College Football Notes – Nov. 19, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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The Tuesday, Dec. 5, Press Conference for the 60th NFF Annual Awards ceremonies will feature new NFF College Hall of Fame inductees Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk, Kirk Gibson, Matt Leinart, Brian Urlacher, and coach Steve Spurrier, among others. Spurrier is one of just five players in history to be selected the NFF College Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. Also on hand will be the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame class, finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, NFF major award recipients, Steve Hatchell, NFF President & CEO; Kathleen Murphy, President, Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments and NFF Vice Chairwoman; Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America Executive Director; Dennis Thomas, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner joined by the MEAC offensive and defensive players of the year to be named during festivities, and QB Danny Wuerffel, namesake of the Wuerffel Trophy, 1996 William V. Campbell Trophy® recipient and a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame (Florida) inductee. The finalists for the 2017 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award also are expected to be hand and available to the media. The 9 a.m.-noon (EST) ceremonies will be available to media and NFF special guests only at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (please contact the NFF communications and special events staff for exact location and reservations) – site of the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner the night of Dec. 5. The approximate schedule is MEAC Players of the Year announcement (9:10 a.m.); Wuerffel Trophy announcement (9:25 a.m.); FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists denoted (9:35 a.m.); NFF major award recipients (9:45 a.m.); College Football Hall of Fame Class (10 a.m.); and NFF Campbell Trophy® finalists (11:15 a.m.).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 20-26 time period are Nov. 20 (1901) Bill Mallory, Memphis, Tenn.; (1971) Chris Bisaillon, Kankakee, Ill.; Nov. 21 (1897) Aubrey Devine, Des Moines, Iowa; (1916) Sid Luckman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1964) Thomas Everett, Daingerfield, Texas; (1966) Troy Aikman, West Covina, Calif.; Nov. 22 (1946) Mel Long, Toledo, Ohio; (1916) Ken Kavanaugh, Little Rock, Ark.; (1930) Dick Kazmaier, Toledo, Ohio; Nov. 23 (1937) Alex Kroll, Leechburg, Pa.; (1944) Gene Washington, La Porte, Texas; Nov. 24 (1893) Bob Higgins, Corning, N.Y.; (1905) Jack Mollenkopf, Convoy, Ohio; (1912) Dixie Howell, Hartford, Ala.; (1924) Dick Scott, Highland Falls, N.Y.; (1931) Stan Jones, Altoona, Pa.; (1935) Pervis Atkins, Ruston, La.; (1959) Terry Kinard, Bitburg, Germany; Nov. 25 (1904) Johnny Kitzmiller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1945) George Webster, Anderson, S.C.; Nov. 26 (1892) Joe Guyon, White Earth, Minn.; (1898) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Buckhannon, W.Va.; (1909) Ernie Smith, Spearfish, S.D.; (1947) Roger Wehrli, New Point, Mo.; (1953) Harry Carson, Florence, S.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 20 (2010) Rob Lytle, Fremont, Ohio; Nov. 21 (1981) Bobby Grayson, Portland, Ore.; Nov. 23 (2004) Harrison Stafford, Edenia, Texas; Nov. 24 (1977) Joe Utay, Dallas, Texas; Nov. 26 (1974) Tuss McLaughry, Norwich, Vt.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 20 Chris Bisaillon, Nov. 21 Thomas Everett, Troy Aikman, Nov. 22 Mel Long, Nov. 23 Alex Kroll (a spry 80), Gene Washington, Nov. 24 Terry Kinard, Nov. 26 Roger Wehrli, Harry Carson…
The 2018 Pac-12 football schedule has been released…South Carolina has added a non-conference game with Charlotte in 2022, and the 49ers have scheduled a 2020 meeting at Tennessee…Alabama, Miami (Fla.), UCF, and Wisconsin remain as the four undefeated teams prior to Nov. 21 outings…Last week’s Alabama-Mercer game actually renewed a two-year series between the schools when they both were southern powerhouses in the 1939 and ’40 seasons…Texas Tech’s defense is allowing 109 fewer yards per game this season than the 2016 edition…The traditional and airtight Middle Tennessee-WKU series among Conference USA rivals became even closer with a 41-38 overtime win by WKU last Friday. MT now holds a 34-32-1 in the 67-game-old rivalry…Texas won its third conference road game of the season and its fifth Big 12 Conference triumph over West Virginia for the first time since 2014…Virginia Tech’s defense leads all FBS schools with 373 pass interceptions and 806 team sacks since 1996…Memphis needs a victory against East Carolina Friday to tie its school record of 10 victories in both 1938 (as West Tennessee State) and 2014. A triumph over ECU and bowl verdict would give the 2017 Tigers the school season mark. Memphis (664) and SMU (477) combined for 1,141 yards of total offense in the Tigers’ 66-45 shootout win at Memphis, Tenn…Dallas Jesuit High School (79 points) and Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial HS (55) collaborated for 134 points in their Texas UIL Class 6A bi-district contest last Friday. It was more markers than practically all the area high school boys and girls basketball contests last weekend…Texas is bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 (Texas Bowl in Houston) and seeks to play in a Big 12-record 55th postseason tussle…UCF is 10-0 for the first time in school history…North Texas and Army played for the third time in 13 months at three different locations (including a 38-31 overtime win by Army over the Mean Green in the 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium), and UNT emerged with a 2-1 mark against the bowl-destined FBS independent…Kansas State posted its first win at Oklahoma State since the 1999 season last weekend and appears headed for its 19th bowl game during his 26-season tenure of NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder. All but two of the Wildcats bowl berths have happened during Snyder’s tenure.
