College Football Notes – Sept. 17, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 17th, 2017
The NFF & College Hall of Fame announced on Sept. 13 the names of the 35 finalists for the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The finalists all graduated from high school in 2017 and are now playing college football. A national committee will select the five honorees, who will be revealed Oct. 4. The five NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes selected from the finalists list below will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New York Hilton Midtown. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. For tickets to the Dec. 5 luncheon in New York, please contact Ron Dilatush at or by calling 972-556-1000. Some 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award finalists’ highlights:
•27th year of the NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards
•4.1 average GPA (4.0 scale)
•12 finalists attending FBS schools
•13 finalists attending FCS schools
•10 finalists attending Division II, Division III, NAIA schools or junior colleges.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 18-24 time period are Sept. 18 (1910) Ernie Rentner, Joliet, Ill.; (1926) Skip Minisi, Newark, N.J.; (1955) Billy Sims, St. Louis, Mo.; Sept. 19 (1873) Sam Thorne, New York City; (1919) Mike Holovak, Lansford, Pa.; (1921) Charlie Conerly, Clarksdale, Miss.; (1930) Don Heinrich, Bremerton, Wash.; (1954) Reggie Williams, Flint, Mich.; Sept. 20 (1943) Tommy Nobis, San Antonio, Texas; (1972) Ronald McKinnon, Ft. Rucker, Ala.; Sept. 21 (1934) Brock Strom, Munising, Mich.; (1940) Sandy Stephens, Uniontown, Pa.; Sept. 22 (1898) Hunk Anderson, Tamrack, Mich.; (1905) Larry Bettencourt, Newark, Calif.; (1907) Thad “Pie” Vann, Magnolia, Miss.; (1922) Ray Evans, Kansas City, Kan.; (1959) Bob Crable, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sept. 23 (1918) George Franck, Davenport, Iowa; Sept. 24 (1909) George Munger, Elkins Park, Pa.; (1946) Joe Greene, Temple, Texas; (1953) Joe Washington, Crockett, Texas; (1973) Eddie George, Philadelphia, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 18 (1959) Jim McCormick, Duxbury, Mass.; Sept. 19 (1944) Francis Schmidt, Seattle, Wash.; (1952) Hugo Bezdek, Atlantic City, N.J.; Sept. 20 (2001) Abe Mickal, New Orleans, La.; (2006) Frank “Muddy” Waters, Saginaw, Mich.; Sept. 24 (2000) Jerry Claiborne, Nashville, Tenn.; (2002) Leon Hart, South Bend, Ind.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 18 Billy Sims, Sept. 19 Reggie Williams, Sept. 20 Tommy Nobis, Ronald McKinnon, Sept. 22 Bob Crable, Sept. 24 Joe Greene, Joe Washington, Eddie George…
Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) have renewed their longtime series through the 2029 season…Several American Athletic Conference and additional games have been re-scheduled after Hurricane Irma postponements last week. New dates and locations are USF at Connecticut Nov. 4, Houston-USF on Oct. 28 in Tampa, Fla., and Cincinnati at USF on Oct. 14. Location switches for these games will be made up in future AAC seasons…Georgia Tech and UCF were unable to reset their scheduled Sept. 16 game because of a lack of available open dates…Charleston Southern had added a game at Indiana to replace the cancelled encounter on Sept. 16 game with South Carolina State. Indiana has rescheduled its Sept. 16 clash with FIU for the 2014 season…Because of scheduling arrangements and storm-related cancellations, the Tennessee at Florida game is just the second contest played in Gainesville, Fla., since mid-November 2016…Eastern Washington administrators spoke of the difficulty in scheduling NCAA FBS opponents after several seasons of FCS success for EWU…The Denver Post calculated road game guarantees of $3.15 million for three games involving Air Force, Colorado State and Northern Colorado last week…LSU and Central Michigan finalized their contract and game guarantee for their 2021 clash…The Midwestern State at West Florida game in Pensacola, Fla., Sept. 9 was one of the final cancellations brought on by the threat of Hurricane Irma…SMU was seeking its first 3-0 start since the 1984 season when the Mustangs travelled to TCU last Saturday…Penn State’s rare night game against Georgia State was a topic of discussion among Penn Live subscribers and media…Florida Atlantic football authorities thanked Wisconsin for providing lodging and meals after their Sept. 9 game until the Owls left Madison, Wis., on Sept. 13 to return to Boca Raton, Fla., and to meet Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 16…South Carolina communications noted that the Gamecocks did not return a kickoff for a touchdown from 2002-15 and then had three TD returns on kickoffs over a five-game span in 2016 and ’17…Vanderbilt’s win over No. 18 Kansas State last Saturday was VU’s first over a ranked non-conference foe since the 1946 Commodores edged NC State…Oklahoma has the longest current FBS winning streak at 13 