College Football Notes – March 13, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 13-19 time period are March 13 (1918) George McAfee, Ironton, Ohio; (1938) Joe Bellino, Winchester, Mass.; (1969) Chris Zorich, Chicago, Ill.; (1977) Joe Hamilton, Alvin, S.C.; March 14 (1903) Ed Weir, Superior, Neb.; (1936) Dr. Jim Swink, Sacul, Texas; (1943) Charlie Green, Dayton, Ohio; (1978) Ron Dayne, Berlin Township, N.J.; March 15 (1898) Clarence Swanson, Wakefield, Neb.; (1926) Norm Van Brocklin, Eagle Butte, S.D.; (1937) Randy Duncan, Osage, Iowa; (1956) Ozzie Newsome, Muscle Shoals, Ala.; March 16 (1872) Phillip King, Washington, D.C.; (1920) Buster Ramsey, Townsend, Tenn.; March 17 (1871) John Outland, Hesper, Kan.; (1876) Bill Morley, Cimarron, N.M.; (1905) Joe Donchess, Youngstown, Ohio; (1912) Joe Styhahar, Kaylor, Pa.; (1914) Sam Baugh, Temple, Texas; (1915) Bill Hartman, Thomaston, Ga.; (1916) Bob Suffridge, Fountain City, Tenn.; (1931) Ray Beck, Bowden, Ga.; (1967) Johnny Bailey, Houston, Texas; March 18 (1905) Benny Friedman, Cleveland, Ohio; (1906) Frank Wickhorst, Aurora, Ill.; (1910) Wear Schoonover, Pocahontas, Ark.; (1928) James Williams, Waco, Texas; (1932) Dave Maurer, Duquesne, Pa.; (1938) Joe Kapp, Santa Fe, N.M.; (1961) Curt Warner, Pineville, W.Va.; March 19 (1913) Nello Falaschi, Dos Palos, Calif.; (1914) Jay Berwanger, Dubuque, Iowa; (1931) George Morris, Vicksburg, Miss.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 13 (1932) Percy Wendell, Boston, Mass.; March 14 (1925) Walter Camp, New York City; March 15 (1990) Tom Harmon, Los Angeles, Calif.; March 16 (1943) Paul Bunker, POW Camp in Japan; March 17 (1965) Amos Alonzo Stagg, Stockton, Calif.; (1992) Frank Carideo, Ocean Springs, Miss.; March 18 (2000) Bob Blackman, Hilton Head, S.C.; (1975) Biggie Munn, Lansing, Mich.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 13 Joe Bellino, Chris Zorich, Joe Hamilton, March 14 Charlie Green, Ron Dayne, March 15 Randy Duncan, Ozzie Newsome, March 18 Joe Kapp, Santa Fe, N.M.; (1961) Curt Warner, Pineville, W.Va.; March 19 (1913) Nello Falaschi, Dos Palos, Calif.; (1914) Jay Berwanger, Dubuque, Iowa; (1931) George Morris, Vicksburg, Miss.
More College Football Notes:
Tulane added Auburn and Missouri State to its 2019 non-conference slate…Arkansas is getting close in negotiations with several opponents as a replacement for its cancelled series with Michigan. The Razorbacks will visit Colorado State in 2018 to become the second Southeastern Conference school to play in Fort Collins, Colo., along with Mississippi State in 1981. UA also has scheduled traditional rival Tulsa in 2018 along with Eastern Illinois and will meet Georgia Southern in 2021…Fresno State and Oregon State will meet in 2022 and 2024. Oregon State also will meet Montana State in 2022…Kansas State and Nevada now have a signed agreement for their 2021 clash…Montana State and Wyoming will place a one-game set in 2021…Southern Miss football and new AD Jon Gilbert have placed a major emphasis on long-term scheduling…A recent remembrance recounted Milwaukee’s (UMW’s) 1899-1974 football history and the school’s enrollment, which is nearing 28,000. Currently there are no plans to bring back varsity football at the Wisconsin downtown university…Among the teams that advanced to post-2016 bowl games and also received invitations to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship last Sunday were Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Southern California, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. NCAA FCS qualifier Jacksonville State also advanced to the Big Dance © for the first time in men’s hoops’ history. Two universities famed for their journalistic alumni, Vanderbilt (including NFF tri-founder Grantland Rice) and Northwestern (among whose famed sports journalism alumni are broadcasters Rachel Nichols, Michael Wilbon, Mike Greenberg, and Kevin Blackistone), making its first appearance in the NCAA men’s tourney for the first time in its 80-year are meeting in the first round in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2015 NFF John L. Toner Award (excellence as a director of athletics) Mark Hollis of Michigan State is chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee.
A previous Southeastern Conference All-Community Service team worked over 200 public assistance hours among these four student-athlete team members: Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, Arkansas’ Deatrich Wise Jr., Auburn’s Jonathan Wallace, and Florida’s Mark Herndon. All were members of several SEC all-academic squads as well during their careers…Colorado athletics is working with student-athletes and counselors to detect and treat any possible depression issues after the passing of NFF College Hall of Fame member and CU alumnus Rashaan Salaam.
