College Football Notes – Oct. 1, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, October 1st, 2017
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the 181 2017 semifinalists – a total of 181 – for the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy , presented by Fidelity Investments were released. Named in memory 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 nationally notable scholar-athletes among the 2017 standouts are Akron’s Zach Guiser, Arizona State’s Jacom Brimhall; Arkansas State’s Blaise Taylor; Auburn’s Daniel Carlson; Boise State’s Mason Hampton; Brigham Young’s Keyan Norman; Duke’s Gabe Brandner; East Carolina’s Thomas Sirk; Illinois’ Malik Turner; Iowa State’s Jake Campos; LSU’s Danny Etling; and Middle Tennessee’s Canon Rooker, among others.
This year’s class has a cavalcade on academic and on-field honors including: a 3.59 Average Grade Point Average (4.0 Scale); eight Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA; 40 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or higher; 60 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better; 27 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Selections; 114 Team Captains; 76 All-Conference Picks; 19 All-America Selections from 2016 or AP pre-2017; 10 Members of the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team; 71 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 37 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision; 30 Nominees from NCAA Division II; 33 Nominees from NCAA Division III; 10 Nominees from the NAIA; 102 Offensive Players; 67 Defensive Players; 12 Special Teams Players.
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.
Coach Joe Tiller, the namesake of the NFF Joe Tiller Chapter in West Lafayette, Ind., passed away Sept. 30 in Buffalo, Wyo. He was 74. Tiller was native of Toledo, Ohio, and played college football and later coached at Montana State.
He was the winningest coach in Purdue football history with an 87-62 mark over 12 seasons from 1997-2008. The beloved mentor who had been fighting a number of health issues in recent weeks also was head coach at Wyoming from 1991-96 and notched a 39-30-1 mark. He guided Purdue to nine wins in both the 1997 and ’98 seasons and took the Boilermakers to four bowl appearances. Current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm issued a statement of respect and sorrow for the passing of the popular head coach. He also served as head coach for Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin when Sumlin starred for the Boilers.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 2-8 time period are 2 (1909) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1922) Bill Swiacki, Southbridge, Mass.; (1939) Bob Schloredt, Deadwood, S.D.; (1948) Chuck Dicus, Odessa, Texas; Oct. 3 (1902) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Clifton Springs, N.Y.;
Oct. 4 (1896) Tad Wieman, Orosi, Calif.; (1917) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; (1932) Roger Harring, Green Bay, Wis.; (1934) Sam Huff, Edna Gas, W.Va.; Oct. 5 (1911) Bill Corbus, San Francisco, Calif.; (1921) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; (1937) Barry Switzer, Crossett, Ark.; (1958) Ken Margerum, Fountain Valley, California; (1966) Dennis Byrd, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oct. 6 (1902) George Pfann, Marion, Ohio; (1925) Bob Fenimore, Woodward, Okla.; (1930) Les Richter, Fresno, Calif.; (1963) Napoleon McCallum, Milford, Ohio; Oct. 7 (1878) Andy Kerr, Cheyenne, Wyo.; (1921) Vaughn Mancha, Sugar Valley, Ga.; (1939) Bill Snyder, St. Joseph, Mo.; (1950) Dick Jauron, Peoria, Ill.; Oct. 8 (1895) Lawrence “Biff” Jones, Washington, D.C.; Oct. 8 (1911) Cotton Warburton, San Diego, Calif.; (1956) Johnnie Johnson, La Grange, Texas; (1891) D.X. Bible, Jefferson City, Tenn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 3 (1936) John Heisman, New York City; Oct. 4 (1999) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; Oct. 7 (1986) Wallace Wade, Durham, N.C.; Oct. 8 (1985) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 2 Bob Schloredt, Chuck Dicus, Oct. 3 Roger Harring (a spry 85), Sam Huff (a spry 83), Oct. 5 Barry Switzer (a spry 80), Ken Margerum, Oct. 6 Napoleon McCallum, Oct. 7 Bill Snyder, Dick Jauron, Oct. 8 Johnnie Johnson…
Notable: Amazingly, the NFL Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers entered last Thursday’s 195th meeting with the all-time series tied 94-94-6 and Chicago points for 3,331 with Green Bay’s points for at 3,335. The Packers captured the contest 35-14 to take a one-game series advantage. It is Green Bay’s first rivalry lead over the Bears since 1933.
