College Football Notes – Nov. 5, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Last Wednesday, the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy® finalists, who comprise the 2018 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, were released, and they include many of the nation’s top scholar-athletes as well as gridiron-starring collegians. The 29th annual class of finalists among a pool of 179 outstanding semifinalists nationwide on all collegiate levels are:
Kenneth Brinson LB Army West Point 3.96 Chemical Engineering
Taryn Christion QB South Dakota St 3.61 Business Economics
De’Arius Christmas LB Grambling State 3.82 Engineering Technology
D’Cota Dixon S Wisconsin 3.32 Rehabilitation Psychology
Ryan Finley QB NC State 3.76 Psychology
Piercen Harnish LB Saint Francis (Ind.) 3.96 Finance
Trace McSorley QB Penn State 3.31 Accounting
Dalton Risner OL Kansas State 3.60 Communication Studies
Max Scharping OL Northern Illinois 3.99 Kinesiology
Eric Stevenson LB Wheaton (Ill.) 3.83 Economics
Easton Stick QB North Dakota St 3.92 Sport Management
Drue Tranquill LB Notre Dame 3.73 Mechanical Engineering
Christian Wilkins DL Clemson 3.33 Communication Studies
The 13 finalists each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, and they will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, will be live streamed on ESPN3, starting at 8:30 p.m. (EDT).
“We are extremely proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Campbell Trophy®, who make up the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “These young men have an unrelenting commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and they represent all that is right in college football. They serve as living examples that Football Matters®, and we are excited to honor their hard work and accomplishments with postgraduate scholarships.”
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy® and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
“The NFF Awards Committee did an excellent job in selecting this year’s National Scholar-Athletes,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy® recipient) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “Selected from an impressive group of semifinalists, they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments, as they have undoubtedly distinguished themselves as some of the best student-athletes in the country. Each of these men is also a leader in his respective community, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential.”
The Campbell Trophy® is named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, the former chairman of Intuit, a former player and head coach at Columbia University, and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal. The award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $7,000 increase in postgraduate funds for a total scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $241,000 in scholarships will be awarded Dec. 4, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $11.5 million.
Following the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, the 2018 Campbell Trophy® recipient will be honored at several other prestigious events. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) will host a luncheon in his honor. From there, he will travel directly to Atlanta for ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 6, where he will be interviewed live during the show. Finally, he will travel to Santa Clara, California, to be honored on the field during the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s® Stadium on Monday, Jan. 7.
Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace savings plans in higher education, serves as a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy® and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 5-11 time period are Nov. 5 (1891) Greasy Neale, Parkersburg, W.Va.; (1900) Harvey Harman, Selinsgrove, Pa.; (1933) Bruce Bosley, Fresno, Calif.; (1943) Larry Pugh, New Castle, Pa.; (1957) Kellen Winslow, St. Louis, Mo.; (1967) Percy Snow, Canton, Ohio; Dec. 6 (1914) Everett Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1916) John Pingel, Mount Clemens, Pa.; (1939) Pat Dye, Augusta, Ga.; (1968) Alfred Williams, Houston, Texas; (1976) Pat Tillman, San Jose, Calif.; Dec. 7 (1938) Jake Gibbs, Grenada, Miss.; (1944) R.C. Slocum, Oakdale, La.; Nov. 8 (1929) Bobby Bowden, Birmingham, Ala.; (1964) Chuck Cecil, Red Bluff, Calif.; Nov. 10 (1879) Neil Snow, Detroit, Mich.; (1919) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Sweetwater, Texas; Nov. 11 (1908) Bobby Dodd, Galax, Va.; (1908) John Orsi, Newark, N.J.; (1914) Dick Colman, New York City; (1939) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (1961) Ricky Hunley, Petersburg, Va.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 6 (1967) Bernie Moore, Winchester, Tenn.; (2013) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; Nov. 7 (2012) Darrell Royal, Austin, Texas; Dec. 9 (1969) Gordon Locke, Washington, D.C.; Nov. 10 Bill Stanfill, Albany, Ga.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 5 Larry Pugh, Kellen Winslow, Dec. 6. Pat Dye (a spry 89); Alfred Williams (1938); Jake Gibbs (a spry 80), R.C. Slocum, Nov. 8 Ricky Hunley…
