College Football Notes – March 27, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the March 27-April 2 time period are March 27 (1898) Herb Stein, Warren, Ohio; (1921) Malcolm Kutner, Dallas, Texas; (1922) Alex Agase, Chicago, Ill.; (1963) Randall Cunningham, Santa Barbara, Calif.; March 28 (1899) Buck Shaw, Mitchellville, Iowa; March 29 (1902) Four Horseman Col. Don Miller, Defiance, Ohio; (1906) Jim Bausch, Marion Junction, S.D.; (1955) Earl Campbell, Tyler, Texas; March 30 (1914) Bob Reynolds (Stanford), Morris, Okla.; (1935) Willie Gallimore, St. Augustine, Fla.; March 31 (1938) Bob Anderson (Army), Elizabeth, N.J.; (1950) Ed Marinaro, New York City; April 1 (1889) John Dalton, Town Unknown, Neb.; (1884) Hugo Bezdek, Prague, Bohemia; (1898) Joe Alexander, Silver Creek, N.Y.; (1929) Bo Schembechler, Barberton, Ohio; April 2 (1871) Marshall Newell, Clifton, N.J.; (1880) Harold Weekes, Oyster Bay, N.Y.; (1917) Hugh Gallameau, Detroit, Mich.; (1930) Bill McColl, San Diego, Calif.; (1948) Danny Ford, Gadsden, Ala.; (1965) Don McPherson, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are March 27 March 27 (2006) Ron Schipper, Holland, Mich.; March 28 (1962) Gen. Bob Neyland, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Jim Thorpe, Lomita, Calif.; March 31 (1931) Knute Rockne, Bazaar, Kan.; (1952) Bo McMillin, Bloomington, Ind.; (2003) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; April 1 (2013) Jack Pardee, Centennial, Colo.; (2015) Eddie LeBaron, Stockton, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members March 27 Randall Cunningham, March 29 Earl Campbell, March 31 Bob Anderson (Army), Ed Marinaro, April 2 Bill McColl, Danny Ford, Don McPherson…
LSU will play McNeese State for its 2021 hope opener and travel to the Rose Bowl to meet UCLA later that season…Houston Baptist will travel to UTEP for the first time in 2019 while the Miners will face New Mexico in 2021 and ’22…Abilene Christian and Texas Tech will renew their series in 2014 and ’26…Auburn will meet Samford in 2019 while Iowa State and North Dakota will tangle at Ames, Iowa, in 2024…Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium suffered fire damage when welding material on the upper deck of stadium renovations ignited on March 22. The Red Raiders will play their annual Red-Black spring game Saturday at NFL Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco, Texas – the Star at Ford Center…South Carolina is the only NCAA DI program to have played in a 2016 FBS bowl game, competed in the ’16 NCAA World Series and made the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Great Eight field along with Southeastern Conference basketball members Florida and Kentucky in the latter category…Great Eight participants Gonzaga (advanced to the Men’s Final Four this week) and Xavier (Ohio) both had football programs at one time. The Zags played from 1902-41 and were coached at one time by NFF College Hall of Fame member Gus Dorais of Notre Dame. Xavier played football from 1901-73 and sported head coaches such as future NFL Houston Oilers mentor Ed Biles…North Texas had a full-contact scrimmage in Denton, Texas, on March 25 to prepare for its April 8 Green-White spring game at Apogee Stadium…Oregon is the first school to have teams competing in both the College Football Playoff (2014 vs. Ohio State) and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four (2017). The Ducks and ’17 first-time Final Four entrant South Carolina both are tutored by former Kansas State head coaches – Dana Altman and Frank Martin, respectively,
Colorado’s retired live mascot Ralphie IV passed away near Boulder, Colo., at age 19….Several college golf coaches who also are football aficionados will be hosting clinics for youngsters in coming days. Some of the prime locations are April 2 and May 7 at the University of Southern California – coach Chris Zambri; May 6 at South Carolina – coach Bill McDonald – Cobblestone Park G.C. – Blythewood, S.C.; and Miami (Fla.) head coach Patti Rizzo, June 4 – Biltmore Hotel Course, Miami, Fla…Texas Tech football enthusiast and world-renowned climatologist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (professor and director of the Tech Climate Science Center) has been ranked by Fortune Magazine as No. 15 on the World’s Greatest Leaders list.
