College Football Notes – Oct. 8, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018
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John Peter (John) Gagliardi, inducted into the NFF College Hall of Fame at the age of 79 and first living inductee in 2006 as a coach, passed away last Sunday in Collegeville, Minn., at the age of 91. Gagliardi was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Trinidad, Colo., and served as head coach at St. John’s (Minn.) from 1953-2012 – the longest tenure of any collegiate head coach at one school. He also was head coach at Carroll (Mont.) College from 1949-52 and set the collegiate record for most career wins by a college coach with a 489-138-11 mark from 1949-2012 over the course of 64 seasons. The career of John Gagliardi began as a teenager when his coach at Trinidad, Colorado Catholic High School was drafted into World War II. In six years of high school coaching he won four conference titles. He graduated from Colorado College in 1949 and took the head-coaching job at Carroll College. Before he took the job, the school was thinking about dropping football because of losing seasons and dropping interest. There he won three conference titles and also coached basketball and baseball. His 24-6-1 record in four years caught the attention of Saint John’s (Minn.) as it needed a coach to succeeded Johnny ”Blood” McNally, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Upon taking the job, McNally warned, “Nobody could win at Saint John’s.” In his first year with the Johnnies, he won the 1953 conference title and added a league crown in the spring with the track team. In the winter, Gagliardi coached hockey for five seasons compiling the best coaching record in school history. In 1962, John had his first undefeated team. The undefeated streak continued through the next season as he won his first NAIA Championship, a feat he repeated with another undefeated squad in 1965. Two more undefeated title teams followed in 1976 and in 2003. On Nov. 8, 2003, Gagliardi surpassed NFF College Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson on the all-time win list with his 409th victory. In 1993, the Gagliardi Trophy was introduced as the Division III version of the Heisman Trophy. His insights on strategy, success and motivation have been the subject of four books. But his success is attributable to more than strategy and tactics. He is an astute judge of talent and creates an environment of fun and high expectations. His approach is one of concentration and flawless execution that is accomplished through a practice regimen that emphasizes fundamentals and repetition. Perhaps the most unique aspect of his coaching philosophy was his series of “Winning With No’s.” In addition to not being referred to as coach, Gagliardi did not use a whistle, had no blocking sleds, did not require the players to lift weights, did not permit tackling in practice, and kept all his practices to 90 minutes or less.
Upcoming NFF On-Campus Salutes presented by Fidelity Investments for 2018 NFF College Hall of Fame selectees are Saturday, 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.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 8-14 time period are Oct. 8 (1895) Lawrence “Biff” Jones, Washington, D.C.; (1911) Cotton Warburton, San Diego, Calif.; (1956) Johnnie Johnson, La Grange, Texas; (1891) D.X. Bible, Jefferson City, Tenn.; Oct. 9 (1886) Walter Steffen, Chicago, Ill.; (1930) Hank Lauricella, Harahan, La.; (1958) Mike Singletary, Houston, Texas; Oct. 10 (1894) Walter Gordon, Atlanta, Ga.; (1920) Frank Sinkwich, McKees Rocks, Pa.; (1922) Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Mich.; (1946) Dwayne Nix, Kingsville, Texas; Oct. 11 (1905) Joel Hunt, Texico, N.M.; (1906) Dutch Clark, Fowler, Colo.; (1930) LaVell Edwards, Orem, Utah; (1947) Bobby Anderson, Midland, Mich.; (1961) Steve Young, Salt Lake City, Utah; (1965) Chris Spielman, Massillon, Ohio; Oct. 12 (1878) Truxton Hare, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1921) Les Horvath, South Bend, Ind.; (1970) Charlie Ward, Thomasville, Ga.; (1962) Jerry Rice, Starkville, Miss.; Oct. 14 (1896) Tom Davies, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1901) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Massillon, Ohio; (1940) Billy Joe, Ayner, S.C.; (1964) Paul Palmer, Bethesda, Md.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 8 (1985) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; Oct. 10 (1966) Slip Madigan, Oakland, Calif.; (2012) Alex Karras, Los Angeles, Calif.; Oct. 14 (1973) Volney Ashford, Marshall, Mo.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 8 Johnnie Johnson, Oct. 9 Mike Singletary, Oct. 10 Dwayne Nix, Oct. 11 Bobby Anderson, Steve Young, Chris Spielman, Oct. 12 Charlie Ward, Jerry Rice, Oct. 14 Billy Joe, Paul Palmer…
East Carolina and NC State will make up their two cancelled games in a game at Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 1. The two schools also will play a pair of games in 2025 and ‘28…Colorado and Houston have scheduled a 2015 and ’26 series…Southern Illinois and Illinois have slated a 2025 tilt on the Illinois campus…Clemson has started the last three seasons, including ’18, at 6-0…SMU has played what is believed to be a NCAA FBS-most 23 freshmen in the Mustangs first six contests…Texas A&M downed a Top 25 opponent in a 20-14 overtime win over Kentucky last week for the first down since edging Top 25 ranked Tennessee in 2016…Texas had its first 500-plus yards total offense game of the season (501) against Oklahoma and pushed its series advantage over OU to 62-46-5 in the 113-game series dating to 1900. The teams have played for 90 consecutive years at Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadiums in Dallas…Baylor, beset by offseason challenges the past three seasons, sits at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play after a 37-34 overtime thriller over Kansas State in Waco, Texas. The Bears need two more victories to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2016 Cactus Bowl…Miami (Fla.) overcame a 27-7 Florida State advantage to edge the Seminoles 28-27 for the Hurricanes first series victory over FSU since 2004. The Hurricanes and Texas now have reeled off five consecutive triumphs since losing season openers to LSU and Maryland, respectively…UCF racked up its NCAA FBS-active-most 18th consecutive victory over SMU last week in Orlando, Fla….North Texas, the last team to fall to UTEP before a current Miners 18-game losing skein began in 2016, edged UTEP 27-24 in a Conference USA nailbiter at El Paso, Texas, last Saturday night.
