College Football Notes – Oct. 9, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 9-15 time period are Oct. 9 (1886) Walter Steffen, Chicago, Ill.; (1930) Hank Lauricella, Harahan, La.; (1958) Mike Singletary, Houston, Texas; Oct. 10 (1894) Walter Gordon, Atlanta, Ga.; (1920) Frank Sinkwich, McKees Rocks, Pa.; (1922) Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Mich.; (1946) Dwayne Nix, Kingsville, Texas; Oct. 11 (1905) Joel Hunt, Texico, N.M.; (1906) Dutch Clark, Fowler, Colo.; (1930) LaVell Edwards, Orem, Utah; (1947) Bobby Anderson (Colorado), Midland, Mich.; (1961) Steve Young, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1965) Chris Spielman, Massillon, Ohio; Oct. 12 (1878) Truxton Hare, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1921) Les Horvath, South Bend, Ind.; (1970) Charlie Ward, Thomasville, Ga.; Oct. 13 (1962) Jerry Rice, Starkville, Miss.; Oct. 14 (1896) Tom Davies, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1901) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Massillon, Ohio; (1940) Billy Joe, Ayner, S.C.; Oct. 15 (1873) Ed “Robbie” Robinson, Lynn, Mass.; (1886) Jonas Ingram, Jeffersonville, Ind.; (1892) Huntington Hardwick, Quincy, Mass.; (1917) Bob MacLeod, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; (1931) Donn Moomaw, Santa Ana, Calif.; (1943) James “Boots” Donnelly, Nashville, Tenn.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 9 (2002) Jim Martin, Wildomar, Calif.; Oct. 10 (1966) Slip Madigan, Oakland, Calif.; (2012) Alex Karras, Los Angeles, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 9 Mike Singletary, Oct. 10 Dwayne Nix, Oct. 11 Bobby Anderson (Colorado), Steve Young, Chris Spielman, Oct. 12 Charlie Ward, Oct. 13 Jerry Rice, Oct. 14 Billy Joe, Oct. 15 Donn Moomaw (a spry 86), James “Boots” Donnelly…
Western Michigan downed Buffalo 71-68 in a NCAA-record-tying seven overtimes last Saturday in the fourth seven-OT contest in college annals. The Pittsburgh-Syracuse game in 2016 featured 137 points for the previous combined scoring record before WMU and UB tallied 139 markers.
San Diego State and Toledo will play a two-game series in 2020 and ’22…Georgia and UAB finalized financial terms for their 2021 fracas…Cal Poly and North Dakota State will face off in Fargo, N.D., Sept. 1, 2018…North Texas entered last week’s games leading Conference USA teams with a 38.8 scoring average and 2-0 league mark for the C-USA West Division top spot…The Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic had its 92nd contest last week when Grambling met Prairie View A&M at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. The game predated the Oklahoma-Texas AT&T Red River Rivalry clash by four years and began with a 0-0 deadlock between Langston and Wiley in 1925. The SWASFC has been played continuously except for the 1971 season, and Grambling now is 27-5 in 32 appearances at the Classic after …Notre Dame and Wisconsin are working to schedule neutral site contests in such sports as men’s ice hockey for the Metro Chicago area…TCU entered the 2017 campaign with what is believed to be a school-record 101 starts among its returning defensive backs…Florida has scored in a NCAA FBS-high 366 consecutive contests since 1989…Texas Wesleyan will play its first Homecoming game since 1941 Saturday when the Rams host Bacone (Okla.) in a key NAIA affair at Fort Worth, Texas. The Rams also competed in their first night contest in eight decades last weekend against Texas College in Tyler…Georgia Tech and Cumberland denoted the 100-year anniversary of Tech’s 222-0 win over the Lebanon, Tenn.-based university in 1917 for the most lopsided game in college football annals. Cumberland’s law school later located to the campus of football-notable Samford in Birmingham, Ala., in 1961…There are now 12 undefeated teams in NCAA FBS after losses by Michigan, UTSA and Oklahoma last week…Cornell downed Harvard for the first time since 2006 when the Big Red topped the Crimson 17-14 last weekend. Upstart Columbia and Dartmouth remain undefeated overall at 4-0 through the first four weeks of the campaign…Georgia is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 2005…Clemson is 48-1 in its last 49 non-conference games against unranked squads.
