College Football Notes – Jan. 29, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
Wednesday, Feb. 1, marks the 54th annual National Letter of Intent signing day for NCAA Divisions I and II football prospects. Community college student-athletes had a December 2016 signing period. The NLI was initiated in 1964 by Dr. J. William Davis, the faculty athletics representative at Texas Tech, and was chaired for most of three decades by late conference commissioner Fred Jacoby until the mid-1990s.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 30-Feb. 5 time period are Jan. 30 (1925) Bump Elliott, Detroit, Mich.; (1923) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Chico, Ga.; Jan. 31 (1909) Bert Metzger, Chicago, Ill.; (1913) Don Hutson, Pine Bluff, Ark.; (1913) Wayne Millner, Roxbury, Mass.; (1938) Chris Burford, Oakland, Calif.; (1953) Roosevelt Leaks, Brenham, Texas; Feb. 1 (1908) Albie Booth, New Haven. Conn.; (1915) Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, Ruple, La.; Feb. 2 (1945) Loyd Phillips, Ft. Worth, Texas; Feb. 3 (1938) Joe Fusco, Wilkinsburg, Pa.; (1940) Fran Tarkenton, Richmond, Va.; (1945) Bob Griese, Evansville, Ind.; (1956) John Jefferson, Dallas, Texas; Feb. 4 (1933) Leo Lewis, Des Moines, Iowa; (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; (1940) Billy Neighbors, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1960) Tom Deery, Oaklyn, N.J.; Feb. 5 (1903) Morley Drury, Midland, Ontario, Canada; (1915) Walter Gilbert, Fairfield, Ala.; (1933) Bill Manlove, Barrington, N.J.; (1942) Roger Staubach, Cincinnati, Ohio; (1943) Craig Morton, Flint, Mich.; (1947) Ron Sellers, Jacksonville, Fla.; (1950) Terry Beasley, Montgomery, Ala.; (1951) Charles Young, Fresno, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 30 (1977) Joe Donchess, Hinsdale, Ill.; Feb. 1 (1978) John Orsi, Naples, Fla.; (1989) Everett Bacon, Southampton, N.Y.; Feb. 3 (1968) Homer Hazel, Marshall, Mich.; (1974) Bob Suffridge, Knoxville, Tenn.; (2006) Johnny Vaught, Oxford, Miss.; Feb. 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2005) Malcolm Kutner, Tyler, Texas; (2010) Bill Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.; Feb. 5 (1969) Dick Romney, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1994) George Sauer, Waco, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 30 Bump Elliott (a spry 92), Jan. 31 Chris Burford, Roosevelt Leaks, Feb. 2 Loyd Phillips, Feb. 3 Joe Fusco, Fran Tarkenton, Bob Griese, John Jefferson, Feb. 4 Tom Deery, Feb. 5 Roger Staubach, Craig Morton, Ron Sellers, Terry Beasley, Charles Young…
Texas Southern and Southern U. (Baton Rouge) will play their annual games during the third weekend of the State Fair of Texas in 2018 and ’19 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas…BYU is seeking a new initial bowl contract for 2018 as after the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl appears to be changing selection processes and locations…Hawai’i’s Oct. 7 game at Massachusetts has been moved from Oct. 7 to August 26 for a probable national telecast. Vanderbilt and Hawai’i will meet for the first time in football history at Honolulu in 2022…UNLV will open the 2017 season with Howard in Las Vegas, Nev….Texas Tech still has been unable to make some final alterations to its 2017 schedule prior to the finalization of season ticket sales. Tech and North Texas will play a two-game series in 2014 and ’27…Arizona will host Southern Utah on Sept. 15, 2018…Texas football is seeking interns and walkons to help fill out some missing numbers for spring football drills…Michigan has scheduled a team educational and goodwill trip to the Rome, Italy, area for spring football workouts. Auburn and several other programs noted that budget and time constraints will not allow for football overseas’ travel unless it is a regular-season or bowl event.