Returning Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall is still working to finalize his contract…Western Guilford (N.C.) named Northwest Guilford offensive coordinator Bryant Miller as its head football Coach…North Carolina tabbed DeAndre Smith running backs coach…Boise State officially hired Brad Bedell offensive line coach…Former Indiana head coach and Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has been exonerated of claims while he was guiding the Hoosiers football program…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron had his five-year formalized with financial incentives and other incentives…San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan had a special Friday Night Lights atmosphere and celebration for the Spartans first spring practice on March 10…Texas head coach Tom Herman was featured in a recent interview with KRLD Radio The Fan in Dallas…Georgia’s new offensive analyst Jay Johnson had his contract and salary for 2017 ratified by the UGa administration…Nebraska has updated the contact of offensive coordinator Danny Lansgdorf and all Husker assistant coaches through the 2018 season…UAB chose Kyle Tatum as defensive line coach…New UTEP wide receivers coach Chuck Veliz officially signed on as wide receivers coach…Warren Belin has taken over as Vanderbilt’s outside linebackers coach…East Carolina named Keith Gaither wide receivers coach…Florida State tabbed Dameyune Craig offensive quality control assistant…Alabama is bringing in former UAB QB Mike Miller as an offensive assistant coach…Arizona’s Brian Knorr is the team’s new special teams coach…San Diego State named safeties coach Danny Gonzales defensive coordinator…Former Syracuse assistant coach Tom Kaufman is the new defensive coordinator at Chattanooga…Former Oregon: assistant coach David Reaves is seeking a new assignment for ‘17.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Troy: Neal Brown, Danville, Ky.; Tulane: Willie Fritz, Pittsburg, Kan.; Tulsa: Philip Montgomery, Dallas, Texas; Utah: Kyle Whittingham, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Utah State: Matt Wells, Columbia, S.C.
New Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne has had his contract and compensation packages ratified by the UA Board of Trustees. Dave Heeke who is replacing Byrne will be beginning his tenure as AD at Arizona in April…The Naval Academy athletics chose Chris Whitehead as associate sports communications director…Boston U. athletics hired Meg Kelly as assistant director for athletic communications…Lamar Carter was named named assistant director of athletics media relations at LIU Brooklyn…Baylor’s director of sports ministry West Yeary will complete his tenure in athletics in summer 2017…Dr. Robert C. Robbins, current CEO of Texas Medical Center, is the top Regents pick for the post University of Arizona president San Diego State President Elliot Hirshman is leaving to become president of Stevenson University…Connecticut AD David Benedict was recognized for providing the means for football and other sports to succeed…Boston College has begun a national search for its new AD…North Texas Chancellor Lee Jackson is retiring after 15 years in this position…Jared Bidne was named director of sports information at Clayton State…Michigan State AD Mark Hollis is working with student-athletes and other administrators with regard to the case of former team physician Dr. Larry Nassar.
The Independence Bowl is working with Trenches Sports and Entertainment to locate a title sponsor for the 2017 game…The R&L Carriers Bowl in 2013 had a bowl-record turnout of 52,728 to watch nearby rivals Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette…The inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in 2014 was a double-overtime tussle with Memphis edging Brigham Young 55-48. American Athletic Conference assistant commissioner Chuck Sullivan continues to handle communications for the fledging FBS postseason contest.
Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott had his contract extended through 2022…American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco says there will be no multiple membership additions to the AAC in the near future…Conference USA commissioner Judy McLeod assessed the circuit’s top-to-bottom strengths in football and other primary sports in a recent column…The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame have discussed the success of UND’s football scheduling agreements and success in multiple other ACC sports…The Big Ten Conference and Conference USA are studying suggestions to add attendance in early rounds of conference tournaments and other key venues…Pac-12: Larry Scott’s contract extended through June 2022 (Arizona Former UNLV deputy AD for external relations Darryl Seibel has accepted a post as assistant commissioner with the Mountain West Conference…The Big 12, Southeastern and Big Ten Conference held meetings of key administrators and had several social functions during their recent postseason basketball tournaments.
Jordan Kitna, son of former NFL and Central Washington QB standout Jon Kitna (now head coach at Waxahachie, Texas, HS), is seeking to break into the TCU spring football rotation at QB…Long snapper Patrick Scales of Utah State has signed for his seventh NFL season with a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears…Ohio State began 2017 spring workouts on March 7 and offered a position-by-position breakdown without referring to a formal depth chart…Texas head coach Tom Herman has declared an open competition at quarterback for the 2017 Longhorns and does not expect to name the starter until later in fall drills…CB Trumaine Johnson of Montana has signed a new contract with the NFL Los Angeles Rams…Missouri RB Nate Strong is working on full team reinstatement for spring practice.
