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Monday, July 24, 2006

News and notes from around college football for July 24, 2006

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News and notes from around college football for July 24, 2006

Media Days Focus Spotlight on Familiar Faces

Division I-A conference media days kicked off last week with the press picking a few familiar faces to finish atop the year-end conference standings. On Tuesday, the Big East writers picked West Virginia, fresh off their 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, to defend their conference championship and earn an automatic BCS Bowl berth. The Mountaineers received 18 out of a possible 24 first-place votes, with Louisville garnering the other six. At the Mountain West Conference media days in Coronado, Calif., last week, writers chose Texas Christian to pick up their second consecutive conference crown. The Horned Frogs ran the table last season in their inaugural year in the conference and return 10 starters on offense. With the Big 12 media days starting today, the conference media picked Nebraska and Oklahoma to capture the North and South divisions, respectively, with the defending national champion Texas Longhorns selected to finish second to the Sooners. The two division winners will square off in Kansas City, Mo., on December 2 for the Big 12 Championship and an automatic BCS berth. In addition to the Big 12, conference media days will also be held this week for the ACC, Pac-10, SEC, Sun Belt and the WAC. The Big Ten, Conference USA and MAC will conclude the media days schedule next week.

Fox, ESPN Radio Agreement Brings BCS Games to the Airwaves

Fox Sports, the new media distribution home of the Bowl Championship Series, announced a four-year agreement last week with ESPN Radio that grants the sports radio network the terrestrial radio rights to broadcast all FOX-televised BCS games. The deal does not include satellite rights, nor does it provide ESPN Radio with exclusivity in the home markets of schools participating in the games. The contract does, however, grant ESPN Radio the right to air the Allstate Sugar Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the newly created BCS National Championship Game beginning in January 2007. ESPN Radio, which began broadcasting all four BCS games in 2000, already had a deal in place to air the Rose Bowl. 2006 marks the first year Fox will televise three BCS games and the BCS National Championship Game after agreeing on an exclusive deal back in November 2004. The National Football Foundation will tabulate and release this year's BCS Standings for the seventh consecutive year.

Two-Minute Drill

The second annual Mid-Michigan Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Chapter of The National Football Foundation, will bring together Central Michigan head coach Brian Kelly, Eastern Michigan head coach Jeff Genyk, Michigan State head coach John L. Smith and Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit on August 3 for a preview of the upcoming season... The annual Bayou Bucket Luncheon previewing the rivalry game between Houston and Rice will feature Cougars head man Art Briles and Owls coach Todd Graham on August 31 as the teams prepare for their September 2 showdown... Florida International head coach Don Strock will join Miami head coach Larry Coker in South Miami on July 27 to promote the schools' match-up on October 14 in Miami...

More than 120 people attended the 14th annual Coach Davey Maurer golf outing, named after the 1991 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Wittenberg, on July 12 to benefit the scholarship fund of The National Football Foundation's Springfield, Ohio chapter... Former Syracuse halfback Jim Brown, a 1995 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, will host his Celebrity Golf Classic on January 30-31, 2007, to benefit the Amer-I-Can Foundation... California launched a new website to hype the Heisman campaign of junior running back Marshawn Lynch...

Former Kansas two-way standout Galen Fiss, the captain of the Cleveland Browns last NFL championship team in 1964, died last week at age 75... According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Bowl has reached a agreement in principle with Alltel to be the bowl's new title sponsor... The NFL Network signed a multiyear deal with the Houston Bowl to broadcast the December game and market its naming rights... Central Florida's Golden Knights Club, the school's athletics scholarship fundraising club, received a school-record $2.1 million in donations in the fiscal year 2005-05... Leland Melvin, a record-breaking receiver at Richmond University in the mid-1980's, is scheduled to take part in next year's NASA space shuttle mission to deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the International Space Station...

Memphis University's annual Football FanFest will take place on August 26 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium... The third annual "Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz", a carnival-like party and pep rally around Beaver Stadium, will take place on September 1, the night before the Nittany Lions open at home against Akron... Fan Appreciation Day at South Carolina is set for August 13... BankUnited CanesFest, an official party celebrating a new season of Miami Hurricanes football, will take place this Saturday in Broward and Sunday in Palm Beach... Fan appreciation day at Navy's Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will take place on August 2... North Texas will host a tailgate-themed "Mean Green Night" in Grand Prairie, Texas, this Thursday...

Notre Dame players hosted the fifth annual "Tackle The Arts" program last Friday on campus to give area inner-city kids the opportunity to interact with players while learning more about music, writing and arts appreciation... The Navy football program sponsored a table at the Kent Island Fireman's Carnival this past weekend that included a special ticket promotion for firefighters to show appreciation for their service... Eight members from the Auburn Tigers football team visited Camp ASCCA last week to speak with and sign autographs for campers with special needs...

Fresno announced plans to construct a new electronic entertainment center, including a larger video screen, inside Bulldog Stadium to be completed by their home game with Colorado State on September 30... Louisiana-Lafayette and Tennessee agreed to play in each other in Knoxville on November 3, 2007... Last Saturday, Aaron's Football Saturdays in the South, a summer mini-series now in its third season, profiled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the response of people in the college football community as part of its six-episode 2006 series running through the rest of the summer...

National Football Foundation board member and Dorchester Capital president Clay Bennett reached an agreement to purchase the NBA's Seattle Supersonics... Bill Callahan, head coach at Nebraska, and his Coach Callahan Charities will lace up their sneakers for the third annual Coach Callahan Fun Run/Walk on August 19 to benefit the UNL Libraries and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation... New San Diego State head coach Chuck Long served as the featured speaker at The San Diego Hall of Champions Lunch Series event on July 19... The Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame inducted longtime University of Tennessee information directors Haywood Harris and Gus Manning and former Vanderbilt and SEC publicist Elmore (Scoop) Hudgens as part of their inaugural class last week...

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier's media golf outing will take place on July 31... UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell, fresh off a 10-win season, received a contract extension and raise that runs through the 2010 season and guarantees him at least $850,000 a year.

Schedule Spotlight: Conference Championship Games

Conference - Date - Location

Atlantic Coast - December 2 - Jacksonville, Fla.

Big 12 - December 2 - Kansas City, Mo.

Conference USA - December 2 - Team with highest conference winning percentage

Mid-American - November 30 - Detroit, Mich.

Southeastern - December 2 - Atlanta, Ga.

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