College Football Notes – May 1, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, April 30th, 2017
College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 1-7 time period are May 1 (1900) Stan Barnes, Baraboo, Wis.; (1905) Chris Cagle, DeRidder, La.; (1907) Erby Pinckert, Medford, Wis.; (1910) Cliff Battles, Akron, Ohio; (1925) Chuck Bednarik, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1930) Ollie Matson, Trinity, Texas; (1937) Roger Brown, Surry County, Va.; (1950) Carlos Alvarez, Havana, Cuba; May 2 (1887) Joe Utay, St. Louis, Mo.; (1955) Richard Ritchie, Mineral Wells, Texas; May 3 (1919) Gil Steinke, Brenham, Texas; (1927) Bobby Davis, Columbus, Ga.; (1941) Dave Robinson, Mt. Holly, N.J.; May 4 (1903) Elmer Layden, Davenport, Iowa; (1910) Barry Wood, Milton, Mass.; (1928) Don Coleman, Ponca City, Okla.; (1938) Wayne Harris, Hampton, Ark.; May 5 (1921) Eddie Talboom, Delphos, Ohio; (1927) Al DeRogatis, Newark, N.J.; (1941) Terry Baker, Pine River, Minn.; (1947) Bob Babich, Youngstown, Ohio; May 6 (1909) Johnny Vaught, Olney, Texas; (1922) Pat Harder, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1957) Tom Cousineau, Fairview Park, Ohio; May 7 (1881) Paul Bunker, Alpena, Mich.; (1896) Belford West, Hamilton, N.Y.; (1905) Henry “Red” Sanders, Asheville, N.C.; (1930) Vito “Babe” Parilli, Rochester, Pa.; (1953) Pat McInally, Villa Park, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 1 (1982) Ed Tryon, St. Petersburg, Fla.; May 2 (1983) Norm Van Brocklin, Social Circle, Ga.; May 3 (2007) Alex Agase, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; (1971) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1976) Ernie Nevers, San Rafael, Calif.; May 4 (1991) Don Whitmire, Annandale, Va.; May 5 (1989) Earl “Red” Blaik, NFF Tri-Founder, Colorado Springs, Colo.;
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 1 Roger Brown, Carlos Alvarez, May 2 Richard Ritchie, May 3 Dave Robinson, May 5 Terry Baker, Bob Babich, May 6 Tom Cousineau, May 7 Vito “Babe” Parilli (a spry 87), Pat McInally…
Arizona will host North Dakota State in 2022…Miami (Ohio) will travel to Ohio State in 2019. The Buckeyes also will alter their 2019 scheduled game against TCU. The OSU-TCU tussle now will be in the Cowboys College Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sept. 15, 2018. The Buckeyes also will face Pac-12 Conference opponent Washington Sept. 7, 2024, in Seattle, Wash., and Sept. 13, 2025 at Ohio Stadium…Clemson will host Florida Atlantic in 2023…Charlotte will play at Duke in 2019 and host the Blue Devils in 2020…Temple will play at Duke in 2022 and then face the Blue Devils in Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 26, 2023…Iowa State will host UNI in four, odd-year games starting 2017-19-21-23…Massachusetts will make a return game trip to Mississippi State Oct. 17, 2020, and faces Army West Point at the Black Knights’ Michie Stadium Nov. 20, 2021…South Dakota completed its 2019 schedule with contests against Montana and Houston Baptist…Montana replaced Liberty with South Dakota on the Grizzlies’ 2019 and ’22 slates… Michigan has the possibility of playing two 2017 night games, including Michigan State, under Big Ten Conference television flexible scheduling…The Florida-Georgia game five-year contract extension for Jacksonville, Fla., is being presented for formal approval to the Jacksonville City Council…Purdue and TCU completed their agreement for a 2019 contest, and Horned Frogs athletics officials explained the logic behind changing part of the scheduled dates for the upcoming Ohio State-TCU series.
Finalists for the spring sports Senior CLASS Awards to celebrate community service and scholastic achievements have been denoted for 2017…Cactus Sports Public Relations has produced a series on crisis management and damage control after challenges made public on cellphone video and other social media…Cal State San Marcos basketball student-athlete and active U.S. Marine Stefawn Payne was saluted for his time management in playing athletics and military service to his nation…Former Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette was mentioned in the VU Alumnus magazine for his progress in medical school…Michigan’s football squad may visit Brazil or South Africa next spring as part of its overseas’ educational and football promotional experiences. The team travelled to Rome, Italy, this spring.
