College Football Notes – May 15, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 14th, 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 15-21 time period are May 15 (1958) Ron Simmons, Perry, Ga.; (1966) Thurman Thomas, Houston, Texas; (1969) Emmitt Smith, Pensacola. Fla.; (1970) Desmond Howard, Cleveland, Ohio; (1970) Rod Smith, Texarkana, Ark.; May 17 (1912) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; May 18 (1916) Paul Hoernemann, Lima, Ohio; (1924) Charlie “Choo” Justice, Asheville, N.C.; May 19 (1893) Tuss McLaughry, Chicago, lll.; (1949) Archie Manning, Cleveland, Miss.; (1967) John Friesz, Missoula, Mont.; May 20 (1867) Andy Wyant, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Al Sparlis, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1924) Herman Wedemeyer, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1960) Tim Krumrie, Menomonie, Wis.; May 21 (1923) Ara Parseghian, Akron, Ohio; (1935) John Majors, Lynchburg, Tenn.; (1940) James Saxton, College Station, Texas; (1943) Johnny Roland, Corpus Christi, Texas; (1943) Glenn Ressler, Dornsife, Pa.; (1958) Jim Ritcher, Berea, Ohio; (1977), Ricky Williams, San Diego, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 15 (1970) Clark Shaughnessy, Santa Monica, Calif.; May 17 (1993) Bill Wallace, Houston, Texas; May 18 (1963) Ernie Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; May 21 (2010) Stan Jones, Broomfield, Colo.; (2011) Joe Steffy, Newburgh, N.Y.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 15 Ron Simmons, Thurman Thomas, Emmitt Smith, Desmond Howard, Rod Smith, May 19 Archie Manning, John Friesz, May 20 Tim Krumrie, May 21 Ara Parseghian (a spry 94), John Majors (a spry 82), Johnny Roland, Glenn Ressler, Jim Ritcher, Ricky Williams…
The first five NCAA FBS matchups for Saturday, Aug. 26, have been finalized and will have Oregon State at Colorado State, 1 p.m. (MDT) on CBSSN, USF at San Jose State, 4:30 p.m. (PDT) on CBSSN, Rice vs. Stanford (in Sydney, Australia), 9 p.m. (CDT), ESPN or ESPN2, Hawai’i at Massachusetts, time and telecast TBD, Portland State at BYU, time and telecast TBD…The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame have agreed on five ACC opponents for the Fighting Irish from 2018-2037 as part of their cooperative agreements. Clemson will face the Fighting Irish eight times over the 20-year period while in 2036 Notre Dame is scheduled to travel to Virginia Tech for a Labor Day evening primetime fracas…BYU and Liberty will play in 2019 and ’22…UAB and Georgia Southern will meet in 2022 and ’23…Oklahoma State will host Western Illinois in 2020…Auburn has finalized its 2018 home schedule with the addition of Liberty…New Mexico State is making adjustments to its 2018 and ’19 schedules as a FBS independent…Liberty will host Old Dominion in the 2018 season opener for both schools. Liberty also will play at Rutgers in 2019 and has a three-game series with Virginia in 2018, ’19 and ’27…North Texas will face Liberty in 2018 and ’21…Penn State and Pittsburgh hope to renew their series sometime after the 2025 season…Western Michigan football has emphasized its school-best 13-1 record and all-time-high ranking of No. 15 in the final College Football Playoff survey during numerous offseason alumni meetings.
Rice sported the top Academic Progress Rate among NCAA FBS schools in Texas over the most recent survey rate. Conference USA had three teams among the Top Five within the state of Texas in terms of APR rankings. Texas led all Big 12 Conference schools in APR totals…Rice athletics also continues to assist area farm producers with the Rice Farmers Market, Rice Stadium West Stadium parking lot, on selected Tuesday afternoons throughout the year…Head coach Frank Ruona of the San Quentin (Calif.) 1,000-Mile Running Club, is working through sports and distance running to help rehabilitate inmates.
Memphis head coach Mike Norvell earned a contract extension through the 2021 season…New Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck had salaries approved for his top assistant coaches…Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and wife Carol have purchased new real estate in the Chicago area…Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is on the cover and featured in the May edition of Colorado’s popular Mile High Sports Magazine…Penn State head coach James Franklin is in negotiations for a probable contract extension…The Texas Board of Regents is set to authorize and finalize head coach Tom Herman’s coaching staff contracts…Alabama head coach Nick Saban and 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Tim Tebow were featured in an Orlando Sentinel story about giving back to their respective publics and communities. Tebow also signed a multi-year contract extension with the SEC Network last week…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is bringing the entire LSU staff to Tulane for a June 9 football satellite camp. Michigan earlier was going to take its staff to New Orleans for the satellite event…Oklahoma inked offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to a three-year contract extension…UAB named Hindley Brigham running backs coach…Kansas State football is discussing Sean Snyder, son of NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder of KSU, as Bill Snyder’s possible successor…Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp were subjects of a sterling newspaper account about information technology innovations and possibilities in Southeastern Conference football. Bielema and UA head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson also received performance bonuses for major improvements in NCAA Academic Performance Ratings for both sports over the last five-year evaluation period…Coaches at several Tennessee public universities also reaped financial rewards for APR betterment by football student-athletes…Former Louisiana Tech and California strength coach Damon Harrington accepted the same position at Grambling…USF and civil court officials had a productive meeting in Tampa, Fla., on future student-athletes’ conduct and propriety…West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was applauded for progress in the WVU program and the positive aspects of his recent contract extension.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Army: Jeff Monken, Peoria, Ill.; Auburn: Gus Malzahn, Irving, Texas; Ball State: Mike Neu, Indianapolis, Ind.; Bates: Mark Harriman, Westbook, Maine; Baylor: Matt Rhule, New York City.
