College Football Notes – May 7, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 8-14 time period are May 8 (1930) Doug Atkins, Humboldt, Tenn.; (1959) Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, N.M.; May 9 (1958) Brad Budde, Detroit, Mich.; May 10 (1917) Charlie O’Rourke, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; May 11 (1874) Langdon Lea, Germantown, Pa.; (1983) Matt Leinart, Santa Ana, Calif.; May 12 (1872) Art Wheeler, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1888) John Wilce, Rochester, N.Y.; (1934) Harold Davis, Youngstown, Ohio; (1948) Joe Cichy, Fargo, N.D.; (1949) Don McCauley, Worcester, Mass.; May 14 (1907) Howard Harpster, Salem Ore.; (1924) John Ferraro, Cudahy, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 8 (1997) Bob Devaney, Lincoln, Neb.; (2006) John Kimbrough, Haskell, Texas; May 9 (2002) Dan Devine, Tempe, Ariz.; May 10 (1995) Gil Steinke, Austin, Texas; (2013) Ronnie Caveness, Little Rock, Ark.; May 11 (1986) Fritz Pollard, Silver Spring, Md.; May 12 (1982) Wear Schoonover, Arlington, Va.; May 13 (1985) Morley Jennings, Lubbock, Texas; May 14 (1995) Tommy Prothro, Memphis, Tenn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 8 Ronnie Lott, May 9 Brad Budde, May 11 Matt Leinart, May 12 Harold Davis, Joe Cichy, Don McCauley…
Utah and Wyoming have scheduled a new series for 2020 and ’25…Army will host Colgate in 2022…Purdue and TCU have slated a rare, two-game set 10 years apart in 2019 and ’29…Michigan football season ticket sales have eclipsed the 93,000 mark – the highest total since 2007…The Cleveland Plain-Dealer recently opined a story about how Ohio State makes decisions on future schedules – especially non-conference opponents…More Minnesota athletics teams are competing in events in the Greater New York City metro areas, and this includes upcoming football clashes with Rutgers in New Jersey.
2016 Armed Forces Merit Award winner Steven Rhodes, former Marine and defensive end at Middle Tennessee, graduated last weekend from the Murfreesboro, Tenn., university with a degree in organizational communication and will attend the rookie minicamp with the nearby Tennessee Titans from May 12-14…U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the 2016 Air Force football squad to the White House May 1 to present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy for the ’16 season. Air Force football now leads all athletics teams – college and pro – with 20 visits to the White House and Rose Garden…Dallas (Texas) Sunset HS head football coach Chris Castillo was applauded by administrators, players and fans for substituting for SHS head softball coach Kim Whittington when Whittington’s Army Reserve unit was called to active duty. Castill, who also serves as AD at Dallas high school, took over as interim head tennis coach when the regular head coach had to take medical leave after a heart attack. Castillo also heads the Positive Coaching Alliance for the south and west Dallas areas…The Texas State Legislature passed a bill nicknamed the Tim Tebow Bill (2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award) to allow homeschooled students to compete in athletics at their nearest public high school. The Dallas-Fort Worth area already features Home School Athletics Association teams in dozens of high school sports, including football…The Gideons International is re-establishing the North East Africa Theological Seminary inside the largest refugee camp in the world. Soccer and other sports may be competed on a club or regional level.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban received a contract extension through the 2025 season. He will be the highest compensated head coach on all football levels in ’17…Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had his contract extended through 2021… BYU head coach Kalani Sitake took a group 50 BYU football players, coaches and wives on an insiders’ tour of Harlem and Brooklyn, N.Y….Details about TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s new financial benefits were reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram…Temple named Tom Pajic director of player personnel…UCF extended head coach Scott Frost’s contract through the 2021 season…New Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin spoke of how spring practices have differed at FAU as opposed to spring drills at Alabama…Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson spoke to the media about the opportunity of upending a Power Five Conference team at Nebraska Sept. 2…Midwestern State head coaching legend Bill Maskill told NFF officials about his gratitude and enjoyment over the college academic scholarship grants at the recent NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas awards dinner. He was one of the VIP attendees at the event…Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard sealed his contract for two years as defensive coordinator for $1.2-million plus. The remainder of UW’s assistant football coaching salaries also were revealed through public records’ requests last week…Alabama’s assistant coaches’ compensation packages have been set for 2017…Former Baylor assistant coaches Jeff Lebby and Randy Clements have joined the assistant coaching staffs at Southeastern Oklahoma State…Rumors about 2016 CFP championship head coach Dabo Swinney being the soon-to-be heir apparent as head coach at Alabama (his alma mater) have quelled with the contract extension last week for Nick Saban…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has received additional incentives for an any 10-win seasons…Washington State’s assistant coaches have been granted raises in recent weeks.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Appalachian State: Scott Safferfield, Hillsborough, N.C.; Arizona: Rich Rodriguez, Chicago, Ill.; Arizona State: Todd Graham, Mesquite, Texas; Arkansas: Bret Bielema, Prophetstown, Ill.; Arkansas State: Blake Anderson, Jonesboro, Ark.
