College Football Notes – Feb. 13
by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017
College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
After last Saturday’s successful NFF fifth annual California Showcase, launched by College Football Hall of Fame Coach Terry Donahue (UCLA, 1976 – 1995), opened the showcase season for the Foundation at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., three others highlighting possible student-athletes for non-NCAA FBS universities are on tap in coming days.
On Feb. 18 the ninth annual Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase, founded by Phil Camp (former head football coach at Houston Milby High School); Coby Rhoden, an academic coordinator at Houston Heights HS; Chris Vaughan, a member of the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter; and Daryl Wade, former athletics director for the Houston Independent School District, will occur Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Houston Sports Park.
On Feb. 25 the inaugural Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase, led by the Orange Bowl Committee and its newly installed president Don Slesnick, immediate past president Judge Michael B. Chavies, CEO Eric Poms, and NFF Board Member and Orange Bowl past president Bob Epling will take place at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
On March 4 the Inaugural Carolinas Senior Football Showcase, spearheaded by ESPNU college football analyst and former UCLA player Charles Arbuckle in conjunction with Blazing 7 on 7 (a local non-profit organization that runs offseason passing leagues) will conclude the series at the Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Feb. 13-19 time period are Feb. 13 (1919) Eddie Robinson, Jackson, La.; (1933) Kenneth Dement, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; (1972) Ruben Brown, Englewood, N.J.; Feb. 14 (1913) Woody Hayes, Clifton, Ohio; (1919) George Kerr, Brookline, Mass.; Feb.
15 (1897) Earl “Red” Blaik, Detroit, Mich.; (1920) Endicott Peabody, Lawrence, Mass.; (1929) Fred Martinelli, Columbus, Ohio; (1931) John Michels, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1940) John Hadl, Lawrence, Kan.; (1957) Ted Brown, High Point, N.C.; (1957) Marc Wilson, Bremerton, Wash.; (1960) Darnell Green, Houston, Texas; Feb. 16 (1931) Dick Modzelewski, West Natrona, Pa.; (1964) Teel Bruner, London, Ky.; Feb. 17 (1872) Pat O’Dea, Melbourne, Australia; (1892) Gen. Bob Neyland, Greenville, Texas; (1905) Andy Oberlander, Chelsea, Mass.; (1920) Jackie Hunt, Huntington, W.Va.; (1936) Jim Brown, St. Simons Island, Ga.; (1938) Jim Christopherson, Wadena, Minn.; Feb. 18 (1895) George Gipp, Laurium, Mich.; (1947) Leroy Keyes, Newport News, Va.; (1962) Gary Reasons, Crowley, Texas; (1963) Chuck Long, Norman, Okla.; Feb. 19 (1918) Forest Evashevski, Detroit, Mich.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 13 (1945) Bill Mallory, in combat in Italy; Feb. 13 (1996) Charlie Conerly, Memphis, Tenn.; (2006) Bud McFadin, Victoria, Texas; (2016) Johnny Lattner, Oak Park, Ill.; Feb. 14 (1978) Paul Governali, San Diego, Calif.; Feb. 17 (2009) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; Feb. 18 (1994) Jake Gaither, Tallahassee, Fla.; Feb. 19 (2011) Ollie Matson, Los Angeles, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 13 Kenneth Dement, Ruben Brown, Feb. 15 John Michels, John Hadl, Ted Brown, Marc Wilson, Darnell Green, Feb. 16 Teel Bruner, Feb. 17 Jim Brown, Jim Christopherson, Feb. 18 Leroy Keyes, Gary Reasons, Chuck Long…
Cincinnati and Michigan are set to meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 9…Georgia State will host Tennessee State on Aug. 31 in the first game at revamped GSU Stadium (formerly Turner Field in Atlanta)…Georgia Southern and New Mexico State will play in 2018 and ‘19…BYU and San Diego State have formalized a 2019 and ’20 series…Maryland and Rutgers have agreed to full contractual terms for their Nov. 4, 2017, game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y….Appalachian State and North Carolina are nearing a contract for a three-game series after they examine their future Sun Belt and Atlantic Coast Conference slates…Texas Tech will become the first college team to play its spring game at the new Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, April 1. The 3 p.m. (CDT) contest has advance tickets on sale through the Tech ticket office and online…Oklahoma will play its spring contest April 1 at 1 p.m. (CDT) with a possible national telecast from Norman…New Mexico State and Vanderbilt were featured in 2017 football recruiting regional stories last week…Stanford’s season ticket package will contain some additional stipulations for ’17…The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders will play a regular-season contest in Mexico City in 2017.
