College Football Notes – Oct. 1, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018
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Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, the NFF & College Hall of Fame denoted the 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy® last week. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Fidelity Investments is a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Some quick facts about the semifinalists are as follows:
• 60th Year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program
• 29th Year of The William V. Campbell Trophy®
• 3.62 Average GPA (4.0 Scale)
• 7 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
• 51 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
• 70 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better
• 29 Academic All-America Selections
• 114 Captains
• 95 All-Conference Picks
• 16 All-America Student-Athletes
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 1-7 time period are Oct. 1 (1900) Mal Aldrich, Fall River, Mass.; (1911) Herman Hickman, Johnson City, Tenn.; Oct. 2 (1909) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1922) Bill Swiacki, Southbridge, Mass.; (1939) Bob Schloredt, Deadwood, S.D.; (1948) Chuck Dicus, Odessa, Texas; Oct. 3 (1902) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Clifton Springs, N.Y.; Oct. 4 (1896) Tad Wieman, Orosi, Calif.; (1917) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; (1932) Roger Harring, Green Bay, Wis.; (1934) Sam Huff, Edna Gas, W.Va.; Oct. 5 (1911) Bill Corbus, San Francisco, Calif.; (1921) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; (1937) Barry Switzer, Crossett, Ark.; (1958) Ken Margerum, Fountain Valley, California; (1966) Dennis Byrd, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oct. 6 (1902) George Pfann, Marion, Ohio; (1925) Bob Fenimore, Woodward, Okla.; (1930) Les Richter, Fresno, Calif.; (1963) Napoleon McCallum, Milford, Ohio; Oct. 7 (1878) Andy Kerr, Cheyenne, Wyo.; (1921) Vaughn Mancha, Sugar Valley, Ga.; (1939) Bill Snyder, St. Joseph, Mo.; (1950) Dick Jauron, Peoria, Ill.; (1976) Charles Woodson, Fremont, Ohio.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 1 (1963) Herb Joesting, St. Paul, Minn.; Oct. 3 (1936) John Heisman, New York City; Oct. 4 (1999) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; Oct. 5 (1979) Ken Strong, New York City; Oct. 7 (1986) Wallace Wade, Durham, N.C.;
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 2 Bob Schloredt, Chuck Dicus, Oct. 4 Sam Huff, Oct. 5 Barry Switzer (a spry 81), Ken Margerum, Oct. 6 Napoleon McCallum, Oct. 7 Bill Snyder a spry 79), Dick Jauron, Charles Woodson…
Army West Point will host Oklahoma in 2020 if Michie Stadium updates can be ready in time for the clash…TCU will host Arkansas-Pine bluff in 2019, and UAPB will travel to Miami (Ohio) in 2020…Connecticut and Tennessee are in final negotiations for a possible single game in 2026…Texas A&M’s recently announced 2019 football schedule includes games with the current 1-2-3 teams nationally – Alabama, Clemson and Georgia…Colorado is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1998 after knocking off Pac-12 Conference opponent UCLA last Friday before a national television audience…Prairie View A&M ended Grambling’s 26-game, regular-season winning streak in Southwestern Athletic Conference games with a 22-16 triumph over the Tigers last Saturday in the 95th State Fair Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Oklahoma and Texas tangle in the 90th annual AT&T Red River Showdown at the same location Saturday with a national FOX television audience observing…Texas had one of its best defensive days against a Power Five conference opponent when the Longhorns limited Southern California to minus five rushing with three sacks. The Longhorns also moved up to No. 1 last week in the Dallas Morning News Best in Texas college football survey…Connecticut has had asmany as what is believed to be a NCAA FBS-most eight freshmen starters in 2018 contests…Old Dominion’s offense rolled up 623 yards against a Virginia Tech defense, which had not yielded 600 yards since a 604-yard showing by Syracuse against Tech in 2002…Virginia Tech is 13-2 against Duke since the Hokies joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004…Kentucky celebrated its 5-0 start (3-0 Southeastern Conference) and first Top 25 ranking since 2007 by downing South