College Football Notes – Sept. 25, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
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Frisco, Texas – home of the Star at Ford Center Dallas Cowboys headquarters, the Southland Conference, the NCAA Division I football title game, a University of North Texas satellite campus, and the No. 1 rated public school system in Texas – was named Best Place to Live in the United States by US News and World Report.
Upcoming NFF On-Campus Salutes presented by Fidelity Investments for 2018 NFF College Hall of Fame selectees are Saturday, Sept. 29 – Kerry Collins, Penn State (1991-94) vs. Ohio State; Oct. 6 – Coach Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech (1987-2015) vs. Notre Dame; Ed Reed, Miami [Fla.] (1998-2001) vs. Florida State; Oct. 13 – Coach Frank Beamer, Murray State (1981-86) vs. Tennessee State; Oct. 20 – Aaron Taylor, Nebraska (1994-97) vs. Minnesota; Nov. 10 – Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (2004-06) vs. Miami [Fla.]; Nov. 10 – Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia (1995-98) vs. Auburn. A date has not been set for Charles Woodson’s on-campus presentation at Michigan.
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 24-40 time period are Sept. 24 (1909) George Munger, Elkins Park, Pa.; (1946) “Mean Joe” Greene, Temple, Texas; (1953) Joe Washington, Crockett, Texas; (1973) Eddie George, Philadelphia, Pa.; Sept. 25 (1902) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1907) Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Selma, Ala.; (1975) Dat Ngyuen, Fort Chaffee, Ark.; Sept. 26 (1871) Joe Thompson, County Down, Ireland; (1922) Creighton Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (1951) Dave Casper, Bemidji, Minn.; Sept. 27 (1862) Alex Moffat, Princeton, N.J.; (1912) Bill Shakespeare, Staten Island, N.Y.; Sept. 28 (1881) Harry Van Surdam, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; (1907) Glen Edwards, Mold, Wash.; (1919) Tom Harmon, Rensselaer, Ind.; (1935) Lou Michaels, Swoyersville, Pa.; Sept. 29 (1902) Edwin “Babe” Horrell, Jackson, Mo.; (1926) Pete Elliott, Bloomington, Ill.; (1932) Paul Giel, Winona, Minn.; (1985) Calvin Johnson, Newnan, Ga.; Sept. 30 (1937) Bill Carpenter, Springfield, Pa.; (1972) Greg Myers, Tampa, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 24 (1977) Harry Young, Richmond, Va.; (2000) Jerry Claiborne, Nashville, Tenn.; (2002) Leon Hart, South Bend, Ind.; Sept. 25 (1987) Duffy Daugherty, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Sept. 27 (1980) Dexter Very, State College, Pa.; (1998) Doak Walker, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Sept. 29 (1967) Henry Seibels, Birmingham, Ala.; Sept. 30 (2002) Len Casanova, Eugene, Ore.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 24 “Mean Joe” Greene, Joe Washington, Eddie George, Sept. 25 Dat Ngyuen, Sept. 26 Dave Casper, Sept. 29 Calvin Johnson, Sept. 30 Greg Myers…
Arkansas and Missouri will play again on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 2019. The Tigers also added Central Michigan in a one-game contract in 2021 and Buffalo for future seasons…Colorado and Texas A&M will renew their nine-game series (CU leads 6-3) with a pair of clashes in 2020 and ’21…Nebraska is working on a possible Oct. 27 game against a NCAA FCS opponent to replace its canceled Akron contest. The Huskers have not linked in discussions with North Alabama, which now has Nov. 15 and Dec. 1 dates available as a new NCAA FCS member…South Carolina continues to look at options to replace its cancelled encounter with Marshall…Old Dominion of Conference USA pulled off the biggest surprises in its five years since renewing FBS football by downing then-No. 13 Virginia Tech 49-35 over the weekend. Virginia Tech has not reached a final decision on the possible rescheduling of its cancelled game with East Carolina game…Appalachian State and Southern Miss have not been able to find a mutual date to replay their cancelled 2018 encounter…There are still 17 undefeated teams among 130 NCAA FBS members, and 13 schools are two wins away from gaining post-2018 bowl eligibility…Mt. Union (Ohio) has started the season at No. 1 nationally 13 times since the AFCA NCAA Division III Top 25 first appeared in 1999…Stanford erased a 24-7 Oregon halftime lead to edge the homestanding Ducks 38-31 in overtime last Saturday in a key Pac-12 Conference clash…North Texas is 4-0 for the first time on the scoreboard (without benefits of later