Former Boise State head coach and AD Lyle Smith was presented with a specially-equipped wheelchair by members of the BSU coaching staff, current and former players as he battles health problems…The University of Charleston football squad and area Boy Scouts have continued a tradition of cleaning up roadbeds and weeded areas in early spring…Former South Carolina RB Kenny Miles has been cited for his work with school children by the AFCA Good Works Team committee…The popular Rice Farmers Market will be held Tuesday in the West Stadium Lot at historic Rice Stadium in Houston…Several football student-athletes, student managers and trainers have been assisted by the proceeds of United Methodist Student Day fundraisers at UMC congregations nationally. Tennessee Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke, Syracuse, Texas Wesleyan, and West Virginia Wesleyan are among the universities benefitting from these scholarship funds.
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp called the Gamecocks’ new football operations building a great “workman’s place” as the staff occupied the building…Texas Wesleyan added assistant coaches Kyle Cox from TCU and Quincy Butler prior to the beginning of 2017 spring workouts and the restart of Wesleyan’s program in September… Clemson’s Board of Trustees formalized and approved raises for the 2017 football staff…Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin was credited with possibly the Owls best recruiting class in history…Jabbar Juluke is the new running backs coach at Texas Tech…Former Nebraska safety Daniel Bullocks has interviewed for an opening on the Huskers 2017 coaching staff…Texas head coach Tom Herman has been living in Spartan conditions until the conclusion of 2017 football recruiting and now is looking for a permanent residence in Austin…UCLA named Adam Weber offensive analyst, and he is reuniting with former Minnesota assistant coach Jedd Fisher…New USF head coach Charlie Strong was complimented for his continuation of USF Bay Area recruiting and staff hires…Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst was congratulated on his recent naming of defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard and the tradition the new DC has as a player at UW…Former Minnesota assistant coach Bart Miller is the new Air Force tight ends coach…End-of-season Alabama play caller Steve Sarkisian was featured in a recent AL.com job prior to being hired as offensive coordinator of the NFL Atlanta Falcons…Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been mentioned for several coaching openings – particularly the offensive coordinator’s post at Alabama…Former Arizona special teams coach Charles Ragle accepted the same assignment at California…Arkansas named John Scott defensive line coach to replace Cory Segrest…Auburn football is contemplating new assignments for tight ends and special teams coaches…Eastern Michigan named Jay Nunez tight end coach/special teams coordinator…Former Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is seeking a new school for 2017…Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull is now associate head coach for the Jayhawks…Former Louisiana Tech assistant coach Mickey Joseph is now on the LSU coaching staff as wide receivers coach…Tommie Robinson has left USC to become recruiting coordinator/assistant head coach/running backs coach at LSU…Former Ole Miss defensive line coach Tray Scott has moved to the Georgia staff…Mississippi State is in the process of naming D.J. Looney tight ends coach…Notre Dame coaching staff member Bob Elliott (son of NFF College Hall of Fame star Bump Elliott of Michigan) has expressed interest in a Nebraska assistant’s position…South Alabama has moved Colin Hitschler up to fulltime defensive assistant coach…Florida coaching staff member Drew Hughes is remaining with the Gators after overtures from South Carolina…TCU officially named former Louisiana Tech and California head coach Sonny Dykes as offensive analyst/consultant and former Frogs baseball-football standout and Abilene Christian head coach Chris Thomsen as offensive line coach. TCU also has chosen Curtis Luper as co-offensive coordinator…Tennessee formalized Brady Hoke’s contract for two years as associate head coach/defensive coach line, and Walt Wells inked a two-year pact as offensive line coach. UT director of football operations Chris Spognarida will not