Carolina 24-10…Washington State rolled up 454 yards of total offense against last week’s No. 1 total defense team Utah in a 28-24 Pac-12 Conference triumph – the Cougars 10th consecutive home victory…SMU might have the largest count of newcomers in FBS. The Mustangs, 63-27 winners over Houston Baptist with 653 yards of total offense in that game, sport 32 freshmen and transfers on the 2018 roster…UCF has a school-record 17-game winning streak to lead all current FBS squads and hosts SMU Saturday…Cincinnati is 5-0 for the first time since 2007 and nearing a Top 25 rankings’ position. The Bearcats are one of the 16 remaining NCAA FBS unbeaten squads…Georgia Tech capped seven drives with rushing touchdowns on its first seven possessions in a win over Bowling Green…There have been 43 games involving NCAA FBS college opponents out of 63 total collegiate contests at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The other 20 NCAA Division II clashes occurred during the Lone Star Conference Fall Football Festival. Texas A&M has the most wins of any college program at AT&T Stadium with six in 10 outings. The Aggies won a series-high seventh consecutive game against Arkansas last weekend…Arkansas and Texas A&M will continue the Southwest Classic at Arlington, Texas, through 2024 under current contracts…Michigan had its biggest comeback win (down 17 points) of the head coach Jim Harbaugh era in a victory at Northwestern and rallied to win from 17 down for the first time since 2011 against Notre Dame.
East Carolina student-athletes, student body, faculty, and staff had to evacuate the Greenville, N.C., campus for 11 days from Sept. 12-23 due to severe weather and flooding resulting from Hurricane Florence…Army West Point’s immaculate cleanup of its locker room after a tough, 28-21 overtime loss to host and then No. 5 nationally Oklahoma produced a viral social response and many kudos to the Black Knights team and staff…Millburn, N.J., football fan Andrew Search has been featured at NFL draft day and several other events for his encyclopedic knowledge of professional and college football and his gridiron memories of his late father.
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has received a contract extension…Florida head coach Dan Mullen returned to the campus where he led Mississippi State to a school-record eight consecutive bowl games from 2010-17. UF director of athletics and College Football Playoff selection committee member Scott Stricklin is a MSU graduate and longtime college athletics publicist before becoming AD at M-State and now at Florida…Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has received better health reports in recent days and a vote of confidence from AD Joe Parker…Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher called for more discipline team-wide before the Aggies presented him with his first SEC decision over Arkansas…Louisville assistant coach Chris Klenakis has been suspended from his position for the rest of the 2018 season.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – McNeese State: Lance Guidry, Welsh, La.; Memphis: Mike Norvell, Irving, Texas; Mercer: Bobby Lamb, Augusta, Ga.; Miami (Fla.): Mark Richt, Omaha, Neb.; Miami (Ohio): Chuck Martin, Park Forest, Ill.
St. John’s (N.Y.) and Duke deputy director of athletics Mike Cragg have agreed in principle for Cragg to become to become its new AD…VCU deputy AD Jon Palumbo has accepted a position as AD at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi…Utah AD Mark Harlan has been sitting in the UU student section at home games to continue his evaluation of possible stadium expansion…David Coburn is the interim director of athletics at Florida State while Vanderbilt AD David Williams is retiring for health reasons after 15 years at the helm. No interim AD has been selected at Vandy, and Williams will remain in the post for an indefinite period…Arkansas associate AD Chris Freet is headed to Kansas as senior associate AD for external relations…Former Longwood AD Troy Austin is leaving to become associate AD for internal operations at Duke…Xavier Dantzler is the new athletics equipment manager at St. Joseph’s (Pa.)…East Carolina baseball head coach and administrator Cliff Godwin had his contract extended through 2023…Michigan State has retained the search firm : Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates as prime source for selection of its new president.
