College Football Notes – Nov. 6

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
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The National Football Foundation has revealed the 13 finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The finalists each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5. At the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, will be live streamed on ESPN3, starting at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Selected from a nationwide pool of 181 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, the 13 finalists are: Sam Benger, RB, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 3.67 grade point average (4.0 scale), major: Business Administration; Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (Fla.), 3.96, Finance & Entrepreneurship; Mason Hampton, C, Boise State, 3.97, Accounting; Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern, 3.23, Economics; Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia, 3.42, Foreign Affairs; Justin Lea, OL, Jacksonville State, 3.92; Emergency Management and Geography; Brad Lundblade, C, Oklahoma State, 3.88, Marketing; Marcus Martin, DE, Slippery Rock (Pa.), 3.56, Safety Management; Chandon Sullivan, DB, Georgia State, 3.84, Journalism; Blaise Taylor, CB, Arkansas State, 3.84, Business Administration; Marlon Walls, FS, Stephen F. Austin, 4.00, Engineering Physics; Chris Weber, LB, Nebraska, 3.96, Nutrition Science; Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State, 3.63, Physical/Teacher Education.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 6-12 time period are Nov. 6 (1914) Everett Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1916) John Pingel, Mount Clemens, Pa.; (1939) Pat Dye, Augusta, Ga.; (1968) Alfred Williams, Houston, Texas; (1976) Pat Tillman, San Jose, Calif.; Nov. 7 (1938) Jake Gibbs, Grenada, Miss.; (1944) R.C. Slocum, Oakdale, La.; Nov. 8 (1929) Bobby Bowden (a spry 88), Birmingham, Ala.; (1964) Chuck Cecil, Red Bluff, Calif.; Nov. 10 (1879) Neil Snow, Detroit, Mich.; (1919) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Sweetwater, Texas; Nov. 11 (1908) Bobby Dodd, Galax, Va.; (1908) John Orsi, Newark, N.J.; (1914) Dick Colman, New York City; (1939) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (1961) Ricky Hunley, Petersburg, Va.; Nov. 12 (1890) Claude Reeds, Norman, Okla.; (1896) Bill Fincher, Spring Place, Ga.; (1933) Grant Teaff, Hermleigh, Texas; (1946) Chris Ault, San Bernardino, Calif.; (1954) Rob Lytle, Fremont, Ohio; (1959) Steve Bartkowski, Des Moines, Iowa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 6 (1967) Bernie Moore, Winchester, Tenn.; (2013, at the age of 101) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; Nov. 7 (2012) Darrell Royal, Austin, Texas; Nov. 9 (1969) Gordon Locke, Washington, D.C.; Nov. 10 (2016) Bill Stanfill, Albany, Ga.; Dec. 12 (2002) Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa, Okla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 6 Pat Dye, Alfred Williams, Nov. 7 Jake Gibbs, Grenada, Miss.; (1944) R.C. Slocum, Nov. 8 Bobby Bowden (a spry 88), Chuck Cecil, Nov. 11 Ricky Hunley, Nov. 12 Grant Teaff (a spry 84), Chris Ault, Rob Lytle, Steve Bartkowski…
The NFF continues the celebration of its 70th anniversary (founded Dec. 8, 1947, in New York City) with highlights of the fourth decade of its operations from 1977-86. Please access click here ( for the complete story.