games…Florida’s first three touchdowns in ’17 against rugged Michigan and Tennessee were on pass interception returns. The Gators made the Ole Ball Coach and NFF Hall of Fame player/coach honoree Steve Spurrier (see NFF recognition below) happy with a “buzzer beater” win over Tennessee 26-23 on the final play in Gainesville, Fla., last weekend…Mississippi State’s 30-point win over LSU was its biggest margin in the 123-year rivalry between the schools…Eastern Washington set a school game record with 10 sacks against Fordham…South Dakota State and Liberty both are off to 3-0 starts, and Liberty’s worksheet includes a 48-45 win over FBS opponent Baylor in Waco, Texas, for LU head coach Turner Gill…Houston downed Rice last Saturday to win the coveted Bayou Bucket trophy between the schools for the fourth consecutive time…Only four members of the national Top 25 FBS polls – LSU, Kansas State, Tennessee, and UCLA – dropped games last weekend. Memphis edged UCLA 48-45 in what has been regarded as one of the Tigers top all-time upsets at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis scored a program major road triumph at Southern California with a 24-10 shocker on Labor Day, 1991…Virginia Tech has scored in 286 consecutive games for the fifth-longest active streak in NCAA FBS annals. This also is the seventh-longest skein in FBS annals…USC hosted its first 92,000-plus sellout at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Saturday against Texas for the first time since the 2013 Trojans-Stanford tilt…Humboldt (Calif.) State is working to keep its football program and varsity athletics continuing while dealing with massive state funding cuts in California…Colorado (now 3-0 on the year) hosted Northern Colorado for the first time since 1934 last Saturday. The Buffaloes are now 13-4 over their last 17 games since September 2016 for their best two-year composite mark since the 2006 and ’07 campaigns.
Tennessee athletics helped raise funds for families of UT players from Florida affected by Hurricane Irma…Pregame handshakes were exchanged between Houston and Rice players last week in a show of solidarity and support for Hurricane Harvey storm victims…Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the namesake and corporate sponsor the first Bowl in Houston, was lauded for opening his Houston-area furniture stores to shelter families and Southeast Texas storm victims…North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 14 raised a record $39 million-plus for non-profit organizations and scholarships for athletics programs such as North Texas, Southwestern Assemblies of God, Texas Wesleyan, Austin College, and East Texas Baptist. Organizers noted the final results broke the previous single-day donations’ record of $37 million for this region…Florida State student-athletes helped serve food at the Champions Club at cookout for FSU students during an event by Office of Student Affairs. It helped lift the spirits of several students whose homes or family businesses were devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley had his contract extended through the 2020 season…UAB head coach Bill Clark was featured in The Athletics for the return of the Blazers program and the first road game at Ball State since 2014…Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher made an appeal to FSU administrators to being facilities and other football amenities up to Top 10 program national standards…West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has become a proponent for GPS tracking systems for his players and coaching staff…Ohio head coach Frank Solich continues to fare well against Big 12 Conference teams. The latest win was 42-30 over Kansas last Saturday, and Solich was 58-19 overall over six seasons as head coach at Nebraska in the Huskers Big 12 days. He also has led 14 of his last 18 teams at Nebraska and Ohio to bowl games prior to ’17…Former Missouri defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross is seeking another coaching position at a different university. He is a veteran of 20 seasons on the college and NFL level as an assistant coach after playing in both the Big Eight and 12 Conferences when he starred at Mizzou from 1993-96…Former East Carolina defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson has been reassigned within the program, and defensive line coach Robert Prunty is the new Pirates coordinator…Auburn has made some game day sideline and pressbox coaching personnel changes…Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill is back at his fulltime duties with the Scarlet Knights after a recent health scare…Northern Arizona will not renew the contract of head coach Jerome Souers after 2017.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Louisiana-Monroe: Matt Viator, Lake Charles, La.; Louisiana Tech: Skip Holtz, Willimantic, Conn.; Louisville: Bobby Petrino, Lewiston, Mont.; LSU: Ed Orgeron, Larose, La.; La.; MIT: Chad Martinovich, Geneva, N.Y.