Clemson coaches, student-athletes and trainers swam into a river adjacent to the Tigers practice field to rescue passengers in a car, which had slipped down an embankment into the water last week during practice…Virginia Tech wore special helmet decals at Boston College last Saturday to honor the heroism of many and to help console the families of those killed or wounded in the Las Vegas tragedy…The Iowa football fans’ charity wave continues to help raise money for children’s medical centers as far away as the Chicago area…College Football 150th Anniversary (Project 150) executive director Kevin Weiberg named Rob Carolla director of communications, Natalie Jenkins director of marketing and Kaylah Hughes administrative manager. The group is working out of the NFF office in Irving, Texas…For the second year in succession, the Princeton Review noted Vanderbilt as the university with the happiest students in the U.S. This poll was not taken shortly after any of the Vandy-Alabama football series encounters…Washington State enthusiast Tom Pounds has continued his 15-season tradition of flying the WSU Old Crimson flag in the background of ESPN Game Day every fall weekend since 2003. He now has 2,500-plus followers for the Old Crimson Flag site on social media as well…Florida made a special tribute to Gainesville native the late Tom Petty with the playing of his song “I Won’t Back Down” during the UF-LSU game last Saturday. Petty at one time worked with the grounds department for the University of Florida as a youngster.
Tulane head coach Willie Fritz garnered his 200th victory as a college mentor at Blinn (Texas), Central Missouri, Sam Houston State, Georgia Southern, and Tulane (second season) when the Green Wave downed American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa 62-28 last Saturday…Veteran head coach Mike Price has taken over as head coach at UTEP…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente already has tied coach B.C. Cubbage in 1921-22 for the most victories in a coach’s first two season with with the Hokies at 15…Notably, Michigan Tech second year head football coach Steve Olson also has been a college head baseball coach for 20 seasons at two different schools…LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and staff coordinators met with AD Joe Alleva to discuss in-game procedures and coaching assignments this season…Retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops reiterated at recent speaking engagements that he has no impending desire to return to college or professional coaching duties…North Dallas (Texas) HS assistant coach Desiree Allen and female football student-athlete OL Samantha Rodriguez of NDHS were featured in a recent report on WFAA-TV High School Sports Special…Veteran Midwestern State head coach Bill Maskill has his Mustangs atop the Lone Star Conference standings at 3-0 (4-0) overall after a key win over nationally-ranked No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce last week.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Miami (Ohio): Chuck Martin, Park Forest, Ill.; Michigan: Jim Harbaugh, Toledo, Ohio; Michigan State: Mark Dantonio, El Paso, Texas; Michigan Tech: Steve Olson, Ada, Minn.; Middle Tennessee: Rick Stockstill, Sidney, Ohio.
North Texas director of athletics Wren Baker worked through s situation where ESPN and Michigan State were using the copyrighted term “Mean Green” to refer to MSU units…Former Alabama State AD Melvin Hines has been replaced by interim AD Jennifer Lynne Williams…Interim Nebraska AD Dave Rimington has indicated that he probably will return to his duties with the Boomer Esaison Foundation in January 2018 after serving his alma mater…Alabama AD Greg Byrne and UCF AD Danny White were profiled in recent stories about achieving and maintaining success in the NCAA FBS ranks…Washington State AD Bill Moos was saluted on the hiring of head coach Mike Leach and the turnaround of WSU football fortunes…Xavier (Ohio) AD Greg Christopher was highlighted for his NCAA committees’ work and balancing a challenging budget at the Cincinnati, Ohio, university…St. Joseph (Conn.) athletics named Glen Miller associate director of operations.
