College Football Notes – May 22, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, May 21st, 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 22-28 time period are May 22 (1907) Paul Schwegler, Raymond, Wash.; (1960) Dave Rimington, Omaha, Neb.; (1977) Dre Bly, Chesapeake, Va.; May 23 (1888) Ted Coy, Andover, Mass.; May 24 (1894) Harry Baujan, Beardstown, Ill.; (1945) Clinton Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Mike Reid, Altoona, Pa.; May 25 (1911) Joe Skladany, Larksville, Pa.; (1927) Calvin Roberts, Hector, Minn.; (1978) Brian Urlacher, Pasco, Wash.; May 26 (1887) Ed Hart, Exeter, N.H.; (1895) Ira Rodgers, Bethany, W.Va.; (1902) Bernie Shively, Oliver, Ill.; (1939) Herb Deromedi, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 27 (1889) George Little, Washington, D.C.; (1904) Les Lautenschlaeger, New Orleans, La.; (1960) Randy Trautman, Caldwell, Idaho; (1974) Danny Wuerffel, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; May 28 (1888) Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla.; (1948) Bruce Taylor, Perth Amboy, N.J.; (1957) Kirk Gibson, Pontiac, Mich.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 22 (2002) Paul Giel, Minneapolis, Minn.; May 24 (2002) Creighton Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio; May 26 (1965) Homer Norton, College Station, Texas; (1994) Pug Lund, Minneapolis, Minn.; (2016) Bob Williams, Timonium, Md.; May 28 (1931) Knowlton Ames, Chicago, Ill.; (1964) Barton “Botchey” Koch, Temple, Texas; (1979) Lou Little, Delray Beach, Fla.; (2014) James Saxton, Austin, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 22 Dave Rimington, Dre Bly, May 24 Clinton Jones, Mike Reid, May 25 Brian Urlacher, May 26 Herb Deromedi (a spry 78), May 27 Randy Trautman, Danny Wuerffel, May 28 Bruce Taylor, Kirk Gibson…
Liberty and Old Dominion formally signed their contract for both teams’ 2018 openers…Michigan State and Toledo will play at East Lansing, Mich., in 2020…Liberty and North Texas officially okayed their 2018 and ’21 home-and-home series…Tulsa is hoping that new contracts and guarantees for visiting teams will enhance future scheduling at the Golden Hurricane’s Chapman Stadium…Nebraska is retaining its Friday night football television games for ’17…Alabama and Vanderbilt have tied just four times in their 83-game, 114-year-old football rivalry (Bama leads the series 61-18-4), but the teams tied 3-3 in baseball last Saturday after a lengthy weather delay. It was VU’s first tie in a baseball affair since 1993.
Rice athletics honored legendary Owls student-athlete OJ Brigance last Saturday during ceremonies at the Houston campus. Brigance is the only football player to win a CFL and NFL championship in the same city (Baltimore). Brigance and family also welcomed former Owls LB standout and 14-year NFL veteran Larry Izzo, who played against Brigance (St. Louis Rams) while Izzo was with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI on Feb. 3, 2002…College Golf Camps, attended by many multi-sport athletes in various parts of the country, will be conducted on the following dates with expert instruction by several college coaches. The upcoming dates and locations are June 4 Miami (Fla.) – Head coach Patti Rizzo – Biltmore Golf Club, Miami; June 4 UAB; June 5 and July 27 Kent State; June 11 UCF; June 11 Southern California & Pepperdine…The annual Boys and Girls Clubs Football Camp for North Mississippi will be held June 17 at Ballard Park in Tupelo, Miss. Among the clinicians are former MSU All-America LB Johnie Cooks and Ole Miss great QB Bo Wallace…The Todd Szalkowski Memorial Golf Tournament to aid underserved families in Africa and South America will be held June 19 at Trophy Club (Texas) Country Club.