Auburn and Mercer will renew their 108-year-old rivalry in 2022…Georgia and UAB will play in 2021…The rematch of the 2016 ACC Championship Game – Clemson vs. Virginia Tech – last weekend featured two teams with a combined 10-2 record in 2016 games decided by seven points or less. CU and VT also were a composite 8-0 in 2017 prior to the return showdown…Florida State and Louisiana-Monroe have reopened discussions about a possible later date to play this season…Georgia Tech has dropped all possibilities for slating a 12th regular-season contest this year to make up for a weather-related cancellation…Michigan State and Notre Dame have declared a brief hiatus for the renewal of their longtime rivalry…Florida A&M is working with national marketing groups to continue an annual neutral site game with national FCS or FBS implications and a sound game guarantee fee…Arkansas athletics is looking at an opponent and date in 2018 for one game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark…Pittsburgh and Rice played for just the third time in series history last week at Pitt. There previous two outings came in 1950 and ’51. RU also has completed four road games in five contests, including an opening game at Sydney, Australia, against Stanford…The Texas student body is slated to hold a referendum to returning the football series with Texas A&M discontinued after the 2011 season when A&M began play in the Southeastern Conference…The Charlotte Observer wrote a story about several of this year’s HBCU matchups with FBS teams such as Alabama A&M-Vanderbilt, Howard-UNLV, South Carolina State-Clemson, S.C. State-Louisiana Tech, and S.C. State-UCF, among others…Georgia’s defense blanked Tennessee’s offense 41-0 in Knoxville, Tenn., for the first shutout against the Volunteers since 31-0 by Florida in 1994. It also broke a 219-game scoring streak by the Volunteers…Troy ended LSU’s 49-game home winning streak against non-conference foes with a 24-21 upset in Baton Rouge, La., last Saturday…Florida has tied the NCAA FBS record by scoring in 365 consecutive games, including its 38-24 win over Vanderbilt last Saturday to take over the SEC West Division lead. The last team to hold the Gators scoreless was Auburn by a 16-0 count on Oct. 29, 1988…Notre Dame became the second team in FBS annals to win 900 games behind recordholder Michigan with 938 all-time triumphs after downing Miami (Ohio) in South Bend, Ind., last week. Later in the day Georgia reached victory No. 800 to become the 15th FBS member at that level. LSU needs 22 more verdicts at 778 to reach the 800-triumph plateau…There are still 16 undefeated NCAA FBS squads, including 4-0 unranked Navy, plus three NCAA FCS Ivy League members – Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale – through gams of Oct. 4…Nebraska limited Illinois to 199 yards of total offense in a 28-6 win at Champaign, Ill., last week.
Ten Michigan State football players went to the Greater Houston area during their Sept. 23 open week and assisted with storm cleanup and recovery efforts…The University of Texas has pledged $500,000 in funds to students and their families in Southeast Texas affected by major storms, and almost $400,000 in matching private funds had been raised for the cause late last week…The four service academies have been free from any National Anthem protests prior to football games…Northwestern football took the field with arms locked in solidarity before its game with Wisconsin.