return for the ’17 season…Texas Tech defensive line coach Kevin Patrick has left for a coaching staff position at NC State…USF formally designated Blue Adams as defensive backs coach and hired new assistant coach Damon Cogdell…Florida name Brad Davis offensive line coach…Mike Ekeler is expected to become North Carolina’s new defensive coordinator later this week…Maryland named Jimmy Brumbaugh defensive line coach while former North Texas defensive line mentor Derrick LeBlanc is slated to replace Brumbaugh at Kentucky…Former Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo is slated to become the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon…Houston named Chris Scelfo offensive line coach…Charleston Southern chose Zane Vance as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach…Furman tabbed Ken Lamendola as inside linebackers coach…Kennesaw State chose P.J. Volker as linebackers coach…UCLA named Jimmie Dougherty wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator…Weber State selected Al Pupunu as tight ends coach and Grant Duff outside linebackers coach…Former North Carolina assistant Larry Porter is the new tight ends/H-backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn…Kansas State is planning on hiring its former QB standout Colin Klein as 2017 quarterbacks coach…Several New Orleans, La., area head football coaches had a meet-and-greet with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron last week…Alabama interviewed Joe Pannunzio interviews for its tight ends/special teams coaching slot…Arkansas named Chad Walker outside linebackers coach…Buffalo tabbed Jim Zebrowski as quarterbacks coach…Charleston Southern named former New Mexico State assistant coach Kevin McKeethan wide receivers coach…Florida’s defensive line coach Chris Rumph will be co-defensive coordinator in ’17, and Tim Skipper will be linebackers coach…Georgia: officially inked Tray Scott as defensive line coach with signed contract terms…Former Hawai’i defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa (has been mentioned for a new post at Michigan) will not return as Legi Suiaunoa now will serve in that position…Kansas’ assistant coaches’ compensation packages reached a record $3 million-plus this year. Offensive coordinator Doug Meachem and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen are the top two recipients of 2017 salaries, according to public records…Louisville defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon reached agreement for his new pact with the Cardinals…Former Marshall defensive ends coach Sean Cronin will join head coach Charlie Strong’s staff at USF to complete the ’17 coaching group…Miami (Fla.) defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski has been named assistant head coach…Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson is in line for a possible contract extension as he begins his third year at WF and 16th season overall as a college head coach…West Virginia named Doug Delk as cornerbacks coach…Indiana is expected to name Darren Hiller offensive line coach…Former Oklahoma State and LSU head coach Les Miles still is seeking an opportunity to return to coaching…Mississippi State tabbed Brett Elliott as quarterbacks coach. He previously served at Texas State…Oregon co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach David Reaves hopes to gain an assignment at a new school in 2017…East Tennessee named Dewayne Alexander offensive coordinator…Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved head coach P.J. Fleck’s new contract…Oklahoma State chose Josh Henson as offensive line coach…SMU named Jeff Traylor associate head coach/running backs coach…Former Arizona wide receivers coach Tony Dews has moved to the West Virginia staff…Army West Point defensive coordinator Jay Bateman and Davidson assistant coach Ray McCartney are working with administrators to clarify their dealings with Wake Forest football and radio personnel during the ’16 season…Several college assistants and former head coaches have been mentioned as replacements for dismissed NFL Atlanta Falcons DC Richard Smith.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – SMU: Chad Morris, Edgewood, Texas; Southern (Baton Rouge): Dawson Odums, Shelby, N.C.; Southern Miss: Jay Hopson, Vicksburg, Miss.; Southwestern (Kansas): Brad Griffin, Emporia, Kan.; Southwestern (Texas): Joe Austin, Des Moines, Iowa.