Nebraska athletics is scheduled to building a World War I soldiers’ memorial outside Memorial Stadium in Lincoln…Ohio State football SID Jerry Emig and his special needs son A.J. Emig were featured on a recent family segment on the BTN and other regional telecasts…North Texas’ annual Wingspan black tie scholarship dinner is set for March 17 at the UNT University Union with several athletics officials assisting, and retired President Dr. Lane Rawlins and wife Mary Jo are presenting the 114th annual U. of North Texas Fine Arts Series…North Dakota State athletics sent friendly reminders recently about boosters involvement and NCAA regulations with recruitment of student-athletes…Michigan athletics is working with its Student-Athlete Advisory Council on additional community service projects round the holidays.
The 2017 George Munger Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia Collegiate Coach of the Year 16 semifinalists are Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Bill Clark, UAB; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Scott Frost, UCF; Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Jeff Monken, Army; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Mark Richt, Miami (Fla.); Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Jeff Tedford, Fresno State…Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey has the Huskies bowl eligible for fifth time in the last six years – a school record…A recent Mid-American Conference football encounter featured two of the winningest coaches among FBS active chiefs – Terry Bowden of Akron with 170 victories (and 2017 bowl eligibility) and bowl-eligible Frank Solich of Ohio with 154 triumphs – a grand total of 324 wins…UAB head coach Bill Clark has agreed to his five-year contract extension with salary and bonus incentives…William and Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock plans to return in 2018 for his 39th season as a college coach…Adam Clark has completed his tenure as head coach at Western New Mexico…Virginia Union has parted ways with head coach Mark James…Auburn’s administration and athletics are working to keep head coach Gus Malzahn in the fold with an extended contract. AU also released details of the new contracts of assistant coaches Chip Lindsey, Larry Porter and Greg Brown…A recent report refuted plans several years ago to bring in former USF head coach Jim Leavitt to replace Kansas State’s NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder in a coach-in-waiting agreement…Tennessee athletics appears to be in contact with former NFL coaching great and television analyst Jon Gruden for its vacant head coaching position…Published reports have Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher as a possible candidate for head coaching openings at Tennessee and other major universities…Both Oregon State and Tennessee are amping up their head coaching searches to assist with recruiting efforts and continuity for 2018.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – North Alabama: Chris Willis, Greenville, Miss.; North Texas: Seth Littrell, Muskogee, Okla.; Northern Illinois: Rod Carey, Madison, Wis.; Northern Michigan: Kyle Nystrom, Marquette, Mich.; Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.
SUNY Fredonia named Gerald Fisk director of athletics and recreation…Bridget Lyons is the new AD at Shenandoah…Nebraska AD Bill Moos noted his evaluation of head coach Mike Riley and the entire football program probably will happen before the 207 season ends…Former Mississippi State and current Florida AD Scott Stricklin is employing Twitter to dispel rumors about the open Florida head coaching post…Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt noted that head coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders football program are improved and operating “in the right way”…Jeff Long, former chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee and 10-year AD at Arkansas, is stepping down from his position…Patrick Walsh is leaving Louisiana Tech athletics media relations to become an assistant AD at Indiana State…John Eason has been named interim AD at Florida A&M…Retiring Boise State President (2003-17) Bob Kustra was lauded for the national progress of BSU football and athletics, in general, including the revival of the Broncos baseball in 2019, in a recent missive…Forty-year Penn State administrator and coach Bob Warming is retiring from athletics…Houston AD Hunter Yurachek noted that potential Power Five opponents have been harder to schedule with the Cougars recent national success in football.
