College Football Notes – April 10

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 10-16 time period are April 10 (1918) Jim Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1938) Don Meredith, Mt. Vernon, Texas; April 11 (1903) Jake Gaither, Dayton, Tenn.; (1916) Sam Chapman, Tiburon, Calif.; (1916) Danny Fortmann, Pearl River, N.Y.; (1941) Joe Romig, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1962) Terry Hoage, Ames, Iowa; April 12 (1870) Winchester Osgood, Port Bananas, Fla.; (1944) Mike Garrett, Los Angeles, Calif.; April 13 (1897) Jimmy Leech, Collierville, Va.; (1915) Bob Devaney, Saginaw, Mich.; April 14 (1876) Eddie Rogers, Libby, Minn.; (1901) Mal Stevens, Stockton, Kan.; (1926) Harry Gilmer, Birmingham, Ala.; April 15 (1938) Richie Lucas, Glassport, Pa.; (1947) Ted Kwalick, McKees Rocks, Pa.; April 16 (1970) Steve Emtman, Spokane, Wash.; (1972) Jim Ballard, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 10 (2015) Ray Graves, Tampa, Fla.; April 11(1948) Jock Sutherland, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (2008) Bob Pellegrini, Marmora, N.J.; April 15 (2002) Byron “Whizzer” White, Denver, Colo.; April 16 (1981) Lee Tressel, Berea, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 11 Terry Hoage, April 12 Mike Garrett, April 15 Ted Kwalick, April 16 Steve Emtman, Jim Ballard…
Dartmouth and Princeton will play at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2019, to help commemorate Dartmouth’s 250-year anniversary. Dartmouth and Brown earlier moved their 2017 Ivy League encounter to Boston’s Fenway Park…Colorado State will meet Western Illinois in 2019…Oklahoma and Tennessee will play again in a 2029 and ’24 series. South Dakota also will travel to Oklahoma in 2019…Marshall director of athletics Mike Hamrick hopes to keep Saturday traditional contests and try to avoid weeknight tilts for television…Nevada added Vanderbilt to its 2018 schedule, Portland State in ’18 and Weber State in Reno in 2019…The Oregon-Oregon State Civil War tussle has been moved up to Nov. 25 for a national telecast…Wyoming will face Northern Colorado at Laramie, Wyo., in ’22 and Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz., in 2024.
Purdue QB David Blough just returned from a spring break mission trip to South Africa. The former Carrollton (Texas) Creekview HS signal caller with strong family connections to Vanderbilt has assisted with children in a South African orphanage for several months…Mississippi State’s 32nd annual Super Bulldog Weekend included the spring football skirmish, cooking contests, Southeastern Conference spring sports events, and special recognition at most venues of MSU’s record-setting and NCAA 2016-17 second place women’s basketball squad…ESPN aired the inspirational story of Tuskegee baseball pitcher Darien Brown who has fought through 21 surgeries since early childhood to treat the rare bone and joint disease arthrogryposis…The State of Arkansas has passed a bill to keep some sports venues free of the state’s new gun laws.
Texas head coach Tom Herman joined New England Patriots head coaching legend Bill Belichick as lead speakers at last Friday’s Texas High School Coaches Clinic in Austin prior to the April 8 annual Orange-White spring game…Andre Barboza has been named wide receivers coach at Fordham…Adam Fletcher was tabbed as strength and conditioning coach at Illinois…Tulsa chose David Deets as director of athletics performance and conditioning…Monica Case is the new video coordinator for FGCU athletics…Kentucky offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw and offensive line coach John Schlarman have signed contract extensions…Southern Miss named SaJason Finley head strength and conditioning coach…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente received a two-year contract extension and updated compensation package for 2023…West Virginia’s assistant coaches’ contracts have been finalized for 2017 and beyond in some cases…North Texas assistant coaches received up to 11 percent performance raises for 2017 after the ’16 squad competed against Army in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl…Iowa State added three assistant coaches in Mike Zadick, Derek St. John and Brent Metcalf last week…Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck has organized a new team Leadership Council for 2017…UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez received a pay raise and three-year extension… FIU named Earl Little director of football player development…Idaho State wide receivers coach Pat McCann is leaving for the same post at another school.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – West Virginia: Dana Holgorsen, Davenport, Iowa; West Virginia Wesleyan: Del Smith, Richmond, Va.; Western Carolina: Mark Speir, Kannapolis, N.C.; WKU: Mike Sanford, Los Altos, Calif.; Western Michigan: Tim Lester, Wheaton, Ill.
