College Football Notes – Aug. 27, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, August 27th, 2017
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In the beginner for the 159th season of intercollegiate football Dakota State (S.D.) broke a previous 1973 school record for total offense with 642 yards in a 56-39 upset over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), the No. 17 team nationally in NAIA preseason polls…Colorado State also opened its on-campus stadium successfully with a 62-27 victory over Oregon State of the Pac-12 Conference on Aug. 26.
The Army-Navy series will be played in Philadelphia five of the next six years and at East Rutherford, N.J., in 2021…BYU and Portland State settled on a game guarantee for both teams’ openers last Saturday. The Cougars also will consider starting their season a week earlier for national television exposure in future years…Alabama and the Citadel will play in 2018 and have additional future clashes…Clemson will meet the Citadel in 2020 and ’24 and Charleston Southern in 2026 – all at Clemson, S.C….The Mid-American Conference continues to get solid feedback on its national telecasts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on ESPN in 2017 with such encounters as Central Michigan at Western Michigan Nov. 1 and Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan Nov. 8…Ohio and South Alabama have slated a 2024 and ’26 series. USA also will meet North Texas in 2024 and ‘25…Colorado State AD Joe Parker noted CSU and Colorado have a possible verbal agreement to extend the Rocky Mountain Showdown in 2023 and ’24…Utah is looking at several options for future non-conference slates but did not think the time was right for an overseas’ bout in Australia, Ireland or Great Britain…Baltimore and Boston still are in the running for future Army-Navy football classics…Colorado and Houston have discussed a new series…LSU’s football schedules with seven neutral sites over the last nine regular seasons and possibilities for contests at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., are being considered…Mississippi State and Troy will face off in Starkville, Miss., and Troy, Ala., in 2026 and ’27, respectively…Wisconsin and UCLA will play a 2029 and ’30 series…South Carolina has indicated an interest in future opening season games in the Chick-Fil-A College Classic at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta…Top teams with the most No. 1 rankings in the Associated Press preseason polls are Oklahoma, 10 times; Ohio State, eight; Alabama, seven; Southern California, seven; Nebraska, six; and Florida State, six…Opening NCAA FBS games last Saturday included Oregon State at Colorado State; Portland State at BYU; Hawai’i at Massachusetts; USF at San Jose State; Rice-Stanford at Sydney, Australia…The sixth-ranked-nationally Jacksonville State Gamecocks downed No. 12 Chattanooga 27-13 in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff last Saturday at historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. JSU now has a FCS-best 32-game regular-season winning streak against non-FBS opponents over the last four seasons…South Carolina is making a late push to vend its remaining 2017 football season tickets…Possible good omen for Vanderbilt football in 2017: the last time there was a nationwide solar eclipse in the U.S. Vandy’s football team went 4-0 in the Southern Intercollegiate Conference and 4-2 overall under future fulltime VU and SMU head coach Ray Morrison (filling in for fellow NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dan McGugin who was serving overseas in World War I). Nashville, Tenn., was one of the cities last week with a 100 percent eclipse and had one million-plus tourists in Davidson County…Arkansas promoted its Thursday night game, Aug. 31, at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium against Florida A&M as a key kickoff for its Central Arkansas fans and the school’s 124th season on the gridiron.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 28-Sept. 3 time period are Aug. 28 (1945) Jim Lynch, Lima, Ohio; Aug. 29 (1896) George McLaren, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1924) Clyde Scott, Dixie, La.; (1939) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio; (1950) Dr. Tommy Casanova, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 30 (1915) George Cafego, Whipple, W.Va.; (1940) Lance Alworth, Houston, Texas; (1955) Marvin Powell, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Aug. 31 (1906) Bill Spears, Jasper, Tenn.; (1918) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1952) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.; Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Dothan, Ala.; (1916) Ed Bock, Ft. Dodge, Iowa; (1950) Phillip Fulmer, Winchester, Tenn.; (1973) Zach Thomas, Pampa, Texas; Sept. 2 (1925) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1948) Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport, La.; (1960) Leonard Smith, New Orleans, La.; Sept. 3 (1930) Tom Scott, Baltimore, Md.; (1966) Bennie Blades, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 28 (1967) Bruce Smith (Minn.), Alexandria, Minn.; Aug. 29 (2001) Eric Tipton, Newport News, Va.; Aug. 30 (2013) Leo Lewis, Columbia, Mo.; Aug. 31 (2015) Tom Scott, Charlottesville, Va.; Sept. 1 (1979) Aaron Rosenberg, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sept. 3 (1989) Augie Lio, Clifton, N.J.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 28 Jim Lynch, Aug. 29 Bob Ferguson, Dr. Tommy Casanova, Aug. 30 Lance Alworth, Marvin Powell, Aug. 31 Gary Johnson, Sept. 1 Phillip Fulmer, Zach Thomas, Sept. 2 Terry Bradshaw, Leonard Smith, Sept. 3 Bennie Blades…
