College Football Notes – April 3, 2017
by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 3-9 time period are April 3 (1903) Andy Gustafson, Aurora, Ill.; (1926) Joe Steffy, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1934) Jim Parker, Macon, Ga.; April 4 (1891) Bob Butler, Glen Ridge, N.J.; (1907) Bill Banker, Lake Charles, La.; (1917) Chet Gladchuk, Bridgeport, Conn.; (1947) Ed White, San Diego, Calif.; (1951) John Hannah, Canton, Ga.; (1965) Jessie Tuggle, Spalding County, Ga.; April 5 (1871) Pop Warner, Springville, N.Y.; April 5 (1951) Brad Van Pelt, Owosso, Mich.; April 6 (1901) Pooley Hubert, Meridian, Miss.; (1934) Aurealius Thomas, Muskogee, Okla.; (1944) John Huarte, Anaheim, Calif.; (1965) Sterling Sharpe, Chicago, Ill.; April 7 (1859) Walter Camp, New Britain, Conn.; (1900) Edgar Garbisch, Washington, Pa.; (1954) Tony Dorsett, Aliquippa, Pa.; (1961) Gabe Rivera, Crystal City, Texas; April 8 (1924) Jim Martin, Cleveland, Ohio; (1955) Ricky Bell, Houston, Texas; (1967) Anthony Thompson, Terre Haute, Ind.; April 9 (1871) John Minds, Clearfield County, Pa.; (1898) Paul Robeson, Princeton, N.J.; (1921) Vince Banonis, Detroit, Mich.; (1947) Ron Pritchard, Chicago, Ill.; (1966) Tracy Rocker, Atlanta, Ga.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 3 (1994) Tom Hamilton, Chula Vista, Calif.; (2007) Eddie Robinson, Ruston, La.; April 5 (1996) Frank Hoffman, Potomac, Md.; April 9 (1980) Howard Harpster, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Jess Neely, Weslaco, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 4 Ed White, John Hannah, Jessie Tuggle, April 6 John Huarte, Sterling Sharpe, April 7 Tony Dorsett, April 8 Anthony Thompson, April 9 Ron Pritchard, Tracy Rocker…
More Colege Football Notes
The Virginia Tech-West Virginia season opener for 2017 has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 3, in Morgantown, W.Va., with an ABC primetime telecast at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)…South Carolina will host Charleston Southern in 2019…Mercer and North Carolina will meet at Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2019…South Carolina has added Chattanooga in 2018 and Coastal Carolina to its 2018 and ’20 slates…New Mexico will tangle with Liberty Sept. 29, 2018, and Sept. 28, 2019 (at Liberty), will host Houston Baptist Sept. 4, 2021, will play at Texas A&M Aggies Sept. 18, 2021, and travel to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to meet UCLA Sept. 13, 2025. UNM and UTEP also have scheduled contests in 2021 and 22…Michigan State will open the 2018 season with Utah State in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans played one of their earliest spring games in school annals last Saturday, April 1.
Alabama and Arkansas are two Southeastern Conference members voicing opposition and caution about the state of Arkansas’ new gun carry laws…Orrville (Ohio) HS athletics continues its football team community service ventures through spring and summer projects prior to the 2017 regular season…The Glen Falls (N.Y.) HS Greenjackets football squad assisted with youth football clinics early in ’17 and will help underserved families throughout the summer and early fall.
Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder had his contract renewed through 2021 with a salary bonus…SMU head coach Chad Morris has been highlighted in recent interviews about the family atmosphere at Saturday’s upcoming Mustangs Red-Blue spring football game…Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury verbally applauded Frisco, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys and The Star at Ford Center after 12,000-plus fans (sellout) enjoyed the annual Tech Red-Black spring game. Kingsbury noted the Red Raiders presence in Frisco and in Arlington, Texas, for the annual Baylor-TTU Big 12 Conference encounter was a key for current and future recruiting in the talent-rich DFW Metroplex…Veteran college assistant coach, UAB offensive coordinator and quarterbackcs coach Les Koenning is a key cog in the mentoring wheel for the return of Blazers football in 2017 under head coach Bill Clark…Former Wisconsin safety Michael Caputo has joined the LSU staff as a defensive assistant….Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh had an extensive interview and opinion piece in last week’s issue of Sports Illustrated…Syracuse football tabbed Dave Boller named as director of player personnel…Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. received a new compensation package with his 2017 contract…New Mexico State named John Mumford defensive line coach…Former Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville has filed paperwork to run for governor of Alabama in 2018…New Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard was lauded for work ethic and ability to handle defensive challenges in a recent newspaper story…Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the annual salary for defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads…Idaho State’s head coach Mike Kramer is retiring after seasons at ISU and is being replaced by current UNI assistant coach Rob Phenicie, a former Idaho State assistant coach…Michigan State has extended assistant coach Curtis Blackwell’s contract for one month.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Washington and Lee: Bob Abell, Farmville, Va.; Washington (Missouri): Larry Kindbom, Lancaster, Pa.; Washington State: Mike Leach, Susanville, Calif.; Wesleyan (Conn.): Dan DiCenzo, Williamstown, Mass.; West Texas A&M: Mike Nesbitt, Belen, N.M.
South Dakota State director of athletics Justin Sell was interviewed about the solid state of SDSU athletics in 2016-17…Doug Walker is returning to Texas A&M as senior associate AD. He had been at Alabama from 2006-2017 and started his fulltime professional career as assistant media relations director at the Southwest Conference in Dallas…Tennessee AD Dave Hart completed his tenure at the university on March 31, and new AD John Currie assumed full responsibilities last Saturday…LSU AD Joe Alleva is working to manage malt beverage sales at athleics’ events besides football and basketball.
