College Football Notes – Sept. 9, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 9th, 2018
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The NFF and colleges from all divisions have identified 1,200 student-athletes who have already earned their undergraduate degrees and are playing college football this fall while pursuing second diplomas.
The NFF compiled the list with the help of athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors from all divisions who identified the players on their 2018 fall rosters who have already earned their undergraduate degrees. A total of 235 schools responded, creating the list of 1,200 student-athletes who are slated to play this year while pursuing additional diplomas. The numbers include 836 players from 125 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision, 220 players from 62 schools in the Football Championship Subdivision, 123 players from 34 schools in Division II, nine players from nine schools in Division III, and 12 players from five schools in the NAIA. UAB has the highest number of graduate students with 19 players on its 2018 roster.
The second annual William V. Campbell Trophy® Summit, sponsored by Intuit, took place Aug. 22-25 at Stanford University, expanding the event’s impact as a force for connecting former nominees for the trophy with some of the nation’s top CEOs and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs as mentors. Each college in the country is allowed one nomination per year for the Campbell Trophy, and the requirements include a 3.2 GPA or better and for the student-athlete to be a significant contributor on the team in their final year of eligibility. Covering every college and university from all divisions of play, the nomination process effectively creates a pool of the best student-athletes from each school in the nation who are then invited to attend the Summit. The event, which aims to help attendees with their personal and career growth, pays tribute to Bill Campbell, the award’s namesake who passed away in 2016. Campbell, who played and coached at Columbia before a switch to the business world, became one of the most influential individuals in Silicon Valley, using the lessons of the gridiron to mentor Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Scott Cook and Brad Smith of Intuit and countless others. The event, which attracted 106 former nominees and featured 44 speakers, served as the perfect vehicle to carry on Bill’s legacy of mentoring. MWF Advisors CEO Mark Flynn, a former linebacker at Saint John’s (Minn.) who coached eighth-grade boys-and-girls’ flag-football team with Campbell for thirteen years, played the lead role in organizing the event. Companies participating in the career expo included Altamont Capital, Bank of America, Chegg, Enjoy, EY, Google, Intuit, the Knight-Hennessey Scholars at Stanford, McDermott Will & Emery, Snap! Raise, SoFi, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, WeDriveU, and the XFL as well as professionals from the medical and real state fields and several entrepreneurs from a diverse range of emerging companies. This year’s attendees traveled from more than 34 states, Japan, Canada, and the District of Columbia, representing 81 colleges and universities from all divisions, and the event kicked off with a reception at Stanford Stadium, including welcome remarks from Smith, NFF President/CEO Stave Hatchell and Flynn.
Some of the former Campbell Trophy® nominee attendees were Alabama A&M’s Kristian Smith, Augustana (S.D.)’s Sam Lee, Ball State’s Vinnie Palazeti, Baylor’s Troy Baker, Bentley (Mass.)’s Rogers Boylan, Bethel (Minn.)’s Josh Dalki and Drew Neuville, Black Hills State (S.D.)’s Phydell Paris, and Brown’s Daniel Giovacchini and Brian Strachan, among others.
