College Football Notes – Sept. 11, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
Dozens of college football teams and administrations saluted first responders on the weekend before the 16-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Among the schools with patriotic remembrances of those who perished in the attacks and the heroism of many on that fateful day were Arkansas, Clemson, James Madison, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Millsaps, Ohio State, SMU, Texas Wesleyan, and a special written tribute by Cash Express CEO Garry McNabb.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 11-17 time period are Sept. 11 (1897) Stan Keck, Greensburg, Pa.; (1908) Biggie Munn, Grow Township, Minn.; (1913) Paul Bryant, Moro Bottom, Ark.; Sept. 12 (1891) John Brown, Canton, Pa.; (1964) Lynn Thomsen, Sioux City, Iowa; Sept. 13 (1898) Glenn Killinger, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1904) Joe Aillet, New York City; (1906) Chuck Carroll, Seattle, Wash.; (1915) Clint Frank, St. Louis, Mo.; (1922) Ziggy Czarobski, Chicago, Ill.; Sept. 14 (1907) John Baker, Denison, Iowa; (1934) Dicky Maegle, Taylor, Texas; (1935) John Brodie, Menlo Park, Calif.;
(1948) Rich McGeorge, Roanoke, Va.; (1975) Troy Davis, Miami, Fla.; Sept. 15 (1887) John McGovern, Arlington, Minn.; (1894) Charles “Chic” Harley, Chicago, Ill.; (1908) Gene McEver, Birmingham, Ala.; (1924) Jack Green, Kent. Ind.; (1928) Reds Bagnell, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1929) Jerry Groom, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Merlin Olsen, Logan, Utah; (1961) Dan Marino, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1971) Will Shields, Ft. Riley, Kan.; Sept. 16 (1927) Bob Ward, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1954) Wilbert Montgomery, Greenville, Miss.; Sept. 17 (1897) Ed Travis, Tarkio, Mo.; (1909) Bill Morton, New Rochelle, N.Y.; (1910) Cliff Montgomery, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1913) James Moscrip, Adena, Ohio; (1960) Anthony Carter, Riviera Beach, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 11 (1973) Belford West, Cooperstown, N.Y.; (2010) Ron Kramer, Fenton, Mich.; Sept. 13 (2000) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Ft. Collins, Colo.; 14 (1950) John Maulbetsch, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1983) Ike Armstrong, Flagship, Conn.; Sept. 15 (2001) Tank Younger, Inglewood, Calif.; Sept. 16 (1966) Jim Holder, In Combat in Vietnam; (2007) Buster Ramsey, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 12 Lynn Thomsen, Sept. 13 Dicky Maegle (a spry 83), John Brodie (a spry 82), Sept. 14 Rich McGeorge, Sept. 15 Dan Marino, Will Shields, Sept. 16 Wilbert Montgomery, Sept. 17 Anthony Carter…
Alabama and Miami (Fla.) will meet in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga…Fresno State is hoping in future season to avoid back-to-back power opponents such as Alabama and Washington in 2017…Iowa AD Gary Barta is closing in on several key non-conference games at Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium rather than neutral sites…Kentucky and Louisville have made commitments to play in-state schools such as Eastern Kentucky and WKU in future slates…San Diego State is looking for an opportune future game or games against Pac-12 Conference opponents…Towson is hoping for additional games against Power Five teams such as Maryland after the Big Ten Conference relaxed its rules for non-conference NCAA FCS opposition.