The Atlantic Coast Conference denoted its 2018 Legends Team to be recognized during Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game week. This fabled group includes Virginia Tech WR-KR Eddie Royal, Boston College’s Mathias Kiwanuka, Clemson’s Brian Dawkins, Duke’s Steve Spurrier (NFF College Hall of Fame player and coach), Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (NFF College Hall of Fame coach), Georgia Tech’s Joshua Nesbitt, Louisville’s Roman Oben, Miami’s Ed Reed (NFF College Hall of Fame player), North Carolina’s Ron Rusnak, NC State’s Mario Williams, Pitt’s Mark May (NFF College Hall of Fame player), Syracuse’s Don McPherson (NFF College Hall of Fame), Virginia’s Herman Moore, and Wake Forest’s Steve Justice…The Southeastern Conference fined Kentucky athletics for lack of crowd control (rushing the field) after the Wildcats win over Mississippi State at Lexington, Ky…The Big Ten Conference has adopted new overtime rules for men’s and women’s hockey matches.
The Sporting News’ projected post-2018 bowl matchups also include Dec. 18 Cheribundi Tart Boca Raton Bowl, Toledo vs. FIU; Dec. 19 Frisco Bowl, Ohio vs. USF; Dec. 20 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Florida Atlantic vs. Cincinnati; Dec. 21 Bahamas Bowl. Marshall vs. Akron; Dec. 21 Potato Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State; Dec. 22 Birmingham Bowl, Memphis vs. Tennessee; Dec. 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, BYU vs. Navy; Dec. 22 Dollar General Bowl, Coastal Carolina vs. Buffalo; Dec. 22 Hawai’i Bowl, Hawai’i vs. North Texas…The 1938-2012 Texas-Oklahoma high school all-star Oil Bowl game in Wichita Falls, Texas, was chronicled in a recent summary by the Southwest Archives at Texas Tech.
Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray was named NFF Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after making a school-record 28 tackles against Army…Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson has made a case for All-America consideration in addition to his All-Conference USA laurels…Washington QB Jake Browning was in midseason former while accounting for all three touchdowns on passes in the Huskies 27-20 win over upstart Arizona State…Oklahoma State’s first-year starting QB Taylor Cornelius threw for 312 more yards and four touchdowns in a win over Kansas. RB Justice Hill added 189 yards rushing in the Big 12 Conference skirmish…Texas WR Collin Johnson was the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week after making seven caches for 124 yards in the Longhorns Big 12 Conference verdict over then-No. 17 TCU…West Virginia QB Will Grier has passed for five touchdowns in five different games since September 2017…Rice standout Austin Walter had 204 all-purpose yards at Southern Miss to run his streak of 150-yards-plus all-purpose games to five after a career-high 198 yards rushing and two touchdowns at Wake Forest…Northwestern RB Jeremy Larkin had to give up playing football due to a spinal condition but will assist the Wildcats in a coaching and advisory position for the rest of this season…Jashaun Corbin and Christian Kirk of Texas A&M each returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown in 2017 and ’18 encounters with Arkansas at the Southwest Classic…Kansas transfer QB Ryan Willis passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns in his first start to pace Virginia Tech past then-No. 22 Duke 31-14 last week in Durham, N.C….Record-setting quarterback David Blough passed Purdue past Nebraska 42-28 with 328 aerial yards despite a season-most 582 yards of total offense by the Huskers. NU has lost a school-record eight consecutive games going back to the latter part of 2017…Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham piloted Auburn past stubborn Southern Miss 24-13 with a pair of TD tosses in a game delayed by lightning for close to three hours…No. 7 Notre Dame topped No. 8 Stanford 38-17 behind 278 yards passing by QB Ian Book and a career receiving day by Mike Boykin (11 catches for 144 yards)…Ohio State came back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter behind game-deciding, 24-yard TD pass from Dwayne Haskins to K.J. Hill with 2:03 left to play in a 27-26 Buckeyes triumph…Junior WR Troy Nicholson has been granted his release from Baylor and will play for a new squad in 2019…OLB Karyn Farrar decommitted orally from Colorado and now is dedicated to sign with Oklahoma State in December…Oklahoma State WR Jalen McClesky has asked to redshirt for the 2018 campaign and will transfer to another college for 2019…Alabama QB Jalen Hurts played in his fifth contest last Saturday against Louisiana and will be a junior in eligibility in ’19…Clemson QB Kelly Bryant will transfer to a university to be determined for the 2019 season…Virginia Tech DE Trevon Hill is seeking a new gridiron home for 2019.