The National Funding Holiday Bowl loaned its oversized American flag for presentation prior to the San Diego State at UNLV game last Saturday to remember those lost or wounded in the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1…The 21st annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest now is accepting entries from local young artists throughout North Texas for students in the first-sixth grade are invited to participate. Art contest materials, including the illustration template, can be downloaded online at The deadline for these illustrations is Friday, Nov. 3, and winners receive special recognition at the GCB’s annual Big Play Luncheon…Five FBS schools gained bowl eligibility last week with their sixth wins of the 2017 outing.
The Southeastern Conference has donated $100,000 to the families of hurricane victims attending school at SEC members Florida and Texas A&M…Conference USA has signed a second-year title sponsorship with Dynacraft for the 13th annual C-USA championship contest Saturday, Dec. 2, at a date and location to be determined on the ESPN family of networks’ live national telecast…UAB scored a major upset over Louisiana Tech 23-22 for its first C-USA triumph since the Blazers suspended the football program in 2015 and ’16. UAB also is 3-2 overall and three victories away from becoming eligible for its second bowl berth in history.
Iowa State LB-QB Joel Lanning played both ways in the most extensive two-position activity for a player in the 22-year history of Big 12 Conference football as the Cyclones upset No. 3 nationally Oklahoma 38-31 in Norman, Okla. He made eight tackles, rushed and passed for 60 yards as a quarterback on offense, and was the first ISU standout since Dave McCurry in 1971 to compete extensively on offense and defense in the game game…Washington QB Jake Browning establishes a school record with virtually every pass with 71 career TD pitches (four away from the UW high water mark), 62 percent-plus completion rate for three consecutive seasons and 7,636 career passing yards for the Huskies in 32 career encounters…Bowling Green LB Brandon Harris recovered a fumble and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown to help BGSU down Miami (Ohio) 37-29…WR Chris Murray made five catches for 188 yards for Arkansas State as ASU won its fifth consecutive Sun Belt Conference opener 43-25 at Georgia Southern and now has posted a 19-2 record in the month of October since 2010 – the best eight-year skein in a single month in Red Wolves annals…Arkansas QB Austin Allen is the 10th Razorback to attain 4,000 career passing yards…Michigan QB John O’Korn, who started his career at Houston and starred for the Cougars, is spelling injured Wolverine signal caller Wilson Speight who is out indefinitely with injuries…Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush was almost at full speed last week after being injured in Game One this year…Southern California OG Viane Talamaivao will miss the remainder of his senior season with a torn pectoral muscle…Oklahoma LB Curtis Bolton has become the seventh Sooner to have his season ended by injuries…Oregon QB Justin Herbert and LB Kaulana Apelu (out for season) have been sidelined with recent ailments…Baylor OL Ish Wilson and CB Jourdan Blake are looking to transfer to another school for the 2018 campaign…Houston RB Duke Catalon rushed for 181 yards on 22 carries to lead Houston (still undefeated in the American Athletic Conference at 2-0) past SMU 35-22 last week. SMU receivers Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn combined for 28 catches, 216 yards and one TD in the contest. Sutton had 11 grabs for 160 yards and Quinn (a transfer from LSU) made 17 receptions for 156 yards…Virginia Tech kicker K Joey Slye broke Shayne Graham’s school record for career points with 376 during VT’s win at Boston College…TE Ryan Yurachek of Marshall captured the John Mackey Tight End of the Week Award after making six catches for 77 yards and three TDs in the Thundering Herd’s win at Cincinnati,
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings has been recovering from a recent heart attack at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, but felt well enough to be honored with the 1967 Southwest Conference championship team he coached at Texas A&M on its 50-year anniversary. Stallings later was head coach at Alabama from 1990-96 and from A&M during the 1965-71 seasons. He also guided the Aggies to a 20-16 win over the Crimson Tide in the 1968 Cotton Bowl…The late Ken Donahue, who was an assistant coach at Alabama for 38 years along with stints at Tennessee, Mississippi State and Memphis, joins longtime Alabama trainer and assistant AD the late Jim Goostree are two of the latest admissions into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham. Goostree also is a member of the U.S. Athletics Trainers Hall of Fame.