Cleveland State named Michael Thomas director of athletics… Tulsa AD Derrick Gregg is working with a new five-year contract…Pac-12 Conference directors of athletics are re-thinking a proposal of limiting media access to football and other sports’ student-athletes to allow them more study and personal time…New Haven AD Debbie Chin has announced her retirement…Charleston selected Jamaal Walton as associate AD for external operations…The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun penned a story about the first 100 days of new Florida AD Scott Stricklin and his listening skills…Several college ADs on all levels have been working on a U.S. Congress liaison committee to study legislative assistance and changes in U.S. domestic policies regarding athletics…New Illinois AD Josh Whitman expressed optimism about the future of Illini football after recent changes…North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham commented recently on the length and breadth of NCAA investigations into areas of UNC athletics.
The Football Bowl Association will hold its annual meetings April 18-20 in San Antonio with executive director Wright Waters and the nine-member executive committee helping run the confab. Foster Farms Bowl communications director Doug Kelly will complete a solid term as FBA publicist and executive committee member this year…The Hyundai Sun Bowl remains one of the oldest continual bowls nationally after its 82nd annual contest last December. The inaugural Sun Bowl in 1935 featured a 25-21 win by the El Paso All-Stars over Ranger (Texas) CC…The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl generated an estimated $25 million-plus for the Greater Tucson area. NHLAB executive Director Mike Feder inaugurated the popular Jackson Mets AA Texas League franchise in 1975 in Jackson, Miss.
The American Athletic Conference finalized its complete 2017 schedule…The West Coast Conference named Connie Hurlbutt senior associate commissioner…USA is working with Old Dominion on expenses for the 2016 Bahamas Bowl…The Big 12 Conference is holding part of Baylor’s annual financial distribution in an escrow account temporarily.
NCAAFootball.com’s website rates the five leading returning seniors for 2017 as QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, QB J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, RB Nick Chubb of Georgia, DE Harold Landry of Boston College, and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton of Alabama…Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph is among the Top Five returning seniors nationally, according to one national publication…Rated among the outstanding sophomores entering 2017 spring practice and returning 2016 FWAA Freshman All-America choices are OL Ryan Bates of Penn State, OL Ben Bredeson of Michigan, OL Michael Jordan of Ohio State, OL Zach Shackelford of Texas, OL Thomas Shoaf of BYU, OL Jawaan Taylor of Florida, and AP-ATH Donnie Corley of Michigan State…Louisville QB Juwan Pass and WR Traveon Samuel are having some offseason issues handled internally by head coach Bobby Petrino…Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings is hoping to regain full playing status for spring practice…Southern California kicker Matt Boermeester seeks to update his full eligibility prior to 2017 spring workouts…Michigan State is hoping to reinstate three underclass student-athletes who have been suspended and removed from on-campus housing.
NFF College Hall of Fame DL Charles Haley of James Madison now shares the NFL record of five Super Bowl victories with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady of Michigan…Former TCU and Wofford AD and Southern Conference commissioner Danny Morrison is stepping down after seven years as president of the NFL Carolina Panthers…Former U.S. Vice President and Delaware football student-athlete Joe Biden will become distinguished professor at the Biden Diplomacy Center at the University of Pennsylvania…Former Vanderbilt RB and Nashville, Tenn., financier Toby Wilt was paired with VU All-America golfer and PGA star Brandt Snedeker as last week’s PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which was won by Texas-Ex and longtime Longhorn football fan Justin Spieth. Wilt awarded Toby Wilt Student-Athlete Scholarships to Snedeker and fellow PGA golfer Luke List of Vanderbilt, and they are frequent golf partners with fellow Commodore alumna Heidi Ueberroth, daughter of retired U.S. Olympic and Major League Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth…In a recent Sports Illustrated enterprise story about football in America NFL free agent tackle Jerrod Black of Iowa State, Boutte (La.) Hahnville HS head coach Dominic Saltaformaggio, QB Colin Kapernick of Nevada and the NFL, driver Brandon McClure of Georgia, provider relations representative Everett Miller of New York City, and associate psychology professor Sarah Burns of Presbyterian were interviewed and featured.
