College Football Notes – May 29, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the May 29-June 4 time period are May 29 (1903) Bob Hope, NFF Gold Medal recipient, London, England; (1892) Earl Abell, Portage, Wis.; (1949) Rex Kern, Lancaster, Ohio; May 30 (1891) Bob Peck, Lock Haven, Pa.; (1915) Larry Kelly, Conneaut, Ohio; (1941) Charlie Richard, Grain Valley, Mo.; (1943) Gale Sayers, Wichita, Kan.; (1946) Dick Farley, Danvers, Mass.; (1949) Lydell Mitchell, Salem, N.J.; May 31 (1912) Harold Burry, New Castle, Pa.; (1953) Richard Wood, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1967) Kevin Dent, Vicksburg, Miss.; June 1 (1901) Edgar Miller, Canton, Ohio; (1916) Ki Aldrich, Rogers, Texas; (1930) Carmen Cozza, Parma, Ohio; (1933) Alan Ameche, Kenosha, Wis.; June 2 (1895) Homer Hazel, Piffard, N.Y.; (1909) Ben Schwartzwalder, Point Pleasant, W.Va.; (1950) Jeff Siemon, Rochester, Minn.; June 3 (1959) Sam Mills, Neptune, N.J.; June 4 (1870) George Sanford, Ashland, N.Y.; (1876) Mike Donahue, County Kerry, Ireland; (1891) Bob McWhorter, Athens, Ga.; (1908) Skip McCain, Enville, Okla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are May 29 (2003) Mickey Kobrosky, Longmeadow, Mass.; June 1 (1963) Century Milstead, Pleasantville, N.Y.; June 2 (1943) Nile Kinnick, Over the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Paria in combat; June 4 (2005) Banks McFadden, Ormond Beach, Fla.; (2015) Wayne Harris, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members May 29 Rex Kern, May 30 Charlie Richard, Gale Sayers, Dick Farley, Lydell Mitchell, May 31 Richard Wood, Kevin Dent, June 1 Carmen Cozza (a spry 87), June 2 Jeff Siemon…
Liberty and Syracuse have added a three-game series for 2019-21…The Citadel and Clemson will play in 2017, and the Bulldogs will travel to Alabama in 2018, Georgia Tech in 2019, and Ole Miss in ’25…Florida will host South Alabama in 2020. South Alabama also moved its 2020 game with Oklahoma State to ’23 in Stillwater, Okla.…Florida and Georgia are nearing completion for a new five-year contract renewal for their game to remain in Jacksonville, Fla….Minnesota football season ticket sales have increase since the hiring of head coach P.J. Fleck…Michigan and Michigan State continued to be rumored to playing a first-ever night game in their rivalry in November for ABC/ESPN or the Big Ten Network…At least two Texas A&M 2017 opponents have received options for $1 million payouts to face the Aggies in College Station…Missouri has postponed its switch of team benches on the sidelines until 2019…Clemson’s 35-31 victory over Alabama in the CFP National Championship gave the Tigers their second national title in history after the 1981 crown.
The Association for Women in Sports Media has added a special Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded beginning with the 2018 class of internship/scholarship winners, and memorializes the late sports editor of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram…Vanderbilt athletics has joined several other university departments in promoting a special Vanderbilt Giving Day on Thursday, June 15.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley is assembling his second signing class this summer, and several freshmen and transfers will be enrolling in summer school courses in Lincoln…North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was saluted for assisting with a UNC medical student’s graduation this month…Appalachian State released new details on the updated contract for head coach Scott Satterfield…Memphis assistant coaches have agreed to new terms and financial upgrades…Rutgers offensive coordinator and former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill has been an inspiration to a youthful Scarlet Knights crew with his overcoming severe physical adversity.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Bowling Green: Mike Jinks, San Angelo, Texas; Brown: Phil Estes, Cedar Rapids. Iowa; Bucknell: Joe Susan, Dover, Del.; Buffalo: Lance Leipold, Whitewater, Wis.; BYU: Kalani Sitake, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga.
