College Football Notes – Nov. 26, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, November 26th, 2017
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NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 27-Dec. 3 time period are Nov. 27 (1889) Dexter Very, Fairdale, Pa.; (1960) Ken O’Brien, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; (1963) Frank Sheptock, Shamokin, Pa.; Nov. 28 (1868) William Lewis, Portsmouth, Va.; (1939) Gene Carpenter, Cornwall, Pa.; (1948) Vern Den Herder, Sioux City, Iowa; Nov. 29 (1907) Dale Van Sickel, Eatonton, Ga.; (1924) Dick Duden, Pottstown, Pa.; Nov. 30 (1927) Jim Butterfield, Tampa, Fla.; (1946) Art Shell, Charleston, S.C.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.; Dec. 1 (1892) Charlie Bachman, Chicago, Ill.; (1931) Steve Eisenhauer, Sheffield, Pa.; (1938) Mike McGee, Washington, D.C.; (1971) Rob Waldrop, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 2 (1901) George Owen, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; (1953) Randy Rhino, Atlanta, Ga.; (1974) Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.; Dec. 3 (1885) Francis Schmidt, Downs, Kan.; (1887) Bob Fisher, Boston, Mass.; (1894) Bert Baston, St. Louis Park, Minn.; (1923) Tom Fears, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1957) Keith Dorney, Allentown, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 27 (1993) Earl Banks, Baltimore, Md.; Nov. 29 (1996) Bob Steuber, St. Louis, Mo.; Nov. 30 (1991) David Nelson, Newark, Del.; Dec. 1 (1986) Bobby Layne, Lubbock, Texas; Dec. 3 (1982) Dutch Meyer, Fort Worth, Texas; (1998) Ed Widseth, St. Paul, Minn.; (2014) Dr. Jim Swink, Fort Worth, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 27 Ken O’Brien, Frank Sheptock, Nov. 28 Vern Den Herder, Nov. 30 Bo Jackson, Dec. 1 Rob Waldrop, Keith Dorney…
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Illinois and Missouri have set a new 2026-29 series at their campus sites…Arkansas and Ole Miss will play at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium – a popular site for their 1960s and 1970s tussles – in 2018…North Dakota will face both arch-rival North Dakota State and the South Dakota schools annually in the new Missouri Valley Football Conference scheduling configurations…Brigham Young and Arizona will open the 2019 season at the new stadium in Las Vegas, Nev….Kentucky will continue this year’s series with Eastern Michigan with games in 2019 and ’20…Miami (Ohio) and UAPB have a single game set to start the 2020 season…Iowa and Nebraska appear destined to play their Big Ten Conference regular-season finales on the Friday after Thanksgiving annually. Some longtime NU football lettermen also have asked director of athletics Bill Moos to renew the historic Nebraska-Oklahoma series of old Big Six-Seven-Eight-12 Conference days…The 91st annual Battle for the Golden Egg (colloquially known as the Egg Bowl since 1979; the teams competed for the 114th time since 1901) ended with Ole Miss edging the Bulldogs 31-27 last Thursday. The egg-shaped football trophy resides at the winner’s school until the next season, and UM leads the Egg Bowl series (trophy first was awarded in 1927 at Oxford, Miss.) 58-28-5. Prior to the start of the annual trophy presentation in ‘27, MSU won a series-record 13 consecutive games over the Rebels from 1911, 15-25 (with two games between the schools during the 1918 season due to World War I travel limitations). Ole Miss still leads the overall series 64-44-6…Texas Tech has scored in 257 consecutive games over the last 23 seasons for the second longest non-shutout in the Big 12 behind TCU with 305 games in a row since falling to Texas 32-0 in 1991…Oklahoma has set a record with 16 consecutive Big 12 Conference victories…Since defensive coordinator Bud Foster took over at Virginia Tech as fulltime defensive coordinator in 1996, the Hokies are 99-1 when holding opponents to 10 points or fewer and have posted d 34 shutouts since 1987 – most recently last Friday night in a 10-0 win at Virginia…TCU amazingly allowed 69 points in the first quarters of the 12 games it played before Saturday’s Big 12 Conference championship with Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs have been one of the toughest teams to score on nationally in the final 30 minutes, though. Oklahoma seeks its record 11th Big 12 title Saturday after capturing seven league crowns since the 2006 season. This is the first Big 12 championship encounter since OU downed Nebraska 23-20 in the 2010 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Through 11 games TCU had the best defensive scoring average (15.1) of any Big 12 Conference squad since Oklahoma at 14.9 in 2009…UCF is 12-0 for the first time in school history and hosts 10-1 Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship rumble Saturday in Orlando, Fla…CBS Sportsline indicated that Alabama is 0-3 each against LSU and Auburn in their last six games when the two Tigers teams had nine wins at kickoff in games vs. UA. Those six losses represent 43 percent of all setbacks for the Crimson Tide over the last 10 seasons when Bama has a composite 123-14 record and .898 winning percentage…Vanderbilt’s season-ending win over Tennessee caused the Volunteers to endure their first eight-loss overall season at 4-8 and their first winless conference season in 86 years of Southeastern Conference play.