Eleven more teams became bowl eligible over the weekend to bring the total to 70 eligibles for the 82 NCAA FBS bowl positions in post-2017. There are 17 more squads needing one victory this week to gain bowl-possible status with six wins…Southern Miss is eligible for its third consecutive bowl appearance, 23rd all-time bowl berth and seventh postseason slot since 2008…The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is preparing for its largest bowl bonanza – four in nine days – in history. Dec. 20 is the new Frisco Bowl (moved from Miami, Fla.) at Toyota Stadium between a team from the American Athletic Conference vs. an at-large entry. On Dec. 23 the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium between Army and a Big Ten Conference squad. On Dec. 26 the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl with a Big 12 vs. Conference USA matchup occurs at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, and the earliest date for a Goodyear Cotton Bowl in history takes place on Dec. 29 when two of the New Year’s Six bowl entries (among the Top 12 teams in the final College Football Playoff standings) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In addition, the NCAA Division I Championship skirmish will be played at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 6…The first five bowls of post-2017 are set for less than four weeks away with the Saturday, Dec. 16, jousts R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl…Alabama remains as one of only four teams to be ranked No. 1 in CFP standings over the four years of the group’s existence. Clemson, Georgia and Mississippi State are the others to hold the No. 1 placement…Three expert projectors indicate a possible Auburn-Notre Dame Goodyear Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. Both teams have appeared in the DFW area bowl a total of nine times with Notre Dame in seven Classics and Auburn appearing twice. Season ticket holders for the Classic received their initial orders via UPS last week…In 2017 the Mid-American Conference became the 14th different conference to be represented with Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The late Southwest Conference leads all loops with 57 appearances in the Classic while Southeastern Conference squads have been to this postseason clash 39 times…Arizona State is bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven seasons while Tulane needs a win at SMU to attend its first postseason test since the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Pittsburgh must upset Miami (Fla.) this week to qualify for a school-record ninth consecutive bowl berth…Tarleton State and Central Oklahoma will meet in the inaugural Division II Corsicana (Texas) Bowl on Dec. 2.
Conference championship games’ update (through games of Nov. 21): ACC – Clemson vs. Miami (Fla.); American: Memphis vs. UCF or USF; Big Ten – Ohio State vs. Wisconsin; Big 12 – Oklahoma vs. TCU (TCU holds advantage in all tiebreakers); Conference USA – North Texas at Florida Atlantic; Mid-American: Akron or Ohio vs. Northern Illinois or Toledo; Mountain West: Boise State vs. Fresno State; Pac-12: Southern California vs. North Division winner; SEC: Georgia vs. Alabama or Auburn…Conference USA has a record-tying eight bowl-eligible teams set for post-2017 activity. The SEC, C-USA and ACC lead all conferences with bowl-worth teams prior to Nov. 21 bouts with nine and eight, respectively…The Pac-12 Conference has rejected requests for a new, eight-game intraconference football schedule…Washington State is one win away from clinching its first Pac-12 North Division crown and a berth in the Pac-12 championship Dec. 2 if the Cougars down rival Washington in the Nov. 24 Apple Bowl Classic…The Mountain West Conference is studying the impact on expanded television coverage on season and game ticket sales in football…North Alabama, one of the charter members of the Gulf South Conference in 1970, finished its 48-season association with the GSC on Nov. 11 with a 16-7 win over conference opponent Mississippi College. The Lions will join the NCAA FCS Big South Conference for the 2018 season as they move up after 69 post-modern seasons in NCAA Division II and small college ranks…Iowa State posted its first winning Big 12 Conference record since 2000 and is destined for its 13th all-time bowl outing.