Kansas State head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bill Snyder (entering his 26th season, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops (19 seasons) and Ohio’s Frank Solich (19 total seasons at Nebraska and OU) were cited in a recent publication for their longevity in the ever-changing college football head coaching landscape… Toledo head coach Jason Candle had his contract extended to 2021…The state of Colorado passed legislation to allow additional multi-year contracts to coaches in football and several other sports…Former Notre Dame assistant coach Scott Booker is the new special teams analyst at Nebraska…North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and defensive coordinator Trey Reffett had their contracts approved for ’17 with financial incentives for head coach Seth Littrell…Alabama is adding former Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner as an offensive analyst…Florida Atlantic has cleared former Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to join the football staff…Kentucky extended the contract of recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow…Navy’s longtime offensive line coach Chris Culton is taking a spring leave of absence for health reasons…Ohio State hired Lou Holtz’s grandson Trey Holtz (intern assistant for offense), former Michigan State FB Niko Palazeti (assistant strength coach), Louie Addazio (offensive graduate assistant), and Ryan Crow (defensive graduate assistant) for its sprig coaching staff.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – VMI: Scott Wachenheim, Encino, Calif.; Wabash: Don Morel, La Verne, Calif.; Wake Forest: Dave Clawson, Youngstown, N.Y.; Washburn: Craig Schurig, Willingboro, N.J.; Washington and Jefferson: Mike Sirianni, Alliance, Ohio.
Colorado State named former Texas Tech deputy director of athletics Joe Parker as its AD earlier this month…Northwestern AD Jim Phillips’ family has gained national recognition in social media circles for imaginative postings…Former Oklahoma State director of football equipment operations Matt Davis was tabbed as athletics department facilities manager…Iowa State’s Dr. Steve Leath is leaving ISU to become president at Auburn…Veteran Texas A&M-Commerce coach Sam Walker has become director of alumni engagement for TAMUC… Longtime Wyoming coach and administrator Tom Johnson will go into private athletes’ coaching as he leaves the university this month.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl featured Boise State in its first hometown FBS (then Division I-A) postseason contest at Boise, Idaho, in 1999, with the Broncos edging Louisville 34-31…The three-year-old Popeyes Bahamas Bowl has seen two victories by contracted Conference USA representative teams in its first three seasons…Western Michigan athletics showed a solid profit for its inaugural 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl contest against Wisconsin.
The Dallas Morning News outlined why the Big 12 Conference will remain at 10 members except for associate members in equestrian, rowing and women’s gymnastics for the time being…The Pac-12 Conference is seeing revenue growth from its basketball teams’ success in the 2017 NCAA Championships…More published reports indicate a possible move to the American Athletic Conference by Wichita State from the Missouri Valley Conference…Georgia athletics’ donors are looking for a master facilities and priorities plan…San Diego State football continues to analyze a probable move to San Diego’s SoccerCity Stadium…UNLV is making contingency plans for future scheduling if the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas.
Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris is transferring to North Carolina…Texas RB D’Onta Foreman, the 2016 Doak Walker and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, hopes that injured 2016 backup RB Chris Warren can step into his starting cleats for the upcoming season…The Dallas Morning News rates the Top Three running backs in 2017 Big 12 Conference spring training camps as West Virginia’s Justin Crawford, Baylor’s Terence Williams and Oklahoma State’s Justin Hill with Warren ranked No. 5 among returnees…Safety Khairi Muhammad of North Texas has been shining in mid-term North Texas spring practices. UNT sophomore QB Mason Fine is working to alleviate turnovers from recent controlled scrimmages…Five Minnesota football student-athletes have been reinstated for 2017 spring workouts. Foreman has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft…Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has been taking extra repetitions and fine-tuning his skills for a possible 2017 Heisman Trophy run…Texas QB Matthew Merrick has resigned from the squad to concentrate on athletics. QB turned QR Jerrod Heard may go back to his former spot to add spring depth along with Longhorns soph walkon QB Josh Covey…UCF is seeking reinstatement of two football players for spring and 2017 preseason drills…North Carolina basketball standout Luke Maye, who sent the Tar Heels back to the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four with a buzzer-beating shot last Sunday against Kentucky, is the son of 1984-87 UNC quarterback Mark Maye who paced the Atlantic Coast Conference with 1,401 yards passing in 1986.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and NFF co-Gold Medal recipient and Nike founder Phil Knight will serve as honorary coaches in the upcoming Ohio State spring football game…NFF College Hall of Fame QB Steve Spurrier of Florida coached at both UF and South Carolina – the two teams facing off in last Sunday’s NCAA Men’s Championship East Regional at Madison Square Garden for a berth in the Final Four…Former Vanderbilt football quarterback, baseball pitcher and retired U.S. Army 101st Airborne veteran Jim McKee has joined the Sarratt Scholarship Society to promote academics and athletics at VU…Clark Hunt, son of the late college football student-athlete and longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt of SMU, is preparing for the opening of the new Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas, where Clark Hunt’s FC Dallas professional soccer team is located. The soccer hall previously was located in Oneonta, N.Y.