Connecticut and Rhode Island will renew their rivalry in 2018…California and UNLV will play a new home-and-home series beginning in 2019 with the possibility of playing in the new stadium in Las Vegas in ’19…Alabama, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), UCF, and Wisconsin remain as the final FBS undefeated elevens prior to games of Nov. 7…Virginia Tech was 13-8 in its last 21 meetings with Miami (Fla.) before the Nov. 4 challenge, and the two teams last met when they both ranked in 2010…Potent and undefeated UCF registered nine plays over 20 yards from scrimmage and ran up a opponent-high 615 yards of total offense at SMU last weekend…Texas ran the same play that Clemson used to edge Alabama in the 2016 CFP season title game during its overtime loss at Oklahoma State. OSU and Oklahoma accounted for a Big 12 Conference-record combined 1,446 yards of total offense in the Sooners 62-52 Bedlam Series shootout…Nebraska is working on its overtime games’ strategy after falling for the third time in three seasons in bonus stanzas to Big Ten Conference rival Northwestern…Mississippi State’s largest winning over a nationally ranked team remains at 32 points (3-0 over No. 12 Vanderbilt in 1942), but the Bulldogs almost reached that level in a 37-7 home victory over LSU earlier this autumn…Army ended Air Force’s 306-game scoring streak dating to the 1992 Liberty Bowl against Ole Miss with a 21-0 blanking of the Falcons.
Midwestern State hosted Military Appreciation Day last Saturday against Tarleton State in the No. 4 nationally Mustangs regular-season home finale…Coaches from several NFL teams wore green fatigues for games on Nov. 5-6 Nicholls State football and baseball programs are hosting the 2017 Roth/Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament, a four-man scramble at at Ellendale Country Club in Thibodaux, La., on Monday, Nov. 13, as a key fundraiser for both sports…The 242nd birthday of the U,S. Marine Corps is Friday, Nov. 10 (founded on that date in 1775), and helps recall the standout service teams of the Quantico (Va.) Marines football squads from 1917-72. Quantico played several prominent NCAA Division I and II programs during that era…The Allen Americans hockey club has joined the NFL Dallas Cowboys and several other Dallas-Fort Worth area teams in assisting with Salvation Army donations at home games…SMU hosted Brenda Tracy for Homecoming weekend and wore Set the Expectation ribbon decals on its uniforms to raise awareness against sexual violence on college campuses. Tracy addressed the team and spoke with several SMU football players during the pregame meal…The student newspaper Rice Thresher ran a story about dozens of Rice students and friends gathering in the RU Student Union to cheer on the hometown Houston Astros and, in a small minority, the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Baseball World Series.
Ohio head coach Frank Solich helped the Bobcats off to a 7-2 start and an apparent 15th bowl bid for his Nebraska and Ohio teams since the 1998 season…UAB head coach Bill Clark had his contract extended through 2022…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh would like to see the College Football Playoff expanded to 16 teams in coming seasons…Several boosters and media members have called a contract extension for Rutgers head coach Chris Ash…Former Colorado and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel indicated an interest in the head coaching opening at Oregon State…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente is 11-5 when the Hokies are in weekly national rankings…Athletics officials and numerous reports have indicated possible coaching staff changes at Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Tennessee – from coordinators to higher positions.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – UNLV: Tony Sanchez, Fairfield, Calif.; New Hampshire: Sean McDonnell, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; New Mexico: Bob Davie, Sewickley, Pa.; New Mexico State: Doug Martin, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; New Mexico Highlands: Marty Fine, Schenectady, N.Y.
Drake has named Brian Hardin director of athletics…Milton Overton accepted the AD’s position at Kennesaw State…Tennessee athletics Vol For Life coordinator Antone Davis has resigned to pursue a nearby private business opportunity…Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork has pledged to go full-scale in coming days in his nationwide search for a new Rebels football coach. Ole Miss has ruled itself out of 2017 postseason play as part of NCAA investigative actions…North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham is about to receive five years I deferred compensation payments…The San Diego Union-Tribune penned a tribute to recently passed and legendary San Diego State AD Fred Miller for his lasting impact on all phases of the Aztecs program…The El Paso (Texas) Times editorialized about the importance of key hirings of both an AD and head football coach at UTEP after the 2017 campaign closes…Texas A&M named Leah Turner assistant director for career development.