Hawai’i football hosted 1,200 kids last weekend at Aloha Stadium vs. Wyoming for the youth Motiv8 community service program…Flower Mound (Texas) “heart and soul” manager/RB Zack Lovell rushed for a 30-yard touchdown on his first carry against Irving (Texas) HS. The special needs’ youngster has inspired teammates and classmates since he enrolled in the Flower Mound school system and is a hero for the Circle of Friends special needs association in that Dallas suburb…Tennessee State LB Christion Abercrombie is in critical condition but showing improvement at Vanderbilt Medical Center after suffering a head injury against Vanderbilt…Navy assistant coaches have Sundays off during football season for religion observances and time with family…Texas Wesleyan football celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night last week against defending Sooner Athletic Conference champ Langston in a clash at Fort Worth, Texas.
Kansas State head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member Bill Snyder had his contract renewed through the 2022 season…Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck was released from the hospital last week after suffering a bacterial infection…Legendary offensive coordinator and head coach Hal Mumme resigned as offensive coordinator at Jackson State…Syracuse named Kramer Cook director of football recruiting operations…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had to take a short rest on the sideline and medication for a severe headache he had during the OSU-Indiana contest.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Michigan: Jim Harbaugh, Toledo, Ohio; Michigan State: Mark D’Antonio, El Paso, Texas; Michigan Tech: Steve Olson, Ada, Minn.; Middle Tennessee: Rick Stockstill, Sidney, Ohio; Millsaps: Aaron Pelch, Ogden, Utah.
Pittsburgh director of athletics Heather Lykes expressed support for the football program and optimism about the young squad’s direction. The Panthers improved to 3-3 after edging ACC power Syracuse 44-37 in overtime last Saturday…Rutgers AD Patrick Hobbs is working feverishly to improve facilities on campus and to help the Scarlet Knights become competitive again…Texas Tech AD and College Football Playoff selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt was saluted for his career in a story in the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal.
Talk about rugged intraconference play, two unranked members of the Southeastern Conference and No. 22 Florida upended Top 13 opponents last weekend. The Gators downed then-No. 5 LSU, Mississippi State upset No. 8 Auburn, and Texas A&M toppled No. 13 Kentucky, which was at its highest regular-season Associated Press rating in school annals…Utah was one of six unranked squads to top Top 25 foes (40-21 victory over No. 14 Stanford) last week along with No. 20 Michigan State also falling against Northwestern and No. 25 Oklahoma State losing to upstart Iowa State. All six upsets occurred in Power Five conference clashes. There are still 10 unbeaten teams in the 130-school NCAA FBS with three weeks before the first College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings’ first release…UAB pulled off one of the most decisive upsets in 2018 Conference USA action with a 28-7 win over C-USA West Division power Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. The win placed the Blazers atop C-USA West at 2-0 in league encounters.
The Sporting News’ projected post-2018 bowl matchups also include Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl – UAB vs. Iowa; Quick Lane Bowl – Wake Forest vs. Minnesota; Cheez-It Bowl – Iowa State vs. Utah; Dec. 27 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl -Pittsburgh vs. Florida; New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Louisville vs. Purdue; Foster Farms Bowl – Nebraska vs. Arizona; Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M…Longtime Goodyear Cotton Bowl and Fleishman-Hilliard advertising and marketing executive Bill Palen accepted a new position with Learfield Sports in Plano, Texas…The Goodyear Blimp was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last week to promote the CFP semifinal Dec. 29 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and to float over the Oklahoma-Texas encounter.
