College Football Notes – April 17, 2017
by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 16th, 2017
By Bo Carter
Beloved NFF College Hall of Fame coach Wayne Hardin passed away in Oreland, Pa., April 11. He was 91 and had an exemplary collegiate playing and coaching career – first playing under NFF College Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg at the University of the Pacific as an undergraduate. Born in 1926, in Smackover, Ark., he just had taken part in Temple Football Alumni Day festivities on April 8 with over 120 former Owls on hand. The most successful coach in Temple football history and the coach of Navy’s only two Heisman Trophy winners, Hardin created a Hall of Fame career, leading the Midshipmen and Owl programs to unprecedented accomplishments. His overall coaching record was 118-74-5. Navy’s head coach from 1959-64, Hardin coached Hall of Famers and Heisman Trophy winners Joe Bellino (1960) and NFF Board member Roger Staubach (1963). He ranks fifth all-time at Navy in wins (38), and his teams beat archrival Army in five of his six seasons. His five consecutive defeats of Army stood unsurpassed until 2007. Hardin took Navy to the 1960 Orange Bowl and the 1963 Cotton Bowl, and he twice led the Midshipmen to a top five ranking (No. 4, 1960 and No. 2, 1963). He also coached NFF National Scholar-Athlete Joe Ince (1963). The all-time leader in wins at Temple, Hardin served as head coach of the Owls from 1970-82. He led Temple to its first 10-win season in program history during the 1979 season, finishing at No. 17 in both major polls and beating favored California in the Garden State Bowl. Hardin also mentored Owl quarterback Steve Joachim, who led the nation in total offense and won the Maxwell Trophy in 1973. He was honored as the 1974 Kodak District II Coach of the Year and was inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame in 1994. A 1998 Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Hardin earned 11 varsity letters before graduating from college in 1948.
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 17-23 time period are April 17 (1905) Herb Joesting, Little Falls, Minn.; (1941) Bill Redell, Red Bluff, Calif.; (1972) Tony Boselli, Modesto, Calif.; April 18 (1913) Pug Lund, Rice Lake, Wis.; (1931) Harley Sewell, St. Jo, Texas; (1962) Wilber Marshall, Titusville, Fla.; (1970) Willie Roaf, Pine Bluff, Ark,; (1973) Derrick Brooks, Pensacola, Fla.; April 19 (1883) Germany Schulz, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; (1892) Ernie Godfrey, Dover, Ohio; (1907) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Klausing, Wilmerding, Ohio; (1936) Jack Pardee, Exira, Iowa; (1965) Keith Jackson, Little Rock, Ark.; April 20 (1893) Murray Shelton, Dunkirk, N.Y.; (1915) Eric Tipton, Petersburg, Va.; (1926) Hub Bechtol, Amarillo, Texas; (1930) Harry Agganis, Lynn, Mass.; (1945) Steve Spurrier, Miami Beach, Fla.; April 21 (1935) Jim Young, Franklin Lakes, N.J.; April 22 (1902) Eddie Cameron, Manor, Pa.; (1907) Barton “Botchy” Koch, Temple, Texas; April 23 (1916) Bud Wilkinson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 18 (2005) Sam Mills, Charlotte, N.C.; April 19 (2009) Felix “Doc” Blanchard, Bulverde, Texas; April 23 (1950) Bill Alexander, Atlanta, Ga.; (1985) Francis Wistert, Toledo, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 17 Bill Redell, Tony Boselli, April 18 Wilber Marshall, Willie Roaf, Derrick Brooks, April 19 Keith Jackson, April 20 Steve Spurrier, April 21 Jim Young…
NFF COO Matthew Sign was honored at the recent Rice spring game for his contributions to Owls football from 1989-92 and the national football scene since he graduated from the prestigious Houston university.
