College Football Notes – Aug. 26, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, August 26th, 2018
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College football’s 150th season began last Thursday, Aug. 23, as Evangel (Mo.) upended then-No. 22 nationally Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) 28-9 in a NAIA clash at Springfield, Mo.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, there were several NCAA FBS impact games. Rice and first-game head coach Mike Blomgren edged gritty NCAA FCS opponent Prairie View A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference 31-28 on a final-second field goal by Jack Fox to open the Owls 107th season of intercollegiate football. Hawai’i overcame a 537-yard passing contest by homestanding QB A.J. Carta-Samuels of Colorado State to edge the Rams 43-34 in the earliest Mountain West Conference lidlifter in league annals. Massachusetts thumped Duquesne 63-15 behind 186 passing yards and two touchdowns by QV Andrew Ford. In other key clashes North Carolina A&T edged Jacksonville State 20-17, and MWC contender Wyoming and nationally-recognized head coach (from his FCS championship days at North Dakota State) Craig Bohl topped FBS independent New Mexico State 29-7.
Conference USA football squads will honor the legacy of late C-USA, Great Midwest and Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive with special, initialed helmet stickers this autumn.
From MLB.com: With their 82nd victory last weekend, the MLB New York Yankees clinched their 26th straight winning season, extending the second-longest streak in Major League history. The record is 39, achieved by the 1926-64 Yankees. In the four major American pro sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), only the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens (32, 1952-83) and Boston Bruins (29, 1968-96) have exceeded the Yankees’ current accomplishment. The longest collegiate football streak of winning seasons, according to NCAA.com research, is 62 by Linfield (Ore.) from 1956-2017. Next on that list is Harvard with 42 seasons (no football in 1917 due to World War I conditions (from 1881-1923).
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 27-Sept. 2 time period are Aug. 27 (1908) Frank Leahy, O’Neill, Neb.; (1951) Mack Brown, Cookeville, Tenn.; Aug. 28 (1945) Jim Lynch, Lima, Ohio; Aug. 29 (1896) George McLaren, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1924) Clyde Scott, Dixie, La.; (1939) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio; (1950) Dr. Tommy Casanova, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 30 (1915) George Cafego, Whipple, W.Va.; (1940) Lance Alworth, Houston, Texas; (1955) Marvin Powell, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Aug. 31 (1906) Bill Spears, Jasper, Tenn.; (1918) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1952) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.; Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Dothan, Ala.; (1916) Ed Bock, Ft. Dodge, Iowa; (1950) Phillip Fulmer, Winchester, Tenn.; (1973) Zach Thomas, Pampa, Texas; Sept. 2 (1925) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1948) Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport, La.; (1960) Leonard Smith, New Orleans, La.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 27 (1958) Bobby Marshall, Minneapolis, Minn.; 28 (1967) Bruce Smith (Minnesota), Alexandria, Minn.; Aug. 30 (2013) Leo Lewis, Columbia, Mo.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 27 Mack Brown, Aug. 28 Jim Lynch, Aug. 29 Dr. Tommy Casanova, Aug. 30 Lance Alworth, Marvin Powell, Aug. 31 Gary Johnson, Sept. 1 Phillip Fulmer, Zach Thomas, Sept. 2 Terry Bradshaw (The Big 7-0 Birthday), Leonard Smith…
Clemson and LSU will play two Battles of the Tigers in 2025 and ’26…Baylor and BYU will meet in 2021 and 2022 schedules…Michigan State and Oregon have set a two-game series in 2029 and ’30…San Jose State will host Army Oct. 13 at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium Oct. 13…Texas and Texas A&M discussed renewing their 118-game rivalry, which stopped after the 2011 season, possibly in 2022 and ’23 but could not agree on terms and years…San Diego State is looking for a future opponent and possible international site for a game in nearby Tijuana, Mexico…UCF’s rise from 0-12 in 2015 to 6-6 in 2016 and 14-0 in 2017 was chronicled in a recent preseason story…The Advocare College Classic at Houston’s NRG Stadium Saturday includes a Meal Deal with two tickets, two personal pizzas and two sodas for just $50…The preseason NCAA Division II AFCA Top 25 features Top 10 choices defending DII champ Texas A&M-Commerce, West Florida, Minnesota State, Indiana (Pa.), Northwest Missouri State, Fort Hays State, Harding, Ferris State, Central Washington, and Grand Valley State. The AFCA NCAA FCS preseason survey finds Top 10 rankings for defending champion North Dakota State, James Madison, South Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville State, Eastern Washington, Weber State, New Hampshire, and Samford.