Arizona athletics is evaluating team travel and innovative ways to go with style but less expense…Clemson athletics Growl and Prowl event is making some format changes and upgrades at its site in Charleston, S.C….The athletics and school administrators’ personnel agency Heidrick and Struggles noted the added emphasis in college athletics and world business to find more Asian American coaches and college administrators.
Last week’s SB Nation Stadiums USA national radio broadcast reviewed some of athletics strangest game promotional ideas, professional and collegiate sports in Seattle, Wash., game operations at venues in the Los Angeles area and particular challenges, and the NFL owners’ possibilities to allow the Oakland Raiders to move their franchise to Las Vegas, Nev….ESPN and Fox Sports are working with dozens of current staffers on restructuring contracts and possible early retirements to offset revenue challenges in recent years.
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, Alex Linden of Nebraska Wesleyan, Katie Mucci of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, 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 29 of the 30-part series:
2014 – Two schools whose stock had fallen drastically throughout the 1960s and early 1970s in the old Southwest Conference suddenly reigned over the Big 12 Conference race as co-champions in 2014. Baylor (11-2 overall, 8-1 Big 12) and TCU (12-1, 8-1 Big 12) closed as co-champions while leaving conference administrators in a bit of a quandary about which team to ask the new College Football Playoff to designate for one of the four possible semifinal positions. It turns out that the Big 12 was omitted, and eventual champion Ohio State joined ’14 runnerup Oregon, Florida State, and perennial power Alabama gained the four playoff spots, but TCU was third in the final Associated Press Top 25 ahead of No. 7 Baylor and No. 18 nationally Kansas State (9-4, 7-2). Oklahoma (8-5, 5-4), West Virginia (7-6, 5-4), Texas (6-7, 5-4), and Oklahoma State (7-6, 4-5) gave the circuit 70 percent representation in the postseason, and the conference still remains as the only Power Five loop with a complete, round-robin slate of nine league encounters.
Key Upcoming NFF chapter and awards’ events are:
The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at Lombardo’s restaurant. The guest speaker will be Mel Tjeerdsma, the former head football coach and current athletics director at Northwest Missouri State.
The NFF San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet Thursday, March 30, at Odyssey in Granada Hills, Calif.
The NFF Casey-O’Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter will hold its 57th annual scholar-athlete banquet March 31 at Fantasia in North Haven, Conn. The chapter will honor 27 scholar-athletes among its honorees.
The NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter will host its annual Coaches Clinic at Boston College on Saturday, April 1. The event is open to all high school coaches in Massachusetts. Speakers at the clinic will include Trinity (Conn.) defensive coordinator Lewis Acquarulo, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, former Boston College AD Brad Bates, Tufts (Mass.) head coach Jay Civetti, Boston College offensive line coach Justin Frye, Harvard head coach Tim Murphy, Dartmouth defensive backs coach Danny O’Dea, and Boston College defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni.
NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter – Dallas, Texas – Sunday, April 2 – DFW Addison Marriott, special program and guests to be named; Chapter Contribution to American Football Award winner is Steve Hatchell, NFF. For tickets, please contact
Schuylkill/Pottsville Chapter – Minersville, Pa. – April 2
Philadelphia Chapter – Villanova, Pa. – Monday, April 3
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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