Virginia Tech will travel to Florida State for a Sept. 3 (Labor Night) contest in prime time (kickoff TBD) on ESPN. The game matches the two schools with the most Atlantic Coast Conference football crowns (four each) since 2004…Southern Miss and Tulane will renew their rivalry with a four-game series beginning in 2022…Nevada and Vanderbilt completed payout terms for their first-ever meeting in 2018…Utah State will host North Dakota in 2021…Coastal Carolina will travel to South Carolina in 2018 and ’20…The Citadel will play at Ole Miss, and Tulsa will meet the Rebels at Oxford, Miss., in 2022…Maryland’s two Friday night telecasts against Northwestern and Michigan State have been moved to Saturdays, Oct. 14, and Nov. 18, respectively…The Michigan State-Northwestern clash now will move back to Saturday, Oct. 28, from an earlier Oct. 27, slate…Nebraska had another near-record spring game turnout last Saturday with 70,000-plus tickets sold and national television on BTN2.
Catholic University of America is celebrating the three-year anniversary of 2014 commencement speaker and honorary Dr. Philip Rivers of NC State and the NFL San Diego Chargers…Several college golf camps for high school youngsters will be upcoming with college football implications at several sites. The notable events in coming weeks are at Princeton, N.J., San Diego, Calif., Pinehurst, N.C. Golf Resort, TPC Las Colinas, Irving, Texas; May 6 University South Carolina with head coach Bill McDonald at Cobblestone Park Golf Club in Blythewood, S.C., and May 7 at the University of Southern California with head coach Chris Zambri at a location TBD…Penn State and West Virginia will play for the first time in baseball at the Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park May 10 at 7 p.m. (EDT) in a makeup of a postponed game from March 22…Kansas State football and Dr Pepper fanatic Clair Daniels was surprised by the soft drink manufacturer with a Dr Pepper Fountain in front of her home and 120 cases of Dr Pepper for friends’ and family enjoyment throughout the year…Four Rice University students and devoted Owls football fans have received prestigious 2017 Fulbright Grans to study or teach abroad. They are Rachel Buissereth, Hanna Downing, Camila Kennedy, and Benjamin Morris.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen had his contract extended through the 2023 season…UAB defensive coordinator David Reeves was impressed by newcomers and some hearty returnees during the official “unofficial” return of the Blazers to varsity football in the Green-Gold game April 1 at historic Legion Field. The game was televised live by the Birmingham, Ala., ABC affiliate…Former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges is returning to AU as an offensive analyst… Former Illinois head coach Bill Cubit has accepted a post with a leading high school program in Florida…Texas assistant position coaches and trainers are making special observations of student-athletes’ hydration for offseason and upcoming pre-fall workouts…Former Baylor assistant coaches Jim Gush and Chris Achuff have joined the football staff at Navarro (Texas) College…Marshall head coach Doc Holliday have been making their points about the future of Thundering Herd football with a number of West Virginia elected officials…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy may be in line for a contract extension in coming days. He has the most head coaching wins in Cowboys annals with 104 and a 7-5 bowl mark since becoming grid chief in 2005…Connecticut: head coach Randy Edsall is close to completing his 2017 staff with the hiring of assistant coach Corey Edsall…Penn State is making inroads in the New Jersey and New York areas with the hiring of new recruiting assistant…Syracuse named Steve Stanard defensive ends coach while former defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds now will coach defensive tackles. Defensive coordinator Ben Ward will oversee the linebacker corps. Syracuse also chose Justin Lustig as running backs and special teams coach…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is working on an extensive spring speaking tour…Ole Miss assistant coaches have completed most of their formal contract signing procedures…Missouri defensive line coach Brick Haley signed a two-year contract recently…Former Montana State linebackers coach Keith Ioane has moved to Washington as defensive quality control specialist…Aaron Bohl has joined the Wyoming coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Western State: Jas Bains, Fresno, Calif.; William & Mary: Jimmie Laycock, Hamilton, Va.; Williams: Mark Raymond, Buffalo, N.Y.; Wisconsin: Paul Chryst, Madison, Wis.; Wofford: Mike Ayers, Georgetown, Ky.