Old Dominion director of athletics Wood Selig has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace the retiring Craig Littlepage at Virginia…Emory named Michael Patrick assistant AD for events and marketing…Fordham has chosen Dawn Purington as its new athletics trainer…Northwestern selected A.J. Guyton as director of player personnel…Barton athletics named Doug Page media coordinator…Kanelle Fritz was tabbed as director of ticket operations at St. Joseph’s (Pa.)…Oklahoma State made several coaching and administrative position updates last week for its world-renowned wrestling program.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock was interviewed by the San Jose (Calif,) Mercury The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl continues as a 2018 New Year’s Six Bowl and celebrates its 47th anniversary on Jan. 1. Arizona State (coached by NFF College Hall of Famer Frank Kush) edged Florida State (guided by Larry Jones in his first appearance as a college head mentor) 45-38 in the initial FB tilt Dec. 27, 1971…The Outback Bowl has the longest running corporate sponsor in bowl history with Outback Steakhouse serving as title sponsor from 1995 through the 2020 bowl by current contracts…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, have had special presale ticket offerings for the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout between Baylor and Texas Tech on Nov. 11 in Arlington. Please check direct emails to Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic ticketholders and the website for ticketing updates. Arkansas meets Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium Saturday at 11 a.m. (CDT) with an ESPN national telecast for the seventh Southwest Classic in Arlington. The A&M 12th Man Foundation also has informed fans of ticket availability for the Classic.
Conference USA continued for the third consecutive week to assist storm victims in both South Texas and throughout Florida and the Southeast. The circuit also has provided updated television coverage and networks as a service to media and fans on a weekly basis…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott spoke of possible new circuit configurations (not in the near future) for FBS leagues, television network contracts and hoped-for Pac-12 participation in the College Football Playoff semifinals prior to the USC-Texas encounter last week.
Washington punt return specialist Dante Pettis tied the NCAA FBS career punt returns for TD record with eight along with Texas Tech’s Wes Welker and Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins. Pettis scored on a 77-yard runback in the first quarter against Fresno State last week…Washington State QB Luke Falk was 37-of-49 for 396 yards passing and six touchdowns against Oregon State and set a WSU career mark for pass attempts with 1,643. Falk also passed NFL and California Golden Bears stalwart Jared Goff for fourth place in Pac-12 Conference career annals with 98…Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbish set a school quarterback’s game rushing record of 207 net yards and ran for four TDs in the Fighting Irish’s win over Boston College…Indiana WR J-Shun Harris II is the first weekly nominee for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. He has returned for 2017 activity after having surgery on both knees since 2015…Purdue QB David Blough of Dallas suburb Carrollton, Texas, continues to improve his passing efficiency for the Boilermakers and completed 29 of his first 39 aerial attempts for 410 yards and five TDs for new head coach Jeff Prohm…QB Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of OSU’s 49-21 win at Pittsburgh…Preseason All-America OT Connor Williams of Texas had to be taken from the field in the first half of a double overtime setback at USC with an apparent knee injury.