forfeits from Mississippi State in the 1970s) for the first time since 1966…Syracuse has opened the campaign at 4-0 for its initial time since 1991 while Kentucky’s 4-0 opening it’s the Wildcats top mark since 2008…Oklahoma downed Army 28-21 in overtime despite the Black Knights holding a 44:41-15:19 advantage in time of possession, rushing for 339 net yards and running 47 more plays from scrimmage than their No. 5 nationally opponent…Navy had a 36:43-23:17 time of possession lead over host SMU but fell 31-30 in overtime in the American Athletic Conference nailbiter…North Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, and Clemson shook off the after-effects and devastation in their states from Hurricane Florence to post wins last Saturday…Upstart Texas Wesleyan almost scored the biggest upset in school history since the Rams downed TCU 17-3 in 1911 (as Fort Worth Poly) before falling to No. 21 nationally in NAIA polls Arizona Christian 36-29 last Saturday…North Alabama hosted a team from California in Florence, Ala., for the first time in regular-season school annals and edged Azusa Pacific 37-35 last week. The game was delayed for 2.5 hours by lightning and severe weather in the area…Rutgers revealed its final contract financial agreements with Buffalo, which became the first Bulls squad to down a Big Ten Conference rival last Saturday…Colorado State-Pueblo knocked off defending NCAA Division II champ Texas A&M-Commerce at Commerce, Texas, last week…North Dakota State remains No. 1 in the weekly AFCA NCAA FCS Top 25 with a unanimous 26-vote count.
Arlington (Texas) Bowie HS head coach Danny DeArman pulled a woman to safety from a submerged car before she drowned near Caddo Mills, Texas, in heavy rainfall around the Dallas-Fort Worth area last Saturday night…For the 11th year in succession, college football coaches nationwide will wear patches in support of Coach To Cure MD during games Thursday-Saturday. The annual effort has raised nearly $2 million in its first 10 years to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne). AFCA members will wear the traditional Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines, and college football fans will be asked to donate to projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne MD. Several games will recognize a local Duchenne family on the field before or during the game…North Texas athletics will honor arguably its greatest star in football history in NFF College Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame defender “Mean Joe Greene” Saturday before the UNT-Louisiana Tech Conference USA showdown in Denton, Texas. Greene also celebrated his 72nd birthday earlier in the week (Sept. 24)…LSU fans jokingly have made contributions to the former high school of kicker Cole Tracy to name his prep stadium Cole Tracy Field…TCU campus security is investigating the theft of computer equipment and other material from the Horned Frogs football facilities and offices…The Rice Women’s Athletics Advisory Board is sponsoring a wine tasting at private homes Wednesday, Oct. 10, and several head coaches will visit with alumni and fans at this event…The Nicholls State football and baseball and football programs will host the 2018 Roth/Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament at LaTour Golf Club on Monday, Nov. 12 as a key athletics fundraiser.
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash had his contract extended two years with a healthy, new compensation arrangement…North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has joined others throughout the South Atlantic to help support aid for Hurricane Florence victims. He also is seeking a 12th game with possible proceeds to assist in the hurricane recovery effort…Former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen returns to Starkville, Miss., where he guided the Bulldogs to a record eight consecutive bowl berths when he takes his Florida Gators to meet the Bulldogs in SEC action Saturday…Current LSU head coach Ed Orgeron rekindles some old friendships when Ole Miss comes calling at Tiger Stadium Saturday. Orgeron was the Rebels head coach from 2005-07…Wake Forest has replaced former defensive coordinator Jay Swavel.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Maine: Joe Harasymiak, Ridgewood, N.J.; Marshall: Doc Holliday, Hurricane, W.Va.; Maryland: Matt Canada (interim) New Palestine, Ind.; Maryville (Tenn.): Shaun Hayes, Rutledge, Tenn.; Massachusetts: Mark Whipple, Tarrytown, N.Y.