The NFL Dallas Cowboys have hosted inner-city youngsters from the Los Angeles and Watts, Calif., areas along with members and families of the Santa Fe (Texas) HS football team (struck by a school shooting last May 18 as 10 people perished, including football team members) during preseason workouts in Oxnard, Calif., and Frisco, Texas…Maryland football will honor late teammate Jordan McNair with tributes and a No. 79 helmet decal this fall…The Gideons are making one of their largest testament distributions nationally with 50,000-plus Bibles available on Oct.3 in College Station, Texas, for Texas A&M students, faculty, staff, and student-athletes…
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher signed his 10-year contract with the Aggies earlier in August…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the Buckeyes first three games of 2018, and interim head coach Ryan Day will guide OSU. Thus is Day’s first opportunity to serve as a head coach on any level…Former Southern California backs coach Todd McNair is tutoring youngsters as assistant coach at Burbank (Calif.) Village Christian HS…St. Anselm named Frank Irizarry tight ends coach and Zac Angelos running backs coach…Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has been receiving treatment for peripheral neuropathy…Navy administrator and coach Bryan Fitzpatrick has added elements of success and imagination to the Midshipmen’s football strength and conditioning programs…Louisville tight ends coach Kris Klenakis has been placed on leave and may miss the Cardinals opener vs. Alabama in Orlando Saturday.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Iowa State: Matt Campbell, Massillon, Ohio; Jackson State: Tony Hughes, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jacksonville State: John Grass, Ashville, Ala.; Jacksonville U.: Ian Shields, Corvallis, Ore.; Kansas: David Beaty, Wylie, Texas.
Florida State director of athletics Stan Wilcox has resigned to become NCAA vice president of regulatory affairs…Former North Alabama student-athlete Lauren Middleton is the new assistant executive director of Vanderbilt’s National Commodore Club…East Carolina AD Jeff Compher is making several budgetary decisions based on ongoing improvement of football and other programs…Kansas AD Jeff Long has begun making subtle changes to the Jayhawks football plant…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs spoke of 2018 Rutgers football prospects, the history of the first college game between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869 and the College Football 150 celebration in 2019, future scheduling, and the upcoming Monmouth-Rutgers encounter…Idaho State AD Jeff Tingey has been placed on administrative leave until his contract expires in June 2019. No interim AD has been denoted…Idaho has launched a nationwide search to replace former AD Rob Spear…Former interim AD Mike Capaccio has been chosen as permanent AD at The Citadel…LSU AD Joe Alleva spoke of the upcoming LSU-Clemson series, school drug policies and game-day fan experience on a Baton Rouge area radio show…New Southern Illinois interim AD Jerry Kill has
XM Radio reports that 11 of the 14 Big Ten Conference schools will play at least 10 Power Five conference foes in 2018. Nine of the Big 12 Conference members also have 10 Power Five opponents on the bill…Conference USA was touted for sending nine teams (10 were bowl eligible) to 2018-19 postseason tussles. Only the Southeastern and Atlantic Conferences had more bowl participants…Conference USA tabbed Troy Fullwood as coordinator of baseball umpires…The Big Sky Conference selected Ron Loghry as interim commissioner.
The former Cactus Bowl signed a sponsorship agreement with Kellogg’s Cheez-It® brand for the newly-named Cheez-It® Bowl with a multi-year partnership pact…The former Bahamas bowl now has been entitled the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl in conjunction with the sponsoring Elk Grove, Ill., city slogan.
The Associated Press preseason FBS All-America first team features stalwarts such as running backs Bryce Love, Stanford; and Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; offensive tackles Jonah Williams, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, Clemson; Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin; and Nate Herbig, junior, Stanford; and center Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama…Oklahoma named two-sport standout and MLB draftee Kyler Murray as its starting quarterback. His father Kevin Murray was a QB standout at Texas A&M from 1982-86 and helped the Aggies during their run of three consecutive SWC titles from 1985-87. Texas will start the season with sophomore QB Sam Ehlinger in the starting role. UT backup QB Shane Buechele and Oklahoma’s No. 2 QB Austin Kendall are ticketed for activity behind the two projected starters…Navy QB Malcolm Perry, Temple safety Delvon Russell, UCF QB McKenzie Milton, and SMU QB Ben Hicks were mentioned in a newspaper account last week as likely candidates for American Athletic Conference Player of the Year…Former LSU backup QB Justin McMillan has gone to Tulane as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He will spell Green Wave starter Jonathan Banks this season…North Texas WRs Jaelon Darden and Jalen Guyton spoke of numerous practice pranks the receiver corps often plays on teammates such as standouts S Tyreke Davis and RB Nic Smith, who is the squad’s top hope to replace All-Conference USA RB Jeffery Wilson with 3,205 career yards for the Mean Green from 2014-17…Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus has asked for leave of absence of unknown duration for the Badgers…Oklahoma wideout-kick returner Marquise Brown told reporters he is playing more under control with regard to his speed in 2018 and is ready to take another step forward for the Sooners. Teammates WR CeeDee Lamb and TE Grant Calcaterra have received All-Big 12 Conference preseason recognition by numerous outlets…Texas A&M WR Camron Buckley was interviewed last week about Aggies practices and news updates concerning A&M football…Baylor oral commitment RB Qualan Jones of Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian Academy is one of the Dallas Morning News 2018 Top 20 Area Players to Watch in the prep ranks…QB JT Daniels of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei HS was the 2017-18 Gatorade Sports Illustrated High School Male High School Athlete of the Year…Texas players voted five seniors as 2018 team captains, and they are TE Andrew Beck, DE Brecklyn Hager, DT Chris Nelson, OL Elijah Rodriguez, and LB Anthony Wheeler…Several transfers expected to make immediate impacts on their new schools in ’18 are former Tennessee RB-WR Jalen Hurd at Baylor, former Rice OL Calvin Anderson at Texas, former Northern Illinois LB Jawuan Johnson at TCU, and DL Breiden Fehoko (Texas Tech), wide receiver Jonathan Giles (Texas Tech) and kicker Cole Tracy (Assumption) – all at LSU.