The late grandson of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr of Michigan – Chad Carr – had his tumor cells and genetic makeup studied after he passed away in 2015. University of Michigan researchers noted that that by analyzing Chad’s tumor cells, they have unearthed a new discovery with big potential: a genetic mutation called PTEN drove the growth of his cancer. The revelation carries hope for an effective treatment for some of the roughly 300 children who get the same terminal diagnosis each year in the U.S.A group of giant truckers from St. Jo, Texas – the hometown of NFF College Hall of Fame member Harley Sewell of Texas – came to the aid of Houston area families affected by recent storms by moving families to safety with the large-wheel vehicles. Many of these volunteers are Midwestern State and North Texas football fans and followers in the Wichita Falls and Denton, Texas, areas…QB Matt Leinart of USC enjoyed his NFF On-Field Salute presented by Fidelity Investments during USC-Texas game weekend in Los Angeles and was quarterback when the Trojans and Longhorns last met in January 2006 for the Bowl Championship Series title – a 41-38 Longhorns championship thriller.
Texas A&M has located a new hotel and conference center adjacent to Kyle Field. A&M also has placed road rumble strips that play the Aggies fight song when cars pass over them on campus in a unique promotion…Boise State is hoping to increase its individual game ticket sales with a series of promotions…The Los Angeles-based Oak View Group will spend $600 million on the renovation of Key Arena in Seattle, Wash….Oregon athletics is working on final plans to renovate Hayward Field in 2019.
The SEC Network has designated as its 2:30 p.m. (CDT)/3:30 p.m. (EDT) live telecasts on Sept. 23 Alabama at Vanderbilt and Louisiana Tech at South Carolina…Lisa Byington became the first woman football play-by-play telecaster on the Big Ten Network last week…The Dallas Morning News chronicled College Football Yearbook America – a publication edited by Kendall Webb, Chuck Cox and Matthew Postins – who will cover 932 teams in the U.S., Canada and Mexico from August-January 2018…ESPN is taking extra precautionary measures after recent attempted counterfeiting of credentials at the recent Auburn-Clemson skirmish.
The FWAA’s 2016-17 Best Feature Award story by John Crist of Saturday Down South was highlighted in a national email release. David Ching of won Best Enterprise Story on a piece about the return of football at UAB while Glenn Guilbeau of the USA Today Network/Gannett Louisiana penned the FWAA Best Column Award on a personality profile of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. Andrea Adelson of captured FWAA Best Game Story laurels while three writers – Alex Scarborough and Jake Trotter of and Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports – each captured two individual awards…Steve Fink of South Carolina, John Kean of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Peter Yazvac of Nebraska-Kearney, Don Hammack of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Wayne Koehler of Florida Southern have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…2017-18 CoSIDA president Rob Carolla distributed a national story about how corporations such as PepsiCo and others put employee welfare and cooperation at the top of their to-do lists…NCAA officials, conferences and school officials continue to debate the merits of immediate eligibility in all Division I sports for graduate transfers with one year of eligibility remaining…Ole Miss athletics has completed its NCAA Committee on Infractions formal hearings.
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:
2008 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Future San Francisco Giants standout 1B Brandon Belt of Texas earned Outstanding Player honors in the ’08 Phillips 66 Big 12 postseason tourney as he paced the fifth-seeded Longhorns to a 15-7 triumph over Kansas State and the automatic NCAA berth from the league. While Texas A&M (46-19 overall, 19-8 Big 12) notched the regular-season trophy and an at-large NCAA berth, Oklahoma State (44-18, 18-9), Nebraska (41-16, 17-9) and Missouri (39-21, 16-11) joined UT (Texas 39-22, 15-12). Playing in a tough batch of NCAA regionals, Big 12 schools advanced one team – A&M – to the NCAA Super Regionals where former Southwest Conference member Rice edged the Ags 2-0 in games to make it to the NCAA World Series. Fresno State was the surprise, first-time champ in the NCAA finals’ round at Omaha over another set of Bulldogs – Georgia.
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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