New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin inked a contract extension through June 30, 2020…Minnesota under new head coach P.J. Fleck led the nation I scoring defense through games of Sept. 27…McNeese State head coach Lance Guidry, now in his second season as head coach of the Cowboys, is 1-1 in bowls as interim head coach at NCAA FBS members Miami, Ohio, in 2010, and WKU in 2012…Miami (Fla.) head coach Mark Richt weighed in on schools that have been repeated NCAA violators and prevention…Duke head coach David Cutcliffe apologized to North Carolina high schools for playing national college telecasts on Friday nights – a night often revered for high school football – especially in the South…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is asking for a Big Ten Conference review of visiting locker room facilities. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer also expressed concerns…Northwestern defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was celebrated for 47th season as a college coach…OSU’s Meyer and former Ohio State offensive coordinator/current Texas head coach Tom Herman discussed recent comments made about their respective nationally acclaimed programs…South Alabama has replaced Bryant Vincent as offensive coordinator with line coach Richard Owens. Head coach Joey Jones of USA said the team is working extremely hard to remain competitive in the Sun Belt Conference…Tennessee head coach Butch Jones addressed some negative comments about recent UT game performances and attendance…UAB head coach Bill Clark and school officials are working on a possible contract extension after the revival of football this season…UCF head coach Scott Frost is 3-0 this year and 9-7 since September 2016 after inheriting a 0-12 squad from 2015…Oregon State officials continue to provide verbal and financial support for third-year OSU head coach Gary Andersen.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – McNeese State: Lance Guidry, Lake Charles, La.; Memphis: Mike Norvell, Texarkana, Texas; Mercer: Bobby Lamb, Commerce, Ga.; Merchant Marine: Mike Toop, East Northport, N.Y.; Miami (Fla.): Mark Richt, Omaha, Neb.
NFF College Hall of Fame center Dave Rimington of Nebraska has been named interim director of athletics at his alma mater. He has promised not to run the department through micro-management. Nebraska also has employed a search firm to help select the permanent director of athletics…Published reports indicated that Nebraska also had a possible interest in former Huskers standout and current Omaha AD Trev Alberts about the NU director of athletics’ opening along with Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard. Another report has both Alberts and interim AD Rimington in the running for the permanent NU position…Charleston Southern named Dylan Thompson director of operations.
2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl ticketholders have been given a special offer for the Big 12 Conference Football Championship at AT&T Stadium Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. (CST). General public sales also began last Friday, Sept. 29, and Ticketmaster also had advance notice value tickets for the title game…Rose Bowl Stadium will celebrate its 95-year anniversary of the initial 1923 stadium construction with the Jan. 1, 2018, Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual. It also is one of the two semifinals on New Year’s Day for the College Football Playoff.
Conference USA moved a little deeper into its extensive schedule with three intraconference tests last week. This week’s loop slate includes six C-USA tests involving 12 teams…The Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum Dec. 6-7 at the Manhattan (N.Y.) Crowne Plaza will feature programs by 10 conference commissioners. They are Mike Aresco, American Athletic; Judy McLeod, Conference USA; Val Ackerman, Big East; Bob Bowlsby, Big 12; Greg Sankey, Southeastern; Larry Scott, Pac-12; John Swofford, Atlantic Coast; Kyle Kallander, Big South; Lynn Holzman, West Coast, and Craig Thompson, Mountain West. For registration information, please access or The Sports Business Journal website…The Southeastern Conference football replay center in Birmingham, Ala., and NCAA Football Officiating Coordinator Rogers Redding were featured in a recent regional story. Redding also was a guest on nationally syndicated radio show College Sports Weekly with comments about possible football uniform deception, an uptick in targeting calls and how new rules have affected college football in ’17…The Los Angeles Daily News examined the historic and current impact of Pac-12 Conference football…American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco again praised AAC members for their understanding and cooperation in rescheduling conference games postponed by recent catastrophic storms. Aresco also spoke of the “shot in the arm” Wichita State will be for the AAC and possibilities of the Shockers reviving their football program…The Salt Lake City Deseret News reflected on how the BYU-Utah State game could be a Mountain West Conference game under different configurations at an earlier time…Sun Belt Conference teams have reaped the benefits of game guarantees against several Southeastern and American Athletic Conferences schools.