USF football attendance average is up 18 percent after the first three home games…North Texas athletics received a $3 million donation from the Jim McNatt Family and $2.5 million gift from the David Lovelace family to go toward the new indoor football practice facility construction…UCLA officials continue to make additional cosmetic repairs at Rose Bowl Stadium after a Beyonce’ concert caused extensive turf damage…Alabama is evaluating its proposed $200 million-plus athletics’ facilities makeover, which will begin construction in coming months…Providence athletics is undertaking a $30 million building program…Connecticut is working to construct a smaller ice rink on a campus site…Illinois and the Peoria Native American nation have been consulting about the usage of Chief Illiniwek by the Champaign-Urbana university…Missouri is working to repair permanently a water main break that caused $100,000-plus damage in the Hearnes Center and near Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field…The former Irving (Texas) Independent School District Stadium now is Joy and Ralph Ellis Stadium after some generous donations by the Ellis family…Ohio State athletics has released Phase One of facilities’ renovation…Louisville football has eased access to Cardinal Stadium with new traffic flow, cheaper beverage prices and entry gates…UCLA athletics is working on a new 10-year, $38 million sponsorship with Wescom…South Carolina has received 20-plus donations of $250,000 or more for its proposed $50 million football indoor practice facility.
Rice football legend and longtime Baltimore Ravens executive O.J. Brigance celebrated a birthday Sept. 29 and will have a larger confab Friday at the Valley Mansion by Martin’s in Cockeysville, Md. Brigance has carried on a courageous personal fight with ALS for several years…Wisconsin CoSIDA Hall of Fame publicist Tam Flarup recorded her first golf hole-in-one at Arkdale, Wis., last week after 50 years of seeking the Golden 1…Mississippi State M-Club Hall of Fame receiver and longtime football coach Mardye McDole was featured in a Twitter feed…Comedian Bill Murray visited the Nebraska campus last week and met with NU head coach Scott Frost and athletics administrators.
There were seven Top 25 additions in last week’s Associated Press NCAA FBS Top 25 poll – one of the largest turnovers in recent years…Retired Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops will serve as an expert analyst on FOX Sports coverage of Saturday’s Oklahoma-Texas AT&T Red River Showdown…The Utah Deseret News composed an in-depth feature on the role of team chaplains and college football squads in that state.
The FWAA and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl have set Monday as the deadline for nominations for the seventh annual 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.” The 2018 recipient will be announced the week of Nov. 4. The selection committee consists of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Previous winners have been Nate Boyer, Texas, 2012; Brandon McCoy, North Texas, 2013, Daniel Rodriguez, Clemson, 2014; Bret Robertson of Westminster (Mo.), 2015; Steven Rhodes, Middle Tennessee, 2016; and the Kansas State football squad, 2017…The FWAA Reveal Suits Team of the Week for games through Sept. 20 was BYU after the Cougars upset Wisconsin at Madison…Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven had a career-high 20 tackles (14 solos) against Arizona State to earn FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week late in September…Peter Long of Virginia Tech, Mike Fragale of West Virginia, Larry Leathers of Vanderbilt, and John Cade of Mississippi State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the weekly CoSIDA Open Forum discussion blogs…The NCAA last week named future NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship finals’ locations as San Antonio in 2021, Minneapolis in 2022, Dallas’ American Airlines Center in 2023 (site of the 2017 women’s title game), and Cleveland in 2024.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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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