College Football Notes – Sept. 4, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 4-10 time period are Sept. 4 (1874) Clint Wyckoff, Elmira, N.Y.; (1894) Bart Macomber, Chicago, Ill.; (1916) Roland Young, Ponca City, Okla.; (1932) Vince Dooley, Mobile, Ala.; Sept. 5 (1873) Dave Campbell, Waltham, Mass.; (1909) Harry Newman, Detroit, Mich.; (1939) Billy Kilmer, Topeka, Kan.; (1946) Jerry LeVias, Beaumont, Texas; Sept. 6 (1879) Gordon Brown, New York City; (1890) Bill Sprackling, Cleveland, Ohio; (1901) George Wilson, Everett, Wash.; Sept. 7 (1883) Bob Maxwell, Chicago, Ill.; (1902) Mort Kaer, Omaha, Neb.; (1923) Emil “Red” Sitko, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; (1949) Larry Kehres, Diamond, Ohio; (1951) Bert Jones, Ruston, La.; Sept. 8 (1904) Bud Sprague, Dallas, Texas; (1912) Bob Hamilton, Sewickley, Pa.; (1915) Duffy Daugherty, Emeigh, Pa.; (1952) Anthony Davis, San Fernando, Calif.; Sept. 9 (1878) Willie Heston, Galesburg, Ill.; (1908) Bill Murray, Rocky Mount, N.C.; (1941) Pat Richter, Madison, Wis.; (1944) Jim Grabowski, Chicago, Ill.; (1949) Joe Theismann, New Brunswick, N.J.; Sept. 10 (1883) Andy Smith, DuBois, Pa.; (1902) Jim Crowley, Chicago, Ill.; (1936) Ron Harms, Houston, Texas; (1940) Buck Buchanan, Gainesville, Ala.; (1945) Marlin Briscoe, Oakland, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 4 (1933) Bill Hickok, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1967) Chet Gladchuk Sr., Northampton, Mass.; (2011) Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa, Fla.; (2012) Dr. George Savitsky, Ocean City, N.J.; Sept. 5 (2002) Frankie Albert, Palo Alto, Calif.; Sept. 7 (1954) Pop Warner, Palo Alto, Calif.; (1982) Thad “Pie” Vann, Jackson, Miss.; (1985) Bruiser Kinard, Jackson, Miss.; Sept. 8 (1935) Ted Coy, New York, N.Y.; Sept. 9 (1963) Willie Heston, Traverse City, Mich.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 4 Vince Dooley (a spry 85), Sept. 5 Billy Kilmer, Jerry LeVias, Sept. 7 Larry Kehres, Bert Jones, Sept. 8 Anthony Davis, Sept. 9 Jim Grabowski, Joe Theismann, Sept. 10 Marlin Briscoe…
Kentucky and Louisville extended the fabled Governor’s Cup series through 2022…Notre Dame and Wisconsin will meet at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 2021 and at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field in 2020…Houston and UTSA are working to reschedule their Sept. 2 season opener at San Antonio’s Alamodome. UH was displaced in Austin, Texas, throughout the week prior to the Sept. 2 matchup, and several coaches and players scrambled to their home areas to check on family matters, homes and property damage due to the extensive storms in South Texas…Kentucky and Southern Miss acknowledged a win-win for both schools in their 2017 lidlifter in Lexington, Ky. (USM getting a sold test against Southeastern Conference opposition and UK helping its national power ratings against a Conference USA annual power; Kentucky emerged with a 24-17 victory)…Oregon and Southern Utah disclosed the contract terms for their initial ’17 game last weekend while Middle Tennessee got a healthy game guarantee for its trip to Syracuse Saturday…Georgia Tech and Temple will play a 2019 and ’25 series…The BYU-LSU Advocare Football Classic scheduled last Saturday at Houston’s NRG Stadium was moved to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., due to storm damage in South Texas. Many longtime observers drew comparisons when the Georgia Dome in Atlanta hosted the 2006 Allstate Sugar Bowl after extensive damages in New Orleans earlier in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina…The Urban Sports League is beginning its second year of pilot sports programs with Coppin State athletics for Baltimore and surrounding areas and is expanding to Saginaw and Detroit, Mich., for 2017 with after school athletics programs for underserved youngsters…Texas Wesleyan completed a 76-year hiatus from varsity football with its season opener at McPherson (Kan.) last Saturday. The Rams will play their first home game since Nov. 15, 1941, when they host traditional Southern power Millsaps (Miss.) Sept. 9 at Farrington Field – the 78-year-old site of the last TWU skirmish with Trinity (Texas)…The Lone Star High School Classic (three games) at Port Arthur, Texas, last