Miami (Fla.) administrators noted the uptick in contributions and fan interest since head coach Mark Richt accepted his new position…Stanford head coach David Shaw wants the NCAA Advisory Council to study other options for the early football signing period…Notre Dame and Kansas detailed contract payouts for former head coach Charlie Weis…Southern California athletics revealed the salary splits for former head coaches Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin in 2015…Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason had his contract extended three years with an updated compensation package…West Virginia football added analysts Dan Gerberry and Cory Heflin…William and Mary named DJ Mangas offensive coordinator…Appalachian State presented head coach Scott Satterfield with a new, five-year contract through the 2021 campaign…Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez wants coaching staffs and representatives to have a better say in the college game, rules changes and additional updates…Memphis offensive coordinator Darrel Dickey and offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield had contract and compensation updates…Former Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville spoke to a media member about memories of his 2010-12 tenure as Red Raiders head coach… North Dakota named Malcolm Agnew running backs coach.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Beloit: Seth Duerr, Bolivar, Ohio; Birmingham-Southern: Eddie Garfinkle, Birmingham, Ala.; Boise State: Bryan Harsin, Boise, Idaho; Boston College: Steve Addazio, Farmington, Conn.; Bowdoin: J.B. Wells, Hartford, Conn.
Wyoming AD Tom Burman reasserted that War Memorial Stadium will not undergo a name change in the near future…Eastern Michigan has selected Erin Kido as interim AD…Fairfield AD Gene Doris is retiring after 23 years in this post…Former Michigan men’s hockey coach Red Berenson is getting phased into his role as special adviser to Wolverines AD Warde Manuel…San Jose State named veteran administrator Marie Tuite as fulltime AD last Friday…June 30 will be the final day at his post for UL Monroe AD Brian Wickstrom…Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne spoke on current UA facilities and the bright future of the football program under head coach Nick Saban…Florida officially contracted Laird Veatch hired as executive associate AD for internal affairs…Illinois AD Josh Whitman stated his opinions on Friday night college football games, early recruiting dates and mascot possibilities for the Fighting Illini…Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis has been named to the NCAA Board of Directors…Iowa State athletics reported one of its “calmest” and uneventful athletics/academic years in recent years on all fronts for 2016-17 except for several upset wins in numerous sports…New Liberty AD Ian McCaw was featured in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper…Ohio State AD and past NFF Toner Award recipient Gene Smith reported no overseas’ trip plans for Buckeyes football…Radford coach and administrator Mike Anderson is retiring after 21 years…Present and past Texas head coaches Tom Herman (first season in 2017) and Mack Brown (1998-2013) were featured and drew the largest galleries last Wednesday in the PGA’s AT&T Byron Nelson Classic pro-amateur preliminaries…Alabama’s Cedric Burns, who handles public appearances, autograph sessions and other communications’ areas for head coach Nick Saban, was featured statewide in…Nebraska’s new director of football operations Adam Clark had his contract certified…The University of Utah has begun its search for a new president…Minnesota AD Mark Coyle has opened several communications’ paths for “honest” fan feedback on UM athletics and projects…Northeastern AD Peter Roby will retire in June 2018 after 15 years at the Boston university.
The Valero Alamo Bowl is considering contributing an additional $6 million to the renovation of Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas…The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl has been highlighted by some of the top passing and total offense performances in NCAA postseason annals. In 2011 Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts passed for 369 yards (43-of-56 attempts) to lead the Red Raiders past Northwestern 45-38 while Houston’s Case Keenum tossed for 532 yards (45-of-69) in a 30-14 victory over Penn State…The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman remains as the only bowl in the Washington, D.C., area (currently played in Annapolis, Md.) and has provided more than $700,000 in assistance to USO charities since its inception.