Chase Edmonds, the all-time rushing leader at Fordham with 5,862 yards and 7,374 all-purpose yards, came close to breaking NFF College Hall of Fame RB Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern’s NCAA FCS career mark with 6,559 yards from 1999-2002. Edmonds missed part of the ’17 campaign with a sprained ankle…Army West Point QB Ahmad Bradshaw already owns the Black Knights season rushing record through 11 games with 1,472 and broke Collin Mooney’s school season mark of 1,339 yards. Bradshaw had 138 yards in the first half last week at North Texas…2008 Defending Heisman Trophy winner from 2016 Louisville’s Lamar Jackson continued another breakout season with 381 yards of total offense in a 56-10 triumph over Syracuse…Tulsa’s D’Angelo Brewer broke both the Golden Hurricane career rushing record with a new total of 3,662 yards and also became the leading runner in American Athletic Conference history with that total. USF’s Marlon Mack held the previous American circuit mark with 3,609 yards…The six finalists for the FWAA Outland Trophy are Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson, Western Michigan offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, and Ohio State center Billy Price…The 16 semifinalists for the 37th annual Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award are J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Browning (Washington), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Sam Darnold (USC), Luke Falk (Washington State), Riley Ferguson (Memphis), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Will Grier (West Virginia), Kenny Hill (TCU), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), and Khalil Tate (Arizona)…Semifinalists for the prestigious Ray Guy Award for FBS punter of the Corey Bojorquez, New Mexico; Drue Chrisman, Ohio State; Joseph Davidson, Bowling Green; Michael Dickson, Texas; Corey Fatony, Missouri; Cody Grace, Arkansas State; Cameron Nizialek, Georgia; Yannis Routsas, UTSA; JK Scott, Alabama; and Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah…USC quarterback Sam Darnold is 19-3 in 22 games as starting QB for the Trojans…NC State TE Jaylen Samuels entered last week with 62 catches for 13 total touchdowns – both highs for the semifinalists for the annual John Mackey Award…The six finalists for the eighth annual Pop Warner Football Little Scholars Award are The Pop Warner Little Scholars are Notre Dame’s Drue Tranquill, Miami (Fla.)’s Braxton Berrios, Stanford’s David Bright, Auburn’s Daniel Carlson, Wake Forest’s Wendell Dunn, and Virginia’s Micah Kiser. The award honors a FBS standout who is a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in the community…Injured West Virginia QB Will Grier (a transfer from Florida) remains No. 3 in Big 12 Conference individual statistics for both passing yards per game at 317.3 and total offense average at 328.4…Memphis receiver Anthony now holds virtually every pass catching record in Tigers annals. He has a school-best 217 career catches with three games remaining (including the AAC title tilt Dec. 2) and is a former walkon player for UM…UCF freshman RB Otis Anderson continues to play a major role for the unbeaten Knights. He was a high school star at Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian HS where former MLB standouts Storm and Glenn Davis starred in both football and baseball, and Dr. Joanne Pryor-Carter was volleyball and softball head coach in the early 1970s…TCU’s leading rusher Darius Anderson has been sidelined for the season with a foot injury…Tennessee RB John Kelly noted that UT AD John Currie and the search committee are open to all suggestions for projecting a new mentor…Arkansas backup QB Cole Kelley was suspended for the UA-Mississippi State game and possibly vs. Missouri Friday…Shawn Robinson became the first true freshman QB to start for head coach Gary Patterson in his 18 seasons at the helm and paced the Horned Frogs to a key Big 12 win at Texas Tech last Saturday…QB Jonathan Banks threw for a career-best 251 yards in Tulane’s 20-17 upset win over Houston…Yale utilized a 177-yard passing day by QB Kurt Rawlings to down Harvard 24-3 and capture the Ivy League trophy outright for the first time since 1980…East Carolina QB Gardner Minshew passed for his career day total off 444 yards while Trevon Brown set a school record with 270 receiving yards in ECU’s 48-20 win over Cincinnati…Kicker Niko DiFonte booted a Canadian collegiate-record 59-yard field goal at the horn to help the University of Calgary edge the University of British Columbia 44-43 for the Hardy Cup – western division title to put the Dinos in the Canadian championship contest last weekend. The video of the kick has gone viral on social media…Washington LB Azeen Victor will be unavailable for game activity until further notice.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Danny Ford reminisced about his hiring as head coach at Clemson 40 years ago…A basketball tournament – PK80 – will help celebrate the 80th birthday of 2009 NFF co-Gold Medal recipient and Nike founder (with Bill Bowerman) Phil Knight this week in Eugene, Ore., and more festivities will follow on the actual date Feb. 24, 2018…New members of the 2018 Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame are former head football coach Frank Beamer, 47-year Tech head baseball coach Chuck Hartman, Michael Cuddyer, Doug Doughty, Thomas Jones, Kara Lawson, Rick Mahorn, and Megan Silva Schultz…Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader and former quarterback at North Carolina A&T, told a news conference he is fighting Parkinson’s Disease and has scaled back his schedule.
