College Football Notes

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
College Football Notes – Oct. 31, 2017
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 time period are Oct. 30 (1888) Leroy Mercer, Kennett Square, Pa.; (1931) Ad Rutschman, Hillsboro, Ore.; (1950) Jim LeClair, St. Paul, Minn.; (1958) Joe Delaney, Henderson, Texas; (1967) Ty Detmer, San Marcos, Texas; Oct. 31 (1880) Charlie Daly, Roxbury, Mass.; (1897) Wilbur Henry, Mansfield, Ohio; (1900) Cal Hubbard, Keytesville, Mo.; (1924) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 1 (1876) James Hogan, County Tipperary, Ireland; (1911) Slade Cutter, Oswego, Ill.; (1926) John Gagliardi, Trinidad, Colo.; (1947) Tom Curtis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Ted Hendricks, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nov. 2 (1903) Myles Lane, Melrose, Mass.; (1928) Leon Hart, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1959) Mark May, Oneonta, N.Y.; Nov. 3 (1893) Charley Barrett, Bellevue, Pa.; (1908) Bronko Nagurski, Rainey River, Ontario, Canada; (1937) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.; Nov. 4 (1930) Dick MacPherson, Old Town, Maine; (1975) Orlando Pace, Sandusky, Ohio; Nov. 5 (1891) Greasy Neale, Parkersburg, W.Va.; (1900) Harvey Harman, Selinsgrove, Pa.; (1933) Bruce Bosley, Fresno, Calif.; (1943) Larry Pugh, New Castle, Pa.; (1957) Kellen Winslow Sr., St. Louis, Mo.; (1967) Percy Snow, Canton, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 30 (1933) Charles Rinehart, Alliance, Neb.; (1998) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Gatesville, Texas; (2009) Forest Evashevski, Petoskey, Mich.; Nov. 1 (1957) Charley Caldwell, Princeton, N.J.; (1999) Walter Payton, So. Barrington, Ill.; Nov. 2 (1973) Greasy Neale, Lake Worth, Fla.; (1999) Billy Nicks, Houston, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 30 Ty Detmer, Oct. 31 Bill Fralic, Nov. 1 John Gagliardi (a spry 91), Tom Curtis, Ted Hendricks, Nov. 2 Mark May, Nov. 3 Jim Houston (a spry 80), Kirk Baumgartner, Nov. 4 Orlando Pace, Nov. 5 Larry Pugh, Kellen Winslow Sr., Percy Snow…
The NFF continues the celebration of its 70th anniversary (founded Dec. 8, 1947, in New York City) with highlights of the second decade of its operations from 1957-66. Please access click here ( for the complete story. This is the second of s seven-part series exclusively on the NFF official website…Scott Bedgoods’s new book, Lessons from Legends: 12 Hall of Fame Coaches on Leadership, Life, and Leaving a Legacy is available by clocking on the link at the official NFF website. The book may be the greatest collection of college football knowledge ever assembled. With over 260 years, 2,100 wins, 95 conference titles and 13 national championships of combined coaching experience among the book’s featured coaching legends, any football fan, coach or player can learn from the wealth of wisdom contained in the tome
Stanford will host William & Mary in 2020…The 2019 Florida State-Boise State encounter will be played Aug. 31 in Jacksonville, Fla….Bowling Green will play at Ohio State in 2020 and at UCLA in 2022…Washington State held Colorado to 174 yards of total offense in a recent 28-0 shutout of the Buffaloes…John Hopkins and Navy have concluded their lacrosse series for the time being…Texas and Texas A&M continue to explore series in sports besides football and hope to open the door for future grid games. They had a large and supportive crowd for a hurricane relief benefit exhibition game in Houston last week…North Dakota State has been ranked among the NCAA FCS Top 25 poll for the 100th consecutive week…Undefeated teams remaining through games of Oct. 30 are Alabama (8-0), Georgia (8-0), Miami (Fla.) (7-0), and UCF (7-0). USF (7-1), TCU (7-1) and Penn State (7-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeatens last weekend. Georgia’s No. 2 national ranking this week is the Bulldogs best since the 2008 season…Mississippi State’s largest margin of victory over a nationally ranked opponent at kickoff was a 32-point triumph over then-No. 12 Vanderbilt in Starkville, Miss., in 1942. The Bulldogs also topped then-No. 24 Texas A&M 35-14 for their first win over the Aggies in College Station, Texas, since 1913 and a 6-5 series edge over A&M…Iowa State has proven to be the giant killer again after a 14-7 win over previously-undefeated and No. 4 nationally TCU last Saturday. The now-bowl eligible Cyclones earlier downed Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., 48-41 for their first win at Norman, Okla., since 1961…Columbia ended its third-best start in school history at 7-0 while falling 23-6 at Yale last Saturday…West Virginia is now 84-11 since 2002 when the Mountaineers force more turnovers than they lose.