New Haven named Duane Bailey director of athletics…Missouri AD Jim Sterk reflected on life in the Southeastern Conference and several MU facilities’ updates…Oregon AD Rob Mullens spoke about the hiring of head football coach Willie Taggart, football’s Autzen Stadium and the College Football Playoff…Wyoming AD Tom Burman conversed in recent days on financial and competitive success for the 2016-17 Cowboys teams…North Texas AD Wren Baker detailed strategic planning, facilities’ additions and sports enhancement for Mean Green athletics…Oklahoma AD and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione revealed a long-range master plan for the Sooners baseball and softball programs similar to one conceived for football, men’s and women’s basketball….Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale noted reasons for numerous NCAA Division I transfers in football and all sports…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour called for a truce in an ex-officio arms race of athletics facilities construction and additions on numerous college campuses…Montana State AD Leon Costello reviewed his first year as Bobcats’ AD and several improvements throughout the MSU sports structure…Tennessee senior associate AD Mike Ward will complete his tenure in Knoxville this summer…Eastern Michigan’s interim AD Christian Spears has accepted a position at Pittsburgh with former EMU AD Heather Lyke…South Carolina AD Ray Tanner discussed football bowls, SC’s NCAA women’s basketball championship, hosting NCAA events, football head Will Muschamp, and Clemson’s 2016 national football championship…UCLA AD Dan Guerrero commented about off-field/court activities by unaffiliated sponsors and other groups…Minnesota AD Mike Coyle received media praise for his handling of UM finances and staying competitive in the rugged Big Ten Conference…Auburn director of football operations Jamie Croley is helping to initiate a charitable foundation for the family of AU head coach Gus Malzahn and will leave his posts as assistant AD and lead administrator for football. Assistant AD David Gunn also will leave Auburn athletics in coming days… Longtime coaches and administrators Shelly Hoerner of Georgia Tech and Jamie Broce of Toledo will not return for 2017-18.
The nearly-completed 2016-17 NCAA FBS bowl was revealed last week, and the latest version of the postseason slate will be available on the NFF official website in coming days… The 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl will air at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Dec. 29, for the earliest date in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic annals dating to 1937…ESPN and Conference USA’s 2017 bowl partners have denoted dates and sites for the 2017-18 postseason. The league has six guaranteed bowl spots in 2017 along with one secondary selection. The 2017 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 16, at noon (CST) to open the bowl season with C-USA and Sun Belt Conference teams pitted.
Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has proposed a three-month signing window (possibly at even earlier dates) for football prospective student-athlete seniors from Sept. 1-Dec. 1 each year…Conference USA has discussed moving championships events to both Frisco, Texas, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., in future years…Oklahoma administrators discussed existing contracts for the next eight years to keep the Sooners and Big 12 Conference cohorts in expanding financial situations and their benefits…Valparaiso is leaving the Horizon League to join the Missouri Valley Conference…At last week’s conference meetings, Pac-12 administrators and executives prepared for a bright future…Conference USA has signed new sponsorship agreements with The First, A National Banking Association – starting with the 2017 TFANBA C-USA baseball tournament…Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany is receiving a 2017 performance bonus and handshakes from the league’s ADs…The Big East Conference named Michael Coyne senior director for men’s basketball operations, Michael Sainte director of compliance and membership services and Ujash Patel coordinator of digital production.
Wyoming QB Josh Allen was mentioned by one national publication as the most underrated signal caller in NCAA FBS for 2017…Miami (Fla.) WR Braxton Berrios was an all-A grades’ student for his first three seasons and six semester at the Coral Gables, Fla., university…Colorado DB Chidobe Awuzie was allowed to miss last Friday’s Dallas Cowboys rookie camp to attend spring commencement ceremonies at CU…Courageous Pittsburgh RB and cancer survivor James Conner signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week for his rookie ’17 season…Former Auburn QB Woody Barrett will transfer to Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) College for the 2017 campaign…Former Baylor basketball standout and 6-6, 290-pound TE candidate Rico Gathers impressed Dallas Cowboys coaches during rookie camp sessions last week…Wisconsin NT Garrett Rand is slated for a more active role this season after a solid round of spring practice…Louisiana Tech QBs redshirt freshman Jack Abraham and Price Wilson will be attending other schools beginning this summer while J’Mar Smith and former QB (expected to return to the position from WR where he played in the spring) Jon Randall Belton will be competing for the top two spots on the quarterback depth chart in August…Former LSU QB Brandon Harris is transferring to North Carolina as an immediately eligible LSU grad…Texas Tech wideouts Tony Brown and Jonathan Giles will seek new squadrons for ’17 and possibly take redshirt transfer seasons…Illinois OL Darta Lee, OL Howard Watkins and TE Zarrian Holcombe are seeking team reinstatement after a recent off-campus episode…Iowa WR Jerminic Smith is leaving the program.