There are now 50 bowl eligible team for the 82 NCAA FBS bowl positions in post-2017…UAB is bowl eligible for the fifth time in school history after the school’s sixth win of the year over Rice…The complete Football Bowl Association media guide for 2017-18 is available in an online PDF via the FBA website…Georgia caused a bit of a surprise by holding down the No. 1 slot in the first College Football Playoff rankings ahead of consensus other polls’ no. 1 Alabama. Notre Dame and Clemson were Nos. 3-4 in the first survey of the fourth year of CFP standings.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith and Mark Rudner of the Big Ten Conference office discussed how Friday night games are selected for Big Ten Network telecasts…The Mid-American Conference secured a $1 million grant for the Cleveland (Ohio) School District…The Big Sky Conference has added new personnel in its communications office…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott praised the success of the conference’s new football replay center and upgraded studio shows on the Pac-12 Television Network.
The 10 finalists for the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award are Top 10 J.T. Barrett, Ohio State; Riley Ferguson, Memphis; Ryan Finley, NC State; Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State; Quinton Flowers, USF; Kenny Hill, TCU; Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; Trace McSorley, Penn State; Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, and Logan Woodside, Toledo. Mayfield passed for 387 yard in the first half against Oklahoma State last week for the fifth-highest total by an OU quarterback in a full game. Mayfield ended with a school-best 598 yards and five touchdowns while OSU’s Rudolph tossed for 448 yards and five TDs…Washington KR Dante Pettis broke the NCAA FBS career record with his ninth career punt return for a touchdown against Oregon. He joined his father and MLB world champion Houston Astros coach Gary Pettis in a double celebration last weekend…Ohio State lineman Billy Price was spotlighted by the FWAA in the 2017 Outland Award countdown…Penn State RB Shaquon Barkley entered last week’s games with a NCAA FBS-best 206.3 all-purpose yards per game. He also had scored a touchdown in 15 consecutive contests before the Nittany Lions met Michigan State on Nov. 4…Michigan QB Brandon Peters is moving toward a possible starting role for upcoming contests after getting extensive extensive action under center in recent tests against Rutgers and Minnesota…Stanford RB Bryce Love led the nation (FBS) in 10 different individual rushing and scoring categories through skirmishes of Nov. 6…Toledo RB Terry Swanson was leading the Mid-American Conference with 105.5 yards rushing per game through eight outings…Buffalo QB Drew Anderson has a career-best seven touchdown passes against Western Michigan earlier this year…Three of the 20 finalists for the Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award come from Conference USA members. They are Florida Atlantic’s Greg Howell, Middle Tennessee’s Canon Rooker and UTSA’s Jared Sackett…Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield passed for a school-record 598 yards and raised his November record since 2015 to 10-1 as the Sooners edged No. 10 Oklahoma State 62-52 last weekend…Reserve QBs Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson helped pilot Kansas State to a key, 42-35 road win in overtime at Texas Tech…Florida has reopened competition for starting quarterback between Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks…Preseason All-America OT Connor Williams of Texas is almost back a 100 percent after suffering knee injuries in Game 2 for the Longhorns against Southern California. Promising freshman RB Toneil Carter of the Longhorns also is hoping to play again shortly after undergoing concussion protocol…Washington TE Hunter Bryant has been pronounced out indefinitely with a left leg injury…Baylor DL K.J. Smith hopes to return later this season while freshman QB Charlie Brewer threw for a career-high 315 yards in his first start at Kansas last Saturday…Freshman RB Spencer Brown is the sixth freshman back in UAB history to reach 1,000 yards in a season. His 1,049-yard total now places him second among freshmen ball carriers in ’17…Army QB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a career-game-best 265 yards in the Black Knights triumph over service academy rival Air Force…Ohio State DE Nick Bosa paced the Buckeyes with 10 total tackles at Iowa last Saturday…Tennessee RB John Kelly and LB Will Ignont have returned to action after suspensions.
Texas A&M honored its 1992 Southwest Conference championship team during halftime festivities with NFF College Hall of Fame member and ’92 A&M head coach R.C. Slocum…Baylor celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the final season of BU 1972-92 head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer Grant Teaff at a recent home contest. Coach Teaff also celebrates his 84th birthday Nov. 12…Former Ohio State kicking standout and 13-year NFL veteran Mike Nugent has taken over as emergency midseason kicker for the Dallas Cowboys.
