College Football Notes – April 24, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the April 24-30 time period are April 24 (1915) Ed Franco, Jersey City, N.J.; (1921) Weldon Humble, Nixon, Texas; (1938) Carroll Dale, Wise, Va.; April 25 (1953) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; (1954) Randy Cross, Brooklyn, N.Y.; April 26 (1927) John Ralston, Oakland, Calif.; April 27 (1887) Bishop Frank Juhan, Macon, Ga.; (1941) Lee Roy Jordan, Excel, Ala.; April 28 (1876) Frank Cavanaugh, Worcester, Mass.; (1947) Bill Enyart, Pawhuska, Okla.; (1955) Wilson Whitley, Brenham, Texas; April 29 (1914) Darrell Lester, Jacksboro, Texas; (1920) David Nelson, Detroit, Mich.; April 30 (1871) Fielding Yost, Fairview, W.Va.; (1887) Doc Fenton, Scranton, Pa.; (1895) Bernie Moore, Jonesboro, Tenn.; (1918) Augie Lio, East Boston, Mass.; (1935) Jon Arnett, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1941) Jerry Stovall, West Monroe, La.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are April 24 (1978) Hunk Anderson, West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 25 (1973) Bud Sprague, New York City; April 26 (1974) Eddie Anderson, Clearwater, Fla.; (2011) Jim Mandich, Miami, Fla.; April 28 (1962) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Baton Rouge, La.; (1993) Ben Schwartzwalder, St. Petersburg, Fla.; April 30 (2012) Billy Neighbors, Huntsville, Ala.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members April 24 Carroll Dale, April 25 Rod Shoate, Randy Cross, April 27 Lee Roy Jordan, April 28 Bill Enyart, April 30 Jerry Stovall…
San Diego State and UCLA have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2023 and ’26…Florida State will host Northern Illinois in 2018…Georgia’s financial guarantees for 2018 non-conference opponents have been finalized…Iowa and Iowa State: formally extended the traditional Cy-Hawk home-and-home series through 2023…South Carolina has cancelled its slated 2019 game at East Carolina…Texas Tech and Eastern Washington were unable to change their current Sept. 2 hope opening date because of other scheduling issues…Texas Wesleyan has placed 2017 season tickets on sale and held its first spring scrimmage since April 1941 last weekend at historic Farrington Field in Fort Worth, Texas…The NFL released its complete 2017 schedule with one of the highlights being the Sept. 10 NBC Sunday Night prime time telecast for the third year in succession with the New York Giants traveling to face the Dallas Cowboys…Boise State athletics is dropping its men’s wrestling program and bringing back varsity baseball within the Mountain West Conference for the first time since 1980…UC San Diego appears to be considering a move to NCAA FCS status and Division I in other sports…Savannah State athletics will move to NCAA Division II in 2017-18.
