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College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ballot includes Steve McNair, Vince Young, Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu, Carson Palmer and Marvin Harrison

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The ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was announced Monday morning by the National Football Foundation. A total of 76 players and six coaches from FBS programs and an additional 100 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions have been included on this year’s ballot, with some new faces and some names that have appeared on previous ballots just waiting to get the call to the hall.

Some notable names on this year’s ballot include former Syracuse wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Vince Young of Texas, Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch of Nebraska and Rashaan Salaam of Colorado, USC’s Carson Palmer and Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis of Miami, Penn State wide receiver Bobby Engram, Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas, LSU running back Kevin Faulk, and Alcorn State legend Steve McNair (on the lower-division list).

The next class of hall of fame inductees will be announced on Monday, January 7, 2019 prior to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Santa Clara, California. The class will then be honored and inducted in December 2019.

Class of 2019 Nominees – FBS Players

  • Flozell Adams, Michigan State OT
  • Bernard Berrian, Fresno State WR
  • Michael Bishop, Kansas State QB
  • Lomas Brown, Florida OT
  • Terrell Buckley, Florida State DB
  • Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas OG
  • Larry Burton, Purdue SE
  • Keith Byars, Ohio State RB
  • Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh QB
  • Dallas Clark, Iowa TE
  • Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech LB
  • Tim Couch, Kentucky QB
  • Eric Crouch, Nebraska QB
  • Eric Dickerson, SMU RB
  • Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma DB
  • Vaughn Dunbar, Indiana RB
  • Jumbo Elliott, Michigan OT
  • Bobby Engram, Penn State WR
  • Kevin Faulk, LSU RB
  • David Fulcher, Arizona State DB
  • Robert Gallery, Iowa OT
  • Moe Gardner, Illinois DT
  • Tony Gonzalez, California TE
  • Jacob Green, Texas A&M DL
  • Dan Hampton, Arkansas DT
  • Jason Hanson, Washington State K
  • Byron Hanspared, Texas Tech RB
  • Kevin Hardy, Illinois LB
  • Marcus Harris, Wyoming WR
  • Marvin Harrison, Syracuse WR
  • Jeff Hartings, Penn State OL
  • E.J. Henderson, Maryland LB
  • Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh RB
  • Torry Holt, NC State WR
  • Ken Huff, North Carolina OG
  • Steve Hutchinson, Michigan OL
  • Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame WR
  • Larry Jacobson, Nebraska DT
  • E.J. Junior, Alabama DE
  • Jess Lewis, Oregon State DB
  • Ray Lewis, Miami LB
  • Bobby Majors, Tennessee DB
  • Tony Mandarich, Michigan State OT
  • Ed McCaffrey, Stanford WR
  • Darren McFadden, Arkansas RB
  • Cade McNown, UCLA QB
  • Corey Moore, Virginia Tech DL
  • Dan Morgan, Miami LB
  • Ken Norton Jr., UCLA LB
  • Phil Olsen, Utah State DE
  • Leslie O’Neal, Oklahoma State DT
  • Jim Otis, Ohio State FB
  • Carson Palmer, USC QB
  • Jake Plummer, Arizona State QB
  • Troy Polamalu, USC DB
  • David Pollack, Georgia DL
  • Antwaan Randle El, Indiana QB
  • Simeon Rice, Illinois LB
  • Ron Rivera, California LB
  • Rashaan Salaam, Colorado RB
  • Lucius Sanford, Georgia Tech LB
  • Larry Seivers, Tennessee WR
  • Kenneth Sims, Texas DT
  • Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame OT
  • Joe Thomas, Wisconsin OL
  • Dennis Thurman, USC DB
  • Troy Vincent, Wisconsin DB
  • Chris Ward, Ohio State OT
  • Michael Westbrook, Colorado WR
  • Lorenzo White, Michigan State RB
  • Zach Wiegert, Nebraska OT
  • Patrick Willis, Mississippi LB
  • Al Wilson, Tennessee LB
  • Steve Wisniewski, Penn State OG
  • Elmo Wright, Houston WR
  • Vince Young, Texas QB

Class of 2019 Nominees – Coaches

  • Larry Blakeney (Troy)
  • Jim Carlen (West Virginia, Texas Tech, South Carolina)
  • Pete Cawthon Sr. (Austin College, Texas Tech)
  • Dennis Erickson (Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami, Oregon State, Arizona State)
  • Billy Jack Murphy (Memphis)
  • Daryll Rogers (Cal State East Bay, Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State, Arizona State)

You can see the full ballot to see the lower division nominees HERE.

