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News and notes from around college football for April 24, 2006 SEC Coordinator of Officials Bobby Gaston retires; Rogers Redding selected as his successor Bobby Gaston spent 50 years as a football of
Published: 4/24/2006 3:21:41 PM

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

SEC Coordinator of Officials Bobby Gaston retires; Rogers Redding selected as his successor

Bobby Gaston spent 50 years as a football official and coordinator in the Southeastern Conference. On Tuesday, he announced his retirement after serving as the league’s coordinator of football officials for 19 years. The SEC quickly named Rogers Redding, a 20-year officiating veteran, as Gaston’s successor. Gaston played an integral role in the developing rules in college football relating to illegal contact, intentional grounding and sportsmanship. He received the National Football Foundation’s Outstanding Football Official Award in 1995. Redding worked as the SEC’s instant replay official and technical advisor the last two seasons after officiating for 17 years in the SEC and the Southwest Conference.

College Football Says Goodbye to Tom Mickle

More than 500 people joined together on Thursday to celebrate the life and spirit of Tom Mickle, the longtime college sports administrator who passed away last Monday in his office. He was 55. Mickle spent the better part of three decades promoting college athletics, particularly college football, as he left his mark on numerous organizations, all of which are mourning his loss. A 1972 graduate of Duke University, Mickle worked for his alma mater for 17 years, serving as sports information director, director of sports services and director of the university’s fundraising division for former student-athletes, the Varsity Club. He moved on to the Atlantic Coast Conference, where as Assistant Commissioner and later Associate Commissioner he spearheaded an effort to create the new Bowl Coalition in 1992, which evolved into the Bowl Championship Series system that still remains in place today. In 2002, Mickle moved to Orlando to become the Executive Director of Florida Citrus Sports, where he secured long-standing partnerships with conferences and television executives for the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl and established the FWAA’s Cingular ABC Sports All-America Team celebration, among other things. He is survived by his wife Jill, son Matthew and daughter Holland.

Ron Johnson named new chairman of The National Football Foundation

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced that Ron Johnson has taken on the role of chairman, becoming the organization’s 5th chairman in 59 years, its first African-American, and succeeding Jon F. Hanson, chairman emeritus. After becoming Michigan’s top student-athlete (1966-68) and earning All-America honors his senior year as a halfback, Johnson played for seven years (1969-75) in the NFL as a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns and an MVP running back for the NY Giants. While still a player, he embarked on a career as a real estate executive and entrepreneur. In 1983, Johnson founded the Rackson Corporation, which currently operates 24 KFC franchises in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Michigan. Johnson earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Hall of Famers Bob Dove and Dick Wildung Pass Away

Hall of Fame defensive end Bob Dove, who starred at Notre Dame from 1940-1942 and earned All-America recognition in both ’41 and ’42, died Wednesday following a long illness. He was 85. A 2000 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Dove was selected as a second team defensive end on Street & Smith Magazine's 50th anniversary all-time teams in 1990, behind only Hugh Green and Ted Hendricks. Dick Wildung, a 1957 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Minnesota, passed away at the age of 84. Wildung helped the Gophers capture two national championships and blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Bruce Smith. The tackle spent seven years with the Green Bay Packers following a stint in the Navy during World War II.

Two-Minute Drill

The Division I-A conference commissioners start meetings today that will discuss, among other things, increasing the pool of at-large teams eligible to compete in BCS bowl games this seasons... The 2006 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced at a press conference on May 16 in New York City... During Football Bowl Association meetings in Orlando this week, the NCAA’s Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee will review and either accept or reject applications for four new postseason bowls: the BCS National Championship Game, the Birmingham Bowl, the New Mexico Bowl and the International Bowl to be played in Toronto... Former North Carolina head football coach Bill Dooley, the National Football Foundation’s Triangle Chapter president, remains in critical but stable condition following emergency surgery to repair a leaking iliac artery... The Navy football team will visit President Bush at the White House on Tuesday to be honored for winning the 2005 Commander-In-Chief’s trophy, their third consecutive... The Florida Gators will celebrate their 100th year of playing football throughout the 2006 season with single-game promotions that include wearing throwback jerseys, commemorating their 1996 national championship team, honoring their Team of the Century and hosting other activities... Washington State Coach Bill Doba’s wife Judy died of cancer on Friday. She was 65... Former Florida State defensive standout and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks received the J. Rex Farrior 2006 Distinguished Citizenship Award from the Tampa Chapter of The National Football Foundation last Wednesday... For the 13th straight season, all proceeds from the Rutgers University spring game on Saturday benefited the pediatric units of New Brunswick’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital... College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning and his wife Olivia will both receive Pathfinder awards from the Indiana Sports Corporation this June for their civic and charitable activities and longtime contributions to youth sports... CSTV and the Mountain West Conference announced the formation of The mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network for the 2006 season, the first super regional sports network dedicated solely to an intercollegiate conference... Former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan and College Football Hall of Famers Tom Scott and Joe Palumbo all received recognition from the Virginia House of Delegates for their lifetime achievement in sports... USA Today recently named the 50-yard line at the Oklahoma-Texas game as one of its “10 great places for a hot-ticket view of sports”... Duke head football coach Ted Roof joined N.C. Central head man Rod Broadway on Friday to promote an appearance by former Syracuse All-America Joe Ehrmann at Duke’s campus on May 3... Former Marshall stars Randy Moss and Chad Pennington served as coaches during the Thundering Herd’s Green-White game on Saturday as the school honored the undefeated 1996 team. Moss also announced plans to endow a scholarship at the school on behalf of the I-AA national championship squad... Former Clemson All-America Kyle Young, a 2001 Draddy Trophy finalist, earned a spot in the Tigers’ 2006 Hall of Fame induction class... Nebraska’s 57th annual spring football game drew over 57,000 people... ABC Sports studio analyst Aaron Taylor retired from his college football analyst position to become more involved in the Aaron Taylor Impact Fund... Kansas State Head Coach Ron Prince spent the entire time during the Wildcats spring game on Saturday in the broadcast booth while his assistants handled all of the coaching duties... Highly touted 2007 prep recruit Jimmy Clausen verbally committed to Notre Dame on Saturday at the College Football Hall of Fame... Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway is among 13 new members to be inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday... Rice Athletics Director Bobby May announced his retirement effective July 15... LSU promoted running backs coach Larry Porter to assistant head coach.

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