New Miami (Ohio) director of athletics David Sayler has pledged to upgrade and add to existing on-campus facilities…Wichita State AD Darron Boatright was given thumbs-up for the Shockers move to the American Athletic Conference and possible rejuvenation of the WSU football program…Louisville director of athletics Tom Jurich was featured in several area newspapers about his plans for fundraising and stadium expansion at UL…Mark Orr is settling into his day-to-day responsibilities a new AD at Sacramento State…Tennessee senior associate AD Mike Vollam is leaving the department…Eastern Michigan interim AD Christian Spears is seeking to keep fall sports momentum going into the summer…Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder expressed a goal to keep OSU football among the elite for years to come in the Big 12 Conference…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner is settling back into a routine along with senior associate AD Charles Bloom after both the Gamecock men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to NCAA basketball Final Fours. The women’s team downed Mississippi State for its first NCAA basketball crown while the SC men made their inaugural trek to the NCAA Basketball Final Four…Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward has pledged full confidence and financial assistance for the Aggies football program.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013 between BYU and Washington featured both teams on the same sideline due to the football configuration for AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. Its successor the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., has the two competing teams on opposing sidelines…Starting in 2002, the Hawai’i Bowl gained establishment as an anchor bowl for the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors after UH closed 9-3 in 2001 and did not receive a postseason bid…The 16 total tackles by Vanderbilt’s Manuel Young in the 1982 NFF College Hall of Fame Bowl in 1982 at Birmingham, Ala., remains as VU’s bowl game mark for an individual.
The Big Ten Conference was featured in a Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger story about national recruiting. The Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences also took opposing views about satellite camps and spring intersectional recruiting visits. The SEC also is hoping to use additional funds from 2016-17 basketball and NCAA success to bolster football and spring sports’ budgets…The Missouri Valley Conference has had recent meetings about methods to replace Wichita State when the Shockers matriculate to the American Athletic Conference.
Top all-star candidates for UTEP and UTSA as spring practices conclude are UTEP’s Devin Cockrell, Sr., DB; Will Hernandez, Sr., OL; Alvin Jones, Sr., LB; Terry Juniel, Jr., PR; David Lucero, Jr., TE; Alan Luna, Sr., P; and UTSA’s La’Kel Bass, Sr., LB; Matt Bayliss, Sr., DS; Marcus Davenport, Sr., DE; Austin Pratt, Sr., OL; Jalen Rhodes, Jr., RB; and Josh Stewart, Sr. WR…True freshman QB Danny Clark ran for one score and passed for another in helping the Blue squad edge the White crew 31-14 in the annual Kentucky intrasquad contest…Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph starred in the OSU Orange-Black spring game with 13-of-17 passing for 204 yards…Stanford potential QB standout Keller Chryst is he soon of longtime NFL offensive coordinator and former Princeton star Geep Chryst, grandson of the late Wisconsin standout and coach George Chryst and nephew of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and former Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst…Minnesota RB Rodney Smith was credited with significant improvement in spring drills, which concluded last Saturday…Trevon Ali has become the latest scholarship member of the Bacone (Okla.) football squad with an April signing…Former Houston head coach John Jenkins recalled one UH Red-White spring game when All-Southwest Conference quarterback David Klingler completed 72-of-94 passes for 1,091 yards – all believed to be national spring contest individual marks. He also told of Tennessee’s full non-contact Orange-White tilt in Knoxville last April.
NFF Hall of Fame member and UCLA four-sport standout the late Jackie Robinson was honored on Saturday, April 15, throughout Major League Baseball with Jackie Robinson Day. The uniform No. 42 was worn by every MLB team, and the event commemorated the modern integration of Major League Baseball 70 years ago April 15, 1947, when Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers…NFF director of special events Hillary Jeffries and communications assistant Alan Cox were special guest speakers at last week’s University of North Texas Journalism 4210 advanced sports communications class at the New Campus in Frisco, Texas, adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys Star at Ford Center…Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Delaware student-athlete and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, will be the featured lecturer at the annual Blackboard convention at New Orleans, La., in July…Famed player agent Leigh Steinberg (the model for the famed “Jerry McGuire” movie starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr.) has one of the top quarterback projections in his group for the 2017 NFL Draft April 27-29 in Texas Tech standout Patrick Mahomes II.
Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium (which is adjacent to the northernmost cemetery for Confederate soldiers after the U.S. Civil War) was chronicled from its earliest seating capacity of 10,000 in 1917 to the current seating for 80,321 (completed in 2005). It is one of the five oldest stadiums still in use in 2017 with Georgia Tech (built in 1913), Mississippi State (1914), Cincinnati (1916), UW, and Oklahoma State and Washington (1920). Notre Dame head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Knute Rockne helped construct Kansas’ Memorial Stadium in the summer before it opened in 1921…NFL Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang pledged $500,000 to the new Eastern Michigan Championship Building…St. Louis’ latest Busch Stadium layout has teams located on the same sideline for high school and college contests played at the facility…Fans United features online collegiate gear to celebrate spring training football and the upcoming NFL Draft on April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 overall selection in the draft and 11 potential choices for the ‘17 campaign…USF football season-ticket sales continue above average for this time of the spring during recent years…Wichita State is set to sign a longterm marketing and apparel agreement with Under Armour…San Diego State athletics and Soccer City Stadium are working on a possible contract for facility usage by the Aztec football squad…UNLV athletics and the City of Las Vegas are considering terms of usage with the the new NFL franchise and Rebels as co-tenants for the upcoming stadium in 2019…Georgia State’s adaptation of the previous Turner Field in Atlanta is progressing on time for the 2017 season…Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium is under study for a possible expansion plan…Texas football is installing state-to-the-art, three-dimensional-simulated individual lockers in its home dressing quarters…Maker’s Mark beverages is commemorating some of the University Kentucky’s top athletics with collectible bottles…Kansas State will dedicate Memorial Stadium, which was the football home facility for the Wildcats from 1922-67, to World War I soldiers from the state and KSU…Princeton will construct a plastic bubble over its football stadium for winter use after a $3.5 million gift was presented last week…UCLA will conduct its entire fall camp in Los Angeles after going off-campus for practice at San Bernardino, Calif., in recent seasons.
North Texas and Learfield Sports have signed a multi-year contract for broadcast and marketing rights…HuskerExtra.com recently revealed a fan survey about reasons to optimism for Nebraska football in 2017 and creative ways to find game tickets as NU’s NCAA-record sellouts’ streak (since the 1962 season) starts this year at 354. NU opens the ’17 outing against Arkansas State on Sept. 2 in Lincoln, Neb….The EA Sports NFL Club Series concluded last Saturday night on the NFL Network with a $20,000 prize going to the winner…SB Nation’s Stadiums USA national radio show highlighted St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Stadium and the future of college and bowl games in the facility, how Los Angeles Dodger Stadium once was considered to be reconfigured for a NFL franchise in 2013 and ‘14 officials and zaniest college and NFL ticket-selling promotions on last week’s syndicated program hosted by the legendary Bill Hazen.
The NCAA Executive Committee considered legislation last week on NCAA FBS members’ 10th football assistant coaches, early football signing period and intersectional gridiron satellite camps…CoSIDA members Joe Carmany of Liberty, Maggie Hayon of Delaware, Nick McCutcheon of Missouri Western, Luke Bolanos of Virginia’s College at Wise One, Dan Genzler of the University of Sioux Falls, and Jay Moline of Kansas State have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates…The deadlines for CoSIDA baseball, softball and spring sports Academic All-America® nominations and voting are approaching. Nominations for the AAA baseball and softball have opened, and all nominations for these programs must be done online through the CoSIDA Web site. Nominations will be accepted only from current CoSIDA members.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30-plus years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is a “bonus” update on 2017 spring training:
Spring Training 2017 – New Texas head coach Tom Herman reflected on a solid corps of wide receivers at UT in spring ’17 and how to utilize their talents prior to the season opener Sept. 2 in Austin against Maryland…TCU head coach Gary Patterson is trying to iron out a few wrinkles at quarterback after spring drills and is looking at returning starter Kenny Hill, Shawn Robinson, Brennen Wooten, and Jordan Kitna as the candidates for autumn duty…Baylor may look to play more ball control with some experienced rushers and four offensive line starters returning. In the backfield RB Terence Williams (1,048 yards, 11 touchdowns) and RB JaMycal Hasty are a sound 1-2 starting punch while QB Zach Smith and Arizona transfer QB Anu Solomon have worked on option running strategy.
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