Wisconsin athletics’ corporate partnership with Pepsico and its products is up for review with the UW Board of Regents…Cincinnati athletics has seen a 12-year high in football and basketball season ticket sales…Georgia has moved into its renovated Stegeman Coliseum with expanded offices and practice facilities…San Diego State is in the process of hiring architects and securing final costs for a possible on-campus football stadium…North Texas’ overall fundraising campaign produced $30.1 million for the 1016-17 fiscal year ending last August with ample dollars earmarked for athletics…The new NFL Los Angeles Rams and Chargers Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., is out of the ground with significant concrete and steel construction forthcoming around the current shell…80-year-old Ryan Stadium donor Pat Ryan of Northwestern was praised for his support and ability to climb seven floors of steps to get to his suite for a recent NU-Nevada football tilt.
ESPN and ESPN2 have drawn the Top 13 most-watched college football games on cable television during the first five weeks of the ’17 season. Twenty-four of the 25 highest-rated overall live telecasts in ’17 college football have been aired by ABC or the ESPN Family of Networks…Adam Morrison has been named as analyst for Gonzaga athletics’ broadcasts…Robert Allen of the Oklahoma State fan blog posted a story about the loyalty of OSU fans and a Big 12 Conference high 52 NCAA team championships through the years in all sports…Award-winning sportscaster Skip Bayless made the largest individual donation to the Vanderbilt Student Media fund recently. The 1974 Vandy grad and 1970-74 VU Grantland Rice Scholarship recipient is a classmate of former Undersecretary of the Navy Fred J. Hall, former Chicago Tribune editor Mary Elson, noted Dallas dentist Dr. Blake Williamson, famed family physician dr. Robert H. Bush of Columbus, Ga., and NFF correspondent Bo Carter, among others…Current North Texas NT Daily editor-in-chief Reece Waddell has accepted a December position after graduation as a sports writer with the Wise County (Texas) Messenger. He previously has written as a student correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, Dallas WFAA-TV and Denton Record-Chronicle.
Troy was the FWAA National Team of the Week after upsetting SEC contender LSU 24-21 in Baton Rouge, La.…LB Dorian O’Daniel of Clemson made 10 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown against then-No. 12 Virginia Tech to earn FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week kudos…The NCAA Working Transfer Group is discussing details for possible immediate DI and FBS transfers if schools release players from grants-in-aid at the original schools…Ramona Noble-Watson of Claflin, Rob Carolla of CoSIDA and Project 150, Kyle Neaves of WKU, John Kean of the Missouri School of Science and Technology, Doug Walker of Texas A&M, and Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.) have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Illinois Wesleyan jumped seven places in the AFCA NCAA Division III top 25 poll to No. 14 last week behind Top Five placers Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), Mount Union (Ohio), Wisconsin-Oshkosh, North Central (Ill.), and Hardin-Simmons (Texas). The AFCA NCAA DII survey last week was topped by Northwest Missouri State, Texas A&M-Commerce and Shepherd (Va.).
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:
2011 Big 12 Conference Baseball – In the final season of diamond competition in the Big 12 for Missouri (SEC), Nebraska (Big Ten) and Texas A&M (SEC), the Aggies left their mark on the Big 12 with a 10-9 Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney title victory over fellow departee Mizzou. Nebraska, which has exerted its self in the Big Ten race annually, struggled to close 30-25 overall and 9-18 in the league for its finale. Texas, closing No. 7 nationally at 49-19, 19-8 Big 12, and A&M, No. 8 in the final NCAA Division poll at 47-22, 19-8, shared the Big 12’s regular-season crown and joined Baylor (35-25, 14-12), Kansas State (36-25, 12-14), Oklahoma (41-19, 14-11), and Oklahoma State (35-25, 14-11) among six total invitees from this circuit. Texas Tech (33-25, 12-14) actually tied K-State in the final round-robin standings but did not fare well in the Big 12 tourney and just missed an at-large NCAA berth. The Longhorns and Aggies, unfortunately, were the first two squads eliminated from the 2011 NCAA World Series, which was won by South Carolina over Florida 2-0 in games for an All-SEC title series.
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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