College Football Notes – Feb. 27, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
On Saturday, 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 took place at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as the third of four NFF Winter Showcases and received a solid turnout by both prospective student-athletes and attending teams.
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. 27-March 5 time period are Feb. 27 (1887) Tad Jones, Excello, Ohio; (1932) Jim Ray Smith, West Columbia, Texas; Feb. 28 (1885) Ray Morrison, Sugar Branch, Ind.; (1929) Hayden Fry, Odessa, Texas; (1945) Bubba Smith, Beaumont, Texas; March 1 (1883) Tom Shevlin, Muskegon, Mich.; (1884) Vince Stevenson, Livingston, Ky.; (1961) Mike Rozier, Camden, N.J.; March 2 (1934) Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Columbus, Ohio; (1935) Gene Stallings, Paris, Texas; (1946) Wayne Meylan, Bay City, Mich.; (1954) John Sciarra, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 3 (1890) Art Howe, South Orange, N.J.; (1917) Carl Hinkle, Hendersonville, Tenn.; (1952) Randy Gradishar, Warren, Ohio; (1962) Herschel Walker, Wrightsville, Ga.; March 4 (1888) Knute Rockne, Voss, Norway; (1964) Shane Conlan, Frewsburg, N.Y.; (1971) Jeff Wittman, Rochester, N.Y.; March 5 (1875) Frank O’Neill, Syracuse, N.Y.; (1918) Paul Christman, St. Louis, Mo.; (1921) Dave Schreiner, Lancaster, Wis.; (1922) Bob Odell, Corning, Iowa; (1970) Michael Payton, Harrisburg, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Feb. 27 (1996) Vic Janowicz, Columbus, Ohio; Feb. 29 (1992) Don Heinrich, Saratoga, Calif.; (2008) Buddy Dial, Houston, Texas; March 1 (1959) Albie Booth, New York City; (1969) Andy Kerr, Tucson, Ariz.; March 2 (1971) Dixie Howell, Hollywood, Calif.; March 4 (1962) Pat O’Dea, San Francisco, Calif.; (2009) George McAfee, Durham, N.C.; March 5 (2016) Albert Wistert, Grant’s Pass, Ore.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Feb. 27 Jim Ray Smith, Feb. 28 Hayden Fry (a spry 88), March 1 Mike Rozier, March 2 Gene Stallings (a spry 82), Wayne Meylan, John Sciarra, March 3 Randy Gradishar, Herschel Walker, March 4 Shane Conlan, Jeff Wittman, March 5 Michael Payton…
Colorado State and Illinois will meet in 2018. Illinois also has started its 2017 season ticket sales with deadlines for new ticketholders and remaining single game ducats to come. UI led NCAA FBS with a 10 percent attendance gain from 2015 to ’16…Brigham Young and Tennessee will play a two-game series in 2019 and ‘20…Georgia Southern and Maine will play in football for the fourth time in 2019. It will be their first encounter outside three matchups in the NCAA Division I football playoffs…Appalachian State and NC State confirmed the contract for their three-game series beginning in 2019…Conference USA spring training dates are Charlotte, March 18-April 22; FIU, March 7-April 10; Florida Atlantic, March 21-April 22; Louisiana Tech, March 10-April 5 (spring game April 8); Marshall, March 28-April 29 (April 22 spring game); Middle Tennessee, March 15-April 15; North Texas, Feb. 27-April 8; Old Dominion, April 1-Date TBF (spring game April 15); Rice, March 1-April 7; Southern Miss, March 21-April 22; UAB, Feb. 23-April 1; UTEP, March 7-April 12 (spring game April 14); UTSA, March 6-April 12 (spring game April 15); WKU, March 23-April 22… Oregon has seen an increase in 2017 sales of season football tickets.
Baldwin-Wallace football has continued its long tradition of community service projects with assistance for such groups as Church Street Ministries for underserved families in the Cleveland, Ohio, area…Mississippi State athletics honored Northeast Mississippi breast cancer survivors and families at recent home events…Several student-athletes competing in the U.S. as foreign citizens on student visas continue to monitor the changing U.S. immigration landscape and executive orders.