Brenda Tracy of Oregon State athletics and national spokesperson for violence against women spoke at the recent AFCA convention in Nashville, Tenn., and is working with several other schools and organizations as an educational consultant…SMU philanthropist the late Greer Garson (SMU’s endowed Greer Garson Theatre) was featured in the Academy Award-winning World War II movie drama “Mrs. Miniver” several times in January on the Turner Classic Movies Network. Ms. Garson and late husband and SMU graduate Buddy Fogelson were longtime residents of Dallas and supporters of athletics and the arts before her passing at Dallas’ Presbyterian Hospital in 1996…World famous groundskeeper George Toma is assisting with turf management this week at the NFL Super Bowl for the 51st consecutive year.
Curt Mallory has been named head coach at Indiana State…California tabbed Tim DeRuyter as defensive coordinator, Marques Tuiasosopo as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Gerald Alexander as defensive backs coach…Purdue hired Derrick Jackson as an assistant coach…Former football analyst Scott Spurrier is head to USF as quality control assistant…Middle Tennessee chose Scott Shafer as defensive coordinator…NC State named Aaron Henry safeties coach…Former North Texas assistant coach Tommy Perry is looking for a new position in 2017…The NFL Buffalo Bills agreed to 2017 season terms with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, linebackers coach Bob Babich and offensive line coach/run game coordinator Juan Castillo…Dan Brooks is retiring as defensive line coach at Clemson after the team’s 2016 CFP championship performance…Former Baylor and Houston head coach Art Briles told a media member he is willing to “start over on any level” to get back into fulltime coaching…Alabama head coach Nick Saban does not anticipate making any more changes to his 2017 coaching staff…Cincinnati has added offensive line coach Ron Crook and defensive line coach Al Washington to the new staff…Clemson named Mickey Conn safeties coach and Todd Bates named defensive line coach…Houston has received the official buyout total from Texas for new Longhorns head coach Tom Herman…Indiana has lost former assistant coach Greg Frey who has gone to Michigan as run game coordinator and offensive line coach…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron noted that the NCAA’s approval of a 10th assistant coach will finalize his 2017 staff in the near future…South Carolina’s new offensive line coach Eric Wolford had his ’17 contract and salary formally approved, salary revealed…Western Michigan denoted its new coaching staff in a special Twitter feed…Alabama has lost key recruiter Matt Lange, who is now football creative director at Texas…California named Tosh Lupoi defensive coordinator…South Alabama safeties coach Mike Adams will be at new coaching position and new school in autumn 2017…Former Tennessee assistant coach Mike DeBord is headed to the Indiana staff…Wyoming has named head coach Craig Bohl’s son Aaron as a defensive graduate assistant…Webber International (Fla.) has advertised for a new quarterbacks coach…Colorado assistant coach Joe Tumpkin will not return for the 2017 season…New TCU assistant coach Sonny Dykes was being courted for the Arizona State coaching staff before moving to Fort Worth, Texas…Former Air Force wide receivers coach Jake Moreland has left for a similar position at Western Michigan…Montana State defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander has moved to the California Bears coaching staff…Utah’s new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor was featured for his work ethic and enthusiasm for the job in a Salt Lake City media report.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Samford: Chris Hatcher, Macon, Ga.; San Diego: Dale Lindsey, Bedford, Ind.; San Diego State: Rocky Long, Provo, Utah; San Jose State: Brent Brennon, Redwood City, Calif.; Sewanee (University of the South): Tommy Laurendine, Hickory, N.C.
Southern Miss named Jon Gilbert director of athletics…Former Baylor assistant AD Nick Joos has been selected as senior associate AD for strategic communications at Missouri…Longtime Flagler (Fla.) coach and administrator Bo Clark will retire at the end of the 2016-17 basketball season…James Madison AD Jeff Bourne was applauded in a recent media story for hiring one of the top staffs in Dukes annals to guide the team to the 2016 NCAA FCS championship…Tennessee’s retiring AD Dave Hart remains active in day-to-day governance as his tenure comes to a close…New Alabama AD Greg Byrne tweeted a final greeting to Arizona fans where he served as AD from 2010-17. Arizona’s options and selection committee for a new AD have been narrowed to eight final candidates…New Florida AD Scott Stricklin cited high expectations for 2017 in a column by the Florida Times-Union newspaper…TCU AD Chris Del Conte noted crowd enthusiasm at 2016-17 athletics’ events and how new facilities have helped enhance the fans’ experience…Fresno State AD Jim Bartko penned a letter to FSU boosters about the importance of 2017 season ticket sales and revenue possibilities.