Colorado WR Laviska Shenault scored all four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) in the Buffaloes 28-21 Pac-12 Conference win over Arizona State…Georgia QB Jake Fromm passed for a season-high 276 yards and three touchdowns in the first three quarters of a SEC triumph over Vanderbilt…Houston QB D’Eriq King passed for three touchdowns and ran for two others as the Cougars scored a comeback win over American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa…Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-most 455 yards and tied the school record with six TD throws as the undefeated Buckeyes downed Indiana 49-24…Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa tossed for another 334 yards as the Crimson Tide topped Arkansas for the 12th time in succession. Tagovailoa has not needed to throw a pass in the fourth quarter of six games this season…Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs upset of No. 8 Auburn and broke the SEC quarterbacks’ career rushing mark of 2,948 yards by NFF 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Tim Tebow. Fitzgerald now has 2,999 all-time infantry yards as a stellar Bulldog. Also last Saturday, Tebow (the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner) was inducted as the sixth Florida football player in the school’s Ring of Honor…Iowa State third team QB Brock Purdy was ticketed for one series after replacing starter Zeb Noland last week at Oklahoma State and guided the Cyclones to a 48-42 upset of the No. 25 Clemson sophomore RB Travis Etienne continues to roll through opposition in such showings as a 203-yard rushing day against Syracuse…Illinois QB AJ Bush rushed for a career-most 116 yards and two TDs in UI’s 38-17 Big Ten Conference win over Rutgers…New Mexico wideout Emmanuel Harris caught for touchdown passes in 50-14 Mountain West Conference verdict over UNLV…Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray had a better quarteback rating (231.0) with 17 touchdown passes and two interceptions than former OU teammate and 2017 Heisman Trophy recipient Baker Mayfield (214.1 rating, 15 TD passes, no interceptions) at the five-game mark in each of the last two seasons…Texas RB Kyle Porter is contemplating a 2018 redshirt season…LSU QB Joe Burrow continues to shine with such showings as a 388-yard total offense night against Ole Miss – fourth on the all-time LSU individual game list…West Virginia defender Keith Washington had a game-clinching, 51-yard interception return to ice a 42-34 Mountaineers victory over Texas Tech…Texas graduate RB transfer Tre Watson from California continues to be a key cog in Longhorns ball control. Wideout Lil’Jordan Humphrey has been a favorite target of UT quarterbacks…Travis Dye had another 100-yard rushing contest (115) in Oregon’s recent triumph over then-No. 24 California…North Texas has lost standout RB Loren Easly for the season with a leg injury…Texas Wesleyan QB Donovan Isom passed for what is believed to a school in-game record 338 yards against No. 13 Langston in a 55-31 setback last Saturday…SMU quarterbacks William Brown and 2017 starter Ben Hicks continue to take turns as the Mustangs regular at that position. Hicks came off the bench in the second quarter last weekend at UCF and passed for 153 yards on 15-of-23 attempts.
Idaho athletics has received several sizeable private donations toward its $51 million arena and office areas project…Pittsburgh athletics new $12 million Pitt Studios received rousing reviews from administrators and boosters…SeatGeek has placed presale tickets on sale via internet and website for the Baylor-Texas Tech contest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 24…Alabama athletics is placing additional emphasis on student ticket seating an activity fees…LIU Brooklyn and LIU C.W. Post are combining their athletics programs, a and LIU Post will transition from NCAA Division II football to NCAA FCS prior to the 2019 season…Oklahoma and Texas athletics and the City of Dallas discussed the economic impact that 11 a.m. games at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas last week. City tourism officials estimated the total boost to the Dallas-Fort Worth economy for the contest at $38-40 million…Chicago’s Guaranteed Life Field and Arlington’s (Texas) Globe Life Park are being used for golf outings during their offseasons.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach and Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez spoke recently of preventing sexual harassment and bullying cases on campus and in the athletics department…NFF Board member and Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione and Texas AD Chris Del Conte were Some historic Cotton Bowl Stadium collegiate records that survived the 90th annual AT&T Red River Showdown at the Dallas showplace were: Most Total Offense Yards – 542, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (532 passing, 10 rushing), 2012 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl; Most All-Purpose Yards – 342, Roosevelt Leaks, Texas vs. SMU (37 plays), 1973, regular-season game; Most Total Touchdowns – 6, Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma vs. Texas, 2000 (six rushing, RS); Longest Field Goal – 64, Russell Erxleben, Texas vs. Oklahoma, 1977, RS; Most PAT Kick Attempts and Made – 10, Mark Orozco, Grambling State vs. Prairie View, 2015, RS…Ella Grbac, daughter of former Michigan and NFL standout QB Elvis Grbac, is starring in volleyball this year for Northwestern.
ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Jay Rothman and award-winning broadcaster Jim Gray were featured during the 2018 Colorado Journalism Conference last week in Boulder, Colo. All three are CU journalism graduates.
The FWAA In the Trenches weekly Outland Trophy update featured four watch list players from Oklahoma and Texas and several prospective Outland semifinalist from SEC powers Auburn and Mississippi State. All four teams faced off last Saturday …Ryan Keating of Texas Wesleyan, Larry Leathers of Vanderbilt, Shelly Poe of Auburn, and Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA were featured subjects and opinion makers in the weekly CoSIDA Open Forum discussion blogs…Baylor athletics received its list of NCAA allegations last week and has 90 days to issue a response.
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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