NCAA vice president and Academic All-America QB Oliver Luck will address the Football Bowl Association’s meeting later this month in San Antonio, Texas…Late Oklahoma AD and longtime Big 12 Conference associate commissioner Donnie Duncan has been named as the FBA’s Champions Award recipient for his contribution to bowl matters.
The seventh annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., with a national primetime telecast on FOX…Starting in 2016, each Big Ten school faced three teams from the opposite division as part of a nine-game, circuit slate. This includes an annual matchup between traditional Hosier State rivals Indiana and Purdue…Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson supports exempting college sporting events, particularly those with Sun Belt teams involved, from Arkansas’ licensed handgun laws…The Southeastern and Atlantic Coast/West Coast Conferences Conferences reaped solid financial rewards for their membership after North Carolina/Gonzaga captured the 79th annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship, and South Carolina garnered the DI women’s NCAA basketball title over the weekend in an All-SEC finale 67-55 over first-time national championship game contender Mississippi State. Dallas Cowboys QB and MSU alumnus Dak Prescott was on hand to watch the Bulldogs women’s team end the longest winning streak in college athletics at 111 games with a 66-64 overtime edging by State of No. 1 nationally UConn on March 31 at American Airlines Center in Dallas..
Texas Tech DL Nick McCann had one of the highlights of the afternoon with a 27-yard pass interception return for a touchdown during the annual Red-Black spring game April 1 in Frisco, Texas, at the Star at Ford Center. Tech QB Nic Shimonek also was lauded for better control of his passes in the situational spring contest and threw for 273 yards and three TDs in a 49-31 Red squad triumph……Tennessee RB John Kelly was lauded in spring practice for his leadership of a young Vols running back corps…Former Kentucky WR Jeff Badet will have the rare opportunity to play for both UK head coach Mark Stoops and Oklahoma head coach and Mark’s brother Bob Stoops as Badet transfers to OU for the ’17 season…The family of all-star high school QB Taulia Tagovailoa officially has moved to Alabama…Former USF safety Hassan Childs will seek another school for the 2017 season.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry of Air Force will be the guest speaker at the Texas A&M-International athletics banquet honoring Texas-Mexico border area military veterans in November…Mississippi State and Dallas Cowboys standout QB Dak Prescott joined former basketball student-athlete, cancer survivor and native Mississippian Robin Roberts cheered on MSU as it upended UConn 66-64 in overtime in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Basketball semifinals.
Eastern Michigan is proceeding with plans for a $35 million office and training facility…Arizona athletics will restore and manage historic Hi Corbett Field in new lease agreement with Tucson, Ariz….New Mexico is seeking to advance 2017 football season ticket sales with late spring promotions…Wright State athletics may be in for some additional belt tightening and elimination of spring sports after the 2016-17 academic year…Utah athletics is working with area neighbors and Salt Lake City on proposals for a new Utes baseball stadium…Las Vegas media have questioned what possible other events might be held at the proposed new stadium in Vegas for the Oakland Raiders who will play their games in Oakland in both 2017 and ’18 before moving to Nevada.
ESPN reporter and analyst Kaylee Hartung is leaving the network to join CNN as a correspondent…ESPN/ABC veteran Sam Ponder will take over Sunday morning pregame NFL show duties for the retiring Chris Berman…Some stories of national interest in last week’s SB Nation Stadiums USA nationally syndicated radio show were Bay Area Sports Steve Berman on the changing venues for the NFL in California and Nevada, professional sports logo usage with SB Nations Charlotte Wilder and the multiple uses of College Football Playoff and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship location University of Phoenix Stadium.
CoSIDA members Julie Greco of Cornell, Ann King, The Sage Colleges, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Gene McGivern of St. Thomas (Minn.), Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Madeleine Williams of Slippery Rock, Stephen Batcher of Winona State, Britni Waller of South Dakota, Everett Hutto of Winthrop, and Donald Weast of Emporia State have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates…The NCAA and such schools as the University of Richmond have reminded student-athletes of the ban on any type of offshore internet gambling on any event – college or professional.
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 30 of the 30-part series (editor’s note: bonus coverage of the 2016 season and 2017 spring football are forthcoming):
2015 – Another season for four 10-win and all nationally ranked teams in the Big 12 Conference seemed almost the norm as No. 5 Oklahoma (11-2, 81 Big 12) wrapped up its league-record ninth Big 12 title and a berth against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The 2015 CFP runnerup and ’16 national champion topped the Sooners 37-17 in the Orange Bowl semis’ encounter. No. 7 TCU, meanwhile, closed with a 11-2 overall mark (7-2 conference) to tie No. 20 Oklahoma State (10-3 full season) for second place in the circuit behind head coach Bob Stoops’ Sooners and one game ahead of No. 13 nationally Baylor (10-3, 6-3). It was another banner year for Big 12 postseason invitations as West Virginia, Texas Tech, Texas (its first and lone bowl appearance in three seasons under head coach Charlie Strong), and Kansas State all advanced to bowls. Meanwhile, head coach Chad Morris took over the SMU reins and injected new hope into Mustangs football while Houston of the American Athletic Conference flourished with a 13-1 overall record and AAC title win 24-13 over Temple. The Cougars also rallied from a 34-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to edge Pittsburgh 35-34 in an ESPN Instant Classic ’15 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl appearance.
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