Upcoming NFF On-Campus Salutes presented by Fidelity Investments for 2018 NFF College Hall of Fame selectees are Saturday, Sept. 15 – Coach Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State (1994-2010) vs. Missouri Southern; Sept. 22 – Dave Dickenson, Montana (1992-95) vs. Sacramento State; Sept. 22 – Coach Mel Tjeerdsma, Austin College [Texas] (1984-93) vs. Hendrix [Ark.];
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 10-16 time period are Sept. 10 (1883) Andy Smith, DuBois, Pa.; (1902) Jim “Four Horseman” Crowley, Chicago, Ill.; (1936) Ron Harms, Houston, Texas; (1940) Buck Buchanan, Gainesville, Ala.; (1945) Marlin Briscoe, Oakland, Calif.; Sept. 11 (1897) Stan Keck, Greensburg, Pa.; (1908) Biggie Munn, Grow Township, Minn.; (1913) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Moro Bottom, Ark.; (1978) Ed Reed, St. Rose, La.; Sept. 12 (1891) John Brown, Canton, Pa.; (1964) Lynn Thomsen, Sioux City, Iowa; Sept. 13 (1898) Glenn Killinger, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1904) Joe Aillet, New York City; (1906) Chuck Carroll, Seattle, Wash.; (1915) Clint Frank, St. Louis, Mo.; (1922) Ziggy Czarobski, Chicago, Ill.; Sept. 14 (1907) John Baker, Denison, Iowa; (1934) Dicky Maegle, Taylor, Texas; (1935) John Brodie, Menlo Park, Calif.; (1948) Rich McGeorge, Roanoke, Va.; (1975) Troy Davis, Miami, Fla.; Sept. 15 (1887) John McGovern, Arlington, Minn.; (1894) Charles “Chic” Harley, Chicago, Ill.; (1908) Gene McEver, Birmingham, Ala.; (1924) Jack Green, Kent. Ind.; (1928) Reds Bagnell, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1929) Jerry Groom, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Merlin Olsen, Logan, Utah; (1961) Dan Marino, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1971) Will Shields, Ft. Riley, Kan.; Sept. 16 (1927) Bob Ward, Elizabeth, N.J.; (1954) Wilbert Montgomery, Greenville, Miss.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 10 (1952) Jonas Ingram, San Diego, Calif.; Sept. 11 (2010) Ron Kramer, Fenton, Mich.; Sept. 13 (2000) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Ft. Collins, Colo.; -(2003) Ron Burton, Framingham, Mass.; Sept. 14 (1950) John Maulbetsch, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1983) Ike Armstrong, Flagship, Conn.; Sept. 15 (2001) Tank Younger, Inglewood, Calif.; Sept. 16 (1966) Jim Holder, In Combat in Vietnam; (1986) Darold Jenkins, Independence, Mo.; (2007) Buster Ramsey, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 10 Ron Harms, Marlin Briscoe, Sept. 11 Reed, Sept. 12 Lynn Thomsen, Sept. 13 Dicky Maegle (a spry 84), Rich McGeorge, Sept. 15 Will Shields, Sept. 16 Wilbert Montgomery…
Gardner-Webb will travel to Georgia Tech in 2021…Lafayette will meet Air Force for the first time in 2021, and the Leopards have slated William & Mary in a three-game set from 2019-21 as well as Monmouth, Pennsylvania, Sacred Heart, and Harvard in the 2019-21 scheduling nexus…UCF has captured a NCAA FBS-best 15 consecutive games…Ohio State won its 900th game in school history last week over Rutgers and became the fourth team in NCAA Division I to reach that plateau after Michigan (943 wins), Notre Dame (907) and Yale (902). Texas is nearing that point with 897 victories going into Saturday’s home test against Southern California…Kansas captured its first road victory since the 2009 season with a 31-7 triumph at Central Michigan last Saturday…Kentucky ended a SEC-active-longest skein of 31 consecutive setbacks to Florida with a 27-16 win at Gainesville, Fla., last week…North Texas is off to its first 2-0 start since 1994 (as a then-FCS squad) and has won 11 of its last 14 regular-season skirmishes…The 98th Plains Capital Bank Battle for the Iron Skillet between SMU and TCU resulted in a 42-12 TCU triumph last Friday in Dallas. The Horned Frogs have won 17 of the last 19 meetings between the schools to take a 51-40-7 series advantage…Texas Tech scored its most points since 2005 in a 77-0 blanking of Lamar. It also was the Red Raders first shutout since a 62-0 whitewash over Southeastern Louisiana in 1962…Texas Wesleyan has forced three turnovers in three different contests over 12 encounters since restarting its football program in 2017…After no FBS telecasts on Thursday, Sept. 6, Boston College treks to Wake Forest for an ESPN broadcast and Tennessee Tech invades Utah State Thursday…Iowa captured the traditional Cy-Hawk Trophy 13-3 over Iowa State in the Cyclones delayed 2018 season opener…Oklahoma State had the fourth-highest game rushing yards’ total in NCAA FBS in an opening win over Missouri State with 435 and then passed for 453 yards against South Alabama last Saturday…Wisconsin has won a NCAA FBS-active-best 