Tennessee will retire NFF College Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey at ceremonies prior to a game to be determined in ’17…Former Missouri standout center Justin Britt of the Seattle Seahawks recovered his stolen car last week after putting a public appeal for its return on his Twitter feed…NFF College Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith of Florida hosted his eighth annual charity banquet and golf tournament last week to assist children’s charities…Longtime PGA and Champions Tour standout John Daly of Arkansas was featured along with NFF Board member and Dallas Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett at the Dallas Sponsor Appreciation Golf Classic last week. 2017 All-Pro rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State made a 25-foot putt as one of the meet’s highlights…U.S. President Donald J. Trump had his first commencement speak since being elected at Liberty U. in Lynchburg, Va., last week…Former California governor and football enthusiast Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at University of Houston commencement ceremonies last week…Undrafted QB Tony Romo, headed to CBS-TV as lead analyst for 2017 NFL telecasts with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Jim Nantz, was honored with a proclamation and spoke to the Texas Legislature last week in Austin.
Dayton’s revamped UD arena blueprints indicate several major changes…Kansas athletics will institute a clear-bag policy for all 2017-18 home events…Ohio State athletics is discussing downsizing such facilities as the new hockey arena to meet rising cost estimates…South Carolina athletics is adding several new video boards this summer…Texas athletics is completing work on new tennis courts and renovation of the football weight rooms in 2017…UNLV athletics continues to study plans for a new stadium to be shared with the incoming NFL Las Vegas Raiders by 2019…Arkansas has filed applications to sell malt beverages at six other facilities besides Reynolds/Razorback Stadium…Penn State’s Sports Studies classes are rated among the tops nationally with numerous college media professionals and interns emerging each year…Nicholls State has renamed its baseball facility Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field in memory of late NSU student Ben Meyer at the behest and generosity of members of the Meyer family…NFF College Hall of Fame RB Herschel Walker of Georgia is purporting the popular Famous 34 hamburgers at all UGa athletics events with his No. 34 highlighted…Area food chains and fast food providers are about to feast on promotions with Dallas Cowboys rookies Taco Charlton and Chidobe “Cheeto” Awuzie in ’17…Texas A&M is offering a special ticket package this autumn for recent graduates…New Mexico athletics is restoring its varsity men’s and women’s skiing programs…Montana athletics has offered a fan feedback line and Fan Advisory Committee for ticket pricing, priorities and other issues… Eastern Washington has been examining various fundraising techniques for new athletics facilities…Georgia athletics has received $18 million in pledges for its west end zone project at Sanford Stadium and has new ongoing facility renovation projects in several other areas…Memphis’ new basketball practice facility is nearing completion…The Minnesota Board of Regents approved a set of skyways for the new Athletes Village and declined to fund a tunnel for freshmen athletics residence halls…Oklahoma administrators expressed glee about renovations to the athletics softball complex and other key areas…Southern California football administrators are working on plans for re-seating and adjusting ticket prices for future contests at Los Angeles Coliseum.
San Diego State football and men’s basketball are moving the sports’ radio flagship location to XTRA 1360-AM radio…College Sports Weekly nationally syndicated radio show interviewed legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg about his 60-year career in college and professional athletics as well as the CoSIDA Dick Enberg Award for Academic Excellence.
The Collegiate Commissioner Association approved the early signing period (Dec. 20-22) for high school football seniors… Multiple media outlets discussed the NCAA’s new four-game football redshirt options for ‘17…CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and past president Langston Rogers was featured for an organizational-record 52 CoSIDA national workshops attended since the original gathering in Chicago in 1958…CoSIDA members Aaron Sagraves of Cornerstone, Mike Gambardella of Catholic U., Sam Atkinson of Gallaudet, and Rob Carolla of the Big 12 Conference 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 college baseball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87, and here are some of his recollections:
1990 SWC Baseball – While future Big 12 Conference (then in the Big Eight) powerhouse Oklahoma State and head coach Gary Ward made it to the NCAA championship game and fell to Georgia 4-3, SWC powers Arkansas and Texas powered their way through the conference race with head coach Norm DeBriyn’s Razorbacks winning the regular-season crown and Texas hosting and capturing the SWC postseason joust. Both UA (at the NCAA Central Regional in Wichita, Kan.) and UT (hosting the NCAA South Central Regional in Austin) were eliminated in the opening rounds of the ’90 title tourney.
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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