Minnesota football conducted the Row the Boat theme turkey fundraising drive to purchase Thanksgiving food for families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area…Baldwin-Wallace football and the entire athletics family again assisted Church Street Ministries in the Cleveland area in helping underserved families at Thanksgiving…United Methodist Student Day collections last Sunday helped provide academic scholarships for student-athletes at Methodist-affiliated universities such as Texas Wesleyan, Indiana Wesleyan, Nebraska Wesleyan, Birmingham-Southern, and West Virginia Wesleyan, among others…Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner celebration location downtown was almost unrecognizable because of heavy toilet paper draping after the AU Tigers upended then-No. 1 Alabama last Saturday…Members of the NFL Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys assisted in serving turkey dinners with all the trimmings at area family centers.
First-year head coach PJ Fleck of Minnesota had his contract extended through the 2022 season…The 15 semifinalists for the 2017 Frank Broyles Award for FBS assistant coach of the year are Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, Alabama; Kevin Steele, defensive coordinator, Auburn; Tony Elliot, co-offensive coordinator/running backs, Clemson; Mel Tucker, defensive coordinator, Georgia; Jon Heacock, defensive coordinator/safeties, Iowa State; Manny Diaz, defensive coordinator, Miami (Fla.); Todd Grantham, defensive coordinator/linebackers, Mississippi State; Mike Elko, defensive coordinator, Notre Dame; Bill Bedenbaugh, offensive coordinator/offensive line, Oklahoma; Chad Glasgow, defensive coordinator, TCU; Troy Walters, offensive coordinator, UCF; Tee Martin, offensive coordinator/wide receivers, USC; Pete Kwiatkowski, defensive coordinator, Washington; Alex Grinch, defensive coordinator/secondary, Washington State; Jim Leonhard, defensive coordinator, Wisconsin…Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has been touted as a head coaching possibility both at Florida and Tennessee in recent days. He was 2009 NFF Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s quarterback coach at Florida prior to taking the MSU post in 2010…TCU head coach Gary Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to their 11th 10-win season since his coaching tenure began with a 2000 bowl game. TCU had one 10-victory campaign in its 105 previous seasons from 1896-2000. Patterson also inked a contract extension through the 2023 season last week…Michigan athletics is contemplating essentially a lifetime contract for head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh is one of four coaches in Big Ten Conference history to win 10 games in each of his first two years at the helm…Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury will return for 2018 after helping the Red Raiders gain bowl eligibility for the eighth time in 10 seasons with a 27-23 upset at Texas last Friday night…Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was informed after UA’s loss to Missouri in SEC activity last Friday that he would not be returning as Razorbacks head coach for ’18…Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is out after six years at Texas A&M. He helped nine teams make bowl appearances from 2008-17 as head coach at Houston and A&M and has been mentioned as a candidate at Arkansas. Which the Aggies downed six consecutive times in SEC play while he was head coach in Aggieland…Tennessee athletics denied reports that the Vols were announcing the hiring of former Rutgers head coach and current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to fill the UT head coaching vacancy…Florida A&M head coach Alex Wood has left the program and has been replaced by interim head coach Edwin Pata…Former Birmingham-Southern head coach Joey Jones has left the South Alabama football program as head coach. USA athletics has employed an executive search firm to find his replacement…UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. has