North Texas head coach Seth Littrell signed a contract extension through the 2012 season…Eastern Washington head Aaron Best has signed a five-year contract with a guaranteed annual salary…Pittsburgh tabbed Charlie Partridge as defensive line coach…Ryan Dougherty is the new quality control and special teams coach at Oklahoma…Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll officially inked his contact last week…Nebraska opens spring training March 4 and will be looking to the expertise of three new assistant coaches – defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Bob Elliott (safeties) and Donte’ Williams (cornerbacks)…Michigan named San Magee director of football player personnel…East Carolina named Jason Nichols running backs coach…Former Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville has been approached by supporters to make a run for governor of Alabama in 2018…Michigan tabbed Kevin Lempa senior defensive analyst for football…UTSA named Bo Davis defensive line coach…Washington selected Matt Lubick as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator…Texas head coach Tom Herman was featured for overcoming numerous obstacles to succeed as a youngster and his football coaching role models for future success… The business group of Alabama head coach Nick Saban has opened a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Nashville, Tenn….Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell was highlighted recently for the multi-task duties of the new UC mentor and most NCAA FBS head coaches and compensation packages…Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough interviewed for a similar position at Southern California…Kansas State head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bill Snyder sent a heartfelt letter of thanks for prayers and support by K-State students during his illness…Kentucky’s assistant coaches have reached new contract agreements through the 2020 season, and new pacts were designated for defensive coordinator Matt House, special teams/outside linebackers coach Dean Hood and defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc…Oregon named Marcus Arroyo co-offensive coordinator and QB/tight ends coach…Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni has accepted a position with a NFL team…UTSA officially confirmed the contract of new defensive line coach Bo Davis…Vanderbilt outside linebackers coach Osia Lewis has been diagnosed with liver cancer…Washington hired former Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick as wide receivers coach…Air Force has named Taylor Stubblefield wide receivers coach…Alabama confirmed the naming of Joe Pannunzio as tight ends coach/special teams coordinator…Former Auburn graduate assistants Ishmael Aristide (Ole Miss) and Austin Tucker (Memphis) have accepted new coaching posts…Hawai’i named Jacob Yoro safeties coach…Michigan formally signed Scott Turner as offensive analyst…Florida head coach Jim McElwain added West Virginia’s Ju’Juan Sleder to his 2017 coaching staff…Notre Dame’s new strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis was complimented for his offseason training procedures…Legendary Boys Town (Neb.) HS head coach Kevin Kush has completed his 21-season tenure with the historic institution with 164 victories…Michigan State football staff member Curtis Blackwell is seeking full reinstatement to the group for spring workouts.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – TCU: Gary Patterson, Rozel, Kan.; Texas: Tom Herman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin, Brewton, Ala.; Texas Southern: Michael Haywood, Houston, Texas; Texas State: Everett Withers, Charlotte, N.C.
Miami (Fla.) director of athletics Blake James visited with media about the 2017 spring football game, the new indoor practice facility and possible NCAA issues…Ohio State AD Gene Smith was saluted for his new position with the College Football Playoff selection committee in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch…Oregon State AD Scott Barnes designated a new Fan Experience Committee in his first week in the position…Limestone has chosen Jordan Falls as coordinator of athletics development and ticketing…Delaware named Kallie Knop associate AD for communications and digital strategy… Kansas State AD John Currie celebrated his K-State teams’ successes against teams from larger Texas universities in football and other sports in 2016-17…The Indianapolis Star posted a video question and answer session with AD Jack Swarbrick…Several Tennessee athletics’ partisans are hoping for a new hire who will be in for the long term as the AD’s search continues…Utah AD Chris Hill recalled his Granger (Utah) HS days and building upon disappointment and challenges for future leadership roles…Boston College AD Brad Bates is leaving to pursue other career interest…Virginia Tech has awarded AD Whit Babcock an extended contract.
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl continues to be New Mexico’s only nationally televised sporting event outside regularly-scheduled ESPN football, basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball games…The Las Vegas Bowl recently recalled the appearance of the first woman in a NCAA FBS game when New Mexico’s Katie Hnida attempted an extra point, which was blocked by UCLA, in the 2002 game.
The Bleacher Report has featured several stories about Conference USA football in recent online ongoings…The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences are among circuits holding directors of athletics and faculty representatives’ meetings during their postseason basketball tournaments.
Potential 2017 NFL draftees or free agents Tyrone Swoopes of Texas, Greg Ward of Houston, and several prospects from Big 12 and Conference USA schools are working out at Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, Texas, to assist with speed, agility and physical testing minimums…Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon will be tested at OU’s annual Pro Timing Day Wednesday, March 8, in Norman…Former Duke defensive linemen Brandon Boyce and Marquies Price will transfer their talents to new schools for 2017.
