College Football Notes – Sept. 25, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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By Bo Carter
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the announcement of the 2017 semifinalists for NFF The William V. Campbell Trophy , presented by Fidelity Investments will be made via a national news release from NFF headquarters in Irving, Texas. Named in honor of the late William V. Campbell, the former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable “academic” award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. In 2014, Fidelity Investments became the trophy’s presenting sponsor, while the New York Athletic Club became its official home in 2013. Some of the previous Campbell Trophy recipients have included Peyton Manning of Tennessee, Tim Tebow of Florida, Kyle Vanden Bosch of Nebraska, Ty Darlington of Oklahoma, David Helton of Duke, and 2016 recipient QB Zach Terrell of Western Michigan, among others.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 25-Oct. 1 time period are Sept. 25 (1902) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1907) Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Selma, Ala.; (1975) Dat Ngyuen, Fort Chaffee, Ark.; Sept. 26 (1871) Joe Thompson, County Down, Ireland; (1922) Creighton Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (1951) Dave Casper, Bemidji, Minn.; Sept. 27 (1862) Alex Moffat, Princeton, N.J.; (1912) Bill Shakespeare, Staten Island, N.Y.; Sept. 28 (1881) Harry Van Surdam, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; (1907) Glen Edwards, Mold, Wash.; (1919) Tom Harmon, Rensselaer, Ind.; Sept. 28 (1935) Lou Michaels, Swoyersville, Pa.; Sept. 29 (1902) Edwin “Babe” Horrell, Jackson, Mo.; (1926) Pete Elliott, Bloomington, Ill.; (1932) Paul Giel, Winona, Minn.; Sept. 30 (1937) Bill Carpenter, Springfield, Pa.; (1972) Greg Myers, Tampa, Fla.; Oct. 1 (1900) Mal Aldrich, Fall River, Mass.; (1911) Herman Hickman, Johnson City, Tenn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 25 (1962) Jerry Dalrymple, Little Rock, Ark.; (1987) Duffy Daugherty, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Sept. 27 (1998) Doak Walker, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sept. 29 (1967) Henry Seibels, Birmingham, Ala.; (2009) Ed Sherman, Newark, Ohio; Sept. 30 (2002) Len Casanova, Eugene, Ore.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 25 Dat Ngyuen, Sept. 26 Dave Casper, Sept. 30 Bill Carpenter, Greg Myers…
Clemson and Texas A&M affirmed their 2018 game meeting date as Sept. 8. Two weeks later, the Aggies travel to perennial national power Alabama. A&M also will meet Clemson at an unspecified date in 2019 to complete that contract and is in the process of switching some series dates with Oregon…San Diego State’s 20-17 upset over then-No. 16 Stanford was the Aztecs second victory in five all-time engagements with the Cardinals…Florida Atlantic set a school game record with 439 yards rushing against Bethune-Cookman…St. John’s (Minn.) and St. Thomas (Minn.) shattered the NCAA Division III game attendance record with a crowd of 37,355 for their tussle last Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis…UTSA’s 3-0 start and win at Baylor were feature in the national publication The Athletic last Sunday.
The National High School Federation and MaxPreps are working together for the Touchdowns Against Cancer 2017 to collect donations and raise awareness for curing childhood cancer…The 10th annual Allstate Insurance Company AFCA 22-player and honorary head coach 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® includes dedicated community service leaders throughout the nation. NFF Hall of Fame player Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern is the 2017 honorary head coach selected by a panel of experts, including 2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Tim Tebow of Florida and several other Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members. From the 146 nominees from all college football divisions, some of the notable 2017 standouts are Daniel Carlson, Auburn; Gabe Brandner, Duke; Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Brandon Smith, Penn State; Tommy Openshaw, Vanderbilt; Reece Foy, Amherst; Tyler Schubert, Franklin & Marshall; Jacob Jenness, Northwestern College (Iowa); and Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State…The AFCA also is participating in the 10th annual Coach to Cure MD, and many coaches will wear a special arm patch to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Most will will the patches at games Sept. 28-30…Wylie (Texas) HS student-athletes, coaches, students, and administrators drove buses to Rockport, Texas, to help with loads of needed items and in the cleanup of Rockport-Fulton HS, which was devasted by Hurricane Harvey. The two schools, who share the Pirates nickname, have bonded through encouraging letters and relief supplies sent from Wylie. RFHS also happens to be the alma mater of NFF College Hall of Fame LB Dat Nguyen of Texas A&M and the NFL Dallas Cowboys. Nguyen has been heading similar relief efforts through businesses he owns in Fort Worth, Texas.