Friday was cancelled due to extensive damage in South Texas and travel challenges…Arkansas athletics is debating the merits of football games and frequency of scheduling at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium…NCAA FCS member Tennessee State upended FBS Georgia State of the Sun Belt Conference 17-10 last Thursday in the debut game for GSU at the former Turner Field in Atlanta…Navy outlasted three lengthy lightning delays and a 1:40 a.m. (EDT) finish to down Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla., in the debut of new Owls head coach Lane Kiffin…Florida had its FBS-then-active-longest winning streak in opening games ended at 27 by Michigan last weekend. Mount Union maintained its NCAA Division II opening games’ victory skein at 30. UM now is 4-0 all-time against the Gators with a 3-0 mark in bowl tests and the victory in the Sept. 2 AdvoCare College Classic at Arlington, Texas before 75,802 fans…Two major upsets in college football last weekend: Howard U. with QB Caylin Newton (younger brother of Auburn and NFL Carolina Panthers standout Cam Newton) at the helm upended homestanding UNLV 43-40 while Liberty of the Big South Conference knocked off Big 12 Conference power Baylor in Waco, Texas, 48-45…UCLA’s comeback from a 44-10 deficit (34 points) in the final two quarters to down Texas A&M 45-44 was the biggest in-game turnaround in school history. It also was the second-biggest comeback in NCAA FBS annals after a 35-point resurgence by Michigan State against Northwestern for a win in 2006…UAB attracted the largest crowd in school history for its win over Alabama A&M at Legion Field last Saturday. 45,212 gathered to watch UAB’s first varsity encounter since 2014…Nebraska remains as one of 10 NCAA FBS universities with 800-plus all-time football wins…Virginia Tech re-captured the Black Diamond Trophy from West Virginia last Sunday night at FedEx Field in their first meeting since 2005…Georgia Tech’s first three scoring drives against Tennessee in Atlanta’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic on Sept. 4 exceeded 75 yards and took a total of 39 plays. Tech ran 31 consecutive snaps without a pass at one juncture in the tilt…Washington State plays five consecutive home games before traveling to Oregon on Oct. 7. and all conferences of the United Methodist and Mennonite churches throughout Texas and bordering states have come together along with the Baptist Men’s Repair Group and hundreds of other agencies to provide repair, relief and funding for those affected by the recent catastrophic storms in South Texas…TCU helped Rice’s displaced football squad hold workouts in Fort Worth, Texas, in recent days while the Houston area was devastated over the last two weeks while Texas athletics provided facilities, housing and support for the University of Houston football squad. Former Texas and NFL QB Vince Young hosted the UH team at his Austin, Texas, steakhouse…The University of North Texas Student Emergency Fund collected donations and needed items prior to and during UNT’s 2017 opener last Saturday against Lamar, whose city and campus in Beaumont, Texas, encountered extensive damage from South Texas storms…All-Pro DL and former Wisconsin standout J.J. Watt of the NFL Houston Texans individually has helped raise more than $15 million for storm relief in Southeast Texas…The NFL Dallas Cowboys raised $2.3 million while Kentucky athletics gathered $1 million-plus for storm relief agencies in South Texas…The remnants of then-Tropical Storm Harvey passed through Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tenn. areas last Saturday as Middle Tennessee hosted Vanderbilt in both teams’ season openers. The schools also are in negotiations about sites for future series games…Texas A&M will host and provide free tickets and meals for 18,000-plus people affected by Hurricane Harvey before and during the Aggies contest Saturday with Nicholls State in College Station, Texas…Texas Tech is wearing “I Like Spike” insignias and logos to honor the late Red Raiders head coach Spike Dykes who passed away during the 2017 offseason…Iowa football began a UI Children’s Hospital “wave” at home games this year to salute the young patients and staff at the deserving medical facility in Iowa City.