Arkansas director of athletics Hunter Yurachek was complimented by media members for his perspectives on college athletics at a recent NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club speaking engagement…Florida Atlantic AD Brian White opposed older brother Danny White, the AD at UCF, during the Florida schools’ recent skirmish…Longtime Connecticut head coach and administrator Jim Calhoun has been named head men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s (Pa.)…Jason Gesser, former Washington State QB and assistant AD for development, resigned from his post Wednesday…Tennessee President Joe DiPieto has retired, and Dr. Randy Boyd will serve as interim president…Florida Atlantic AD Brian White continues to seek future dates with in-state rivals UCF and USF…Fresno State AD Terry Tumey has decided to work on scheduling more Power Five conference opponents at Fresno in future seasons…Mark Adkins is leaving Manchester as athletics media relations director to accept the same post at Morningside (Iowa).
The Southeastern Conference denoted its 2019 schedule last week (please see SECsports.org/football
for the composite slate). Missouri will play five consecutive home games and does not have to face SEC powers Alabama, Auburn or Mississippi State. The Tigers will vie in the Automatic Black and Gold win when they face Vanderbilt Oct. 19, 2019…The CAA explained why James Madison has played William and Mary and Richmond on back-to-back weeks so often because of computer scheduling for conference contests…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott explained the advantages of being virtually the only conference with late-night games nationally and the recruiting impact.
The Sporting News projected several post-2018 bowl matchups for the opening postseason weekend Dec. 15 as Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Wyoming vs. Southern Miss; AutoNation Cure Bowl – Appalachian State vs. USF; Las Vegas Bowl – Boise State vs. Washington State; Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – Georgia Southern vs. Northern Illinois; and New Orleans Bowl – Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana Tech.
Old Dominion QB Blake LaRussa was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after the 30-of-49 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for an additional 19 yards and a TD in the Monarchs 49-35 win over No. 10 Virginia Tech. All those are career bests…UCLA punter Stefan Flintoff was named Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week after averaging 48.5 yards on six punts against Fresno State…Ohio State All-Big Ten DE Nick Bosa missed last week’s win over Tulane with a lower abdominal injury…Arkansas started quarterback Ty Storey against No. 9 nationally Auburn to try and cut down on ball protection mistakes…SMU wide receiver James Proche’ has made 20 catches for 230 yards in his last two contests against Michigan and Navy…Michigan DB Josh Metellus was praised by UM coaches for generating such game-changing plays as a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown against SMU…Florida RB Malik Davis is out indefinitely after breaking his left foot…NC State received NCAA clearance for Southern California transfer TE Cary Angeline to begin play last Saturday…Texas LB Malcolm Roach may be out for 7-8 weeks after breaking his foot and undergoing surgery. Longhorns RB Keontay Ingram has missed playing time with a bruised knee…Baylor appears to be staying with its alternating quarterback system between sophomore Charlie Brewer and graduate transfer (Arizona) Jalan McClendon…Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu continues to be among SEC passing leaders after firing for 442 yards and two TDs in a victory over Kent State…Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray logged a school-record 28 tackles against Army…Texas Tech freshman QB Alan Bowman has passed for 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns in his two starts against Houston and Oklahoma State. Bowman captured the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week Award after passing for 605 yards vs. UH…Texas A&M is seeking more run production from seasoned RB Trayveon Williams…The NCAA is contemplating possible rules changes after a 90-yard “hesitation” fake fair catch punt return for a touchdown by North Texas’ Keegan Bradley against Arkansas…SMU regained the services of injured wide receivers Reggie Roberson and CJ Sanders last weekend against Navy…Texas Tech opening game starting QB McLane Carter is trying to work his way back into the No. 1 role after suffering an early injury…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond nearly became