Northwestern head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame player Pat Fitzgerald had his contract extended through 2016…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh presented a commemorative Michigan helmet to Pope Francis in Vatican City, Italy…Idaho State bas brought back Matt Traxel as offensive coordinator…NBC5-KXAS-TV’s sports director Newy Scruggs penned an essay on possible early success for Texas head coach Tom Herman…Former Arizona and Hawai’i head coach Dick Tomey was highlighted for his “coaching tree” of successful college football mentors…Louisiana Tech signed head coach Skip Holtz to a five-year contract extension with increased compensation…Former Florida A&M assistant coach Stephen Field is the new director of high school football relations at Louisville…Coastal Carolina business executive-turned-head coach Joe Moglia has the Chanticleers’ ready to contend in Sun Belt Conference football this season…Former Nebraska head coach (now at Youngstown State) Bo Pelini and longtime Huskers assistant Craig Bohl (head coach at Wyoming) had their careers in Lincoln recalled as well as their impact on NU football.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Alabama: Nick Saban, Fairmont, W.Va.; Alabama A&M: James Spady, Biloxi, Miss.; Alabama State: Brian Jenkins, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Alcorn State: Fred McNair, Mt. Olive, Miss.; Amherst: E.J. Mills, Dayton, Ohio.
New Delaware director of athletics Chrissi Rawak has been tasked to bring several of the Blue Hens sports back to national prominence…Eastern Michigan named a 12-member athletics director search committee…Arkansas named Derita Ratcliffe named senior associate AD…Illinois AD Josh Whitman spoke to the UI University Senate executive committee about making the most with current athletics financing…Tennessee named for College Football Playoff associate executive director Reid Sigmon as executive associate AD and chief operating officer. He rejoins UT AD John Currie after they guided Kansas State athletics from 2009-13…Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, AD Ross Bjork and head coach Hugh Freeze are visiting several cities in the Magnolia State on the 2017 Rebel Road Trip…Georgia President Dr. Jere W. Morehead says UGa athletics has a healthy outlook under AD Greg McGarity. Georgia senior associate AD/CFO Andy Platt has moved into private business while associate AD Stephanie Ransom is now the Bulldogs senior member in business operations…Austin Peay AD Ryan Ivey and head football coach Will Healy will partake in a parachute jump with the famed Army Golden Knights parachute team…Missouri AD Jim Sterk expressed excitement about more Southeastern Conference events coming to the Show Me State. The 2018 SEC men’s basketball tournament will be played in St. Louis…West Virginia AD Shane Lyons was highlighted in a recent edition of the Charleston, W.Va., Gazette-Mail…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst was saluted for helping bring the Huskers back to national prominence in numerous sports…UCF AD Danny White celebrated his first anniversary at the helm with a hopeful outlook for 2017 football and the upcoming academic year…Pittsburgh deputy AD Julio Freire has stepped down to pursue other interests in athletics.
The Football Bowl Association elected its 2017-18 officers after meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald is the new chair after replacing Bernie Olivas, executive director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Missy Setters, Independence Bowl executive director is the Executive Committee’s secretary and Mike Nealy, executive director of the PlayStation Fiesta and Motel 6 Cactus Bowls, is the new treasurer. Olivas joins past chairs Eric Poms, CEO of the Capital One Orange Bowl; Steve Hogan, CEO of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl & Camping World Bowl; and Paul Hoolahan, CEO of the Allstate Sugar Bowl on the 2017-18 Executive Committee. David Fletcher, executive director of the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, is now vice chair, and ESPN senior vice president/
college sports programming Pete Derzis is an at-large committee representative. Scott Ramsey, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl President/CEO, has finished his term on this committee. The 2018-19 annual FBA meeting is set for April 17-19, 2018 in Boise, Idaho…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is approaching its May 5 (Friday) deadline for ticket renewals for the Dec. 29, 2017, primetime contest in the New Year’s Six Bowls’ configuration.
The Dallas Morning News explained how the return of the Big 12 Conference Football Championship should help the conference’s College Football Playoff status with the additional game between powerhouses at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…The North Central Hockey Conference discussed the future of the circuit’s postseason hockey tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., during spring meetings in Naples, Fla….The Southeastern Conference is debating moving annual conference football media days from the convenient Birmingham suburb of Hoover, Ala., in keeping with its new uber-regional focus…Murray State is another possible school on the Missouri Valley Conference’s radar as a replacement for Wichita State…NFL Draft choices in the first round by conference in research by and the Denver Post were SEC 12, Big Ten 7, Pac-12 6, ACC 4, AAC 1, Big 12 1, and MAC 1… The Colonial Athletic Association named Shawn Murphy assistant commissioner.