41 consecutive home non-conference clashes at Camp Randall Stadium…North Alabama remained undefeated in its first two games as a member of NCAA FCS by edging Southwestern Athletic Conference contender Alabama A&M 25-20 on Sept. 8. The Lions will face their toughest task to date Saturday at North Dakota State, which has won the NCAA Division I championship six of the last seven years…Florida State edged stubborn Samford 36-26 in the Bowden Bowl last Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla. NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden played and coached at Samford (then Howard College) from 1949-52 (player) and 1959-62 (head coach) before eventually heading to FSU as head coach for 34 seasons from 1976-2009…Miami (Fla.) responded to its opening loss to No. 10 LSU with a 77-0 downing of Savannah State five days after the Advocare College Classic in Texas…Virginia Tech’s 305 yards rushing against William & Mary was a game-high during the tenure of Hokies head coach Justin Fuente.
Two FIU football student-athletes are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in Opa-locka, Fla., last Thursday in a random, drive-by shooting. The two players are RB Anthony Jones and OL Mershawn Miller. The Panthers won their Sept. 8 Conference USA opener two days later 28-20 over Old Dominion.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron handled some squad suspensions for violations of team rules internally before the Tigers won their second game in five days 31-0 over Southeastern Louisiana. The Tigers topped then-No. 8 nationally Miami (Fla.) 33-17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last Monday night…Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre (2016) edged Nebraska head coach Scott Frost (2017) 33-28 in an encounter with the last two collegiate FBS national coaches of the year last week in Lincoln, Neb…UCLA head coach Chip Kelly joked that he was disappointed in MLB Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane for not luring Oklahoma QB and A’s 2018 draftee Kyler Murray into professional baseball with a larger contract. OU special teams coach Shane Beamer (son of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer) was complimented on early success in that area by the Sooners…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy contacted NFF 2008 NFF Contribution to American Football Award recipient and OSU benefactor Boone Pickens and agreed with him on the nutritional value of green bananas and OSU football…Texas head coach Tom Herman spoke of non-conference opponents’ talent and coaching equity and the difficulty of keeping traditionally sterling programs at the top of the NCAA FBS heap.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Lafayette: John Garrett, Danville, Pa.; Lamar: Mike Schultz, Houston, Texas; Lawrence: Rob McCarthy, Moorhead, Minn.; Lehigh: Andy Coen, Gettysburg, Pa.; Louisiana: Billy Napier, Chatsworth, Ga.
Louisville director of athletics Vince Tyra gave a special, insiders’ tour of Cardinal Stadium…LSU AD Joe Alleva and others have proposed a statue of former LSU AD and legendary baseball coach Skip Bertman at the LSU Champions Plaza…FIU extended the contract of AD Pete Garcia…Young TCU AD Jeremiah Donati was feted for wisdom beyond his years in running the department in his early stages of the assignment…Former Washington and Alabama AD Mike Lude, a spry 96 years old, was remembered for helping to add Arizona and Arizona State into the then-Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference…Nebraska director of athletics Bill Moos is seeking contingency plans for a 12th opponent on Dec. 1 if the Huskers are not competing in the Big Ten Conference championship tussle. The Huskers and Akron Zips officials also explained why a Sunday, Sept. 2, postponement was not possible logistically for their cancelled opening contest… Idaho interim AD Pete Isakson is working on budgets and future plans for UI athletics. Idaho athletics will wait until current UI president Chuck Staben leaves to hire a permanent AD…USF brought back veteran head baseball coach Lelo Prado as named deputy AD for development…Longtime Southern (Baton Rouge) coach and administrator Roger Cador has been elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame…Lee Roberts has been named senior associate AD for facilities and event management at Temple…Three-time NCAA champion (including 2018) head baseball coach Pat Casey is retiring at Oregon State…St. Anselm chose Nicole Ferucci as assistant AD for communications…Buffalo named Nate Wills promoted to deputy AD and COO…Georgia administrators appear near to a contract extension for popular UGa AD Greg McGarity.