The San Diego Bowl Game Association and San Diego State are visiting with Petco Park as a possible San Diego County Credit Union and Holiday Bowls’ location if Qualcomm Stadium closes after the 2018 season…The Camping World Independence Bowl already has featured four Pro Football Hall of Fame members, among whom are Southern Miss QB Brett Favre and Louisiana Tech lineman Willie Roaf, also a member of the NFF College Hall of Fame…The South edged the North 16-15 in the 68th annual Senior Bowl All-Star Game at Mobile, Ala., last Saturday. Dallas Cowboys’ rookie standout QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi State was MVP of the 2016 Senior Bowl while the ’17 MVP was California QB Davis Webb while Outstanding North team player was Toledo RB Kareem Hunt. South Outstanding Player was Kansas State DE Jordan Willis. Numerous NFF College Hall of Fame members also are on the All-Senior Bowl All-Time with RB Walter Payton of Jackson State, RB Bo Jackson of Auburn, RB Franco Harris of Penn State, WR Steve Largent of Tulsa, WR Lynn Swann of Southern California, WR Art Monk of Syracuse, TE Ozzie Newsome of Alabama, and OL Gene Upshaw of Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) among the honorees.
Conference USA has released its entire 2017 football schedule…The Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences will continue their agreements with the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., for the 2017 season…There have been calls to limit the number of Friday night telecasts for Atlantic Coast Conference football teams to assist attendance at local high school gridiron encounters…North Dakota officially has moved to the Summit League and Missouri Valley Football Conference for 2017-18.
Texas is opening 2017 spring training with three scholarship quarterbacks – returning starter Shane Buechele, Sam Ehlinger and Matthew Merrick…Auburn QB Sean White hopes to return to near 100 percent strength after sustaining a broken forearm toward the end of the ’16 campaign…Former Arizona QB Anu Solomon has transferred to Baylor…Former TCU QB Foster Sawyer has transferred to Stephen F. Austin…Former SMU starting QB Matt Davis still is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA about his appeal for a hardship injury case and additional year of eligibility in ’17…The Dallas Morning News and chronicled the Texas teams with the most community college transfers signed for 2017. Leading the list were Texas Tech with nine and Oklahoma State with five transfers…Kentucky WR James Badet will play at a new university in fall 2017…Oklahoma CB Parrish Cobb will not return for the upcoming season with the Sooners…The Fort Worth Star-Telegram researched 1,388 youngsters who received football scholarships from the Greater Fort Worth area from 2007-16. Traditional powers Arlington Martin (41) and Southlake Carroll (38) were the top two producers during that 10-year era…Oklahoma already has nine verbal high school commitments from Texas Top 125 prospects – up at least five signees from the 2016 total of four blue star recruits in this category.
Nebraska media celebrated the memory of late NFF College Hall of Fame running back Sam Francis who was first player selected in the inaugural professional sports draft – the 1937 National Football League selections…Several top sports teams will be on hand for Thanksgiving 2017 weekend tournament activities in Eugene, Ore., for the Phil Knight Invitational to celebrate the NFF 2009 Gold Medal recipient and NFF endowed scholarship benefactor’s 80th birthday…Texas two-sport great (football and track) Eric Metcalf highlights the 2017 Texas Sports Hall of Fame to be inducted Feb. 21 at a banquet in Waco, Texas, at the Waco Convention Center. Others honored at the event presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance are former Houston volleyball standout Rita Buck-Crockett, former Texas A&M and Los Angeles Rams and NFF College Hall of Fame member defensive back Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry, late Houston volleyball standout Flo Hyman, 2008 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin, Denver Broncos football defensive coordinator, former Dallas Cowboys head coach and Houston LB Wade Phillips, and former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro safety and Arizona State standout Darren Woodson…Highland Park (Texas) HS head coach Randy Allen was named National High School Football Coach of the Year by the NFL last Sunday night.