completed his association with the Bruins program and has been replaced by former Oregon and NFL head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly was 44-5 as head coach of the Ducks from 2009-12 and helped the 2010 team play in the Bowl Championship series title game…UCF head coach Scott Frost and wife Ashley celebrated the birth of their first child and son earlier this month in Orlando, Fla…Washington State head coach Mike Leach doled out wedding advice after a practice last week to a Seattle area television reporter who is getting married in coming weeks…Hampton head coach Connell Maynor is leaving after four seasons…Veteran Kentucky State head coach John L. Smith received credit for the team’s rebuilding program in 2017…Texas Tech’s Tommy McVay continues his school-record 21st season as director of football operations…Colorado State’s Mike Bobo, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Missouri’s Barry Odom are expected to remain in their positions for 2018…Arizona State’s Todd Graham, Kent State’s Paul Haynes, Montana’s Bob Stitt, Northern Arizona’s Jerome Souers, Northwestern State’s Jay Thomas (replaced by chief assistant coach Brad Laird last week), Robert Morris’ John Banaszak, and UAPB’s Monte Coleman (at his position for 10 seasons) also will not return as head coaches in ’18.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Northwestern State: Brad Laird, Natchitoches, La.; Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, Everett, Mass.; Notre Dame (Ohio): Mike Jacobs, Maumee, Ohio; Ohio: Frank Solich, Johnstown, Pa.; Ohio Northern: Dean Paul, Garrettsville, Ohio.
East Tennessee State director of athletics Scott Carter was commended in the ETSU alumni magazine for leadership and fundraising efforts – especially for the revitalized football program. Carter lettered for the Buccaneers as a fullback from 1998-2001…Jason Henderson has left the program as director of athletics at Lamar…Michigan State AD Mark Hollis was commended for his role in the development of the PK80 Invitational to honor the upcoming 80th birthday in February 2018 of 2014 NFF Gold Medal recipient Phil Knight…Dr. Robert Collins is retiring as Mississippi State football team physician after 41 seasons in that post. Dr. Collins has teamed with Dr. Rusty Linton (MSU athletics orthopedist since 1985) for 78 seasons in their roles. Dr. Linton also was NFF correspondent Bo Carter’s hotel roommate for selected MSU road trips in the 1980s while Carter worked in MSU athletics…San Jose State marching band director Scott Pierson has retired after 40 years at that post…Andy Fisher is the new athletics media relations director at Lees-McRae…Oklahoma City U. tabbed Doug Waters as assistant media relations director…Richmond AD John Hardt and the Spiders football fortunes were profiled in the Richmond Times-Dispatch…UCF AD Danny White was saluted for helping the Knights get back onto the cusp of New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff bowl invitations in coming days…Arkansas has formed a seven-member advisory committee to help pinpoint its new AD.
The first 2017-18 FBS bowl game has been scheduled as Ohio will meet UAB on Nov. 22 in the Bahamas Bowl in Nassau, Bahamas – the only postseason football contest outside the contiguous 48 states…Nine more teams became bowl eligible over the weekend to bring the total to 79 eligibles for the 82 NCAA FBS bowl positions in post-2017. Army and Navy both are bowl eligible and meet in Philadelphia Dec. 9 in a CBS national telecast to close 2017 FBS regular-season activity prior to Dec. 16 bowl encounters. Florida State, Louisiana and New Mexico State each have five overall victories prior to Saturday skirmishes. That leaves the possibility that all 82 bowl positions, including the four College Football Playoff semifinalists, will be determined without having to invite five-win teams as was the case in post-2016…Pittsburgh kept its school-record skein of nine consecutive bowl appearances intact with its sixth win of ’17 over then-Bo. 2 Miami (Fla.).