Former Rutgers DB and current NFL New England Patriots standout Devin McCourty from the Big East Conference football era and former Southern California and current NFL New York Jets star DE Leonard Williams of Pac-12 Conference fame were featured in recent Sports Illustrated stories…The Mountain West Conference and San Jose State are working to help the Spartans competitively in football, with ticket sales, promotions, and other Olympic sports. MWC commissioner Craig Thompson was the keynote speaker for the 2018 Football Bowl Association convention and has been a strong advocate of FBA operations.
Football Bowl Association chair David Fletcher addressed Southeastern Conference media days and has been attending several early-season contests to start to assess 2018-19 bowl possibilities and top candidates for the College Football Playoff…FBA executive director Wright Waters and communications director Doug Kelly also plan several in-season visits to prime college encounters.
Virginia Tech downed Florida State 24-3 last Monday night to get started on a possible 27th
Colorado QB Steven Montez opened his 2018 season with wins over Colorado State and former Big Eight/12 Conference opponent Nebraska at Lincoln with 55-of-75 passing attempts for 689 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. He was 22-of-25 for 338 yards in the win over CSU alone…Hawai’i QB Cole McDonald was 56-for-78 passing for 846 yards, a 71.8 percent completion rate, 10.85 yards per attempts, nine TDs and no interceptions in his first two games against Colorado State and Navy. He helped the Warriors become the first 3-0 team in NCAA FBS after a victory over Rice in Honolulu Sept. 8… 2018 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watch list member Trace McSorley of Penn State threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Nittany Lions win over in-state rival Pittsburgh…Ohio State QB Dwayne Hoskins passed for four touchdowns in the Buckeyes verdict over Rutgers…Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald returned to action with 159 yards rushing, 154 passing yards and two TDs in a road victory over Big 12 Conference power Kansas State…West Virginia QB Will Grier tossed three of his four touchdown passes to WR Gary Jennings who had one TD reception in 13 games last autumn as the Mountaineers topped Youngstown State…Ole Miss RB Scottie Phillips (16 carries, 204 yards) against Texas Tech had the first 200-yard rushing tilt for the Rebels since 2010. Phillips rushed for 107 more yards as the Rebels outscored Southern Illinois of the powerful Missouri Valley Football Conference 76-41 at Oxford, Miss., last weekend…Alabama QBs Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts threw six touchdown passes on just 28 attempts with 20 completions in last Saturday’s win over Arkansas State. Hurts told reporters afterward Ohio State transfer QB Joe Burrow has helped LSU start the season at 2-0. The Tigers suffered a defensive blow when DE K’Lavon Chaisson was injured against Miami (Fla.) and probably lost for the season…Oklahoma DE/LB Addison Gumbs is transferring to another school…Texas Tech freshman QB Alan Bowman was praised for his poise as an emergency replacement against Ole Miss and as a starter for the Red Raiders vs. Lamar last weekend…UTSA QB Jon Copeland threw for a career-best 329 yards against Arizona State in his college debut and returned to Denton, Texas – four miles from his hometown of Argyle, Texas – to start against North Texas last Saturday…Coppell (Texas) HS kicker Caden Davis booted a school-longest 57-yard field goal in the season opener vs. Sachse (Texas) HS…Freshman RB Keaontay Ingram has joined California graduate transfer Tre Watson as the 1-2 rushing punch for the Texas Longhorns as they start Big 12 Conference activity Sept. 22 against TCU in Austin, Texas. Longhorns OL Patrick Hudson is improving after being hospitalized with a heat-related condition last week…TCU CB Michael Onyemaobi missed last Friday’s win over SMU and may be out for the ’18 campaign with an undisclosed injury…RB Cole Gest of Indiana