The Pac-12 Conference laid out its future revenue plans and is working to increase the stipend to each of its members post-2017…The American Athletic Conference is continuing its drive to become a Power Six conference in football under commissioner Mike Aresco…The SEC is taking recommendations about off-campus spring training sites such as Michigan’s recent trip to Italy…The Atlantic Coast Conference just completed its 2017 spring meetings…The Big Ten Conference is eyeballing Detroit, Mich., as a future championship venue. Big Ten ADs also discussed limiting the size of football assistant coaches and support staffs…Conference USA confirmed its 2018 and 2019 men’s and men’s basketball tournaments will be played at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott had his compensation package set for 2015. The Pac-12 also had key agenda items last week possible Los Angeles Coliseum naming rights (15-year, $70 million agreement with United Airlines), Arizona State’s new video boards, NCAA updates, and compliance challenges with new 2017-18 rules…Key topics at recent ACC and Big Ten Conference spring meetings were football scheduling for the ACC Television Network (still scheduled to begin full-scale programming in 2019), the Big Ten Network, enhanced non-conference slates (limiting NCAA FCS opponents) for all schools, football recruiting, new football signing dates, and key administrative matters, among other in-house discussions…The New Jersey Star-Ledger chronicled the first dates and results of each current Big Ten Conference football member – beginning with the Nov. 6, 1869, Rutgers 6-4 win over Princeton in New Brunswick, N.J. – the first intercollegiate football outing…Summer media days’ schedules for FBS conferences are American Athletic: July 17-18, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Newport, R.I.; ACC: July 13-14, Westin, Charlotte, N.C.; Big Ten: July 24-25, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.; Big 12: July 17-18, The Star, Frisco, Texas; Conference USA: July 19-20, DFW Marriott North, Irving, Texas; Mid-American: July 25-26, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio; Mountain West: July 25-26, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nev.; Pac-12: July 26-27, Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Center, Los Angeles; SEC: July 10-13, Hyatt-Wynfrey Hotel, Hoover, Ala.; Sun Belt: July 23-24, Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Arkansas C Frank Ragnow was saluted for his courage and dedication after the passing of his father last year due to a heart attack…RB Thomas Tyner has recovered sufficiently from injuries and surgeries and hopes to make his transfer official from Oregon to Oregon State and to play for the Beavers…Among key college transfers for the 2017 season have been Oklahoma QB (and baseball standout) Kyler Murray, Houston QB Kyle Allen and West Virginia QB Will Grier, Maryland QB Caleb Henderson (from North Carolina), and Nebraska QB Tanner Lee (from Tulane)…Bleacher Reports Hidden Gems for 2017 college squads include the likes of Kansas State DE Reggie Walker, Boise State WR Sean Modster, Texas RB Kyle Porter, Florida punter Johnny Townsend, and TCU WR-KR Kavontae Turpin…Florida Atlantic QB Jason Driskel brings back some of the circuit’s top passing individual numbers from the ’16 season with 200-of-327 passing for 61.2 percent passing, nine TDs, and 2,415 net passing yards…The same goes for Middle Tennessee signal caller Brent Stockstill with 262-of-414 passing, 63.3 per cent completions, 3,233 yards, and conference-returnee-best 31 TD tosses. He is the son of Blue Raiders head coach Rick Stockstill.
NFF College Hall of Famer and retired ESPN commentator Lou Holtz was chronicled about his new home and the rising state of West Virginia Mountaineers football during a recent visit to that state…NFF College Hall of Fame coach (East Carolina and Auburn) Pat Dye proposed shifting Missouri to the Southeastern Conference West Division and Auburn to the SEC East Division with Auburn continuing to meet rival Alabama (West Division powerhouse) in all sports annually…The Colorado Springs Gazette penned a Mother’s Day story about Super Mom to Student-Athletes Michelle Spires of Mobile, Ala. She is the mother of 2015 Alabama CFP title QB Jake Coker and three other siblings who have starred for Air Force athletics.