Idaho and Idaho State have resumed the Battles of Domes series with the two schools playing at indoor arenas…Houston and UTSA have cancelled their contest because of year-long lack of rescheduling options…South Alabama hosted its first game in Mobile, Ala., ever against a Big 12 Conference opponent Oklahoma State…Houston Baptist edged Texas Southern 24-17 last Thursday in the first college football game played in Houston, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey… One Nebraska media outlet was calling for the possible future scheduling of longtime rivals Missouri and Alabama, among others…Charlotte’s defense has forced at least one turnover in 13 of its last 14 games going back to the 2016 opener…UTSA captured its first victory over a Power Five conference member with a 17-10 triumph at Baylor last week…James Madison won a NCAA-Division I-active-high 14th consecutive game over East Tennessee State last week…Army West Point extended its winning skein to five games, including the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl triumph over North Texas in overtime 38-31, by downing Buffalo 20-17 to avenge a 2016 setback to the Bulls…Washington State overcame a 31-10 deficit in the fourth to edge Boise State 47-44 in a game that ended at 2:40 a.m. (EDT)/11:40 p.m. (PDT) in Pullman, Wash….Oklahoma has moved up to as high as No. 2 in several national polls after downing then-No. 2/3 Ohio State 31-16 at Columbus, Ohio, last weekend…Clemson posted a season-best 11 sacks in last week’s 14-6 win over Auburn…SMU and TCU meet in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 97th Battle for the Iron Skillet Saturday. TCU leads the series with its former Southwest Conference rival 49-40-7.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma moving toward the U.S. Atlantic Coast, several scheduling changes were made. FIU relocated its football operations to the UAB campus in Birmingham, Ala., and moved its Sept. 9 contest with Alcorn State to Legion Field in Birmingham. FIU edged Alcorn State 17-10 for the first win at the university for new Panthers head coach Butch Davis. Georgia Southern and New Hampshire also moved their Saturday tussle to Birmingham’s Legion Field. USF and Connecticut are trying to find a mutually agreeable date to re-schedule their postponed tilt in Tampa, Fla., while the Citadel and Presbyterian moved their encounter from Charleston, S.C., to inland Clinton, S.C. UCF took on Memphis Friday night in Orlando to get ahead of the storm’s path. Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas State cancelled their Sept. 9 game because of expected travel issues and no available open dates later in the season. Northern Colorado at Florida also went into the cancellation books with impending severe weather in Gainesville, Fla., and no available open dates for either school to re-slate. UF and UNC spoke with Auburn about possibly moving that game to AU’s Jordan-Hare Stadium but could not resolve logistical issues. The same situation pertained to the Florida State-UL Monroe cancellation. The Atlantic Coast Conference office later in the week moved the Florida State-Miami joust from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7 while Georgia Tech at Miami was switched from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16…Close to 3 million homes in Florida had lost power after 100-140-mph winds lashed much of Florida last Saturday and Sunday…Meanwhile, Oregon and Nebraska and Oregon State and Minnesota contemplated last week’s contests on alternate dates due to heavy wildfires and smoke in the region. Eastern Washington had to alter its practice schedule for similar smoky challenges…Alabama is No. 1 nationally in the Kellner National Index as well as the Fan Plan Championship Index survey…TCU climbed back into the Associated Press Top 25 survey for the first time since 2015…Vanderbilt received votes in the AP and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls for the first time since 2012 when the Commodores closed No. 20 in the AP poll. That was just VU’s second season-ending national ranking along with the No. 12 VU squad in 1948 with a 8-2-1 mark…Wisconsin is offering to help defray expenses for extra days spent by Florida Atlantic in Madison, Wis., due to travel challenges and airport closures in South Florida.
Colorado athletics and area trucking companies in Boulder and Denver continue to provide relief materials for those affected by Hurricane Harvey…The Wall Street Journal reports that Wisconsin, Northwestern, Washington, Clemson, and Kansas State are the most admired NCAA FBS football programs nationally in terms of fan loyalty and observations from opposing schools. Alabama and Ohio State were 1-2 in the best powerhouse football category in the WSJ story…The Missoula, Mont., Kiwanis Club helped area youngsters make a special trip to see Montana play at Portland State on Sept. 9.
SMU head coach and Texas A&M mathematics honors graduate Chad Morris has calculated the number of hours of practice and meetings needed for five real-time minutes while the ball is in play in an average game. Morris also calculated his tenure at the start of the 2015 season to the ’17 lidlifter against Stephen F. Austin as 1,008 days. He also has needed advanced math skills to calculate the Mustangs 112 points (56 average) in their first two contests…Mustangs offensive coordinator Joe Craddock noted the turnaround in the SMU program (5-3 record since October 22, 2016) and attitudinal changes throughout the program…Injured Hawai’i assistant coach Dean Duggan travelled with the team for last week’s MWC-Pac-12 matchup between the Rainbow Warriors and UCLA in Pasadena, Calif…Retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops has been appointed to the OU Special Spectators Board of Directors…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made a point about coaches who inherit traditional programs and having to compete with existing personnel and one year of the new staff’s student-athletes…Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason noted strong feelings about future meetings of such conferences as the Southeastern (host Vanderbilt) and North Alabama Southwestern Athletic Conferences’ neighbor Alabama A&M. VU and the Bulldogs played in Nashville, Tenn., last week in a first-ever meeting of Vandy and a Southwestern Athletic Conference school on the gridiron…Julio Jones is returning to Ole Miss to serve as a volunteer assistant coach…Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert returned to Kansas State last week after he earned four letters here from 1981-84 and was second team All-Big Eight Conference as a senior…Virginia Tech posted its 32nd shutout since defensive coordinator Bud Foster joined the Hokies staff in 1987 with a 27-0 win over Delaware.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Knox (Ill.) Damon Tomeo, Pomona, Calif.; Lafayette: John Garrett, Danville, Pa.; Lamar: John Schultz, Houston, Texas; Lehigh: Andy Coen, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Louisiana-Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth, Louisville, Miss.
Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage is retiring after 16 years in the position…Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger congratulated and thanked KU head men’s basketball coach Bill Self on his naming to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…BYU AD Tom Holmoe and NFF College Hall of Fame QB Steve Young discussed the state of BYU athletics, the university’s Honor Code and football’s importance at a recent campus leadership conference…New Kansas State AD Gene Taylor reflected on first five months in the post, K-State’s first two home skirmishes and a key intersectional Saturday against Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn….New Mexico’s new AD Eddie Nunez spoke of continuing football’s progress and national success projected for other UNM sports in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal.
Bit of bowl history: The Gator Bowl (predecessor to the TaxSlayer Bowl) in Jacksonville, Fla., had one of the first coast-to-coast telecasts in 1955 when Vanderbilt edged Auburn 25-13 in an all-SEC matchup. Late NFF South Region director Art Demmas starred for the Commodores in that victory…There have been 13 games decided by three points or less in the 49-game history of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson addressed graduates of Troy University living in Vietnam recently….Conference USA has been successful in helping to raise thousands of dollars and donations for Hurricane Harvey relief. The circuit still has a donations’ link available at
2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson became the second QB in NCAA annals along with Rice’s Chase Clement in 2008 to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in consecutive encounters when Jackson had another banner day for the Cardinals against North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams…Ohio State DT Robert Landers celebrated a touchdown run on behalf of all “bigs” on the defensive line…Virginia Tech freshman QB Josh Jackson became the first redshirt to open the season under center for the Hokies since Michael Vick against James Madison on Sept. 4, 1999. Jackson passed for 200-plus yards and hit the century mark in rushing in a key intersectional win over West Virginia that night… Charlotte QB Hasaan Klugh had a career-best 101 rushing yards on 14 attempts Sept. 2 at Eastern Michigan and became the second signal caller in 49ers history to reach 100 infantry yards…Washington State QB Luke Falk completed a school-high 20 consecutive passes to open the year against Montana State…Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel joined the swelling ranks of starting quarterbacks with early-season injuries in ’17. His leg injury may be a season ender. A&M teammate Trayevon Williams eclipsed the 100-yard mark on two carries of 72 and 61 yards in the first half at UCLA. True freshmen Jake Hubenak and Kellen Mond are the top two candidates to take over the fulltime starting QB role for the Aggies…Florida Atlantic reinstated WR Kalib Woods…Maryland QB Tyrrell Pigrome has been sidelined for the ’17 campaign with a knee injury…Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews was interviewed in a national story about his size, blocking and pass catching abilities…Navy transfer Alohi Gilman will have to take a redshirt season with Notre Dame in ’17 after appealing for immediate eligibility…Mississippi State 2017 true freshmen Kylin Hill and Willie Gay Jr. were highlighted as two of MSU’s “nearest” five-star recruits as standouts at Starkville High School…Texas captains called for a players-only meeting last weekend after their loss to Maryland to discuss work ethic and team improvement. Freshman QB Sam Ehlinger took snaps with UT’s first unit prior to last weekend’s game with San Jose State after starter Shane Buchele encountered a bruised shoulder, and Ehlinger led the Longhorns past San Jose State 56-0 with help from Wildcat back and part-time QB/WR Jerrod Heard…Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons caused the fumble that eventually ended with a believed-NCAA-record minus 92-yard rushing play at Louisiana Tech last Saturday night…Baylor played UTSA with a three-deep chart of all freshmen running backs – John Lovett, Trestan Ebner and Dru Dixon – after injuries to returnees. All-Big 12 Conference candidate DL K.J. Smith also has been bothered by lower leg injuries for BU…SMU key depth safety Kevin Johnson came back from an injury to play against North Texas last Saturday…
2015 NFF Legacy Award recipient and retired Southeastern Conference and Conference USA commissioner Mike Slive has joined a concerned group to form the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research…Georgia fans gave a standing ovations and shouts to NFF College Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley for throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before last Friday’s Chicago Cubs clash. Dooley just celebrated his 85th birthday and is a cancer survivor…Northeastern athletics and many friends of the honoree joined the NFF Jack Grinold Chapter in celebrating the life of the nationally-known late media relations director at NU…World-ranked professional golfers Justin Thomas of Alabama and Jordan Spieth of Texas have kept a running banter about how their alma maters are faring and will fare weekly in football. Both were All-America varsity golfers at the traditional football muscle programs.