is out for the season with an ACL knee injury…Chad Ryland kicked a buzzer-beating field goal to help Eastern Michigan upset Purdue 20-19…Houston QB D’Eriq King is taking his cues from UH head coach and former Texas QB standout Major Applewhite. King passed for four TDs and 246 yards and rushed for another in the Cougars intersectional win over Pac-12 member Arizona…SR Keegan Brewer has made an immediate impact on offense for North Texas after moving down from Kansas as a transfer…South Carolina brought back suspended DB Javon Charleston for full team activities last week…Kansas State is seeking more consistency from veteran QBs Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton as the Wildcats host UTSA Saturday…Tennessee center Brandon Kennedy is out for the 2018 campaign with a knee injury…East Carolina CB Colby Gore received a hospital head injury evaluation after the Pirates 41-19 win over Atlantic Coast Conference opponent North Carolina…Oklahoma State RB Rodney Anderson was sidelined for part of the Sooners win over UCLA with an injury last weekend…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond passed for a career-high 430 yards as the Aggies came within inches of upsetting No. 2 nationally Clemson in a 28-26 setback…Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson had a career passing day with 275 yards and three TD aerials in the Bulls 36-29 edging of American Athletic Conference foe Temple…Duke QB Daniel Jones was injured but not before he led the Blue Devils to a 21-7 victory at Northwestern in a Battle of the Brains Universities.
Georgia athletics was congratulated on the opening of the new Sanford Stadium locker room and recruiting lounge…Rutgers alumni Greg and Anna Brown have contributed $4 million to Rutgers for football facilities’ upgrades…Syracuse athletics is taking steps to increase single-game attendance for the rest of the 2018 outing…Arizona State’s completed Sun Devil Stadium $307 million renovation was cited as one of the best prior to the 2018 season in college athletics…Michigan State’s Board of Trustees authorized renovations to MSU athletics’ Munn Ice Arena.
Former Auburn AD, author, publicist, and historian David Housel missed his first Auburn home game in 53 years last week when the Tigers hosted Alabama State. He was recovering from double knee replacement…Former Louisiana-Monroe standout and 2018 Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pro Football Hall of Fame QB and Southern Miss star Brett Favre were honored before last week’s ULM upset of USM 21-20 in Hattiesburg, Miss….Former Nebraska quarterback Bob Churchich and Mike Devaney, son of late NU and Wyoming NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bob Devaney, received ample kudos at last week’s Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame and NFF Nebraska Chapter banquet in Lincoln, Neb., prior to the Colorado-Nebraska football clash…MLB pitcher David Hess of the Baltimore Orioles and Tennessee Tech wore and LSU football helmet in the dugout jokingly after being struck in the face by a football in pregame warmups prior to an Orioles-Tampa Bay MLB clash last Friday…The NFL Green Bay Packers kicked off their professional-most 100th season of football last Sunday night against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
Longtime sports scribe and former FWAA Officer Ron Higgins is the new sports editor at the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger… The Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard had a fan in the stands’ perspective from sports writer Austin Meek…
The NCAA is continuing its lawsuit with California plaintiffs who opposed capping funding for tuition, board, books, and an attendance stipend…The Top Seven teams in the AFCA NCAA Division II coaches poll remained the same earlier this week…Layne Pitt of Wisconsin-Stout, Wayne Block (retired) of Newport News, Rob Carolla of the Football 150 Project, and John Beatty (retired) of Western Michigan 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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