The Arkansas Red-White spring game was closed to the public after torrential flooding struck the Fayetteville, Ark., area. UA RB Rawleigh Williams III was injured in the contest, but medical reports indicated no major maladies…First round NFL draftee LSU safety Jamal Adams (selected by the New York Jets) is the son of former Kentucky standout and NFL player George Adams of Dallas suburb and football-crazy Carrolton, Texas, and Hebron HS. Adams joined No. 1 pick Myles Garrett of Texas A&M (Cleveland Browns, Arlington, Texas, Martin HS) and No. 3 choice Solomon Thomas of Stanford (San Francisco 49ers, Coppell, Texas, HS) ) as three selections in the first six takes with high school playing experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…Greg Ward Jr. of Houston and Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington were listed among several of the most intriguing possibilities for the ’17 NFL Draft. Ward is hoping to play in the NFL as a wide receiver after starring at UH as a quarterback…Atlanta Falcons center and Air Force grad Ben Garland tweeted words of encourage to the Falcons 2016 senior Jalen Robinette after he was ruled ineligible for the 2017 NFL Draft last Thursday due to contracted military obligations…Nebraska leads all schools in running backs selected in the NFL Draft from 1988-2016 with 42 players…Conference USA enjoyed a banner weekend in the NFL draft with the likes of selections Forrest Lamp, OL, WKU (Los Angeles Chargers); Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte (Cleveland Browns); Taywan Taylor, WR, WKU (Tennessee Titans); Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (Denver Broncos); Jonnu Smith, TE, FIU (Titans); Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic (New Orleans Saints); Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech (San Francisco 49ers); Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP (Green Bay Packers); and Xavier Woods, FS, Louisiana Tech (Dallas Cowboys)…Louisiana-Lafayette is investigating a conduct case involving 13 football student-athletes and their appeals for reinstatement prior to August ’17…Former Georgia 2017 signee D’Antne Demery, Florida DT Caleb Brantley, Pittsburgh DT Jeremiah Taleni, and Michigan State student-athlete Auston Robertson are searching for new destinations to take their talents for 2017-18…RB Marshawn Lynch of the California Golden Bears is returning to the NFL with his former hometown Oakland Raiders…Michigan led all schools with a UM-high 11 players selected in last weekend draft while Alabama was next with 10 draftees.
NFF College Hall of Fame QB and longtime NFL executive and player John Elway was remembered as the No. 1 overall selection in the 1983 NFL Draft. Ironically, he was deep into the ’83 baseball season as a two-sport standout at Stanford when the draft occurred…NFF College Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown read the name of No. 1 draft choice Myles Garrett for the Browns last Thursday night in Philadelphia…Former Indiana and Marquette head basketball coach and brother-in-law of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and NFL Baltimore Ravens head coach Jack Harbaugh – Tom Crean – addressed the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter awards dinner April 30 in Evansville, Ind….NFL and college coaching legend Brian Billick spoke at the NFF Utah Chapter Awards Banquet on April 13 as 14 high school scholar-athletes received scholarship assistance…Former Troy and NFL Dallas Cowboys/Denver Broncos standout DeMarcus Ware signed a one-day contract and retired from the league as a member of the Cowboys last week…Dallas Morning News columnist Kevin Sherrington recalled the stellar coaching careers of Texas Sports Hall of Fame member Paul Tyson of Waco HS and Norman Jett of Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff HS…The baseball stadium at Blinn (Texas) College has been named Leroy Dreyer Field in honor of the former BC baseball coach and football standout. Blinn also was the alma mater of Heisman Trophy winner QB Cam Newton and the head coaching post for Brad Franchione from 2005-10…Retired veteran (most recently at Cincinnati) head coach Tommy Tuberville has decided not to run for governor of Alabama in 2018 elections. Among previous Alabama governors was Forrest “Fob” James – 1952-55 All-America RB at Auburn and Alabama’s chief political officer from 1995-99.
Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium lights’ project underway is under construction and scheduled to be finished in August…Western Michigan received a $75,000 appropriation for facilities’ upgrades…New Mexico athletics reported a profit of close to $144,000 from malt beverage and wine sales at football games and other events…Eastern Michigan athletics opened renderings of the $35 million Championship Building plans…West Virginia football is installing new video boards at Milan Puskar Stadium…Xavier (Ohio) athletics is re-inventing one of the historic campus “watering holes” for consenting age imbibers… Arkansas athletics is adjusting season ticket prices for 2017 football and 2017-18 men’s basketball (reduced prices) seasons…A recent fire at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium caused some secondary turf and landscaping damage but no major harm to stadium seating areas…Penn State has set its 2017 student season football tickets at $218 and will place them on sale June 18-22…Proctor & Gamble Co. sent a truckload of Charmin tissue to former Michigan tight end Jake Butt…Michigan State athletics has been performing some mopping up operations after recent flooding rains in the East Lansing area…Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez made a repeat pitch for an indoor football practice facility…Marshall athletics unveiled the Vinny Curry Football Locker Room…Oklahoma State athletics has several new venues under construction or undergoing renovations…Rutgers’ new $2 million weight room has been completed and compares favorably with almost every other Big Ten Conference members’ facility in remarks from the university and conference peers…Utah has opened a $2.8 million ski teams’ facility…Minnesota athletics is closing in on its final funding goal for the state-of-the-art Athletes Village residence area…Vanderbilt athletics purposed a survey asking if fans would favor moving VU games to a proposed soccer-football facility in Nashville, Tenn., instead of Vanderbilt Stadium, which was constructed originally in 1922 as Dudley Field… Alumni and supporters are gathering forces to try and retain men’s wrestling as a varsity sport at Boise State…Missouri students and alumni are debating the possible move of the Mizzou bench area to the opposite side this autumn…LaSalle athletics located naming rights for the building housing historic Tom Gola Arena.
Three active, four-decade radio broadcasters have been applauded for their longevity behind college mikes and energy. Jim Ellis is in his 39th season of radio play-by-play for either football, basketball or baseball (all 39 years) at Mississippi State. Bill Baker of Northern Illinois just completed his 38th season, and Jim Reynolds of Chattanooga finished his 37th year with the Moccasins at the end of basketball season… features extensive draft coverage and features on the NFL Draft class of 2017…The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein told the story of how Northwestern now has become a welcome destination for football coaches…ESPN is in the process of reorganizing after the departures of 100 on-air personalities and columnists last week. The Longhorn Network based in Auston, Texas, does not anticipate any personnel cutbacks…USA TODAY football columnist Stewart Mandel in his “way too early Top 25” for the 2017 college season has the following schools listed 1-10: Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Southern California, Florida State, Penn State, Washington, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Auburn…SB Nation Stadiums USA Radio syndicated program had segments about the progress of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., Phil Sklar of the National Bobblehead Museum in Milwaukee, Wis., new seating arrangements for media farther away from the action at mist newly-built venues, some football history at Briggs/Tiger Stadium/Navin Field in Detroit, Mich., during its 1912-99 existence, the best values for college sporting events, and updates on college venues’ renovations on last week’s docket…Award-winning writers added to the 2017 Cal State Fullerton Wall of Fame for professional and business achievements were Elliott Almond, Keith Thursby and former FWAA president Chris Dufresne…Longtime Notre Dame pregame and postgame radio commentator Chet Coppock was a featured guest on College Sports Weekly.
The NCAA has held numerous committee meetings to draft policies for football and numerous others of the group’s 73 varsity men’s and women’s annual championships…The College Football Playoff recently met with commissioners from all FBS conferences and national gridiron leaders on reviews of the 2016 season and plans for 2017 under chairman Kirby Hocutt of Texas Tech…CoSIDA members Mark Adkins of Manchester (Ind.), John Monahan of Marywood, Jay Blackman of Chattanooga, Romanda Noble-Watson of Claflin, Dave Walter of Guilford, Mandy Mills of Cal State San Marcos, Jeff Weis of Wayne State (Mich.), Mike Korcek (emeritus) of Northern Illinois, and Alex Keil of Illinois College have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates…National voting also has begun for the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District® and All-America® teams.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college baseball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87, and here are some of his recollections:
1988 SWC Baseball – The SWC played its final postseason baseball tourney in Fayetteville, Ark., in a week marred by chronic rain delays and conference officials at the request of one of the teams having Texas face Texas A&M in two elimination games (both won by Texas) on the finals Sunday at George Cole Field (which since has been demolished). Coach Cliff Gustafson’s Longhorns earned the SWC’s automatic NCAA berth with a final mark of 58-11 overall and 18-2 in conference contests. A&M (52-15, 17-4) and Arkansas (39-23, 12-9) also received at-large NCAA bids, but all three teams were eliminated in NCAA Regionals after both Arkansas and Texas competed in the 1987 NCAA World Series. Six of the eight baseball-playing schools in the SWC ended with .500-plus overall worksheets.
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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