Art Garcia has been named director of communications for the Frisco RoughRiders team in the Class AA Texas League. He previously had been media relations director at UT Arlington and an award-winning writer with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram…SB Nation Stadiums USA national radio show featured Indiana Pacers Sports and Entertainment President Rick Fuson, Holy Cross sports economist on the financial impact of Super Bowl LI on the Greater Houston (Texas) area, Hartford (Conn.) sports and arena developments from SB Nation reporter Dan Saraceni, and Stadiums USA founder Mark Madorin on new facilities in Arizona.
Wisconsin’s Athletics Board approved a $132.4 million budget for 2017-18…Oklahoma has added AstroTurf to two of its football practice fields…Missouri athletics formally submitted final architectural renderings of Faurot Field renovations to the MU Board of Curators last Thursday…Alabama’s Board of Trustees is considering additional projects along with an original $15 renovation…LSU athletics is deliberating making its new nutrition center part of an upcoming football complex addition…Miami (Ohio) opened its $25 million athletics performance center last week…Rutgers will name its new football practice fields in honor of All-America TE Marco Battaglia…Arkansas State athletics continues at a record pace as final monies are being tallied for the current fiscal year…Central Michigan athletics recently opened its indoor performance center at Theunissen Stadium…Oregon athletics in the process of putting the finishing touches on the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center…The Citadel athletics will begin selling malt beverages at designated home events in 2017…U. of Cincinnati will play its 2017 home basketball games in Northern Kentucky’s home arena in nearby Florence, Ky., while UC’s Fifth Third Arena undergoes $87 million in renovations…Connecticut athletics has plans for at least three new stadiums and practice facilities to begin construction later this year…Mobile home magnate and 1967 Mississippi State business education graduate David Tiffin and wife Peggy of Red Bay, Ala., have made a Loyalty Scholarship donation to MSU. The Tiffins’ son Van Tiffin was an All-Southeastern Conference kicker at Alabama along with their grandson Leigh Tiffin who broke Van’s Alabama school record for consecutive extra point kicks with 135.
The NCAA and NCAA Football Oversight Committee have been working with NFF contributor and national college football rules coordinator Dr. Rogers Redding on trying to implement electronic equipment such as iPads on sidelines for coaches and game officials/alternate officials…The IFRA has completed research on 500-point-scoring NCAA FBS/major college champions starting with Army’s 1944 team coached by NFF tri-founder Col. Red Blaik with 504 points and with Florida State leading the way with 723 points in 2013. Among the 16 NCAA FCS/I-AA 500-plus winners since 1986, Georgia Southern’s 741 points in 2000 still leads the way. James Madison’s 2016 squad is next with 700 markers in 15 games and the DI crown…Noted nationally and contributing to recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions and answers have been Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), Bob Thomas of Florida State, Brett Ford of SUNY Geneseo, Martin Foley of West Florida, Mike Safford of Idaho, and Trey Reed of Midwestern State.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30-plus years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is part 23 of the 30-part series:
2008 – Oklahoma won the Big 12 Conference yet again and gave BCS national champion Florida and QB Tim Tebow a stern run before falling 24-14 in the title game at the 2009 Orange Bowl. While the conference boasted seven bowl teams and four winners in these contests, the Big 12 South Division enjoyed one of its most productive campaigns. Texas finished 12-1 overall with its only loss to Oklahoma, OU was 12-2 after the 10-point loss to the Gators, Texas Tech closed 11-2 and fell to Ole Miss 47-34 in the final Goodyear Cotton Bowl played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, and Oklahoma State finished 9-4. In the North Division 10-4 Missouri and 9-4 Nebraska ruled the roost as the Big 12 came within two wins of having six schools with 10 or more victories.
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