Penn State has set its football season ticket fees for 2018 along with new stadium parking details…Oklahoma will wear Jordan Brand Nike jerseys in 2018 with a special Michael Jordan silhouette in addition to the Nike swoosh symbol…Arkansas athletics has proposed a $10 million upgrade for future games for the Razorbacks and UA-Pine Bluff at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium…TCU unveiled a $100 million upgrade for Amon Carter Stadium with additional suites and other amenities by the 2019 season…Wisconsin and Notre Dame will play a neutral site men’s hockey game at Chicago’s United Center over the next two seasons…Cincinnati athletics is working overtime to move out of some temporary facilities for fall and winter sports and temporary office space…North Carolina athletics is evaluating renovations to historic Kenan Stadium…Montana State and Montana added additional security measures for last week’s contest because of the annual intense rivalry between the universities…The New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host the popular WWE WrestleMania on Sunday, April 8, with early ticket sales available via Ticketmaster…Arizona’s final tally to renovate Wildcat Stadium and add facilities in 2017 was $66 million. A student fee fund will continue to provide funding for these endeavors…Memphis athletics unveiled the $20 million Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center and office complex…North Dakota State athletics and Missouri Valley Football Conference members almost all made football or related renovations over the past 12 months…San Diego State athletics has received architectural renderings for a new Mission Valley area stadium. They will be on public display Dec. 2.
The NFF & College Hall of Fame will welcome ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore as emcee for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Dec. 5 with the event livestreamed on ESPN3, starting at 8 p.m. (EST). Tessitore will emcee the NFF Annual Awards Dinner for the first time, securing his place among a prestigious list of individuals who have donated their skills to host the fabled event, including TV Academy Hall of Fame host Ed Sullivan, TV Host of What’s My Line John Charles Daly, U.S. Senator George Murphy, Rutgers University President Mason W. Gross, CBS News Anchor Harry Smith (now with NBC News) and ABC Sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel, who emceed the event for 28 consecutive years from 1968-1995. Other notable sports broadcasters who have emceed the event include CBS Sports’ Tim Brando (now with FOX Sports), ESPN/ABC’s Rece Davis and Chris Fowler, CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist, and NBS Sports’ Mike Tirico…Familiar voice Keith Moreland was on analytic commentary for the Texas Longhorns Radio Network vs. West Virginia last week. Moreland was a Longhorns standout in both football and baseball and a Major League Baseball star for 12 seasons. He has performed football, basketball and baseball duties for the network over the years…College Football ratings for ABC Sports are 35 percent in year-over-year comparisons from 2016 in Week 12 of the season. Ratings also increased in all three major game windows, and the USC-UCLA game on Nov. 18 was up 16 percent from last year. That classic also was the highest rated collegiate game in Los Angeles in 2017.
For the third time in school history, Minnesota State ended the regular season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll. Defending NCAA Division III champ Mary Hardin-Baylor was No. 1 in the last scheduled NCAA AFCA Division III Top 25 for the first time. The NCAA Division II and Division III playoffs are moving into their second rounds, and pairings sand scores can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/football/d2 and http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/football/d3…Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson is the latest nominee for the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Anderson, a redshirt sophomore running back, has overcome season-ending injuries in each of his first two years with the Sooners to become one of the Big 12’s top rushers…The FWAA National Team of the Week was Auburn after the Tigers topped then-undefeated and No. 1 CFP ranked Georgia 40-17 at AU’s Jordan-Hare Stadium…Geoffrey Hensen of Olivet, Erica Ewing of Crowley’s Ridge, Sam Atkinson of Gallaudet, Aaron Sagraves of Cornerstone (Mich.), Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Amie Canfield of Mt. Holyoke, 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 sports and 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:
2017 Big 12 Conference Baseball – One of the more interesting and evenly-matched seasons in Big 12 baseball came to and end when TCU fell to Florida 3-0 in the semifinals of the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. In between the third week of February and that latter June evening, Oklahoma State won its first Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament since 2004 (at Arlington, Texas, that year) and first-ever in Oklahoma City after the Cowboys had swept every Big Eight title meet from 1981-96 at old All Sports Stadium in OKC. No. 4 nationally TCU (50-18, 16-8) tied No. 19 Texas Tech (45-17, 16-8) for the Big 12 regular-season, and then Tech was upset in the NCAA Lubbock Regional by Sam Houston State. Oklahoma (35-24, 12-11), Baylor (34-23, 12-12), West Virginia (36-26, 12-12, after being left out mysteriously by the NCAA selection committee in 2016), and No. 28 Texas (39-24, 11-12) joined automatic qualifier OSU (30-27, 8-14) in the NCAA field. Baylor had one of the biggest turnarounds in DI baseball from 2016 to ’17 after going 24-26 (10-13 Big 12) the year before receiving the regional berth.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
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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