Coronavirus concerns cause Michigan to cancel spring football trip abroad

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The pause button has been hit on the recent Michigan football tradition stared under Jim Harbaugh.

In 2017, Harbaugh and the Wolverines traveled to Italy as part of its spring football practice.  The following year, the program went to France.  This past year, it was South Africa that was the program’s spring destination.

This year, Michigan football had been expected to take another trip abroad.  That destination had yet to be determined.  As it turns out, a determination won’t be necessary as, due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, U-M has decided to nix its 2020 plans for the team to travel abroad.

“The football team will not be taking an international trip this spring due to the health concerns around the world, most notably coronavirus,” a Michigan football spokesperson stated. “In lieu of traveling abroad, as the team has done the last three years, the players are expected to participate in community projects in the Ann Arbor area,” the Detroit Free Press wrote.

And for those unfamiliar with the coronavirus?  From NBC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there have been two cases of person-to-person transmission in the U.S., and that the virus can be spread via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The CDC says on its website that the virus is not currently spreading in the U.S.

The majority of deaths linked to COVID-19 have been in mainland China, where the outbreak began. There have been 12 deaths in Iran, eight in South Korea, seven in Italy, and others elsewhere, according to public health officials.

In mainland China, the national health commission on Tuesday morning local time reported a total of 2,663 deaths linked to COVID-19.

The epicenter of the outbreak has been in Hubei Province, where the city of Wuhan is located. There have been more than 77,600 confirmed cases in mainland China, according to the national health commission.

Indiana suspends TE Peyton Hendershot following domestic violence incident

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When it came to a member of the Indiana Hoosiers football program, this was an expected next step.

Late Saturday night, Peyton Hendershot was arrested on multiple charges in connection to an alleged domestic violence incident.  The tight end is facing one count each of residential entry, domestic battery, criminal mischief and criminal conversion.  The residential entry charge is a felony; the other three are misdemeanors.

Sunday, the Indiana Hoosiers football program issued the following statement:

Indiana University Athletics is aware of the arrest of redshirt sophomore Peyton Hendershot. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal and administrative processes, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.

A day later, the Indiana Hoosiers football program issued an updated statement in which it was confirmed that Hendershot has been indefinitely suspended.

Indiana University Head Football Coach Tom Allen has suspended redshirt sophomore Peyton Hendershot immediately and indefinitely from all team activities. He will continue to evaluate the situation pending further developments.

It should be noted that Hendershot was expected to miss spring practice because of injury issues prior to his off-field situation.

Hendershot was a three-star member of the Class of 2017 for Indiana Hoosiers football.  An injury his true freshman season allowed the Indiana native to take a redshirt.  In 2018, Hendershot started 10 games, catching 15 passes for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

This past season, Hendershot set a school record for tight ends by catching 52 passes for 622 yards.  After starting all 13 games, Hendershot was named third-team All-Big Ten.

Ohio State, Ryan Day agree to three-year contract extension

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Not surprisingly, it will continue to pay to be the Ohio State football head coach.

Tuesday morning, OSU announced it has agreed to a three-year extension for Ryan Day.  The coach is now signed through the 2026 season.

It should be noted that the agreement is pending approval by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

According to the school, Day will make $5.375 million from Feb. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021. Additionally, OSU will make an employer contribution of $1 million to his retirement continuation plan on Dec. 31, 2020.  Day will then make $6.5 million in 2021 and $7.6 million in 2022.

“Increases to his compensation package after Feb. 1, 2023 will be determined by the director of athletics and approved by the Board of Trustees,” the school wrote.

In 2019, Day’s $4.5 million in guaranteed compensation was seventh in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally.

“Ryan Day’s management of this football program, from mentoring and leading our student-athletes in their academic pursuits and off-field endeavors to coaching them on the playing field, has been exceptional,” Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith said. “I am appreciative of his work. And I want to thank President Michael V. Drake for his leadership and the Board of Trustees for its work with this extension.”

In his first full season as the Ohio State football head coach, Day guided the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record.  After winning the Big Ten title, Day became the first OSU coach in four decades to be named as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.  Ohio State football also returned to the playoffs for the third time in six seasons.