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule spent so much time in preparations for the school’s Big 12 Conference home opener against Oklahoma last Saturday that he slept in his office overnight Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 18-19…SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone was queried about his philosophy on defending late Hail Mary passes and the Mustangs defensive effectiveness against Stephen F. Austin and TCU early in each contest.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Maine: Joe Harasymiak, Ridgewood, N.J.; Marshall: Doc Holliday, Hurricane W.Va.; Maryland: D.J. Durkin, Youngstown, Ohio; Maryville (Tenn.): Shaun Hayes, Rutledge, Tenn.; Massachusetts: Mark Whipple, Tarrytown, N.Y.
College of Wooster (Ohio) director of athletics Keith Beckett was saluted for his assistance at campus events during the school’s 150-year anniversary in 2016…Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst has been relieved of his current duties…Oklahoma president David Boren announced his retirement effective June 30, 2018, to complete a 24-year tenure with the Sooners. The former U.S. Senator helped guide OU through the transition from the Big Eight to Big 12 Conferences from 1994-96 when the Big Eight and Southwest Conference merged in February 1994.
North Texas players and coaches received their 2013 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl rings and commemorative 9-4 record inscriptions in ceremonies during last weekend’s UAB at UNT encounter.
Big 12 Conference director of communications Joni James was named to the Nowata (Okla.) Sports Hall of Fame last weekend in her hometown, which she shares with late NFF College Hall of Fame member and Oklahoma standout Kurt Burris…The American Athletic Conference, which had to shift several league games due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, opened nationally televised activity last Thursday when USF hosted Temple. The game changes can be found on the AAC official website scheduling link via…Conference USA continued for the third consecutive week to assist storm victims in South Texas and Florida and ended up raising nearly $50,000 for affected families and cities.
The Washington Post tabbed Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph as the Tom Brady (former Michigan standout and New England Patriots hero) of college football. Rudolph paced the Cowboys to 162 points in their first three tilts and is not related to the longtime PGA golf standout and former Vanderbilt men’s golf coach of the same name…North Texas QB Nolan Fine fought through a slight MCL injury to pilot the Mean Green against UAB in the Conference USA lidlifter for both schools…Texas rotated quarterbacks between Shane Buechle and Sam Ehlinger last week in the No. 1 position after they alternated as starters in the first three UT games. The Longhorns play their Big 12 Conference opener at Iowa State Thursday…SMU DL Mason Gentry missed three weeks of practice and contests with a back injury but has returned to limited work. LSU transfer Trey Quinn made a team-leading 17 receptions in the first three games for the Mustangs.
NFF Board member Jerry Jones received a special, framed No. 61 jersey (his number while playing guard at Arkansas from 1962-64) and was thanked by Arkansas AD Jeff Long and dignitaries for his help and support for six decades for Razorbacks athletics at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – home of Jones’ NFL Dallas Cowboys, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and major collegiate contests annually.
Retiring Texas A&M radio broadcaster Dave South was honored and treated to a pregame red (maroon) velvet cake selebration prior to the Arkansas-A&M encounter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Former Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Turbeville was analyst on last Saturday’s Houston-Texas Tech matchup on ESPN2.
The FWAA is getting solid feedback on the FWAA/NFF/Grantland Rice Super 16 weekly poll. Alabama has remained No. 1 for four consecutive weeks in the survey…2017-18 CoSIDA president Rob Carolla, Jessica Poole of Vanderbilt, Pete Moore of Syracuse, Trey Reed of Midwestern State, and Bill Powers of Hawai’i Pacific 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:
2009 Big 12 Conference Baseball – Texas continued its annual push for the Big 12 regular-season trophy with a 17-9 conference mark and 50-16 overall record. The Longhorns also copped the Phillips 66 Big 12 postseason tourney. Oklahoma, which played its full, 27-game round-robin slate, closed one-half game back at 17-10 (43-20 overall). Missouri (35-27, 16-11), on the verge of moving over to the Southeastern Conference along with Texas A&M (37-24, 14-13), closed third just ahead of surprising Kansas State (43-18, 14-11). Kansas (39-24, 15-12), and Texas Tech (25-32, 12-15). Baylor (30-26, 10-16), Oklahoma State (34-24, 9-16) and Nebraska (25-28, 8-19) – all NCAA and Big 12 contenders throughout the early 2000s – had “character building” campaigns and waited for next year. In fact, after Nebraska moved to the Big Ten Conference, the Huskers program was rejuvenated under former NU baseball-football standout and longtime MLB performer head coach Darin Erstad.

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