Kent State head coach Paul Haynes is taking a medical leave of absence and has been replaced by interim head coach and offensive coordinator Don Treadwell…Minnesota presented head coach P.J. Fleck with a win in his debut last Thursday over the Buffalo Bulls 17-7…Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen reflected on his nine-year tenure with the Bulldogs – the second-longest in MSU history with the third-highest wins’ total (62) behind Jackie Sherrill and Allyn McKeen…Former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has relocated to Florida and will be doing some analysts’ duties for Fox Sports and Comcast…FIU dropped a decision to American Athletic Conference power UCF last week in the return to college coaching by FIU mentor Butch Davis…The Athletic noted how in-season turnarounds can happen as evidenced in 2016 by a 1-3 start by head coach Clay Helton at USC and eventual victory in the Rose Bowl and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn’s 1-2 opening and future trek to the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl…New Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey received kudos after the Tigers initial triumph over Sun Belt Conference contender Georgia Southern. AU faces defending CFP titlist Clemson on the road Saturday in the Battle of the Bengals… projected a school-record eighth consecutive bowl berth for head coach Dan Mullen and the ’17 Bulldogs…Former Houston and Baylor head coach Art Briles will not assist the 2017 CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats after rulings from the league office…Washington State head coach Mike Leach has ended the concept of permanent team captains and is going with game captains for pregame coin tossing and other duties…New Nebraska defensive coordinator Tom Diaco was mentioned in several media agencies last week about working to improve the Huskers defense before Big Ten Conference activity begins Sept. 23 against Rutgers and Saturday at Oregon.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Kansas State: Bill Snyder, Liberty, Mo.; Kansas Wesleyan: Matt Drinkall, Bettendorf, Iowa; Kent State: Don Treadwell (interim), Oberlin, Ohio; Kentucky: Mark Stoops, Youngstown, Ohio; Kentucky State: John L. Smith, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
North Texas director of athletics Wren Baker outlined an extensive five-year plan for athletics and upgraded facilities last week…New Jersey City U. selected Ashley Pais as assistant athletics trainer…Penn State tabbed Jocelyn Vervelde as assistant athletics communications director…Texas Rio Grande Valley named Brenda Codallo assistant AD for academics…Arizona’s new President Bobby Robbins and AD Dave Heeke reiterated supporting the UA football program with all resources possible on and off the gridiron…Longtime Louisville coach and administrator Denny Crum is on his way to a full recovery after a recent severe illness, according to his family.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has denoted a new 15-year anniversary logo and is set for a possible Army vs. Conference USA matchup on Dec. 23 at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The LMAFB also will help sponsor with voting from the presenting FWAA the sixth annual Armed Forces Merit Award to honor individuals or groups in college football with connections to the U.S. armed forces. Nominations are being accepted from all parties through Sept. 29, and they should be submitted to Tim Simmons ( who is coordinating the selection process for both the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and the Football Writers Association of America…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl and NFL Dallas Cowboys held extensive weekend fundraising drives for relief for South Texas storm victims through the Salvation Army ( and the Support South Texas official relief website. Several schools also supported extensive relief efforts for the estimated $125 billion in total losses and 100,000-plus homes damaged or destroyed.
The Lone Star Conference will expand by eight members starting in 2019-20 to the largest NCAA Division circuit with 19 members. New members are Joining the Lone Star, which will become the largest Division II conference, are Dallas Baptist, Lubbock Christian, Oklahoma Christian, Rogers State, St. Edward’s, St. Mary’s (Texas), Texas A&M International and Arkansas-Fort Smith. The Lone Star added former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member Western New Mexico in 2016-17 along with men’s basketball power Texas-Permian Basin. The Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal chronicled LCU’s glee over more in-state rivalries after preparing to leave the Heartland Conference…Conference USA has been utilizing the website to donate much-needed funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas and Louisiana…Several recent stories in Dallas and Austin, Texas, have chronicled the return of the Big 12 Conference Championship Game after a seven-year absence, its financial impact on the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a guaranteed rematch among two teams playing in the Big 12’s nine-game, round-robin structure…Utah is playing in two of the nine nationally televised games involving Pac-12 Conference squads in 2017.
USC’s visually impaired (total blindness) long snapper Jake Olson made a perfect snap on a PAT kick using muscle memory and alignment from teammates in the Trojans 49-31 win over Western Michigan. WMU, a surprise entry in the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl against Wisconsin, kept the game close for practically the entire afternoon in Los Angeles…Louisiana Tech RB Jaqwis Dancy returned from a year-long battle with Stage 4 cancer to score the go-ahead TD in the Bulldogs victory over Northwestern State. Tech teammate Dae’Von Washington had a pair of pas interceptions to garner Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week laurels…UCLA QB Josh Rosen passed for the third-most yards in school history with 491 and threw for four TDs in the Bruins miracle comeback triumph over Texas A&M…Marshall KR Keion Davis became just the 20th player in NCAA FBS history and second in Conference USA books to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game against Miami (Ohio)…SMU DB Jordan Wyatt notched American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception 85 yards for one tally and sacking a QB and recovering a fumble in the end zone for a second defensive TD against Sam Houston State…Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was featured in several stories about his role for the 2017 Crimson Tide and the effect of South Texas storms on his family and friends in Channelview, Texas, some 20 miles from downtown Houston. Alabama DL Raekwon Davis was listed as day-to-day after sustaining an injury outside a Tuscaloosa night club on Aug. 27…Sophomore QB Tyrell Pigrome of Maryland drew the starting assignment against Texas in the Terps season opener at Austin, Texas…Texas A&M transfer and two-sport star Kyler Murray will be Np. 2 quarterback to start the season behind All-Big 12 QB Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma…Baylor DB Grayland Arnold has suffered a broken arm and could miss as many as 6-8 games to start the year. The Bears have moved former QB Verkedric Vaughns into the defensive backfield as a probable replacement for Arnold…Louisville junior WR and special teams captain Devante Peete will miss the campaign with a torn ACL injury…Former Texas Tech LB D’Vonta Hinton is seeking a new squad for either the 2017 or ’18 seasons as a NCAA FBS transfer…Ohio State’s come-from-behind 49-21 Big Ten Conference win at Indiana was keyed by a freshman-first-game-record 181 yards on 29 carries by true yearling J.K. Dobbins. Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett also became the career total offense recordholder for OSU with 9,211 yards through the 2017 lidlifter…Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph joined Brandon Weeden as the only quarterbacks in Cowboys annals to throw for 9,000 career yards after completing 20-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three scores in the Cowboys opening win over Tulsa…Florida DB Duke Dawson now has three career interceptions and three returns for TDs on the pilfers…Florida State QB Deondre Francois may be out for the season with a knee injury…Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall carried the football 44 times on the evening and scored on his first rush in the opening overtime of Tech’s three-overtime setback to Tennessee.