Simplycast.com has provided a new video and scheduled blogs for college season and individual football game ticket blogs…North Texas athletics will host the first professional wrestling match in conjunction with a college football contest Saturday after the Mean Green Eagles host SMU. The famed Von Erichs wrestling family will be highlighted in the latter event, and the late patriarch of the Von Erich dynasty was Jack Adkisson (aka Fritz Von Erich) who played football at SMU in the 1950s…Cap City Tavern in Denver, Colo., is welcoming Nebraska fans for football watch parties this season. Carrollton’s Buffalo Wild Wings and Dallas’ Old Chicago Pizza on North Central Expressway will serve as key gathering sites for the North Texas Nebraskans’ watching groups…Ticketmaster and SeatGeek have reported near-record online sales for a number of season openers…Vanderbilt athletics is looking for economical solutions to modernize historic Vanderbilt Stadium built in 1922 as the previous Dudley Field…Bowling Green will rack up $1.33 million in 2018 non-conference road game revenue guarantees…Big 12 Conference schools are continuing their “building boom” in facilities at Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech with more updates expected…Illinois athletics has received $1.2 million in new pledges for the for the upcoming Football Performance Center…Oklahoma State debuted its new $20 million soccer stadium…Wyoming athletics held the grand opening for its High Altitude Performance Center during UW-New Mexico State opening weekend festivities.
NFF 2011 Contribution to Football Award co-recipient Verne Lundquist (with Brent Musburger) received the Gold Circle Award at the Lone Star Regional Sports Emmy banquet for 50-plus years of quality television and sportscasting…NFF College Hall of Fame member Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State was remembered by ESPN for the final six games of his Heisman Trophy regular season in 1988. Over that span he rushed for 1,694 yards and 23 touchdowns…Longtime NFF supporter Gil Brandt, vice president for player personnel for the NFL Dallas Cowboys from 1960-88, has been nominated for the Class of 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame in the special contributor category…Former North Texas and McNeese State QB (as well as Texas and Texas A&M assistant coach) Riley Dodge, alumnus and 29-year-old head coach at Southlake (Texas) Carroll HS, was highlighted in a recent Dallas Morning News missive…Former Wisconsin DB standout Marcus Cromartie recently signed with the NFL Detroit Lions as a free agent…Longtime NFL standout and Portland State great TE Julius Thomas is retiring from football to pursue a PhD in psychology from an unnamed university. He hopes to pursue a post-football career in injury research and neuro-behavioral studies…NFF College Hall of Fame QB Doug Williams of Grambling joins NFF emcee Bonnie Bernstein of Maryland, former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich who played football at Princeton, former Maryland basketball All-America and U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, and Dr. Frederick M. Azar, chief of staff at Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in Memphis, Tenn., and professor and director of the sports medicine fellowship program in the University of Tennessee Campbell’s clinic department of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering; are serving on a committee researching the inner workings and philosophy of Maryland’s football program…NFF consultant and SMU faculty athletics representative Paul Rogers gave a presentation at the Allen (Texas) Public library on his new book – The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies…Former Southern Miss and NFL standout QB Brett Favre has launched the Brett Favre Commemorative Firearms Co.
Lee Barfknecht (39 years) with the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald and Ron Higgins (40-plus years) of the New Orleans (La.) Times-Picayune are completing nine-plus decades in the sports writing professions in their current roles. Both hope to work as freelance sports writers and commentators in their new roles.
AFCA executive director Todd Berry spoke recently about the positive impact the new NCAA Division I redshirt rule will have on the grid game…The AFCA also is promoting college coaches wearing AFCA patches on their game day shirts or jackets Aug. 30-Sept. 3 to promote membership and the history of the AFCA…John Sudsbury of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Denise Thompson of the Big Sky Conference, Dave Lohse of North Carolina, Bill Dyer of Virginia Tech, Herman Shelton of Southern U. (Baton Rouge), and Malcolm Gray of East Carolina were featured subjects and opinion makers in the weekly CoSIDA Open Forum discussion blogs.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Dec. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
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