Kevin McHugh will take over as director of athletics at Stockton (Calif.) July 1…North Texas AD Wren Baker has reached out to alumni to reassure them about proper handling of recent jurisprudence involving student-athletes and coaches…Purdue’s Aquatics Center has been renamed in honor of retired and beloved AD Morgan Burke…Tennessee AD John Currie has made his first head coaching personnel moves in recent days. Currie also assured fans and alumni that the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is on schedule for completion prior to the Sept. 2 Georgia Tech-Tennessee Chick-Fil-A Classic…Longtime Virginia coach and administrator Mark Guilbeau is retiring…New Kansas State AD Gene Taylor was highlighted in a Topeka, Kan., Capital-Journal profile…Chattanooga AD David Blackburn noted the Moccasins have moved their financial and budget “house” in order in recent months…UIC AD Jim Schmidt is retiring on after 22 years on that watch Aug. 1…Texas Tech associate AD Chad Weiberg is returning to Oklahoma State as deputy AD…Syracuse AD John Wildhack spoke about the bid process for schools and NCAA events in a recent Syracuse, N.Y., Post-Standard story…Texas has begun a search for its new director of academic services offered to student-athletes…Texas Tech has added Greg Glaus from Kent State as senior associate AD for academic services.
The Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Mich., at Ford Field celebrated a QLB-record 202 yards rushing in 2014 by Rutgers RB Josh Hicks as the Scarlet Knights downed North Carolina 40-21…The Independence Bowl celebrates its 42nd contest in December 2017 as the nation’s 11th-oldest FBS postseason tussle. Some memorable performers in this patriotic clash have been Brett Favre of Southern Miss, Art Monk of Syracuse, Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech, and Willie Roaf of Louisiana Tech (the latter three are members of the NFF College Hall of Fame) since the first contest in Shreveport, La., in 1976.
The American Athletic Conference is trying to expand the Power Five conferences to a Power Six possibility with continued football improvement and its national presence… has projected early conference champions for the 2017 campaign, and they are: ACC – Florida State; Big Ten – Ohio State; Big 12 – Oklahoma; Conference USA: WKU; Mid-American – Toledo; Mountain West – San Diego State; Pac-12: Southern California; SEC – Alabama…Castleton (Vt.) will join the Little East Conference for the 2018-19 academic year…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott discussed the changing landscapes of television, College Football Playoff and bowl revenue in light of recent broadcasting developments…The Big 12 Conference had extensive meetings about the return of the 2017 football championship in December and efforts by Baylor athletics to reach compliance on several issues…Conference USA proposed playing future basketball tournaments at the Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. The facility seats 12,000 with additional courtside seating add-ons…The SEC will accept the NCAA recommendation to eliminate two-a-day football practices in 2017. Kentucky football will adapt its previous fall workout’s schedule at accommodate the change.
Florida kicker Eddie Pineiro boomed an 81-yard field goal documented on video during a spring practice session…UCLA QB Josh Rosen, LSU DE Arden Key and Southern California QB Sam Darnold were mentioned prominently among Sports Illustrated’s best individual college talents for 2017…Bleacher Report outlined one of the top incoming freshmen classes of linebackers in recent memory with some of the top talents as Auburn’s Tadarian (T.D.) Moultry, K.J. Britt and Chandler Wooten, Southern California’s Levi Jones, Nebraska’s Avery Roberts, and Georgia’s Jaden Hunter, among others…Possibly the nation’s “most experienced” in terms of age – 49-year-old U.S. Army veteran Jason Spangler – is expected to be a varsity member of Texas Wesleyan’s 2017 squad, which returns the university to football for the first time since the 1941 season…Temple OT and second-round NFL draft pick for 2017 by the Buffalo Bills Dion Dawkins said he understood South Carolina LB Skai Moore and WR Deebo Samuel have been cleared to play for the ’17 Gamecocks…Former Georgia DE LaDarrius Jackson and Wake Forest QB Kyle Kearns are seeking a new football destinations for 2017…Elijah Holyfield will sit out Georgia’s 2017 season opener against Appalachian State. He is the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield…Northwestern DE Xavier Washington and Tennessee WR Josh Smith are working to be reinstated for 2017 fall camps.
Notre Dame’s NFF College Hall of Fame TB Paul Hornung is auctioning off his 1956 Heisman Trophy…The Denver Post looked back at the 1954-55 Nebraska high school basketball All-State team with a 6-3 senior center from Hastings HS named Tom Osborne – the future NFF College Hall of Fame coach at Nebraska.