Arizona State unveiled a statue of late NFF College Hall of Fame DB and war hero Pat Tillman on the Tempe, Ariz., campus before last Thursday’s season opener against New Mexico State…Award-winning writer Andrew Maraniss penned an enterprise feature on the life of the late Frank Dowsing, the first African American football student-athlete at Mississippi, and Dowsing’s legacy as Mr. Tupelo (Miss.) High School and Mr. Mississippi State University as a senior…Legendary Texas high school football coaches the late Gordon Wood (third all-time in Texas High school coaching wins with 394) at Brownwood and Randy Allen (fourth with 361 victories and currently head coach at Dallas Highland Park HS) were recalled for their early days and consistent success by the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News.
The San Antonio Alamodome’s $60 million renovation has been completed…Arizona athletics will construct a statue of legendary Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson…Liberty has slated expansion and complete renovation of its stadium before the 2018 season…Arizona’s indoor practice facility is close to coming to fruition and construction…Colorado State received high marks for parking and traffic flow at its new stadium and is working on some issues in the area of concessions and speed of orders’ delivery…Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium permanent lighting debuted last Friday in the Boilermakers outing against Ohio.
Veteran Indiana play-by-play radio voice Joe Smith will take a leave of absence after the ’17 outing…J.P. Garth is the new analyst for Sam Houston State football radio broadcasts this autumn…Former Oklahoma State and LSU head coach Les Miles was complimented for his work on the SEC Network prior to Sept. 2-4 skirmishes…Reviews on ESPN’s 30-for-30 “What Carter Lost” about the 1988 Dallas Carter High School football team and later histories of coaches and players have been positive both for content and historical significance. Retired head coach Freddie James of that CHS squad still works out daily and is active in Dallas athletics circles…A recent published report indicates the possibility of a Nebraska-Purdue game to open Big Ten Conference play in a future season on the Big Ten Network.
The AFCA recorded 336 coaching staffs in all divisions wearing a commemorative AFCA patch on coaching shirts to salute the 96-year-old organization during the opening weekend of the season…The FWAA will assist in balloting for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the first time in 2017…Jason Oliveira of Washburn, Kenisha Rhone of Belmont, Michelle Forkner of the NCAA, Peter Yazvac of Nebraska-Kearney, Matt Holmes of the NCAA, Kim Ling of Ole Miss, Brad Marquardt of Texas A&M, and Chuck Pool of Rice have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…The AFCA Division II Top 10 this week includes 1. Northwest Missouri State; 2. Ferris State; 3. Texas A&M-Commerce; 4. Shepherd (W.Va.); 5. California (Pa.); 6. Indiana (Pa.); 7. Colorado State-Pueblo; 8. Azusa Pacific (Calif.); 9. Sioux Falls (S.D.); and 10. LIU-Post (N.Y.). Northwest Missouri State also was the AFCA DII preseason No. 1 selection…The 21st annual FWAA Volney Meece Scholarship is accepting applications for the 2018-19 college academic year for sons and daughters of FWAA members. Please contact Dave Sittler via for details and deadlines.
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:
2006 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Not surprisingly, defending NCAA champion Texas (41-21 overall, 19-7 Big 12) captured the Big 12 regular-season crown, but the major upset came at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City when fifth-seeded Kansas won its first Phillips 66 Big 12 postseason tourney and received the automatic NCAA berth. Coach Ritch Price’s crew also rolled to a 43-25 overall mark (13-14 Big 12) to tie Baylor for fifth place in the round-robin standings) while a loop-record seven of the 10 baseball-playing squads in the Big 12 advanced to NCAA play with six at-large berths. Others advancing into the postseason were Oklahoma State (41-20, 18-9), Nebraska (42-17, 17-10), Oklahoma (45-22, 17-10), Baylor (37-26, 13-14), and Missouri (35-28, 12-15). Recent traditional powers Texas Tech and Texas A&M had rebuilding seasons, but the Big 12 might have had its top 1-10 strength in history.
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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