NCAA FBS conference championship games’ schedule includes: Friday, Dec. 1 – Pac-12: Stanford vs. USC, Santa Clara, Calif.; Saturday, Dec. 2 – Mid-American: Akron vs. Toledo, Detroit, Mich.; C-USA: North Texas at Florida Atlantic; Big 12: Oklahoma vs. TCU, Arlington, Texas; SWAC: Alcorn State vs. Grambling, Houston, Texas; Dr Pepper ACC: Clemson vs. Miami (Fla.), Charlotte, N.C.; Big Ten: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Ind.; MWC: Fresno State at Boise State (first time for BSU to host MWC championship). BSU and FSU ironically met in the final regular-season MWC contest last Saturday in Fresno, Calif., with Fresno State prevailing in the first matchup this year 28-17…Florida Atlantic (9-3, 8-0 in C-USA) became the seventh team in C-USA’s 22-year football history to finish the regular season undefeated and the fourth to go 8-0 in league play. The East Division Champion Owls will host the 2017 Dynacraft Conference USA Football Championship Game on Saturday against West Division Champion North Texas (9-3, 7-1 in C-USA). The C-USA Championship Game will be televised live on ESPN2 starting at noon (EST)/11 a.m. (CST)…With Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee became bowl-eligible last week, C-USA has a record 10 bowl-eligible teams. The 10 eligible teams represent the most among any FBS conference with the ACC having nine bowl potentials and Florida State (5-6) meeting Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in a game postponed by Hurricane Irma threats.
Valparaiso (Ind.) Sports Hall of Fame member and NFL standout Garry Puetz has received ample school and regional support in his quest for 2018 membership in the NFF College Hall of Fame.
The three finalists for the FWAA Outland Trophy are Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown, Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson and Houston DT Ed Oliver…The finalists for the annual Biletnikoff Award for the NCAA FBS top receiver are Michael Gallup of Colorado State, James Washington (Oklahoma State) and David Sills (West Virginia). Receivers from the Big 12 Conference have captured this award six times since the 2007 season…The 11 semifinalists for the 28th annual Doak Walker Award are Josh Adams, Notre Dame; Saquon Barkley, Penn State; Royce Freeman, Oregon; Justice Hill, Oklahoma State; Kerryon Johnson, Auburn; Ronald Jones, Southern California; Phillip Lindsay, Colorado; Bryce Love, Stanford; Rashaad Penny, San Diego State; Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic; and Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin…The 10 semifinalists for the 2017 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award – best college football player from Texas or playing for a Texas university – have been selected by award’s selection committee and are J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State, Wichita Falls; Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech, Lufkin; Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama, Houston; Ronald Jones, II, TB, USC, McKinney; Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, Austin; Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor, Daingerfield; Trey Quinn, WR, SMU, Lake Charles, La.; Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn, Stephenville; James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State, Stamford; Jeffery Wilson, RB, North Texas, Elkhart. Finalists will be selected from this group and announced on Dec. 6, and the winner will be announced at a banquet in Tyler, Texas, Jan. 10, 2018…Tulane QB Jonathan Banks had another 300-yard (314) passing day and almost led the Green Wave to bowl eligibility before falling to SMU 41-38. Four of Tulane’s losses in ’17 came by a cumulative total of 10 points…Missouri QB Drew Lock now owns the SEC individual touchdown passes’ record for a season at 43 and a bowl game remaining…Fresno State QB Marcus McMarylon passed for 332 yards to lead the Bulldogs past this week’s Mountain West Conference title encounter Boise State 28-17 in last week’s MWC regular-season finale. FSU already has improved eight games in the win column to 9-3 with two tussles left after finishing 1-11 in 2016…Auburn QB hero Jarrett Stidham was a key reserve for Baylor’s 2015 Bears, ranked No. 13 nationally and 10-3 overall. He sat our 2016 as a student at McLennan (Texas) College before signing moving to Auburn in spring 2017. Stidham is 202-of-295 passing for 2,682 yards, 16 TDs, four interceptions, and 68.5 percent completion success…Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph leads NCAA FBS in total passing yards with 4,553 while Bedlam Series rival QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma is No. 2 in national individual passing with 4,097 yards…Appalachian State RB Jalin Moore rushed for a season-high 239 yards as ASU downed Georgia State in Sun Belt Conference activity…Washington All-Pac-12 kick returner and NCAA recordholder Dante Pettis was sidelined with an injury in the Huskies 31-14 Apple Bowl win over rival Washington State…Duncanville (Texas) HS football standout RB Keilon Elder is following his father’s – Ray Elder – career path to play football at Grambling. Ray Elder played for NFF College Hall of Fame coaching legend Eddie Robinson…East Carolina punter Austin Barnes is seeking reinstatement to the squad.