Auburn’s Board of Trustees is hearing the final proposals for a new video board in the North end zone of Jordan-Hare Stadium along with several other construction and remodeling projects…Gonzaga athletics has completed renovations at the McCarthey Athletic Center…Illinois athletics is focusing major efforts on its new $300 million fundraising campaign…Memphis will begin construction in January 2018 on its new indoor football practice facility…Missouri athletics unveiled a statue of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Norm Stewart last week…Tennessee’s $340 million renovation of Neyland Stadium will start in summer 2018…Washington State athletics learned that three donors have pledged $500,000 to for the former QB Jack Thompson Football Lounge…Dallas Baptist athletics is in its first full year of sponsorship with Under Armour…Wyoming athletics rededicated its Arena-Auditorium facility and unveiled statue of All-America Kenny Sailors last week…SMU athletics dedicated and opened the Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium during last weekend’s Homecoming activities…Under Armour and Auburn have held discussions about the $10 million UA stock deal with AU athletics…California athletics is being allowed to move part of its Memorial Stadium debt off athletics department’s books ledgers…Iowa athletics has had feasibility studies for replacing its softball field and other key facilities…Tennessee athletics’ Neyland Stadium renovation plans have received initial approval from the UT Board of Trustees building committee…The New York Times chronicled how traveling 18-wheel equipment trucks are some of the best exposure for college football programs.
College football historian Mike Burrows unearthed a 1952 Michigan State-Penn State game program last week…KOMU-TV sports director Chris Gervino will take on new analyst’s duties on the Missouri athletics radio networks…Award-winning sportscaster Bill Hazen has started a new podcast for the G League Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants as a corollary to his popular College Sports Weekly nationally syndicated weekly radio program…Phoenix Design Works has earned a prestigious fifth national recommendation from Alignable for its excellence in sports and graphics design.
2013 FWAA Bert McGrane Award recipient Dick Weiss was covering the SMU-UCF encounter for the American Athletic Conference website last Saturday night in Dallas and met with FWAA executive director Steve Richardson and others during his stay…Arizona was the FWAA National Team of the Week after its upset victory over Washington…Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher had 17 tackles and forced two fumbles in the Wildcats 39-31 triple overtime win over No. 16 Michigan State and was tabbed as the FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week…Katie Gwinn Hewitt of Michigan, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Gregory Ruff of Trevecca Nazarene, Jessica Poole of Vanderbilt, Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), and Thomas Chasanoof of Cumberlands (Ky.) have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions.
The special officiating emphasis on targeting calls in 2017 has produced 139 targeting calls through nine weeks this year compared with 98 at the same time in 2016. NCAA Football Officiating Coordinator Dr. Rogers Redding and his committees have stressed safety and injury prevention for players in discussions about the reviewable targeting calls.
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:
2015 Big 12 Conference Baseball – In one of the most balanced seasons in Big 12 baseball annals, No. 5 seed Texas presented College Baseball Hall of Fame head coach Augie Garrido with his fifth Big 12 postseason crown. For the first time the tourney was moved to ONEOK Park in Tulsa, Okla., after crowds had begun dropping off a bit in traditional host city Oklahoma City. No. 4 nationally TCU (18-5 in Big 12 round-robin play, winner of 43 of its first 52 games, and NCAA World Series competitor) won the regular-season crown while No. 15 Oklahoma State (14-8 Big 12) closed second in the standings as as the No. 2 tourney seed. Texas Tech (13-11) and Oklahoma (13-11) werestarting their programs’ rejuvenation while Texas rebounded well from a 11-13 mark in Big 12 activity. Kansas State (10-14), West Virginia (9-13) , Baylor (9-15), and Kansas (8-15) were bunched tightly in the second division of the standings , but all were within striking distance of postseason play into the latter stages of the ’15 season.
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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