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kyle Boyd has moved into a starting fullback role at Baylor. Teammate QB Zach Smith passed for a season-best 463 yards against No. 3 Oklahoma… Stanford RB Bryce Love ran for a school-record 301 yards against Arizona State. He also became the fifth rusher since 2004 to hit the 1,000-yard season rushing mark by his fifth contest. Love ran his total to 1,088 net yards. The Cardinal has been paced at quarterback in its last two victories by K.J. Costello who has spelled the injured Keller Chryst…Washington State QB Luke Falk passed for 340 yards on 38-of-51 tosses to help WSU upset then-No. 5 USC 30-27 last Friday on national television. It was the Cougars first win over a Top Five-ranked opponent at kickoff since 1992…North Texas RB Jeffrey Wilson had a career-high 211 yards rushing on 26 carries in the Mean Green’s Conference USA opener against UAB and had 148 more rushing yards and three TDs at Southern Miss to put UNT atop the C-USA West Division standings at 2-0…Florida QB Luke Del Rio is probably out for the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone against Vanderbilt last week. Backup UF QB Lamical Perine is the cousin of Oklahoma’s all-time rushing leader Samaje Perine…Arizona State QB Manny Wilkins set a school record with 192 consecutive pass attempts without an interception…Alabama’s deep running back corps with standout Damien Harris was highlighted in The Athletic last week. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts was featured for his shot put and discus exploits during his school days in Channelview, Texas, and for his dedication to the weight room…Houston backup QB Kyle Postma made his first start since Sept. 10, 2016, while leading the Cougars past Temple 20-13 in an American Athletic Conference tussle at Philadelphia Sept. 30…Navy QB Zach Abey carried a FBS-most 36 times for 185 yards and three TDs as the Midshipmen won at Tulsa…Washington WR Chico McClatcher is out for the season with an ankle injury…SMU QB Ben Hicks put special emphasis on downing Connecticut in his first 2017 start against an American Athletic Conference foe…Texas A&M safety Armani Watts continues having a career season as he shoots for All-SEC laurels…Texas Tech is going with the committee system at running back after Justin Stockton had an 84-yard TD run and Tre King rushed in from 73 yards in the Red Raiders win at Houston. Tech QB Nic Shimonek and Oklahoma State signal caller Mason Rudolph had combined to pass for 2,700-plus in their first seven games prior to last Saturday’s shootout. They then combined to throw for 706 yards and four total TD passes in OSU’s 41-34 thriller in Lubbock, Texas…Baylor has lost standout WR Chris Pratt for the season with a knee injury…TCU center Patrick Morris is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with an unspecified injury. OG Austin Schlottman has moved over one place to spell the injured pivotman…South Carolina LB Bryson Allen-Williams will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery…Maryland freshman QB Kasim Hill has been pronounced out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury…Three Hawai’i players missed last week’s Wyoming contest after being suspended for violations of team rules…Florida is checking on the future playing status of nine current suspended players…Illinois QB Cam Thomas, Michigan DB Nate Johnson and Missouri WR Dimetrious Mason are looking at their future options after team suspensions. Mason has been dismissed from the MU program and is hoping for an immediate transfer.
NFF College Hall of Fame RB LaDanian Tomlinson of TCU and NFL fame was saluted prior to the Battle of Beltline in suburban Dallas between DeSoto and Cedar Hill, Texas, high schools…Former SMU standout and now general manager of the State Fair of Texas Mitch Glieber was highlighted in several stories about State Fair fundraising efforts for those affected by storms in Southeast Texas through “Texas String” buttons and T-shirts at the 127th holding of the gala event, which includes the annual Grambling-Prairie View A&M and Oklahoma-Texas games (annually since 1929 for OU-UT).