Houston athletics has signed a 10-year agreement for broadcast and marketing rights with IMG College…TCF Bank and Minnesota athletics denoted a $8 million gift by the Midwest banking giant for UM’s new Athletes Village…Kentucky has adopted and is implementing the Southeastern Conference clear bag policy for all 2017 home games…Virginia Tech football hosted Hokie Pride day by urging fans to wear maroon and orange school colors during VT-Delaware weekend. The Hokies also have a special Fans Game Day link in their weekly news releases and on the Tech athletics official website…MedalCraft Mint is opening a new variety of officially licensed metal collectibles for college football teams…Arkansas football currently has no plans to install metal detectors at Reynolds Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark…Butler athletics will sell malt beverages at some home outings in 2017-18…Ohio State wore custom LeBron James cleats for last week’s test against Oklahoma…Auburn’s Board of Regents is set to vote on a new video board on north end of Jordan-Hare Stadium and upgrades for several other facilities…LSU’s new Skyline Club at Tiger Stadium has been a popular locale for fans…The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans has plans for additional renovations…UNLV Regents have approved a $16 million grant for a new UNLV football practice and training facility.
Cox Communications and Hearst Corp. have settled a long-standing legal case, which will have some repercussions for future college football telecasts and conference contracts…The parent company of the Los Angeles Times has purchased the New York Daily News but does not anticipate any major changes in the NYDN tabloid layout and imaginative headlines…LSU and Mississippi State have moved Saturday’s SEC encounter to 5 p.m. (CST) for a live ESPN national telecast…Denver Post historian Mike Burrows discovered a 1916 Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald sports page with extensive coverage of Nebraska’s 17-7 win over the Oregon Aggies (now Oregon State). High school key scores were interspersed among the college tallies in this particular edition…The Athletic had a national podcast with editor-in-chief Stewart Mandel and senior writer Bruce Feldman last week. Key points were made about freshmen quarterbacks and the national feel-good reaction to blind USC deep snapper Jake Olson in his debut vs. Western Michigan…Longtime college coach Tom O’Brien was lauded for his early efforts as analyst on the Navy radio network.
The NFF FWAA Grantland Rice Super 16 FBS poll will release the actual tallies of its voters each week in 2017. Famed college analyst Cody Kellner of the Kellner Report is a first-time voter this fall…The AFCA continues with its NCAA Division II and III Top 25 polls weekly as voted upon by college head coaches…Laurie Bollig and Beau White of CoSIDA, Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Sam Atkinson of Gallaudet, Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Mike Holmes of Georgia State, Stephen Gorchov of Hofstra, retired CoSIDA treasurer and Ithaca and Cornell SID Dave Wohlhueter, Jim Stephan of Belmont Abbey, and Eric Rhew of UNCW have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions.
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:
2007 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Traditional powers returned to dominance of Big 12 Conference baseball in ’07 with Texas (46-17 overall, 21-6 Big 12) capturing the Big 12 regular-season crown and No. 1 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney at Oklahoma City. Missouri (42-18, 19-8), Oklahoma State (42-21, 16-11), and Nebraska (32-27, 14-13) followed suit in the round-robin standings while fifth-seeded Texas A&M (48-19, 13-13) under coach Rob Childress rolled past No. 6 Baylor (35-27, 12-15) 14-6 in the postseason championship outing. Oklahoma (34-24, 11-16) and Texas Tech (28-27, 8-18) – perennial contenders for the conference crown – fought through rebuilding years but returned to prominence by the mid-2010s.
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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