Arkansas athletics is considering updating its policies for malt beverages at 2017-18 events…Georgia athletics is increasing its 2018 fiscal year budget by $4 million to a record $127.6 million…San Diego State athletics extended its apparel and marketing agreement with Nike…Utah football unveiled its new Utah Stripe design for 2017 uniforms…Connecticut athletics is looking at options for the XL Center…LSU athletics is set for renditions for enhancements for the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the new nutrition center in the LSU Football Operations Center…Michigan athletics has plans to build a football performance center in Bo Schembechler Hall with $14.8 million in new funding…Texas’ $10 million in upgrades to dressing and adjacent facilities at Darrell K. Royal/Texas Memorial Stadium are on schedule for completion in August…The family of the late E. Bronson Ingram made a $20 million donation to Vanderbilt. Part of the gift will be utilized to build the new Ingram College Building where demolished Vanderbilt and Barnard Halls once stood. Old Barnard Hall was the freshman residence of NFF correspondent Bo Carter and several VU yearling luminaries from 1950-2016. A new Vanderbilt Barnard Hall will be constructed on the old buildings’ site by 2018…Minnesota athletics is looking at the possibility of corporate naming rights for its Williams and Mariucci Arenas…Nevada athletics is working on a $1.2 million grand entrance to Mackay Stadium before the 2017 opener and recently outlined all facility improvements since summer 2013….Texas A&M athletics is installing $6.623 million in HD scoreboard and message screens…Heidrick & Struggles collegiate administrator and athletics’ personnel discovery and placement firm has named Elizabeth Simpson to lead its financial services division in New York City…SB Nation’s Stadiums USA national radio show featured segments about college and professional sports facilities in the Berkeley-Oakland Bay Area, Stadium Journey’s Paul Swaney, Comiskey Park in Chicago and its football history with the old Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals, and tales of other stadiums in their glory days of college football…ESPN plans to put more emphasis on individual personalities and entertainment areas to assist in future finances…Colorado’s new indoor football practice facility and enhanced Folsom Field are ready for full occupation…Texas is ramping up its social media campaigns for additional football season ticket sales and promotional dates…NC State football has designed several new logos and artwork for its football recruiting areas online…Chattanooga may be looking at NCAA FBS membership and different conference options to enhance its football revenues…The Citadel has begun demolition of the east side of its stadium to continue renovations…San Diego State, the new SoccerCity Stadium and the mayor of San Diego are closing in on possible future agreements for usage of the new facility by SDSU football…Iowa State football has planned a branding and general overhaul of the administrative process and new game management techniques in coming seasons.
Utah State’s new radio flagship station for football, basketball and Aggie athletics coaches’ shows will be KZNS-AM 1280.
Some key NCAA football innovations for the 2017 campaign being discussed by media nationwide are the early signing period, lessening of full-contact workouts, hiring a 10th assistant coach by FBS teams starting Jan. 9, 2018, and reforms for summer football and football satellite camps… CoSIDA members Brian Laubscher of Washington and Lee, Paul Grua of Weber State, Matt Jones of Delta State, and Samuel Boedner of St. Edward’s (Texas), Matthew Weitzel of Iowa, Daniel Gallegis of Southern Arkansas, Jerrett Mills of Dakota Wesleyan, Jeremy Rosenthal of Indiana, Nicole Betker of the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), Lizz Summers of Boston College, Mark McGee of Lipscomb, Anne Pannella of Virginia Tech, and CoSIDA Hall of Fame members Paul Just of Western Kentucky and Langston Rogers of Ole Miss and Delta State have been featured in recent the group’s national Open Forum discussions and updates…International correspondent from France Blaise Collin, a fulltime nuclear physicist, was saluted as a member of FWAA and writer for the French-language football website Football Americain…The FWAA also recognized the Super 11 FBS pressbox operations and athletics communications professionals in a recent post. The extraordinary football service personnel and their schools were were Southern California (record seventh Super 11 award), Nebraska (fifth time), Clemson and (fourth time), Colorado (fourth), Navy (twice), and first-time recipients Air Force, Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and UTEP. These FWAA awards began after the 2009 season.
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:
1991 SWC Baseball –It was the final year of SWC baseball competition for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but the Hogs of CBF Hall of Fame head coach Norm DeBriyn ended their SWC association and moved to the Southeastern Conference in 1992 with a tie for fourth place in SWC standings at 10-11 in loop activity with TCU. While Texas (48-14 overall, 14-7 SWC) edged Texas A&M (44-23, 13-8) for the SWC regular-season title, the Longhorns of CBF Hall of Fame head coach Cliff Gustafson also won the 15th annual SWC postseason tournament at A&M’s Pat Olsen Field while breezing to another NCAA regional appearance. Baylor joined UT and A&M in the ’91 NCAA postseason tourney field, but Arkansas just missed an at-large selection – possibly because of the sub-.500 mark in SWC activity. Texas Tech at 42-18 (9-12 SWC) also was shut out of a NCAA at-large bid while Houston (37-19 overall) and TCU (34-25 overall) began early team runs along with the Red Raiders that led to some superior seasons down the road – including the 1995 SWC crown (the only diamond championship for the Red Raiders in SWC action) and the 1997 Big 12 Conference title by Tech.
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, 8:30 p.m.
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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