Montana director of athletics Kent Haslam gave a special VIP tour of the department’s new Champion Center…North Dakota AD Brian Faison celebrated several of the accomplishments of recent years, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship, with student-athletes and coaches…University of Mary AD Roger Thomas is retiring…New Tennessee John Currie has held several meetings with alumni and student groups since taking the reins on April 1 and has started a special “Hey, John” fan response email and written inquiries’ response outlet… New Arizona President Robert C. Robbins had his contract and annual financial remuneration finalized…Colorado tabbed Eduardo Fiallos as a technical coordinator for athletics… Fresno State AD Jim Bartko spoke to an area gathering about helping prevent sexual misconduct…Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart addressed a group about prospects for 2017 football and a 2016-17 basketball wrapup.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl actually followed the first collegiate bowl game played in Fort Worth, Texas, by 82 years. TCU and Centre (Ky.) played in the Fort Worth Classic New Year’s Day, 1921, and Fort Worth attempted but decided against hosting a small-college bowl at historic LaGrave Field after the 1940 season…From 2010-15 at least one coach of teams competing in what is now the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala., was hired by another NCAA FBS school prior to the Mobile clash.
The American Athletic Conference voted to admit former Missouri Valley Conference member Wichita State to the AAC starting in 2017-18…Conference USA has its 2017 spring football preview with facts, schedules and team notes available at the league’s official website c-usa.org. C-USA units will meet teams from eight of the other nine NCAA FBS circuits and will compete against 28 bowl teams from these eight groups and FBS independents…Houston President Dr. Renu Khator recently met with Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott…The American Southwest Conference hosted ADs’ meetings around the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Dallas.
Quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are having a pitched tussle to top the Florida depth chart prior to 2017 fall workouts after solid spring showings…Early enrollee QB Shawn Robinson of TCU paced both teams in passing during the Horned Frogs annual Purple-White spring tilt with 10-of-22 passing for 90 yards…Texas A&M continues to try and firm its quarterback position after evaluating newcomer Kellen Mond during last week’s Maroon-White encounter…SMU’s quarterback situation has been competitive in spring 2017 with the emergence of Ben Hicks, Rafe Peavey (transfer from Arkansas) and D.J. Gillins having some sound moments before and during the annual Red-Blue contest last weekend…North Texas receivers were impressive in a 78-point spring skirmish (offense edged defense 44-34) with Rico Bussey Jr. (eight catches for 146 yards) and Turner Smiley (four receptions for 125 yards with a 61-yard TD grab) dominated the clash…Oklahoma four-year graduate OL Christian Dalmier will transfer to Texas A&M to complete his eligibility in ’17. Ironically, Texas A&M transfer QB and OU baseball regular QB Kyler Murray completed 9-of-13 passes to highlight last Saturday’s Oklahoma Crimson-Cream spring game…The 2017 spring guide for Conference USA lists Middle Tennessee’s Walter Brady, Jr., DE; Chandler Brewer, Jr., OL; Richie James, Jr., WR; Brent Stockstill, Jr., QB; and Ty Lee, So., WR; along with North Texas’ Nate Brooks, Jr., DB; LaDarius Hamilton, So., DL; Eric Jenkins, Sr., DB; and Kishawn McClain, Sr.; from these 2016 bowl teams as prime candidates for upcoming All-C-USA postseason honors…Offensive tackle Kardell Thomas at 6-3, 310 pounds, recently anchored the 4×400-meter relay team for Baton Rouge (La.) Southern University Lab High School in an outdoor track meet.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne attended the opening day of Nebraska spring workouts to give the coaches and student-athletes a few words of wisdom and pointers…Longtime NFF member and Georgia football student-athlete Billy Payne delivered a moving eulogy to the late Arnold Palmer at the 2017 Masters golf tourney…College Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry of Air Force will be the guest speaker at the Texas A&M-International November banquet to honor veterans, their families and top coaches and student-athletes at TAMUI…PGA golfing legend Sergio Garcia is engaged to Golf Channel reporter and daughter of former Texas 1972-75 QB Marty Akins – Angela Akins. She also is first cousin to former Purdue standout and longtime NFL New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees…Newly-named CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Eastern Illinois will suit up Tuesday night and go through pregame warmups with the NBA Dallas Mavericks as a salute to the retiring NFL legend…NFL 2016 Rookie of the Year QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi State threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mississippi State-Kentucky SEC baseball game and was featured during the Maroon-White spring game in an interview on ESPNU for the 32nd annual MSU Super Bulldog Weekend.