Day is actually 16-1 as a head coach.  With Urban Meyer suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, the Buckeyes went 3-0 with Day as the acting head coach.

Spring football games schedule: Complete dates, times, TV options

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College football spring games? Certainly. Ready to watch? Probably (thanks to this spring football games schedule).

With the 2019 season fading into the rearview mirror, our attention has now turned to the 2020 campaign that, for now, seems far out on the horizon.  One of the first big steps in getting to next season, of course, is spring practice.  In most cases, those 15 spring practice sessions will culminate in some semblance of a spring game.

Below is a list of those college football spring games, complete with dates, times (Eastern) and, when appropriate, the television station on which they will be broadcast,

As of the initial posting, not all of the college football spring games and their dates have been released.  Some details, including times, are still to be determined as well.

This post will be updated as necessary throughout the next two months.

(Writer’s note: If any schools or fans of schools notice we’re missing already-available information, please shoot me the particulars at John.Taylor AT nbcuni.com)

March games

MARCH 5

Coastal Carolina, (other details to be determined)

MARCH 19

Arkansas State, 7:00 p.m.

MARCH 21

Charlotte, (other details to be determined)
San Diego State, 2:00 p.m.

MARCH 28

Western Michigan, (other details to be determined)
Tulane, 11:00 a.m.
San Jose State, 5:00 p.m.
Arizona State, 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Arizona)

April games

APRIL 3

Rice, (other details to be determined)
Buffalo, 3:00 p.m.
FIU, 6:30 p.m.
Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m.
Georgia State, 7:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt, 8:00 p.m.

APRIL 4

Temple, (other details to be determined)
Troy, (other details to be determined)
Minnesota, noon
North Carolina State, 12:30 p.m.
Tulsa, 12:30 p.m.
South Carolina, 1:00 p.m. (SEC Network+)
UAB, 1:00 p.m.
Purdue, 2:00 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Clemson, 2:30 p.m.
UCF, 2:30 p.m.
Wake Forest, 3:00 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe, 7:00 p.m.
Arizona, 8:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Arizona)

APRIL 9

Louisiana, (other details to be determined)

APRIL 10

Georgia Tech, (other details to be determined)
Toledo, 1:00 p.m.
Cincinnati, 6:00
Texas Tech, 7:00 p.m.

APRIL 11

Cal, (other details to be determined)
Pitt, (ACC Network) (time to be determined)
Kentucky, noon (SEC Network+)
Ohio State, noon (Big Ten Network)
Mississippi State, 12:30 p.m.
Kent State, 1:00 p.m.
Utah, 1:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Mountain)
Auburn, 2:00 p.m.
Missouri, 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
USC, 3:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Los Angeles)
Stanford, 4:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Bay Area)
Boise State, 5:30 p.m.

APRIL 17

Army, (other details to be determined)
Memphis, (other details to be determined)
Indiana, 7:00 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

APRIL 18

Ball State, (other details to be determined)
Baylor, (other details to be determined)
Florida, (other details to be determined)
Florida Atlantic, (other details to be determined)
Georgia, (other details to be determined)
Kansas, (other details to be determined)
Louisiana Tech, (other details to be determined)
LSU, (other details to be determined)
Oklahoma, (other details to be determined)
Texas A&M, (other details to be determined)
UCLA, (other details to be determined)
USF, (other details to be determined)
UTSA, (other details to be determined)
Akron, noon
Bowling Green, noon
Michigan, noon
SMU, noon
Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
West Virginia, 1:00 p.m.
Miami of Ohio, 1:30 p.m.
Penn State, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)
Alabama, 2:00 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State, 2:00 p.m.
Nebraska, 2:00 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
North Carolina, 3:00 p.m. (ACC Network)
Old Dominion, 3:00 p.m.
Oregon State, 3:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Oregon)
Western Kentucky, 3:00 pm.
Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.
Michigan State, 4 p.m.
Tennessee, 4:00 p.m.
Florida State, 5:00 p.m.
Oregon, 5:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Oregon)
Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m.

APRIL 25

Arkansas, (other details to be determined)
Nevada, (other details to be determined)
Texas, (other details to be determined)
UMass, (other details to be determined)
Southern Miss, 1:00 p.m.
Marshall, 2:00 p.m.
Colorado, 3:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Mountain)
Washington State, 3:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Washington)
Rutgers, 4:00 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Washington, 6:00 p.m. (Pac-12 Network/Washington)