the first quarterback ever to rush for 100 yards against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama squad. Mond was sacked three times in the second half at Alabama and closed with 98 yards – two off the magic mark. Aggies center Ryan McCollum is working on full reinstatement after a recent jurisprudence issue…NC State QB Ryan Fienley passed for 377 yards and one TD in a victory over Marshall…Purdue QB David Blough followed his Big Ten record-setting, 572-yard passing performance against Missouri with a 296-yard, three-TD showing in the Boilermakers win over then-No. 23 Boston College…UCF LB Demetreius Mayes is working through some personal challenges and hopes to rejoin the Knights in coming days…LSU wideout Drake Davis is hoping to transfer to a new school for the ’19 campaign…UTSA kicker Jared Sackett booted three field goals to provide the difference in the Roadrunners 25-21 triumph over Texas State…SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Gatorade 2017-18 High School Male Athlete of the Year QB J.T. Daniels of Southern California passed for 241 yards and three scores as the Trojans edged high-scoring Washington State 39-36…Memphis RB Darrell Henderson rushed for a season-high 188 yards and two TDs to pace the Tigers past South Alabama…Kentucky RB Kenny Snell Jr. set a career record for rushing touchdowns with his 36th-39th career TDs in a 28-7 SEC victory over then No. 14 Mississippi State…While teams such as Alabama, Auburn, UAB, South Alabama, North Alabama, and others in the football-mad state continue to produce standouts from all walks of life, players from such towns as Buhl. Ala. (Navy QB Garrett Lewis), and Gordo, Ala. (Alabama LB Ben Davis), are proud of their hometown Saturday collegiate heroes. Buhl is an unincorporated area 11 miles from football-famous Tuscaloosa, Ala., while Gordo is the hometown of former Auburn AD and historian David Housel and noted college football referee and baseball umpire Hal Rozelle.
UNC Greensboro athletics and IMG College Sports have extended their broadcast and marketing contracts through 2028…Minnesota’s new $13 million outdoor track and field stadium has been completed…Alabama’s historic Bryant-Denny Stadium will undergo a $75 million renovation…Wisconsin athletics is working to deal with several NCAA cost of attendance challenges in various sports besides football…Ball State will add public alcohol sales for its last three home games…Two Pennsylvania casino operators have purchased sports gambling licenses to try and capitalize on new federal sports wagering regulations.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne was featured in a recent remember-when column in the Omaha, Neb., World-Herald…NFF Hall of Fame coach at Murray State and Virginia Tech Frank Beamer will receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association at the Marathon Oil Corporation Bear Bryant Trophy 33rd annual awards dinner Jan. 9, 2019, in Houston, Texas…NCWBA Wilbur Snypp Award and 41-year retired BYU publicist Ralph Zobell was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area visiting with his brother Dr. Dwayne Zobell who underwent a recent heart transplant. They dined at famed Dallas barbecue smokehouse Big Al’s and attended the American Athletic Conference matchup between Navy and SMU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium during the trek…Texas high schools endured another weekend of severe weather last Friday-Saturday with 42 games moved from Friday to Thursday and 11 games cancelled due to area storms and as much as 17 inches of rain in a few areas.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED did an extensive game week insider feature on the Troy Trojans prior to their 24-17 upset win at Big Ten opponent Nebraska. The Trojans of head coach Neal Brown now are 14-3 with a bowl win over North Texas in their last 17 contests since August 2017…Television viewer ratings for NFL and college football games have increased slightly in comparison with Nielsen Ratings for September 2017…Arizona fans are hoping for fewer late Saturday night games for national telecast purposes.
The FWAA Fifth Down spotlighted its Outland Trophy watch list matchup last week among Stanford’s Jesse Burkett, Oregon’s Jake Hanson and Oregon’s Calvin Throckmorton…The FWAA Reveal Suits Team of the Week for games through Sept. 20 was BYU after the Cougars upset Wisconsin at Madison…Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), Daniel Lathey of Texas A&M-International, Nick Joos of Missouri, Mark Cohen of TCU, and Trey Reed of Midwestern State 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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