April is National Organ Donation Month, and such sacrifices as former Minnesota football student-athlete Doobie Kurus making a donation of a kidney to close friend Ed Hawthorne in 2015 and former NFL player Ma’ake Kemoeatu of Utah and the Baltimore Ravens making a 2014 kidney donation to his younger brother Tevita Kemoeatu were recent great donor works. Villanova and Temple athletics annually sponsor Be the Match mouth swabs to increase the pool of national organ donors…Indiana’s Faculty Athletics Committee has passed several new policies affecting student-athlete welfare and success on and off the fields and courts…The Kansas Board of Regents passed a ban on all firearms at athletics events at Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State…Indiana athletics has a new recruiting policy that prohibits any prospective student-athletes or coaches with accusations or background of sexual abuse or violence from being admitted to IU…The Chicago Tribune sports department researched a thorough analysis of persons of color in NCAA and NAIA head coaching ranks…San Diego State’s Associated Student Council executive group voted to retain the school’s Aztec mascot…The New Jersey Star-Ledger posted an interesting story on the making of football helmets…
Washington head coach Chris Petersen had terms of his contract extension through 2023 approved by university administrators…Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin and his two coordinators had their contracts approved by the Utah State Board of Trustees. The Football Bowl Association also will meet in Boise in April 2018…New Baylor head coach Matt Rhule expressed satisfaction with spring results of meal planning, study hall and practice work ethic…UC Davis named Brandon Huffert defensive line coach…Deonte Gibson and Erik Frazier Jr. have been added to the Northwestern coaching staff as graduate assistants…Alabama’s new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll came to terms on his initial contract…New Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin discussed his philosophy on delegating responsibility to assistant coaches…Former Oklahoma LB Eric Striker has been added to the Sooners staff as a defensive recruiting analyst…UTSA assistant coach Bo Davis will be eligible to coach on the NCAA level again beginning April 13, 2019…Michigan’s trip to Rome under head coach Jim Harbaugh and known as The Italian Adventure is paying dividends in exposure for UM and international goodwill for college football.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – WPI (former Worcester Tech): Chris Robertson, Albany, N.Y.; Wyoming: Craig Bohl, Lincoln, Neb.; Yale: Tony Reno, Oxford, Mass.; Air Force: Troy Calhoun, McMinnville, Ore; Akron: Terry Bowden, Douglas, Ga.
Boston College selected former Ohio State deputy AD Martin Jarmond for its similar position…Long Beach State named former UC Santa Barbara AD Andy Fee as its AD…Former North Dakota State director of athletics Gene Taylor accepted the same position at Kansas State…Desiree Reed-Francois has been named AD at UNLV after serving as senior associate AD at Virginia Tech… VCU AD Ed McLaughlin received a contract extension and later removed his name from consideration for the then-opening as AD at Boston College…Kentucky Gov. Mastt Bevin came out with solid, vocal support for Louisville AD Tom Jurich…Oregon State AD Scott Barnes was complimented in the Corvallis, Ore., Gazette-Times for his early tenure progress with the Beavers… Texas AD Mike Perrin was featured in a recent Dallas Morning News post…Utah AD Chris Hill discussed Rice-Eccles Stadium expansion and future football scheduling at a recent campus roundtable…Kentucky director of athletics Mitch Barnhart and Texas president Dr. Gregory Fenves came out strongly last week in opposition to paying NCAA Division I student-athletes…UAB selected Jana Woodson as assistant AD for external operations…Former Oklahoma State basketball student-athlete and longtime (1991-2002) dean of the BU business school Dr. Linda A. Livingstone has been chosen as the first woman president at Baylor…1994 Vanderbilt grad Dr. Shirley M. Collado has been named Ithaca (N.Y.) College’s ninth president. She previously was a vice president and dean at Rutgers…Longtime San Diego State and Michigan coach and administrator Steve Fisher retired last week…Longtime Mississippi State, Birmingham-Southern and UAB coach and administrator Brian Shoop was his 1,000th game as a head baseball coach when the Blazers downed Louisiana Tech last Friday. He is the 14th active NCAA Division I head coach with 1,000 victories…Kansas State’s legendary administrative assistant for football head coaches, Joan Fredericks, celebrated 42 years of service at KSU during last weekend’s spring game with special presentations…Eastern Michigan interim AD Christian Spears says the Bahamas Bowl was worth its weight in millions of dollars in exclusive, national postseason exposure on ESPN…
The St. Petersburg Bowl invited its first Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2014 when NC State faced UCF…The City of Frisco, Texas, has made a preliminary proposal to bring a fourth FBS bowl contest to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at Toyota Stadium in addition to the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. The organizing group has requested a possible move of the Miami Beach Bowl and ESPN management of the new DFW area bowl at a date to be determined.