San Jose State director of athletics Marie Tuite is placing special emphasis on football as a key component for 2017-18 athletics and beyond…Tennessee associate AD and chief development athletic officer Greg Hulen is leaving for a similar position at Florida State…Arizona State named Natesh Rao senior associate AD…Flagler chose Cullen Fridley as director of sports medicine…UW-Green Bay AD Mary Ellen Gillespie is leaving to become AD at Hartford…New Kansas State AD Gene Taylor has been working with fans for new game-day experiences in 2017…Former Oklahoma senior athletics administrator and later Richmond AD Keith Gill has been named executive associate commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference…Arkansas AD Jeff Long has been named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee…Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said the Tigers are open to NFF College Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye’s suggestion about AU possibly moving to the SEC’s East Division of SEC… Oregon State named Dan Bartholomae as deputy AD for capital projects and internal operations after he left Pittsburgh athletics…Rutgers tabbed Michael Szul as senior associate AD for finance, administration and planning and Rick Thorpe as senior associate AD for external affairs and strategic communications…UNLV’s outgoing AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy thanked her supporters, staff and administration as she concludes her term in Las Vegas.
The new Frisco (Texas) Bowl has been certified for a Dec. 20 date this season at The Star at Ford Center Frisco. The American Athletic Conference will send a representative vs. a FBS at-large entry…The College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted the 12th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute, featuring the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class, and the bowl will be the site for the 2018 Salute on Jan. 1 in Atlanta…Several teams, among others, that competed in post-2016 football season bowl games and advanced to the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball tournament this week are Arizona, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Stanford…Bowl contracts for 2017-18 conference representatives have been certified, and dates are to be determined for the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., and the SDCCU Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. Both bowls feature Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Conference matchups…The The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic’s College Football Youth Day is set for Monday, June 26 for youngsters ages 11-14 at AT&T Cotton Bowl Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. (CDT) with a Parent Seminar entitled Concussion 101 presented by the Andrews Institute at 9 a.m. There will be a special guest panel and presenter TBD at noon with a free lunch served at 12:30 p.m. Registration is available for the first 200 youngsters via this website:
The Sun Belt Conference denoted its football divisions for 2018. They are East Division with Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Troy; and West Division with Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, and Texas State. The conference will hold its first title game in 2018 between the divisional winners at the home stadium of the highest-ranked team in College Football Playoff standings…Syracuse athletics received a $22.8 million payout from the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2016…The Mid-American Conference led all leagues with nine nominees on the 2017 Dave Rimington Award watch list. The Big 12 and SEC followed with eight apiece. The SEC also placed possible changes in graduate football transfers higher on this week’s spring meetings’ agenda…Athlon Sports predicts Oklahoma will win its 11th Big 12 Conference crown since 2000 in 2017 while it picks Texas and Oklahoma State next in the preseason standings…The first NCAA FBS summer media days will be the Southeastern Conference confab July 10-13 at the Hyatt-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala…The American Athletic Conference will continue holding championships at Uncasville, Conn…Conference USA spring meetings are focusing on the well-being of student-athletes and achieving new revenue streams…Pac-12 Conference meetings focused on several coaching and administrative changes at Arizona State, several upgrades at Utah and Washington State, and other key topics.
Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain is transferring to California…Some of the nationally-known names on the initial 2017 Dave Rimington Award watch list, among others are standout centers Aaron Mitchell of Fresno State, Alan Knott of South Carolina, Florida State’s Alec Eberle, Florida Atlantic’s Antonyo Woods, Hawai’i’s Asotui Eli. Central Michigan’s Austin Doan, Auburn’s Austin Golson, TCU’s Austin Schlottmann, and Ohio State’s Billy Price…Six members of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class led their teams to 2016-17 postseason activity. Carter Hanson led Saint John’s (Minn.) to the second round of the Division III Playoffs while Brooks Ellis (Arkansas), Taysom Hill (BYU), Ryan Janvion (Wake Forest), Cooper Rush (Central Michigan), and 2016 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy Zach Terrell (Western Michigan) all guided their teams to FBS bowl berths…The NFL Buffalo Bills signed CB Tre’Davious White from LSU…Air Force WR Jalen Robinette may be eligible to enter the NFL free agent market if he does not continue his studies at the academy…Former Illinois players TE Zarrian Holcombe, OL Darta Lee and OL Howard Watkins are seeking new locations for 2017-18 enrollment and possible lower-division football programs’ immediate eligibility in ’17.