The NCAA Revenue and Expense Summary for the 2015-16 fiscal year and NCAA Equity in Athletics Report listed the five top members of the Big Ten Conference in operating revenue as Ohio State, $170,789,765; Michigan, $163,850,615; Penn State, $132,248,076; Wisconsin, $132,788,726; and Michigan State, $123,034,495…Texas Tech’s 2017 season ticket promotion Saturday Night Lights has received multiple web hits and greater interest in purchases…Barton will add men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in 2018-19…The Buffalo Bulls have implemented some budget adjustments for athletics for the remainder of 2017…Kansas athletics is proposing the sale of malt beverages at certain events…Missouri State athletics cut its field hockey program to alleviate some financial concerns…Cincinnati athletics will host some events in 2017-18 nearby St. Ursala Academy while Fifth Third Arena is being renovated…FIU’s football stadium is getting a facelift and has been renamed Riccardo Silva Stadium after a 3.76 million gift by the owner of FC Miami (Fla.)…Auburn athletics trustees approved a $12 million plan to renovate and convert the existing pressbox at Jordan-Hare Stadium to club seats. A new pressbox location of similar capacity will be constructed. Auburn also released renderings for a new $28 million football facility…Nevada athletics is close to construction start for a new practice and office facility…LSU’s new quarters for the famed Mike the Tiger mascot will include a new pool and unique hot and cold rock formation for the live animals…Texas athletics will construct a new, on-campus arena and offices to replace the 40-year-old Erwin Center. The new facility is scheduled for completion in time for the 2012-22 season. One proposed location is on the site of the historic Jamail Swimming and Diving Center in Austin…West Virginia athletics is constructing a new video board at Milan Puskar Stadium.
ESPN and CBS Sports Network announced 11 of the initial Conference USA telecasts for 2017 with several others to be determined on six- or 12-day advance notice…SB Nation’s Stadiums USA national radio show highlighted possible football events at Atlanta’s new Cobb County SunTrust Park, Craig Hodges on professional facilities in the Chicago area and the legacy of longtime general manager Jerry Krauss, zaniest promotions at college and pro football contests with author Josh Pahigian, how colleges report attendance figures, and some recent nuances and interesting episodes with rotating billboard signs.
The NCAA is awarding some future NCAA Championships back to cities in North Carolina after the repeal of HB2 legislation in that state…CoSIDA members Nick Guerriero of American U., Luke Reid of Cal State Chico, Erica Ewing of Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.), Ralph Zobell of BYU, and Julie Greco of Cornell 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 the first of two “bonus” remembrances of the 2016 season:
2016 – Ho, hum (again), this is getting pretty repetitive…Oklahoma captured its 10th Big 12 Conference football title in 21 seasons in 9-0 circuit fashion and a 11-2 overall mark with a final national ranking of No. 5. Coach Bob Stoops’ Sooners, who started the championship run in 2000, edged Bedlam Series rival Oklahoma State (10-3, 7-2 Big 12, No. 11 nationally) and No. 18 nationally West Virginia (10-3, 7-2) for the crown while another three loop squads – Kansas State (9-4, 6-3), TCU (6-7, 4-5) and Baylor (3-6, 7-6) made postseason play. Baylor under interim head coach Jim Grobe opened the year at 6-0, then lost six consecutive games and later upended Boise State in a 31-12 upset at the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. The Bears later hired Temple head coach Matt Rhule to replace Grobe while Texas ended the tenure of three-year head coach Charlie Strong (who later accepted the USF head coaching position) with the hiring of successful Houston head coach Tom Herman.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
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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