Conference USA Football Media Days are set for Wednesday-Thursday, July 19-20, in Dallas. The head coach and two student-athletes from each of the schools are scheduled to participate. The Marriott DFW North (8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving, TX) is the location, and registration details will be revealed at a later date…The Atlantic Coast Conference certified its 2017 championship in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C…The Big 12 Conference on April 19 hosted its sixth annual State of College Athletics Forum at the NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta with SEC Network analyst Tony Barnhart as emcee, live streaming on ESPN3 and special guests Big 12 Commissioner and NFF Board member Bob Bowlsby, West Virginia AD Shane Lyons and College Football Hall of Famer and ESPN football analyst Mark May…Belmont has been mentioned as a possible new member for the Missouri Valley Conference…
The 22 selection-eligible players set for the Thursday-Saturday NFL Draft via invitation are Jamal Adams,
S, LSU; Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State; Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama; Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State; Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado; Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA; Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee; Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin; Garett Bolles, OT, Utah; Haason Reddick, LB, Temple; Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State; Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama; Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan; John Ross, WR, Washington; Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU; Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford; Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California; Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina; Kevin King, CB, Washington; Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson; DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame; and Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU…Sports Illustrated pinpointed five others to watch for immediate NFL production after the draft this week in LSU RB Leonard Fournette, Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore, Alabama TE O.J. Howard, LSU SS Jamam Adams, and Ohio State FS Malik Hooker…Local media outlets also indicated that several of these other players interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys in Irving and Arlington, Texas, prior to this week’s NFL selections for 2017: DE Charles Harris of Missouri, safety Justin Evans of Texas A&M, safety Obi Melifonwu of Connecticut, DE Tarell Basham of Ohio, and CB Teez Tabor of Florida…Wideout James Washington of Oklahoma State was rated as possibly the top returning offensive player in the Big 12 Conference for 2017…Texas Tech hopes to build a better running game and play more solid run defense to assist probable starting QB Nic Shimonek this autumn…TCU QB Kenny Hill has pledged to work harder this summer in targeting primary receivers before fall drills begin…Texas A&M WR Aaron Hansford joined All-Southeastern Conference wideout Christian Kirk as standouts during Aggie spring workouts…Florida center T.J. McCoy was hospitalized in good condition after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Gainesville, Fla., while McCoy was rising a scooter…Twin defensive backs Gemon and German Green of state champion DeSoto (Texas) HS have committed orally to Michigan for the 2018 season…North Texas received a verbal pledge for the ’18 season from Dallas Madison HS WR-RB-QB Antonio Gage…The Dallas Morning News singled out NFL draft candidates DL Myles Garrett of Texas A&M, Devonte Fields of Louisville and TCU, DE T.J. Watt of Wisconsin, CB Fabian Morau of UCLA, safety Xavier Woods of Louisiana Tech, OT Will Holden of Vanderbilt, CB Treston Decoud of Oregon State, WR Fred Ross of Mississippi State, and RB Joe Yearby of Miami (Fla.) as players who could make major impacts as 2017 rookies…Texas OL Kent Perkins and DL Paul Boyette Jr. were impressive in weightlifting and repetitions during the Longhorns 2017 Pro Day…Montana State defensive backs Naijiel Hale and Darren Gardenhire are seeking reinstatement for the 2017 football season.
2008 NFF Gold Medal recipient and Board member Boone Pickens spoke last week at the formal opening of the Boone Pickens Dallas Hospice Center, for which he provided majority $18.4 million funding. Pickens also was depicted playing a round of leisurely golf with friends at the famed Augusta (Ga.) National Masters course recently…The 2017 NFL Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House at the behest of U.S. President Donald Trump and presented the president with a No. 45 Patriots jersey. Head coach Bill Belichick of Wesleyan (Conn.) and Patriots owner and NFF Board member Robert Kraft brought the Super Bowl LI trophy and expressed gratitude to the U.S. leader for his kindness and support. Pats TE Rob Gronkowski of Arizona also took a quick peek at a news briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer…Former Miami (Ohio) QB Dan Raudabaugh was chronicled in the Dallas Morning News for his record-setting career with the Philadelphia Soul in the Arena Football League…The NFL New York Giants and 2003 NFF William V. Campbell Award winner QB Eli Manning of Ole Miss are looking forward to offseason workouts with newly-acquired, NFL 941-career-receptions maker WR Brandon Marshall of UCF…The NFL Dallas Cowboys also bolstered a secondary depleted by the loss of four of the top six defensive backs with the inking of safety Robert Blanton of Notre Dame…Retired communications director and Jim Saccomano of the Denver Broncos his five-decade career were highlighted in a recent Denver Post group email…Dallas area rap artist Big Tuck addressed the SMU football team after drills and was an avid observer at the Mustangs annual Red-Blue spring game.