David Booth has made a $50 million donation toward the renovation of Kansas’ Memorial Stadium. KU athletics already has $22 million earmarked for other practice and varsity competitive facilities…North Dakota State athletics Team Makers fundraising arm netted a record $5 million in donations for fiscal year 2016-17…Utah’s study continues in earnest for possible expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium… Kansas is discussing more renovations and possible expansion at Memorial Stadium…Missouri is renting residence hall rooms for some home games to alleviate hotel room shortages in the area…The Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard ran an enlightening piece on the general public’s enjoyment of college football, the rivalries and pageantry…South Dakota athletics’ budget has made solid progress after recent financial investments in the football program…Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium renovation costs are expected to be $300 million-plus…Arkansas had a solid response and sellout of new suites and loge boxes at renovated stadium…Big Ten Conference coaches are touching base with facilities managers to make sure visiting locker rooms are cooled and heated and up to FBS standards…Colorado State received fine fan feedback on its new state pride football uniforms…Local law enforcement authorities broke up a possible counterfeit ticket ring prior to the Michigan-Michigan State game…Fresno State is making some emergency repairs and plumbing renovations to Bulldog Stadium…Oklahoma athletics is in the process of planning an constructing a new basketball arena and office complex…Old Dominion continues to look at projections for the renovation of historic Foreman Field in Norfolk, Va….TCU athletics is studying some options to add suites and club suites at Amon Carter Stadium…San Diego State students have aided attendance in 2017 with their largest pickup of student section tickets in school history…University of Arizona Regents approved the $66 renovation of Arizona Stadium and a new football practice facility…Buffalo athletics will name its new UB fieldhouse in honor of the generosity of the Murchie family…NC State athletics has finalized plans for a $15 million residence hall to house primarily Wolfpack student-athletes…Temple President Dr. Richard M. Englert outlined possibilities for an on-campus football stadium…Vanderbilt athletics administrators affirmed they will not join a soccer group in moving Vandy’s home football location from historic Vanderbilt Stadium on campus to the Nashville Fairgrounds…Virginia athletics will renovate several areas of the baseball stadium and other varsity facilities…Texas A&M athletics is competing a $6 million renovation and expansion project…South Alabama is making needed repairs to the roof of its indoor football practice building…Indiana athletics will name its new $17 million multipurpose building after alumnus Jay Wilkinson…Miami (Fla.)’s Hard Rock Stadium has completed all cleanup and fixup areas after wind and water damage from Hurricane Irma…Former Montana softball head coach Jamie Pinkerton has made a generous donation to the university and athletics.
Longtime Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch sports writer and columnist Todd Jones has left the newspaper to become senior writer for the Ohio State alumni magazines…Many coaches are eyeing a possible new NCAA rule, which could limit media access to student-athletes in some cases.
TCU was the FWAA National Team of the Week after upending then-No. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 in Stillwater, Okla….MLB Josey Jewell of Iowa had a career-high-tying 16 tackles against Penn State to achieve FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. San Diego State CB Kameron Kelly won Nagurski honors a week earlier for his clutch performance against Stanford…Ricky Webster of the NJCAA, Olivia Coiro of East Carolina, Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), Mike Montoro of West Virginia, and Brad Marquardt of Texas A&M have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Recent AFCA NCAA II ratings find the Top Five nationally as Northwest Missouri State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Shepherd (W.Va.), Indiana (Pa.), and California (Pa.)… Last week’s AFCA NCAA Division III poll’s Top Five entries were Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mount Union; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wheaton, and North Central (Ill.)…Rutgers football received NCAA probation notice with five major requirements for immediate compliance and a special notice about recruiting practices…The NCAA is seeking parallel investigations after FBI probes of at last 10 universities about dealings and financial activities with adidas.
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:
2010 Big 12 Conference Baseball – After sending a conference record eight teams to 2009 NCAA regionals, the Big 12 came back down to earth in 2010 with five bids – Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M – The No. 4 seed Aggies won the Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney in Oklahoma City for the league’s automatic NCAA berth. Oklahoma came from a 1-0 deficit to knock off Virginia 2-1 in games in the Super Regionals and advance to the NCAA World Series at 50-18 overall (15-10 Big 12, 2nd place). Texas, which lost to LSU in the ’09 championship round, rolled to a 15-3 mark and its fourth Big 12 title at 24-3 but fell short of the CWS. Upstart KSU (37-22, 14-12) had one of its best finishes in school history with the NCAA advancement while A&M closed 43-21-1 (14-12-1) while falling in regional play. Traditional powers Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State closed Nos. 8-10 in the final regular-season standings, and the Sooners and Cowboys failed to make the postseason Big 12 joust.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Monday, 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)
Friday, 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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