College Football Notes – March 20, 2017
by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017
College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 20-26 time period are March 20 (1906) Ben Stevenson, Smith Mills, Mo.; (1909) Marchmont “Marchy” Schwartz, New Orleans, La.; March 21 (1884) Jim McCormick, Boston, Mass.; (1889) Jock Sutherland, Coupar Angus, Scotland; (1951) John Hicks, Cleveland, Ohio; (1967) Clarkston Hines, Chapel Hill, N.C.; March 22 (1879) Art Poe, Baltimore, Md.; (1931) Billy Vessels, Cleveland, Okla.; (1954) Ross Browner, Warren, Ohio; (1960) Jimbo Covert, Conway, Pa.; (1969) Russell Maryland, Chicago, Ill.; March 23 (1886) Nathan Dougherty, Hales Mill, Va.; (1927) Wayne Hardin, Smackover, Ark.; March 24 (1976) Peyton Manning, New Orleans, La.; March 25 (1909) Frank Howard, Barlow Bend, Ala.; March 26 (1870) Lee McClung, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1899) Buck Flowers, Sumter, S.C.; (1899) Harry Kipke, Lansing, Mich.; (1906) Rip Engle, Elk Lick, Pa.; (1960) Marcus Allen, San Diego, Calif.; (1966) Wesley Walls, Batesville, Miss.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 20 (1910) James Hogan, New Haven, Conn.; March 21 (1971) Gomer Jones, New York City; (2015) Chuck Bednarik, Coopersburg, Pa.; March 23 (1934) George Woodruff, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1977) Joe Stydahar, Beckley, W. Va.; March 24 (1947) Dr. John Outland, Laguna Beach, Calif.; March 25 (2013) Hank Lauricella, New Orleans, La.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 21 John Hicks, Clarkston Hines, March 22 Ross Browner, Jimbo Covert, Russell Maryland, March 24 Peyton Manning, March 26 Marcus Allen, Wesley Walls…
More College Notes:
Colorado State will open its new stadium Aug. 26 with a national telecast (network TBD) against Oregon State…Auburn will host Tulane in 2019 and WKU in 2022…Ball State and Western Illinois will play in 2021…LSU has added Utah State to its 2019 slate and dropped Idaho from the Tigers 2020 worksheet…Alabama and New Mexico State will face off for the first time in 2019…Bowling Green will travel to Ohio State in 2020…Northwestern will host Akron in 2018 and Miami (Ohio) in 2022 and ’24…Tennessee and Furman will renew their rivalry for the first time since 1942 with a contest at Knoxville, Tenn., in 2020…Charlotte will host Norfolk State in their initial meeting in 2020…Kentucky and Murray State will play in 2018…Houston and Texas Southern are discussing a first-ever crosstown rivals’ game for the 2018 season…Liberty and Montana cancelled their scheduled 2018 and ’19 series…Wisconsin has limited opponents to 100 yards or less rushing in 13 of the last 21 games since 2016 and is 12-1 in these circumstances…Texas Tech’s spring game at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, is sold out at 12,000-plus tickets available.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation kicks off its Show Your Grit fundraising campaign for cancer research on May 26. Wayne captured the 1973 NFF Gold Medal for his charitable work and promotion of college football after playing for Southern California in the 1920s for NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Howard Jones…Vanderbilt athletics honored African American pioneers as student-athletes in VU and SEC history during Equality Weekend Feb. 17-19 as part of Black History Month activities…Penn State athletics continues to work with educational seminars with codes of conduct and proper behavior for coaches and student-athletes.
Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford has some new incentives in his long-term contract…Delaware selected Mike Brown, Austin Gund and Wes Reber as football quality control assistants for ’17…Michigan senior defensive analyst Kevin Lempa and director of player personnel Sean Magee had their contract terms formalized along with new offensive analyst Scott Turner…Temple named Stan Hixon wide receivers coach… Nebraska’s Dan Van De Riet now will be recruiting coordinator while Kevin Cristello is the new assistant director of football operations…Wisconsin assistant coach Bob Bolstad had his contract ratified as inside linebackers coach…Augustana (S.D.) has completed the application process for its 2017 defensive coordinator’s opening and is conducting interviews…Georgia will pay the compensation of former assistant coach Tracy Rucker through December 2017. UGA also named former Miami (Fla.) DB Dallas Crawford named to its football support staff and tabbed Jake Stroot as director of football technology…Georgetown (D.C.) chose Adan Neugebauer wide and slot receivers coach…Charleston Southern named Bryant Foster cornerbacks coach…Minnesota has settled with Western Michigan ion the buyout clause for new UM head coach P.J. Fleck…Marshall named Dallas Baker wide receivers coach… Former Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard is joining the Syracuse coaching staff…Former Baylor associate director of football operations DeMarko Butler will not remain for the 2017 season.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Vanderbilt: Derek Mason, Phoenix, Ariz.; Villanova: Andy Talley, New Haven, Conn.; Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall, Alpine, Utah; Virginia State: Reggie Barlow, Montgomery, Ala.; Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente, Tulsa, Okla.
New Mexico director of athletics Paul Krebs has worked to fill some holes in UMN’s annual budget while getting allowances for needed facility updates…Boston U. AD Drew Marrochello noted the progress Terrier teams have made over the last three years in qualifying for NCAA Championships…Former Texas A&M senior associate AD Samantha Huge has been named AD at William & Mary…Former Missouri assistant basketball coach Brad Loos has been tabbed as major gifts officer for the Tiger Scholarship Fund…Top candidates to replace former Pittsburgh AD Scott Barnes (now at Oregon State) via published reports are Florida Atlantic’s Patrick Chun, Eastern Michigan’s Heather Lyke, Northern Illinois’ Sean T. Frazier, and Syracuse deputy AD Herman Frazier…Central Michigan named Marcy Weston interim AD…Tennessee’s new AD John Currie seeks to return UT to its position of national prominence in football, men’s and women’s basketball and other key sports…UNLV has been gathering prominent candidates’ possibilities in its AD’s search…Georgia AD Greg McGarity has increased giving for athletics and has several long-term vision projects for the Athens, Ga., university.
The second Boca Raton Bowl in 2015 featured a wild, combined 28-point fourth quarter as Toledo broke open a 12-9 lead to top Temple of the American Athletic Conference 32-17…The 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl had as its charitable beneficiary Biz Kid$ literary financial educational programs.
The Mid-American Conference is moving its 2017 football media day to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, while Detroit’s Ford Field goes through $100 million in stadium updates…American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco mentioned in a recent interview about how the American has continued to step up nationally in football and men’s basketball as well as main its lofty national status in women’s basketball. Connecticut’s women’s squad entered 2017 NCAA play with a NCAA-record winning streak of 107 contests…Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin and associate commissioner Jack Watkins will be upcoming guests on the popular College Sports Weekly national radio program…The Big Sky Conference continues to seek Reno, Nev., as a host site for its championships…Late Southwest, Big 12 and Conference USA basketball consultant and assistant commissioner Bill Foster would have loved the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship first rounds. He once coached at Northwestern and recruited current NU head coach Chris Collins when Collins was in high school in the Chicago area. And two of Coach Foster’s former head coaching assignments – Duke and South Carolina – met in the NCAA men’s second round last Sunday night with the Gamecocks upsetting the second-seeded Blue Devils 88-81…Big Ten Conference winter sports coaches have advocated changes in league schedules for future years.