Montana State athletics released Phase I of its long-range plans with a special accent on facilities’ construction and upgrades…Texas’ new locker room facilities include anti-germ video screens and tracking devices…Grambling is readying upgrades for historic Eddie Robinson Stadium…Miami (Fla) athletics had its official groundbreaking ceremony for its indoor football practice facility…Illustrious New Mexico alum Larry Chavez is assisting in several UNM athletics facilities’ projects in fundraising and support…Southern California athletics’ future plans for the Los Angeles Coliseum includes are seat-ticket relocation, slight reduction in stadium capacity and a series of possible private donations to fund the makeover…Texas football discovered a $1,800 price reduction form initial cost estimates for its new state-of-the-art individual lockers and germicide-aiding facility…UAB’s new football operations building is set for completion by July 2017…Vanderbilt will ally its various departments, including athletics, for a special VU Giving Day over 24 hours from midnight, June 15-midnight, June 16…Kentucky football has awarded corporate naming rights to the Kroger Co. for Kroger Commonwealth Stadium…Dayton athletics is planning $12.5 million in renovations to UD Arena and other key areas…Minnesota football’s Lineman Center may be eliminated from original construction of the UM Athletes Village…New Mexico’s Acting President Chaouki Abdallah is working to alleviate some funding for overseas’ athletics’ competition by Lobos teams…North Dakota athletics now has eliminated women’s hockey and baseball programs in effort to balance the 2017-18 budget…Florida State athletics and AD Stan Wilcox are working with fixed seating in the FSU Champions Club…New Mexico athletics has used Dreamstyle Remodeling to replace Wise Pies as naming rights’ sponsor for the UNM Super It…Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena and other areas are undergoing extensive offseason excavations… Clemson’s new $55 million football complex has opened, and other improvements for football facilities may be in the works…LSU is seeking definitive exploration of a student-athletes’ nutrition center in the new football operations building…Miami (Fla.) has named its new football indoor practice facility in honor of longtime donor and season ticket holder Carol Soffer…Penn State athletics received a $3.55 million gift to for funding a new lacrosse stadium (
ESPN explained its continued commitment to providing sports insights and best practices in spite of recent staff cutbacks…Vanderbilt and NFL Chicago Bears QB standout Jay Cutler will be teamed with telecasters Kevin Burkhardt and former Tennessee star and Southeastern Conference staff member Charles Davis of Tennessee in a three-man booth for 2017 NFL broadcasts. The Cutler-Davis broadcast teaming proves that Vandy and Tennessee alumni and former players can work together peacefully…ABC Sports discovered a small-scale model of its 1980 Winter Olympic and early 1980s’ college football remote production trucks…SB Nation Stadiums USA national radio show featured veteran Houston area college broadcaster Greg Lucas and the most interesting football and other stadiums where he has has worked. Writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Povletich also looked back at historic County Stadium in Milwaukee. Wis. The Famous San Diego Chicken Ted Giannoulas reminisced about some of his most memorable promotional times at football and other venues. Stadiums USA’s Mark Madorin also explored college stadiums and potential corporate naming rights for the facility and related areas…Famed Auburn undergrad and Wikipedia founder/CEO Jimmy Wales in a discussion forum about fake sports news and authenticity of Wikipedia articles on the worldwide web…Kevin Baldinger, Central Florida Sideline Sports Talk Radio Show host, is a recent national addition to the new Alignable business networking website…San Diego State athletics is nearing an updated radio contract…Southern Miss and Conference USA are working on a possible Twitter broadcasting platform for electronic media streaming.
The NCAA is getting cooperation and kudos from several schools and conferences on its recent football legislation with regards to practice…CoSIDA members Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, Kelvin Queliz of Texas A&M-Kingsville, Alex Kell of Illinois College, Ron Smith of Westmont (Calif.), Danielle Donze of Fontbonne (Mo.), and Jeff Hodges of North Alabama have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates. CoSIDA also is processing additional individual awards for its 60th annual national workshop in Orlando, Fla., June 11-14. The coveted 2017 Arch Ward Award is going to 33-year athletics communications veteran and NFF Honors Court member Jeff Hodges of North Alabama. Those earning 25-Year Awards are David Alexander, The College of Saint Rose; Ed Cassiere, Xavier (La.); Tyler Cundith, Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, Steve Fenk, Oregon State; Gregory Goings, Bowie State; John Hartrick, Binghamton; Mike Kern, Missouri Valley Conference; Matt Levy, Delaware Valley; Frank Mercogliano, New Mexico; Terry Owens, Beloit College; Judy Willson, Mountain West Conference; Bob Ziadie, King’s College…CoSIDA also released its Academic All-District® baseball and softball teams in anticipation of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections – the 65th year of spring sports honorees prior to the 66th annual Academic All-America Football Team® in December.
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:
1989 SWC Baseball – One of the only seasons in the SWC’s 82-year baseball history featured three Top 10 nationally squads and a Texas crew, which lost in the first “one and done” final in the new double-bracket NCAA World Series to Wichita State, coached by Missouri grad and ABCA and College Baseball Hall of Fame member Gene Stephenson. Coach Cliff Gustafson’s No. 2 nationally Longhorns closed the year at 54-18 overall and placed third in SWC regular season standings behind head coach Mark Johnson’s No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies (17-4, 58-7 overall) and head coach Norm DeBriyn’s No. 5 Arkansas squad (17-4, 51-16) while seven of the eight conference squads won 32 games or better. Arkansas joined UT in the NCAA World Series field while A&M was edged on the final day of the ’89 NCAA Central Region tourney in College Station, Texas, when LSU won both its games in the loser’s side of the bracket.
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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