Former Wisconsin standout and NFL Houston Texans All-Pro DL J.J. Watt has earmarked four major charities for the $37 million his Watt Foundation raised for recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey…Colorado State athletics reported that almost $90,000 has been raised to assist family of CSU athletic administrator Doug Max, whose daughter Rachael passed away during a house fire on Oct. 8…Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear chair David Feaster and Russ Anderson of the NCBWA will be on hand at the Louisville-Syracuse contest Nov. 18 at Papa John’s Stadium for the on-campus presentation of the 2017 Howser Trophy to UL’s P-1B Brendan McKay…Mississippi State women’s basketball NCAA Final Four standout Victoria Vivians was named ’17 Homecoming Queen at MSU earlier this month.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain has been replaced by interim head coach and former Miami (Fla.) mentor Randy Shannon…Interim head coach Chad Lunsford of Georgia Southern began his tenure against Troy last Saturday after replacing previous head coach Tyson Summers…Longtime Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has donated $100,000 through his Lunch Pail Defense Foundation to endow a scholarship for Tech athletics…Coastal Carolina head coach and former successful businessman Joe Moglia had his contract extended through the 2020 season…Oregon State strength and conditioning coach Evan Simon left the Beavers for the same position at Davidson.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Navy: Ken Niumatalolo, Laie, Hawai’i; Nebraska: Mike Riley, Wallace, Idaho; Nebraska-Kearney: Josh Lynn, Eunice, N.M.; Nebraska Wesleyan: Brian Keller, Seward, Neb.; Nevada: Jay Norvell, Madison, Wis.
New Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams has place continued football improvement as a major priority for the Cavaliers… LSU AD Joe Alleva reflected on increase fan interest and contributions after LSU’s recent midseason success in SEC football…Montana director of athletics performance Charlie Woida is pursuing new interests after leaving that post.
There are 38 bowl eligible team for the 82 NCAA FBS bowl positions in post-2017…The TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., could attract either Florida or Florida State as the schools enter the 2017 season home stretch…Blockparty, a national hospitality and entertainment company, has entered into an agreement with the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association to become the exclusive tailgating partner for the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in December. CBAA officials also noted that season tickets will be distributed in coming days…A Norfolk (Va.) Virginian-Pilot story spoke about how mid-major college athletics’ programs can position themselves for better postseason opportunities in football and basketball.
The Big 12 Conference advanced five teams into the Associated Press Top 25 poll with Iowa State at No. 25 to field the most squads in last week’s AP survey. The conference also released its 2018 intraconference slate with Kansas hosting Texas for the first time on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and the Bedlam Series Oklahoma State at Oklahoma again in early November 2018 (Nov. 10)…The Missouri Valley Conference has utilized ESPN3 for several football telecasts in 2017 and for major events such as MVC Basketball Media Days…Conference USA debated overhauling its intra-league sports schedules at recent autumn meetings…The Big Ten Conference will play five weeknight contests in 2018 on the BTN and other national networks…The Mid-American Conference has returned to its popular Tuesday night ESPN telecast schedule with Oct. 31 (Halloween) MAC tussles Bowling Green at Kent State and Miami (Ohio) at Ohio. The conference also hosts a special Wednesday, Nov. 1, outing on ESPN when Central Michigan travels to Western Michigan. The MAC’s first five games this week Tuesday-Thursday all feature national telecasts.
Stanford RB Bryce Love continues to pace NCAA FBS individual rushing with 198.1 yards per game but had to sit out the Cardinal’s 15-14 win at Oregon State last Thursday…Miami (Fla.) QB Malik Rosier fired for 356 yards and three scores as the Hurricanes edged North Carolina 24-19 in Atlantic Coast Conference activity…Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle has been added to the Chuck Bednarik Award midseason watch list…SEC passing leader at the six-game mark in his season with 2,259 yards, Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson has been sidelined for the season with a knee injury…Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger was treated for a possible head injury during the UT-Oklahoma State fracas…SMU QB Ben Hicks led the Mustangs to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2012 while throwing for 338 yards, two TDs and a long gainer of 61 yards in the Ponies nationally-televised win over Tulsa…Tulsa RB D’Angelo Brewer had a career-building performance with 161 yards and 33 carries against SMU…Texas QB Shane Buechele was nicknamed Forrest Gump for his touchdown and run through a nearby stadium tunnel after a 28-yard touchdown scamper…Idaho QB Matt Linehan, son of NFL Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, threw for a season-best 360 yards and three TDs as UI downed Sun Belt Conference opponent Louisiana last week…North Dakota State’s Levi Jordheim tied a 1976 school record with three fumble recoveries against Missouri Valley Football Conference rival Northern Iowa…Oklahoma State WR James Washington has the two top individual game receiving yards’ totals among Big 12 Conference standouts the last two seasons. He had 296 yards against Pittsburgh in 2016 and 235 vs. Baylor in 2017…Baylor defensive backs Blake Lynch and Harrison Hand are both among the Top 15 in Big 12 passes defended individual stats…East Carolina WR Davon Grayson had 10 catches for 164 yards (both team highs in ’17) in a key intersectional victory over Brigham Young…Missouri QB Drew Lock continued his hot hand under center with 377 passing yards in a key 52-12 win at Connecticut on Oct. 28.
