FBS overtime contest in history after 1995 FBS rules changes when Toledo edged Nevada 40-37 in a single extra period…The single-game collegiate attendance record for historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. – site of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is 22,500 for the 1946 Alabama-Kentucky contest.
The Pac-12 Conference released its entire 2017 football slate last week…The Big Ten Conference has developed a new, comprehensive E-Sports site and link for additional daily athletics coverage…Conference USA director of communications Tim McNamara was a special guest and commentator on the North Texas radio network.
Rutgers standout WR-KR Jamrion Grant will return for a fifth season and senior eligibility in ’17…Prized Arizona state RB commitment Eno Benjamin of Wylie, Texas, has impressed ASU coaches with his work ethic and eagerness to excel since enrolling earlier this month in Tempe. He was a four-year starter and standout at Wylie East HS…Three North Texas 2017 signees – Cade Pearson, Jalen Guyton and Jevin Pahinui – have joined the Eagles for the 2017 spring semester and spring workouts…Baylor has received two more oral commitments for 2017 freshmen to being the non-binding total to 14 prior to Feb. 1 national signing day. They are LB Terrel Bernard and FS Ashton Logan…WR Saiid Adebo of Mansfield (Texas) HS has committed verbally to Stanford…Vanderbilt All-America LB Zach Cunningham will enter the 2017 NFL draft.
The inaugural 1990 William V. Campbell Award winner Dr. Chris Howard, president of Robert Morris U., joins retired Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and 2008 NFF John V. Toner Award recipient Ohio State AD Gene Smith on the 2017-18 College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt remains as chair of the committee. Smith replaces NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez with the group…NFF board member and U.S. Rep. (R-Texas) Roger Williams chaired the 11,000-plus-attended 2017 Black Tie and Boots Texas Inaugural Ball last week in Washington, D.C., and was a featured guest on WBAP Radio in Fort Worth-Dallas…Former SMU and current Dallas Cowboys standout WR Cole Beasley tweeted condolences to the family of slain Little Elm, Texas, police detective Jerry Walker who passed away in the line of duty in Little Elm on Jan. 17. The first officer who ever perished in the line of duty in this North Texas city was resource officer when Beasley attended Little Elm HS…Pro Football Hall of Fame OL Bruce Matthews of Southern California recently wrote a new book “Inside the NFL’s First Family: My Life of Football, Faith and Fatherhood,” about his life, 19-year NFL career, faith, and extensive football family tree. He is the brother of NFL and USC standout Clay Matthews Jr. and the father of Atlanta Falcons OL Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, the uncle of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III of USC and Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews of Oregon, and his son, Luke Matthews, is Texas all-star OL has committed to Texas A&M. William C. Matthews, the patriarch of the Matthews brood, played for Georgia Tech in the 1940s and the NFL San Francisco 49ers and is enjoying life at the age of 88 in Charleston, S.C. William Matthews also was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. Jake Matthews will compete for Atlanta in Super Bowl LI at Houston near his suburban hometown of Missouri City, Texas…The Falcons second Super Bowl trip in team history also will feature such standouts as Julio Jones of Alabama, Matt Bryant of Baylor, Matt Ryan of Boston College, Matt Schaub of Virginia, Eric Weems of Bethune-Cookman, Dwight Freeney of Syracuse, and Tyson Jackson of LSU, among others…New England of the American Football Conference will compete in a NFL-record ninth Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at Houston…NFF board member and New England Patriots ultra-successful owner Robert Kraft and QB Tom Brady of Michigan and the Patriots were mentioned in a recent Tweet by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump…Former Rice standout kicker Chris Boswell set a NFL playoff record with six field goals in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 AFC semifinal encounter at Kansas City…Some of the noted Patriots competing in the franchise-high ninth Super Bowl besides the inimitable Brady are Danny Amendola of Texas Tech, Alan Branch of Michigan, Stephen Gostowski of Memphis, Chris Long (son of NFF College Hall of Fame member Howie Long of Villanova) or Virginia, Rob Ninkovich of Purdue, LeGarrette Blount of Oregon, and James White of Wisconsin, among others.