Former Wisconsin Badgers football star, AD and NFF College Hall of Fame member Pat Richter helped kick off the celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium last week…The NFF once again revealed the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class as part of ESPN’s SportsCenter the day of the CFP National Championship. Coach Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina) represented the class on SportsCenter, and he was joined by fellow electee Peyton Manning (Tennessee) in pregame festivities and the coin toss prior to the title game. The NFF also recognized 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Zach Terrell (Western Michigan) at the game as he was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area preparing to lead WMU against Wisconsin in the 81st annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Current Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator, former Dallas Cowboys head coach and Houston Cougars LB Wade Phillips has teamed with writer Vic Carucci for the new book “Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life” about the relationships of Phillips and his dad the late and fabled coach Bum Phillips…Famed pastors and college football enthusiasts Joel and Victoria Osteen recently attended the commencement of their son at Texas in Austin…NFF College Hall of Fame coach coach Gene Stallings has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke…Former Kentucky. Baylor and Texas A&M-Commerce head coach and TCU/NFL standout Guy Morriss is fighting Alzheimer’s Disease…Former Nebraska football All-America punter and baseball standout Darin Erstad guided the Huskers to their first Big Ten Conference baseball championship in his sixth season as head baseball coach at NU.
Oklahoma’s new outdoor football turf practice field has been installed adjacent to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium…San Diego State football and the City of San Diego Soccer City Stadium are still in discussions as a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium and future Aztecs football games…New Mexico athletics has reported a record revenue total of $34.3 million for the 2016-17 academic and competitive years…Arkansas will be making other arrangements for the yet-to-be-completed football locker rooms for the 2017 season opener…Mississippi State’s historic Dudy Noble Field will undergo a total makeover from 2017-19. It originally was built in 1966 and is named after former MSU football and baseball coach and later AD Noble…Montana football is adding a turf cooling system going in at Washington-Grizzly Stadium…Penn State football is highlighting massive Beaver Stadium during its summer coaches caravan and speaking arrangements…South Carolina’s new Football Operations Building appears to be set for an August completion…Texas football awarded an updated signage and LED contract for its football jumbotron to a noted New York firm…The Tulane Medical Center has launched an exclusive clinic for professional athletes…Navy athletics continues possibly its best season ever in women’s lacrosse with a trip to the NCAA Final Four…Medical sideline tents created by the Alabama training staff have been adopted by the NFL…Florida State is considering the possibility of a new football complex…The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hired Gensler Architects for design and renovations…Dayton is continuing to make subtle updates in its revamping for UD Arena…Georgia athletics outlined its fundraising efforts for two recent major football facility projects…LSU AD Joe Alleva noted major updates and office facelifts for the Pete Maravich Assembly Center…North Texas athletics placed plans for a new track facility, historic Fouts Field demolition and new parking construction on temporary hold…The San Diego Padres have offered Petco Field as a possible home for San Diego State football in 2018 and ’19.
CBS Sports aired the Hyundai Sun Bowl for the 49th consecutive season, the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network. The 2016 Sun Bowl featured Stanford and North Carolina, and CBS aired a segment at halftime featuring 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Zach Terrell (Western Michigan). The network is set to carry its 50th annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Dec. 29…ESPN’s Dick Vitale signed contract extension through 2020, which will give him 41 years with the media giant. He started as a commentator in the first year of ESPN in 1979…Nevada’s radio football voice Ryan Radke has accepted a position with Westwood One Network…SB Nation Stadiums USA national radio show last week covered new stadium and facilities’ construction in the Milwaukee, Wis., area, an interview with veteran sports radio commentator Gene DeLisio, new books about Wrigley Field in Chicago and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the history of demolished Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., and facility plans for the NFL Los Angeles Rams and Chargers if there are continued delays at under construction Kroenke Stadium.
The NCAA has endorsed several schools working with local Boys and Girls Clubs to promote free summer football camps and other summer vacation activities…CoSIDA members Rachel Roche of Redlands, Lenny Reich of Mt. Union, Layne Pitt of Wisconsin-Stout, Nicholas Price of Mississippi State, Sam Atkinson of Gallaudet, Ryan Parreault of North Dakota State, Luke Bolanos at U. of Virginia-Wise, Leah Radio of St. Benedict (Minn.), and Ken DeBolt of Hobart and William Smith Colleges 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:
1992 SWC Baseball –Texas’ multi-positioned P-OF-1B Brooks Kieschnick won the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy and later was the only repeat recipient after another stellar season in ’93. He was in the midst of a three-year career from 1991-93 for Hall of Fame head coach Cliff Gustafson with composite numbers of a .360 batting average, 43 home runs, 215 RBI, and a 34-8 win-loss record on the mound. The conference also played a record 36-game intraleague schedule for that season only as each school had a three-game home-and-away series with its other six opponents. For the first time since 1977 and the only time from 1977-91, 93-96, there was not a postseason tournament, and Texas captured the team title and automatic NCAA bid with a SWC-high-mark 28 wins against eight losses.
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, 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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