Jacksonville Sports Day

News and Notes from the National Football Foundation

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in conjunction with the CFP, will host the Countdown to the Championship Luncheon Sept. 22 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. The event will provide updates on the CFP National Championship, which will be held in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 9.

Scheduling

Mississippi and Texas Tech have verbally agreed to a 2018 football game in Houston… Colorado State and Vanderbilt announced a four-game series beginning in 2020… Mississippi State and Tulane have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2020 and 2023… Mississippi State will play Alcorn State in 2020… UCF and North Carolina have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2020… Bowling Green State will play Georgia Tech in 2018… South Florida has added a home-and-home series with San Jose State and moved its dates with Georgia Tech and Northern Illinois… Georgia Tech will host Notre Dame in 2020 instead of 2019…

Oregon has added San Jose State and Portland State to its 2018 schedule… Utah will host Southern Utah in 2022… Wyoming has added a game with Weber State in 2020 and moved a scheduled game against Appalachian State to 2023… Delaware and North Dakota State agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019… Pacific (Ore.) and Occidental (Calif.) will play Sept. 17 at Kunuiakea Stadium in what is believed to be the first-ever NCAA Division III football game held in Hawaii… Army West Point announced it will open the 2017 season at home against Fordham on Sept. 1, moving previously scheduled games against Tulane to Sept. 23, Rice to Oct. 7,  UTEP to Sept. 30 and Duke to Nov. 11…

People

Missouri announced Jim Sterk as its new athletics director… Purdue named Mike Bobinski as athletics director… Georgia Tech named Paul Griffin as interim athletics director… Jenny Bramer will assume the role of interim director of athletics at San Diego State… TCU head football coach Gary Patterson has signed a contract extension to 2022… Ohio announced a five-year contract extension for athletics director Jim Schaus… Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) announced Ryan Kaiser as athletics director… Glenville State College (W. Va.) named Marcal Lazenby athletics director…

Awards and Honors

Football led all sports on the Sun Belt Conference’s Academic Honor Roll with 262 student-athletes… The Montana Football Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class Aug. 12, including Dave Dickenson (Montana),  Mitch Donahue (Wyoming), Pat Donovan (Stanford), Tuff Harris (Montana), Chris Horn (Rocky Mountain College [Mont.]), Sonny Holland (Montana State), Kane Ioane (Montana State), Milan Lazetich (Michigan), Bill Lazetich (Montana), Pete Lazetich (Stanford), Harvey Munford (Eastern Montana College), Brian Salonen (Montana) and  Jan Stenerud (Montana State)…

Media and Facilities

The Sun Belt Conference completed its game times and viewing access for the first three weeks of the 2016 college football season..West Virginia unveiled the renovated east side of Mountaineer Field… Louisiana Tech unveiled plans and renderings for the newest phase of facility improvements at Joe Aillet Stadium… Wisconsin-Whitewater received approval for renovations to its football stadium…

More News of Interest

Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks reached a new five-year licensing agreement for the use of A&M’s “12th Man” trademark… Bristol Motor Speedway unveiled the trophy for next month’s Battle At Bristol football game between Virginia Tech and Tennessee… College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock is in Rio spending his vacation as a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics… ESPN’s Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will take part in “The Original” Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Pigskin Preview Aug. 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio… Movie star Sylvester Stallone helped Western Michigan coach PJ Fleck announce that walk-on linebacker Kasey Carson had earned a full scholarship… Oregon WR Devon Allen participates at the Olympics today in the 110m Hurdles… CBS Sports reporter Dennis Dodd profiled College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock, writing about the tragic loss of his son in 2001… Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali, has committed to Cal…

Obituaries

One of ESPN’s most visible and versatile commentators, John Saunders, passed away Aug. 10. He was 61… Former Texas A&M head football coach and Texas Tech quarterback Tom Wilson passed away Aug. 10. He was 72… Former Bates (Maine) assistant football coach Bob Flynn passed away July 31. He was 83… Former Virginia Tech football player John Moody passed away Aug. 8. He was 83… Former Washington State football player and longtime assistant coach George Yarno passed away Aug. 8. He was 58… Former Oklahoma State All-American Neill Armstrong passed away Aug. 10. He was 90… Former West Virginia offensive lineman Rick Phillips passed away Aug. 10. He was 50… Chadron State (Neb.) football player Eric Goll died Aug. 11. He was 20… Renowned New Orleans sports writer Peter Finney passed away Aug. 13. He was 88… Former Iowa center Warren “Bud” Lawson passed away Aug. 14. He was 83… Former Virginia Tech football player and fundraiser John Moody passed away Aug. 8. He was 83.

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