Colorado retired the jersey of the late NFF College Hall of Fame RB Rashaan Salaam (No. 19) during last week’s 44-28 victory over California…Baylor Athletics 2017 Hall of Fame class inducted during the recent Homecoming weekend included football standouts Ron Francis and Bill Hicks, NCAA champions Benjamin Becker, Steffanie Blackmon and Jennifer Jordan Washington, Bill Payne and Jeff Jackson, and Melanie Hagewood Willhite. The 2017 BU Wall of Honor recipient was Jim Daniel…Famed former Ohio State baseball and golf student-athlete Jack Nicklaus selected Oklahoma State over West Virginia last weekend on ESPN Game Day because OSU QB (not related) has the same name as late Nicklaus PGA golf rival and Vanderbilt golf coach Mason Rudolph.
Louisville athletics is completing a $8 million state-of-the-art broadcast facility for production in all sports…The Bleacher Report has analyzed Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, and upcoming Northwestern (with its $300 million-plus football facility) with the top football physical plants and stadium and/or practice facilities nationally.
Award-winning humanitarian Ernie Johnson Jr. of TBS and TNT Sports will headline the Dallas-Fort Worth/North Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sharing the Victory dinner Nov. 12 at the Irving Convention Center….Award-winning WFAA-TV in Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen is retiring in 2018 after four decades at WFAA and five decades of broadcasting in the DFW, Omaha, Neb., and Iowa markets…North Texas and Learfield have completed the signing of their $1.15 million annual agreement (with increases in future years) for media and marketing rights in 2017-18…The Athletic online sports report continues to gather some of the top sports writing talents nationally for its staff…ESPN reportedly is looking at some additional belt-tightening before the end of 2017 and its extensive schedule of bowl telecasts and high school playoff encounters.
Notre Dame was the FWAA National Team of the Week after its 49-13 win over traditional rival Southern California in South Bend, Ind….Memphis DB TJ Carter was FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers downed Houston. He had 14 total tackle and forced two turnovers…The FWAA has selected Virginia Tech WR Sean Savoy as a nominee for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award after the tragic passing of his brother earlier this season…The Fan Plan Index had Georgia, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Alabama 1-4 in last week’s research…The College Media Association announced its Pinnacle Awards for best collegiate newspaper sports writing at last week’s fall conference in Dallas…Ray Simmons of Southern Indiana, Josh Lacy of Texas Wesleyan, Yrey Reed of Midwestern State, and Alan Cannon of Texas A&M have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions… John Clay of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader had a humorous report on how social media opinions and complaints are rampant in college football…Northwest Missouri State, Shepherd (W.Va.) and Minnesota State held down the Nos. 1-3 positions in last week’s AFCA NCAA Division II poll. Mary Hardin-Baylor, defending NCAA Division III champ, Mount Union and Wisconsin-Oshkosh were the top three in the last DIII Top 25…Some 2018 NCAA Women’s (at Columbus, Ohio) and Men’s (at San Antonio, Texas) Basketball Final Four tickets have been placed on sale online by the NCAA…
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:
2014 Big 12 Conference Baseball – TCU (48-18 overall, 17-7 Big 12) celebrated its second season in Big 12 baseball with the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 tourney title and a ranking of No. 2 nationally prior to the Horned Frogs trek to the NCAA World Series. Texas (46-21) and Texas Tech (45-21, 14-10) joined the Frogs in the Great Eight at Omaha, Neb., as the conference had one of its best top-to-bottom talent levels in the first 18 years of existence. Texas (46-21, 13-11) also gained a NCAA at-large berth and later advanced to Omaha while third-place Kansas (35-26, 15-9) with one of the Jayhawks top finishes in the round-robin standings added an at-large NCAA bid. Oklahoma State (48-18, 18-6, won the league’s regular-season crown and No. 1 seed in loop tournament) but lost in the Stillwater Super Regional to UC Irvine. West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma, and Kansas State held up the first division finishers while playing spoilers in several of the scheduled three-game circuit series. Vanderbilt edged Virginia for the 2014 NCAA championship and its first NCAA men’s team crown in 108 years of Division I competition.
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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