Nevada is keeping its season and individual football tickets prices the same for football and elevating basketball season tickets…The Virginia Tech Hokie Club has approached a record $33 million for 1016-17 based on the most recent benefit giving. This is the first time the booster group exceeded $30 million…The Butler Bowl football stadium at the Indianapolis university will be renamed Sellick Stadium after a The Butler Bowl a $9.4 million gift from the estate of Winstan R. “Bud” Sellick and his wife Jacqueline…Pittsburgh football has received a record $2 million donation for its Football Championship Fund…Virginia Tech’s Drive for 25,000 season tickets has gained momentum in recent days…Wichita State athletics has signed a new apparel contract with Under Armour…Illinois athletics has had extensive discussions in recent weeks concerning future financing of the department and enhanced football recruiting…Nike executive and longtime college coach George Raveling discussed parental involvement to an unhealthy degree on the college level and ways to diminish those challenges…Route 66 Hamburgers features a new Gene Keady Burger in honor of the longtime Purdue coach and administrator.
USF athletics has inked a long-term multimedia rights agreement with Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties… Houston’s new indoor football practice facility is set to open this summer…The Robert Irsay family has made a major gift to Indiana Athletics Excellence Academy…Texas athletics is upgrading its lighting and screen digitalizing look at DK Royal Memorial Stadium…Atlanta, Ga., city officials indicated there may be a “remote chance” that the Georgia Dome may be used again instead of razing the historic facility….Wake Forest athletics broke groundbreaking on the Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex…Wayne State (Mich.) is constructing a new baseball stadium with a smaller replica of the rotunda at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn and will honor National Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell…Dave Goren, executive director of the National Sports Media Association & Hall of Fame, was featured in a recent LinkedIn post…Famed Dallas-Fort Worth area journalist and Texas Wesleyan U. communications speakers’ series donor Marjorie Lewis was a guest coach for the Blue-Gold spring football scrimmage last Saturday in Fort Worth.
The NCAA certified national championships and regional tournaments at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, the Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center and the newly-construction-begun Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Woman’s University will host NCAA Division I Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth from 2019-22…CoSIDA members Marc Jordan of Texas; Shawn Medeiros of Endicott, Katie Mucci of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Jeff Weiss of Wayne State, and Wayne Koehler of Florida Southern have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering baseball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87, and here are some of his recollections:
1987 SWC Baseball – Texas and Arkansas were the class of ’87 SWC baseball, and both advanced to the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Longhorns won the regular-season title with an 18-3 mark and closed 58-9 overall, third in the NCAA World Series and third in the final national rankings. Arkansas finished 50-14-1 overall and was 17-4 in SWC activity while ending in a fifth-place tie at Omaha with Florida State. Pacing the UA effort were future Major League performers Jimmy Kremers, Mike Oquist and Tim Sherrill under the guidance of ABCA Hall of Fame head coach Norm DeBriyn. Texas College Baseball Hall of Fame head coach Cliff Gustafson got all-star performances from standouts Scott Coolbaugh, Todd Haney and Mark Petkovsek. Oklahoma State ABCA and College Baseball Hall of Fame head coach Gary Ward guided the future Big 12 Conference Cowboys to a 59-13 overall mark, seventh of a NCAA-record 16 consecutive Big Eight Conference crowns and runnerup to champ Stanford in the ’87 NCAA World Series.
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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