The ninth annual Southeastern Conference DFW Kickoff Party was held las week at the Community Beer Co. The event has drawn as many as 3,000 SEC alumni and friends in recent years…Rice athletics has continued to assist area merchants in the popular Rice Farmers Market events weekly in the Rice Stadium parking lot. The event may have to be altered in coming days due to damages and flooding from Hurricane Harvey in South Texas…Several Big 12 and Conference USA schools have started emergency funds or will have Red Cross donation areas at home openers this week to help victims of these recent storms. SMU and Baylor contacted Rice head coach David Bailiff and offered use of their football facilities while Owls coaches and student-athletes wait for the flooding in Houston to recede. Rice flew to Los Angeles, Calif., from its game in Australia and will await instructions from its administration…Houston, Houston Baptist, Lamar, and Rice cancelled classes Monday and sought to make arrangements for football workouts. UH moved its football equipment and team to Austin, Texas, late last week for practice and staging. Texas head coach Tom Herman guided the Cougars football squad from 2015 to 2016…The NFL Dallas Cowboys offered to move Thursday’s NFL preseason game with the Houston Texans to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, from NRG Stadium in Houston due to road and catastrophic storm conditions…Most schools in the Greater Houston area have called off classes for the week and postponed high school football clashes…Carrollton (Texas) Creekview High School hosted a Mom’s Clinic 101 to speak about football in laywomen’s terms for the upcoming season.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney signed an eight-year contract extension for $54 million…Head coach Lane Kiffin of Florida Atlantic has added a motto for 2017 for his team: “Last Strike U” for its hoped for ability to play four solid quarters…NFF College Hall of Fame Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was featured entering his 26th season at KSU by Manhattan, Kan., Mercury… rated five top coaches who have ample success ahead of them at larger schools in the near future. The leading five candidates are Phillip Montgomery of Tulsa, Frank Wilson of UTSA, Scott Satterfield of Appalachian State, Jason Candle of Toledo, and Ken Niumatalolo of Navy…North Texas head coach Seth Littrell and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell were featured in a recent regional story for the four-win turnaround and bowl invitation for the Mean Green Eagles in 2016.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Iowa State: Matt Campbell, Massillon, Ohio; Jackson State: Tony Hughes, Forest, Miss.; Jacksonville U.: Ian Shields, Corvallis, Ore.; Jacksonville State: John Grass, Oxford, Ala.; Kansas: David Beaty, Wylie, Texas.
Pacific director of athletics Ted Leland has retired after six years as AD…Chattanooga named former Penn State associate AD Mark Wharton to its AD’s post…UNLV AD Desiree Reed-Francois was featured in a recent column…Indiana director of athletics Fred Glass spoke recently on football team travel expense and ways to economize and the state of IU athletics…Texas head men’s swimming and diving coach Eddie Reese is getting another salary bump after winning a school and NCAA-record 13th national team title in ’17…SUNY Old Westbury named Ryan Duffy assistant trainer…Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher has designated the search committee for the new Spiders AD…Former Colorado State AD Jack Graham got to see his brainchild – the new CSU on-campus stadium – for the first time Saturday…Georgia Tech named Ayo Taylor-Dixon senior associate AD for external relations…Michigan AD Warde Manuel was featured in a recent Detroit Free Press story…The Minneapolis Star-Tribune had a one-on-one interview with former Minnesota AD Joel Maturi.
The Capital One Orange Bowl will feature a highly-ranked team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in years where the bowl is not part of the College Football Playoff. For many years the Orange Bowl had a Big Eight-ACC Conferences’ champions tie-in on multiple NBC Sports telecasts…The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl highlighted three of its classic confrontations since 2000 in a recent publication – LSU’s come-from-behind win over Iowa in 2005, Michigan’s victory over 2008 NFF William V. Campbell Awards winner QB Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators and Michigan State’s last-second triumph on a field goal over Florida in 2000.
The Big East Conference named Chris Schneider senior associate commissioner/sports administration and championships, John Paquette senior associate commissioner sports media relations, James Greene senior director/championships, Tania Kennedy senior director/championships, Briana Weiss senior director/conference operations, and Hanna Wilson office and conference services assistant…Pac-12 Conference chief executive officers spoke recently about possibilities for the Pac-12 Network…Troy Fullwood is the new coordinator of Atlantic Coast Conference baseball umpires…Conference USA and assistant commissioner Russ Anderson have outlined plans for extensive football coverage standings, notes, and statistics for the media and the league’s official website in 2017.