UTEP returning All-America candidate senior OG Will Hernandez is being counted upon for another all-star season in ’17 as spring practices continue…Several 2016 All-Freshmen Conference USA team members are standing out in spring drills at their schools. Notable among these are Marshall’s C Levi Brown, DE Ty Tyler, CB Chris Jackson, and long snapper Matt Beardall along with Old Dominion rising sophs PK Brad Davis, punter Bailey Cate and punt returner Darrell Brown…Athlon Sports has projected among the Top 75 players in college football 2017 as Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia; Vita Vea, DL, Washington; Hernandez; Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State; Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana; Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State; Jaylen Samuels, TE, NC State; Lowell Lotulelei, DL, Utah; Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU; and Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State…SMU QB Matt Davis has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft if the NCAA does not award him a hardship redshirt case and sixth year of eligibility this autumn. He started his college career at Texas A&M before moving to SMU.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame added former USC and NFL standout Anthony Munoz, Kim Metcalf-Kupres and Amy Adams Strunk to its governing board…Two notable college standouts announcing their retirement from the NFL last week were DeMarcus Ware of Troy and the NFL Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys OL Doug Free of Northern Illinois…Texas A&M standout Don Muhlbach has signed on for a 14th season in the NFL as a long snapper for the Detroit Lions…WR Corey Brown of Ohio State is leaving the NFL Carolina Panthers after three seasons to ink with the Buffalo Bills…Longtime Indiana State coach and administrator and NBA alumnus Duane Klueh just turned 91 and is going strongly in retirement in Terre Haute, Ind…Former Texas Tech All-America punter and NFL Super Bowl Chicago Bears standout Maury Buford was highlighted in a recent interview about spirituality and leadership on KATH-AM Radio in Dallas…NFF College Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers of Kansas is battling dementia at the age of 73 from a recent feature by Vahe Gregorian in the Kansas City Star…Famed Clemson and NFL San Francisco 49ers WR Dwight Clark has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Georgia athletics has created a $246,458 set endowment fund to support the position now held by senior associate AD for sports communications and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Claude Felton with major funding support from a gift by UGA alumnus John R. Parker Jr., who grew up in the Athens, Ga., area. The endowment also will honor longtime NFF Athens Chapter president and Georgia associate AD Loran Smith…Old Dominion’s new athletics training facility is drawing solid reviews from administrators, student-athletes and coaches…The Memphis Board of Trustees Memphis has authorized the president’s office to pursue and finalize alternate financing for the Tiger football program’s proposed indoor practice facility…Missouri’s Dahlberg Arena is getting a new videoboard and a facelift…Syracuse athletics is working to find better ways to clear snow off the Carrier Dome’s massive roof and percent damage to the inside portion of the famed facility…Texas A&M athletics has earmarked $68.4 million for new facilities’ construction in 2017…Penn State athletics revealed its 20-year master plan for athletics’ facilities upgrades and innovations…San Diego State athletics, the city Mayor’s office and area sports commission members are discussing a possible SDSU football contract with the San Diego Soccer City Complex. Qualcomm Stadium may close in summer 2018.
The historic Durango (Colo.) Herald is making changes in both news and sports coverage to offer more digital exposure in a 7/24 news cycle and reducing news printing costs…Heidrick and Struggles national collegiate executive search firm is reporting quarterly dividends and solid finds for hundreds of college and university administrative and athletics’ governing positions…Bill Hazen’s SB Nation Stadiums USA nationally syndicated radio show featured updates on several movements and stadium alterations in the National Hockey League, a special interview with SB Nation’s Brendan Porter, a segment with former National Baseball Hall of Fame executive and distinguished communications lecturer at Florida Brad Horn, fun times at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of Wisconsin with former band member Darren Ellefson, and a closing piece with Stadiums USA’s Mark Madorin on international competition in football, baseball and basketball.
CoSIDA members Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Eric McDowell of Union (N.Y.), Lucas Dechant of Friends (Kan.), Ryan Eigenbrode of Loyola (Md.), Brett Ford of SUNY Geneseo, and Donald Weast of Emporia State have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates.
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 28 of the 30-part series:
2013 – Baylor, picked by Big 12 Conference media to finish fifth in the 10-team loop, astounded even its own fans after winning the ’13 Big 12 crown – its first in school history. Head coach Art Briles’ crew closed 8-1 overall to edge fellow powerhouses No. 6 nationally Oklahoma (7-2 Big 12, 11-2 overall) and No. 17 Oklahoma State (7-2, 10-3) for the outright crown. Texas (7-2, 8-5) also managed a place in the three-way tie for second place as Longhorns head coach Mack Brown retired after the season to complete a 16-year career at UT with a 158-48 mark on the 40 Acres, 15 bowl appearances and the 2005 Bowl Championship Series title. Both Baylor and Oklahoma advanced to BCS bowls as the Bears (ranked as high as No. 3 nationally at one point) were outscored by UCF 52-45 in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, and the Sooners downed heavily-favored Alabama 45-31 in the ’14 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kansas State and Texas Tech also made bowl treks and closed with eight total wins apiece.
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
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