SB Nation College Sports Weekly recently chronicled the latest renovation plans at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, memories of Illinois athletics and football by former UI sports communications pro Mike Pearson and the history of college football at the late, great Polo Grounds in New York City. Some of the teams playing at the iconic New York stadium were (starting with Columbia vs. Harvard at the original facility in 1880), Fordham, Army-Navy (first time there in 1913), Syracuse, Rutgers, Princeton, and Carlisle, among others. The final college contest played at the fourth edition of the Polo Grounds was Sept. 29, 1962, when Army edged Syracuse 9-2…CBS Sportsline published a story about the ins and outs of football offseason conditioning…American Sports Network will conclude its operations on March 31…The Mountain West Conference is studying its current television agreements…Utah athletics is finalizing terms for a 10-year multimedia rights agreement with Learfield College Sports…Award-winning sports department retirees Doug Barber, Roy Rolison and John Bialas have been holding Biloxi (Miss.) South Mississippi Sun retiree dinners monthly…Award-winning writer and business owner Tom Hambleton is retiring after 44 years with the Lincoln (Neb,) Journal-Star.
NFF College Hall of Fame QB Danny White of Arizona State has been named football consultant and Sun Devil Club ambassador at his alma mater…LEAD1 Association and retired U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen saluted former collegiate and NFL standouts Joe Montana of Notre Dame, Tom Brady of Michigan and the late Johnny Unitas of Louisville for being drafted in the lower NFL rounds and then leading their teams to NFL championships and Super Bowls…Former Texas BCS title-winning 2005 quarterback Vince Young will try his hand at the Canadian Football League in 2017.
A possible $1.9 billion cost for a new stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., is under study for financial containment. Bank of America already has proposed a $650 million initial loan for the facility…Phase IV of improvements for Bill Snyder Family Stadium (named in honor of the legendary K-State head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer) includes building a new limestone wall around the field of play…LSU has proposed a new $4.4 million practice indoor facility…Penn State athletics is preparing for $1.5 million in immediate facility renovations. PSU also continues to place a high value on nutrition during mealtime with 2016-17 student-athletes and all sports…San Diego State football is hustling to make possible changes and alterations to Qualcomm Stadium as the Aztecs become leading tenant in 2017…Texas Tech added new FieldTurf at Jones AT&T Stadium in time for spring practice. The Red Raiders are working toward their first Red-Black ever in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, April 1, at the Dallas Cowboys practice and office home – The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…North Texas athletics had $12 million in construction, including a new track and field stadium, approved for the next two years …Rutgers athletics is working with the Big Ten Conference and school administrators to help keep the budget balanced…The city of Frisco, Texas, continues its leading role in college events’ hosting with the upcoming Big 12 Conference Gymnastics Championship, the recent Frisco Baseball Classic (Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State), and the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Great Eight Championship…Washington athletics and the city of Seattle are working together on facilities’ enhancements and updates…Armstrong State in Savannah, Ga., is dropping its intercollegiate athletics program after merging with Georgia Southern in January 2017. ASU has not sponsored varsity football but has had a nationally-competitive flag football program for several years.
CoSIDA has chosen Dr. Robert Khayat as recipient of the 2017 Dick Enberg Award for academic excellence. He is a former kicking standout and later chancellor at Ole Miss…Legendary Louisville publicist Kenny Klein has been elected to the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame…The FWAA extended kudos to the National Football Foundation for extensive coverage of FWAA events in the recent NFF FootballLetter…Several CoSIDA members participating in and contributing to the organization’s Open Forum discussions and answers recently have been Hunter Reid of Furman, Jon Wallin of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Bob Heller of Lincoln (Mo.), Charles Bare of Holy Cross, Patrick Walsh of Mercer, and Ricky Hazel of Stetson…East Tennessee State head basketball coach and 2017 NCAA qualifier Steve Forbes once served as sports information director at Central Arkansas after playing varsity baseball at UCA.
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 27 of the 30-part series:
2012 – After multiple seasons of 10-win teams in abundance, the new 10-school Big 12 Conference had just two double-digit win teams in ’12 as the power pendulum began swinging a bit. Minus Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas A&M from the original Big 12 configuration in 1996, Kansas State and Oklahoma tied for the league title with identical 8-1 records in the first year of full round-robin scheduling. No. 12 nationally K-State had the top overall mark at 11-2 while the No. 15 Sooners closed 10-3, and the Wildcats dropped a 35-17 decision to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl as designated Bowl Championship Series representative. The balanced Big 12 did send a record nine teams to bowl games with No. 19 Texas just missing the 10-win mark at 9-4 overall, Oklahoma State (8-5), Baylor (8-5), league newcomer TCU (7-6), Texas Tech (8-5), another newcomer West Virginia (8-5), and Iowa State (6-7) playing in the postseason.
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. 29-30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD primetime on ESPN
Dec. 30
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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