Stanford’s Bryce Love rushed for 180 yards in his starting debut to lead the Cardinal over Rice in both teams’ first-ever neutral site encounter in Sydney, Australia, last Saturday night…West Virginia standout WR David Sills V was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine as a player who was recruited by schools such as USC from the time he was 13 years old and his recent success with the Mountaineers…The inaugural preseason AP All-America first team included the likes of QB Sam Darnold, Southern California; running backs Saquon Barkley, Penn State; and Derrius Guice, LSU; tackles Orlando Brown, Oklahoma; and Connor Williams, Texas; guards Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame; and Cody O’Connell, Washington State; and center Billy Price, senior, Ohio State. Defensively, DT Ed Oliver of Houston, LB Arden Key of LSU, safety Derwin James of Florida, and cornerback Tavanis McFadden of Florida State also received first team notice…Among the great names in college football in ’17 is Arkansas defensive lineman Dee Liner…SMU still has a pitched skirmish going for its starting QB position on game week prior to Saturday’s opener against Stephen F. Austin in Dallas. Returnee Ben Hicks appears to have the edge in August drills…QB Jemel Jones of The Colony (Texas) HS has committed to sign with Army West Point in 2018 upon Congressional recommendations and West Point admissions…Virginia OT Jack English will miss the season opener…NC State’s RB Erin Collins, DE Xavier Lyas and LB Isaiah Moore will not suit up for the ’17 lidlifter, and Iowa DB Manny Rugamba also will not play in Saturday’s initial contest.
NFF College Hall of Fame player Bob Lilly of TCU and the NFL Dallas Cowboys has become a spokesperson for Beltone Hearing Aids…A recent Milwaukee Sentinel story about NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Famer offensive lineman Jerry Kramer of Idaho identified the great center of his Green Bay Packers teams as Ringo Starr of the Beatles instead of Jim Ringo of Syracuse and the 1953-63 Packers…NFF College Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to family members.
Missouri athletics’ $98 million renovation and expansion proposals have been approved by the Missouri Board of Curators…Iowa athletics presented $2 million to the UI general fund and has pledged another $2 million after fiscal 2017-18…Texas Tech’s Sports Performance Center appears to be on time for the season lidlifter Sept. 2 against Eastern Washington on FSN…Georgia Tech has a new apparel deal with adidas for apparel and marketing…LSU’s new Mike VII live tiger mascot already is a hit with fans, players and administrators…West Virginia athletics has employed new marketing techniques to increase revenues early in the 2017-18 fiscal year…New Katy (Texas) Legacy Stadium at a construction cost of $72 million and McKinney (Texas) ISD Stadium at $60 million are set for their opening games this week…Boston College football will add public malt beverage and wine sales at upcoming home outings…Michigan has decided against alcoholic beverage vending at Michigan Stadium…Appalachian State’s marketing department noted the boom in nationwide interest after its 2007 win over Michigan and with a continued ASU presence during the next 10 years…Ohio State’s Board of Trustees approved a $7.8 million appropriation for Woody Hayes Athletic Center upgrades…The Indianapolis Star explore the origins of Purdue’s new football complex and how it was influenced by the national football summit…Syracuse athletics has completed renovations to Carrier Dome locker rooms prior to the Friday season opener against Central Connecticut State on the ACC Television Network.
Award-winning writer Chip Brown of Horns Digest based in Austin, Texas, projects new head coach Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns as a 12-1 team with their only loss to TCU during the Big 12 Conference regular season and a traditional New Year’s Day bowl triumph in postseason… documented the high national ratings and continued meteoric popularity rise of ESPN talk show personality Paul Finebaum…Matt Fortuna of the All-American wrote about the development of the online sports authority and its upcoming launch…USF initiating a fulltime radio station devoted to Bulls athletics…Football historian and FWAA member Mike Burrows submitted historic updates last week about the first starting assignment at Nebraska for NFF College Hall of Fame QB Tommie Frazier and a fabulous piece with a photo of the 1940 NFL New York Giants marching after practice in military close order drill with rifles in anticipation of the United States’ entry into World War II.
The AFCA has had positive responses from 336 college football coaching staffs, which will wear American Football Coaches Association patches on their shirts to bring awareness of and promote the association in games from Aug. 31-Sept. 3…The 76th annual FWAA membership directory was mailed to members last week. New members can receive a copy by accessing and going to the Membership icon…Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.), Matt Holmes of the NCAA, Julie Greco of Cornell, and Nick McCutcheon of Missouri Western have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Indiana athletics is looking at the possibility of expanding and broadening its compliance office…NFL board administrators are working on a possible five-year contract extension through 2023 for commissioner Roger Goddell…Mississippi State athletics has been informed that a related NCAA investigation in light of possible sanctions for the Ole Miss football program will not take place.
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 later with the Big 12 Conference, and here are some of his recollections:
2005 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Though they finished third in regular-season standings, coach Augie Garrido’s Texas Longhorns bounced back from a finals’ defeat in 2004 to down Florida for the ’05 NCAA championship while rolling to a 56-16 overall record (16-10 Big 12). UT was joined by Big 12 co-regular-season and tourney titlist Nebraska (57-15, 19-8) and Baylor (46-24, 19-8) in the big event at Omaha while five of the conference members received at-large berths – second to the Southeastern Conference with nine and the Atlantic Coast Conference with seven bids. Missouri (40-23, 16-11) and Oklahoma (35-26, 14-13) accepted the other two Big 12 at-large invitations to the NCAA meet.
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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