NFF Hall of Famers graced the stage in numbers last Saturday night as the NFL Dallas Cowboys hosted a 25th anniversary gathering of the 1992 season Super Bowl champions. NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson joined NFF Board member Jerry Jones and the Cowboys “triplets” College Hall of Famers Troy Aikman of Oklahoma/UCLA and Emmitt Smith of Florida along with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin of Miami (Fla.) headed the bill while College Hall of Famer Jay Novacek of Wyoming also was among the ’92 team honorees. NFF College Hall of Fame QB Roger Staubach of Navy and the Cowboys also was honored as a Dallas football legend…NFF College Hall of Fame DB Darren Woodson of Arizona State and the Dallas Cowboys was one of the key 2017 enshrines into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame last week in Waco, Texas…Twelve coaches and two players will be charter inductees into the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Hall of Fame Saturday, June 17, at the Tom Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings, Neb. The hall of fame is presented by the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Coaches Association and sponsored by Pinnacle Bank of Nebraska. The induction ceremony will be held at halftime of the 40th annual Sertoma Eight-Man All-Star Game June 17 at 6 p.m. (CDT)…Former U.S. Olympic swimming coach and veteran Texas mentor Eddie Reese set a NCAA record with his 38th consecutive guidance of the Longhorns to a conference team swimming and diving championship. He helped UT win 17 in succession in the Southwest Conference and all 21 tries since the Big 12 Conference began competition in 1996-97.
Shibe Park (later named Connie Mack Stadium) was remembered for its 1909-71 tenure as home of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies and Athletics and as the home stadium of the NFL Philadelphia Eagles from 1940-57 on SB Nation Stadiums USA radio show. Several college games also were played there in the 1940s and 1950s. The show also featured remembrances of popular Detroit, Mich., professional sports team owner Mike Ilitch and his benevolence to people of all races, creeds, colors, and income levels.
Charleston Southern is continuing a study for new office spaces and facilities at the Buc Dome…The
Citadel has plans on the drawing board for improvements to Johnson-Hagood Stadium…Connecticut’s Board of Trustees approved $4.75 million for designs for stadium updates in three sports…Georgia athletics is seeking solutions to overcrowding in Sanford Stadium’s restrooms…The New Orleans Times-Picayune is calling for necessary renovations for the historic Mercedes-Benz Superdome…Temple athletics is hoping for a change in the status for a new proposed football stadium…BYU athletics has posted a new online video tour of its Marriott Center annex and other nuances…Villanova’s Trustees have approve $60 million for athletics and office renovations…UCLA and USC are working to continue to keep incoming and outgoing traffic flow steady at 2017 football games. A recent study showed that Los Angeles area drivers are stuck for 104 hours annually in traffic tie-ups…The athletics personnel executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles will release its fourth quarter earnings report Monday.
Former FWAA president and Institute of Sports director Malcolm Moran recalled the passion and talent of the late Steve Ellis of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat on the seventh anniversary of Ellis’ passing from a heart attack. The FWAA writing contest is open for entries for members with stories from Feb. 1, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017, eligible. Details and entry forms are available on the FWAA website …Nebraska sports communications specialist Jeff Griesch was applauded for 20 years of service with Huskers athletics after earning a CoSIDA postgraduate scholarship in 1997…Noted nationally and contributing to recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions and answers have been Mark Owens of Middle Tennessee, Jesse Robinson of St. Scholastica (Minn.), Lea Williams of Utah State, Gene McGivern of St. Thomas (Minn.), Ann King of The Sage Colleges (N.Y.), Chris Myers of Wheeling Jesuit, Dan Sand of Augustana, Michael Smoose of Johnson and Wales, and Bill Powers of Hawai’i Pacific…CoSIDA Hall of Fame student-athlete and Baylor head women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey won her 500th career game last Saturday against Texas Tech…Ole Miss has self-imposed a 2017 postseason football game ban after undergoing recent investigation by NCAA compliance officials.
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 25 of the 30-part series:
2010 – The 15th and final season for Colorado and Nebraska as members of the Big 12 Conference proved to be eventful again as the Huskers (headed for the Big Ten Conference in 2011) and Buffaloes (moving to the Pac-12 Conference in ’11). Nebraska went out on a high note by tying Missouri for the Big 12 Conference North Division crown at 6-2 and going 10-4 overall. The also Huskers fell to Oklahoma 23-20 in a nailbiting Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the Sooners continued their domination of the Big 12 South. OU tied Oklahoma State and Texas A&M for the South title at 6-2 but won the right to head to Arlington by head-to-head tiebreakers. Five Big 12 schools made the final Top 25 national polls with OU at No. 6 at 12-2 overall, Oklahoma State at No. 13 and 11-2, Missouri at No. 18 and 10-4, Texas A&M at No. 19 and 9-4, and No. 20. Five of the six Big 12 South Division contenders made bowl berths for the second season in succession. Colorado closed its Big 12 history at 5-7 overall and 2-6 in league activity.
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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