Arkansas State trustees signed approval for a $29 million football stadium at the campus facility…North Dakota athletics has signed a long-term apparel and marketing contract with adidas…The NFL has committed to play at least one regular-season game annually in Mexico City through the 2012 season…Historians pulled up an archived November 1938 issue of the Omaha World-Herald when Nebraska intercepted nine Iowa State passes in a 14-0 Big Six Conference win while Creighton, which dropped football after the 1942 season and a 13-6 final win over Texas Tech, downed North Dakota State 38-0…Gandy’s Dairy continues to an annual corporate sponsor for Texas Tech football contests and the Tech radio network…UAB athletics has indicated a solid percentage growth in official merchandise sales with the return of football and 2017 bowl berth…Fans United has licensed Big 12 Conference football championship gear available online…Boise State is in negotiations for a possible new radio network provider.
The ESPNU Home Depot Awards Special had a special show featuring nominees for major awards’ winners Tuesday, Nov. 21. The winners will be denoted in the ESPN Home Depot Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 7, live at the NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta…Longtime ESPN broadcaster Trey Wingo is moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to host a local radio talk show…The Salt Lake City (Utah) Deseret News published an in-depth focus on Brigham Young athletics to date and possibilities for the remainder of 2017-18…Of note, Athlon Sports rated these teams Nos. 1-5 in 2017 preseason standings: 1. Alabama, 2. Ohio State; 3. Florida State; 4. Washington, 5. USC. The latest College Football Playoff rankings (Nov. 21) had these teams at 1-5: Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. During Nov. 17-18 contests all Top 10 members of the CFP rankings were unbeaten. Projected top four teams in Tuesday’s CFP rankings are: Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama and/or Wisconsin…Media fun fact: The NFL Oakland Raiders did not make a pass interception in their first 11 games – a NFL first.
Longtime FWAA member Doug Doughty, a 43-years-plus sports writer with the The Roanoke Times, has been selected for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 2017 induction class…Defending NCAA Division II winner Northwest Missouri State was upset by Ashland (Ohio) in the opening round, but defending DIII champ Mary Hardin-Baylor continues into the latter rounds of the NCAA playoffs while 2016 NAIA winner Marian (Ind.) did not make the ’17 postseason. South Dakota edged Nicholls State 38-31 last Saturday in both teams’ first trip ever to the NCAA Division I playoffs. Several top seeds in all three brackets remain in finals’ contention for Saturday’s activity. Pairings sand scores can be found at, and…The FWAA National Team of the Week for Nov. 27 is projected as Pittsburgh after the Panthers upended then-No. 2 Miami (Fla.) last Friday…Brandon Stewart of Ursuline (Ohio), Gregory Ruff of Trevecca Nazarene, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Dave Enright of Hamline, and Ira Thor of Jersey City U. have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions…Former Pampa (Texas) HS and Arkansas standout and 43-year football coach and specialty camp administrator John Jenkins opined about College Football Playoff possibilities last week on the nationally syndicated College Sports Weekly radio program hosted by Bill Hazen…White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a longtime Ouachita Baptist football (her alma mater) and sports fan, asked media to say what they were thankful for in life last Wednesday to preface their questions at the Nov. 22 daily media briefing in Washington, D.C., before Thanksgiving.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college football and basketball 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:
1986-87 Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball – After fighting through some tough times with the departure of Hakeem Olajuwon and Phi Slama Jama days at Houston from 1979-83, the SWC regained some national respect with a solid 1986-87 season buoyed by some new personnel in the SWC media relations department and an influx of better talent throughout the league. TCU and head coach Jim Killingsworth’s Killer Frogs rolled to regular-season laurels with a 14-2 SWC round-robin mark and final overall record of 24-7. Head coach Dr. Shelby Metcalf of Texas A&M again waved his magic wand to become the first No. 8 seed to win the SWC postseason tourney at Dallas’ Reunion Arena and to give Duke fits in the first round of the NCAA tourney. Houston also gained an at-large bid with a 9-7 SWC worksheet and final tally of 18-12. One ear earlier, on the SWC tourney titlist received a NCAA bid. Baylor closed in second in 1986-87 but just lost out for an at-large NCAA bid at 10-6 SWC and 18-13 overall.
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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