Award-winning Texas Longhorns radio network and Fox Sports Southwest broadcaster Craig Way was lauded for his many years of college and high school football and other sports’ coverage for three-plus decades…ESPN is cancelling its popular Sports Reporters weekly live roundtable program…Iowa lawmakers are seeking to stop the Iowa Hawkeyes from playing Big Ten Network games on Friday nights…Veteran sportscaster Brent Musburger is leaving ABC-TV and ESPN to head a new business enterprise in the Far Southwest…SB Nation Stadiums USA national radio show features historian Scott Sillcox telling how NFF board member Bob Kraft saved the New England Patriots franchise from moving elsewhere and great stories from the soon-to-be-demolished Atlanta Georgia Dome – site of Southeastern Conference football championship tussles from 1994-2016. Photographer Ric Tapia also speaks about shooting from a near rooftop catwalk in the dome. Former Jacksonville University great Artis Gilmore also is the subject of a reminisce about college athletics and NCAA basketball 40 years after his tenure ended at JU…SMU has eradicated reports of drug-test related suspensions in an online media outlet…Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN denoted the 21st annual slate of televised Big 12 Conference baseball games for 2017 – including the entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma City in May via webstreaming…Satellite radio will broadcast Super Bowl LI in eight different languages Sunday.
Kentucky’s new $45 million football practice facility was praised as one of the tops of its type nationally…Auburn athletics is scheduled to build a $28 million multi-story game day facility for parking and social events adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium…Clemson coaches moved into their $55 million football training and office facility last week…Georgia baseball will host Missouri in game event at the new suburban Atlanta Braves stadium…LSU athletics added a new video scouting room and an additional fulltime multimedia coordinator…Oklahoma athletics’ new training center will be named for Sooner All-America choice Blake Griffin…Texas Tech is getting new artificial turf for its playing field and renovated locker rooms for ’17…UNLV athletics has received three major gifts for a combined $3 million for its new football training facility…Wake Forest alumnus Mit Shah has made a $5 million donation for athletics facilities and operations…Missouri athletics posted record revenues during the 2016 fiscal year. There was a record $2.95 million budget surplus…UCF’s new athletics nutrition center is set for completion in 2018…TCU football has upgraded its facilities with the Huffman Video Center and new instructional arcades…Fans United continues to have offseason football wear and spirit offerings for college fans in all areas nationally…Boise State and Texas Tech are keeping 2017 season ticket prices at the same levels as their 2016 campaigns…Former Tennessee quarterback and Major League Baseball standout Todd Helton has been named director of player development for UT baseball.
FWAA executive director Steve Richardson is taking some well deserved down time in recent days and has been reviewing several recent books written by FWAA members…Noted nationally and contributing to recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions and answers have been Ryan Eigenbrode of Loyola (Md.), Patrick T. Walsh of Mercer, Dennis O’Donnell of U. of Rochester, Kraig Doremus of Shorter, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Stephen Gorchov of Hofstra, Tom Galbraith of Clemson, Romanda Noble-Watson of Claflin and Bill Powers of Hawai’i Pacific.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30 years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is part 21 of the 30-part series:
2006 – It took 11 seasons, but the dream matchup between longtime Big Eight Conference dominating teams and Big 12 Conference North and South Division rivals finally occurred in December 2006 at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football championship. OU continued on its way toward a record 10 Big 12 football titles under head coach Bob Stoops between 1996-2016 with a 21-7 defensive conquest of the North Division champ Huskers. The balanced Big 12 produced just two 10-game winners in the 11-3 Sooners (ranked No. 11 in the final Top 25 polls) and Texas at 10-3 (No. 13 nationally), but Nebraska came within one victory of double digits before going 9-5. Texas’ 10-3 finish was surprising for head coach Mack Brown as his staff after heavy attrition from the 2005 Bowl Championship Series (to date, the Big 12’s most recent national football champion) squad that closed 13-0.
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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