Utah State radio network broadcaster Al Lewis recently reached a milestone 1,000 athletics event in football and basketball…West Virginia radio network analyst Jay Jacobs was featured in a Fairmont, W.Va, Times story…SB Nation Stadiums USA Radio explored the final game played in the historic Georgia Dome last Sunday between Green Bay and Atlanta in the NFC Championship and the possible financial impact and stadium plans if the NFL Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas, Nev. Raiders ownership filed a request for the move to Las Vegas with the NFL Commissioner’s Office last week…The Georgia Dome, whose demolition will begin in March, will be replaced in August 2017 by Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Robert Morris athletics had $50 million in capital improvements and arenas approved by its Regents…Connecticut has received a $1.25 million guarantee to move its home game with Boston College to Fenway Park as part of the Football at Fenway series…Hawai’i’s Aloha Stadium Authority endorses construction of new stadium in the near future…Butler athletics’ historic Tony Hinkle Fieldhouse was chronicled in a recent Indianapolis Star article…Wisconsin’s Kohl Center Court tis being renamed after Albert “Ab” Nicholas…Arkansas athletics is working on ways to maximize the experience of its latest facilities’ upgrades with recruits and school supporters…San Diego State is looking to pick up much of the football fan base, which changed when the NFL San Diego Chargers denoted their move to Los Angeles…The NFL Oakland Raiders are entertaining a possible move to Las Vegas, Nev., if UNLV and the city can work out ongoing details about a new stadium to replace Sam Boyd Stadium…Wyoming has set ticket prices for its seven home games in the upcoming season…Georgia’s new indoor practice facility has drawn major kudos from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other major outlets…LSU’s Tiger Stadium has suffered another break-in and is increasing security measures…An Iowa legislator has requested that Iowa and Iowa State athletics siphon some of their plus-budget funds to help alleviate a budget shortfall at UNI athletics.
FWAA president David Jones of and Marcus Hartman of the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News opined in recent columns about helping to keep college game times at a reasonable pace. The FWAA also posted commemorative photos of its 2017 Awards Breakfast from Tampa. Fla.…The NCAA Division I Council rejected a possible June signing date for FBS football but still considered a 72-hour signing period in December after high school regular-season games ended. The NCAA also hopes to utilize advanced metrics in its selection process for future football and other sports’ championships and approved a measure to ban spring football practice during spring break weeks…Mentioned and contributing to recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions and answers have been J.D. Hamilton of NCAA Communications, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Steve Fink of South Carolina, Maura Zizza of Moraine Valley, Dave Winder of Murray State, Vincent Briedis of Virginia, Kelvin Queliz of Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Rob Garcia of Academy of Art U. (San Francisco).
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30 years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is part 20 of the 30-part series:
2005 – Texas’ national championship squad behind Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year QB Vince Young and head coach Mack Brown capped a 13-0 season with a 41-38 win in the Bowl Championship Series finale against Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl. This remains as the most recent Big 12 national gridiron crown and was the fourth claimed, BCS or CFP trophy on the national level by Longhorn teams (other historic agencies have the Longhorns with 11 other unclaimed national football championships from 1914-2008). Though the Big 12 North Division had some struggles (Colorado fell 70-3 to Texas in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship in Houston), No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 22 Oklahoma and No. 24 Nebraska all closed in the FBS (then NCAA Division I-A) final Top 25 surveys. Five of the six North Division entries managed to win at least seven games, these teams advanced to bowl clashes, and the conference fielded eight postseason bids total.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Jan. 1, 2018
Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, CFP semifinal, 3 or 7 p.m.
Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl Stadium, 3 or 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 8 – CFP National Championship, Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.
Dec. 30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., TBD
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, Ariz., TBD
Jan. 1, 2018
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., TBD

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