Akron and South Carolina will meet in Columbia, S.C., Dec. 1 to replace USC’s earlier game cancelled by severe weather…Michigan State will meet Western Michigan to open the 2022 and ’25 seasons…BYU and Arkansas have slated upcoming games for the 2022 and ’23 seasons…The 2019 encounter between Houston and Washington State will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston…Baylor and Texas Tech will return their Big 12 Conference series to campus sites beginning in 2019. The schools have tangled at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, from 2011-18…The Citadel will travel to Georgia Southern for a single encounter in 2023…Pittsburgh athletics is nearing finalized contracts for several non-conference football clashes in the near future…Texas A&M is working to manage more “big play” touchdowns after having just five scores of 20-plus years in its first eight games…SMU is hoping to play more skirmishes in large venue locations at traditional college powerhouses after attracting 100,000-plus fans for its earlier tussle at Michigan. The Mustangs also upset recent Top 25 squad and American Athletic Conference West Division leader Houston 45-31 last Saturday. Two years ago, the Mustangs surprised the Cougars (then ranked 11th nationally) in AAC action at Dallas…Nebraska opened last week No. 3 in the Big Ten Conference in team total offense and 18th nationally in FBS in total offense stats…Alabama won the 900th game in program history and shut out LSU at Tiger Stadium for just the fourth time in 25 years with a 29-0 victory over the Tigers…Illinois had 430 net yards rushing and scored 55 points in a Big Ten Conference victory over Minnesota – both team highs under head coach Lovie Smith since 2016…College Football Playoff No. 5 Michigan stated its case for a CFP semifinalist’s position with a 42-7 win over No. 14 Penn State last week…Tulane won a game in the state of Florida for the first time since 1977 with a 41-15 stoppage of USF in Tampa…Memphis and East Carolina accounted for just under 1,200 composite total offense yards in a 59-31 Tigers win…Tennessee has captured 30 consecutive triumphs over non-Power Five conference foes after topping Charlotte 14-3 last week in Knoxville, Tenn….UTEP ended a 20-game non-winning skein since a verdict over North Texas in 2016 by edging Rice 34-26 last Saturday at Houston, Texas.
Two busloads of NFL Pittsburgh Steelers players, coaches and administrators attended the memorial services for late brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, who were killed in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting on Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Michele Rosenthal, the sister of the two victims, had served previously as the Steelers’ community relations manager. The Steelers also raised $25,000-plus for Jewish Community Services and related organizations…Finalists for the FWAA 2018 Armed Forces Merit Award were denoted Oct. 31. Three of the five individuals being for the ‘18 Armed Forces Merit Award were also finalists in 2017 when Kansas State and its football team was announced last November as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award for the university’s partnership with the United States Army that created a bond between the school’s athletic department and the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley, Kan. U.S. Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun, Robert Morris University president Dr. Chris Howard and Texas Tech University strength and conditioning coach Rusty Whitt lead the list of five individuals name as 2018 finalists after advancing to the final round of voting in 2017. Both Calhoun and Dr. Howard are Air Force veterans, and Whitt served in the U.S. Army. Other individuals named as finalists are DB and Air Force veterans Darren Palmer of UNLV and wide receiver and National Guard reservist Casey Stewart of Shenandoah U. in Winchester, Va. The lone program advancing to the finals is Athletes of Valor, an organization that works with active duty military and veterans to help them get recruited to college and play sports. The Armed Forces Merit Award’s selection committee is made up of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. A total of 56 candidates were nominated for the 2018 award that 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”…Texas Wesleyan hosted a first-ever media tailgate party last Saturday prior to the TWU-Lyon (Ark.) contest, which also was Wesleyan’s Homecoming celebration and then recorded its second on-field win in football since 1941 with a 21-20 thriller over Lyon (Ark.)…The Rice Media Center and Rice Cinema are hosting a special screening of the Academy Award-winning movie “Casablanca” with the late U.S. Navy veteran Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in starring roles.
Former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin was reinstated and then dismissed one day later (Nov. 1) by the UM Board of Trustees prior to last week’s game with Michigan State at College Park, Md., Durkin was 10-15 overall through two seasons with the Terrapins and was acting coach at Florida in 2014 when the Gators captured the Birmingham Bowl. The 5-4 team’s interim head coach Matt Canada remains at the UM helm as the Terps seek another win and postseason eligibility…Texas head coach Tom Herman noted that five delay of game penalties to start Longhorns possessions should be eliminated for the rest of the season with new offensive adjustments…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente now is 20-1 at Virginia Tech and 40-5 for his head coaching career when leading games at halftime…Midwestern State head coach Bill Maskill now owns more than half the coaching triumphs (136 in 17 seasons out of 243 all-time victories by MSU as a four-year college) in Mustangs annals…Longtime friends Ruffin McNeill, current defensive coordinator at Oklahoma and former Texas Tech assistant and interim head coach, complimented Texas Tech mentor Kliff Kingsbury as one of the toughest coaches to diagnose on offense from a coordinator’s standpoint…Southern California has replaced offensive line coach Neil Callaway. USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin will not be handling play-calling duties, which will now be handled by head coach Clay Helton…Former Jackson State head coach Tony Hughes has been replaced for the rest of the season by interim head coach John Hendrick…Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson has resigned from his post at midseason…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was highlighted in a recent edition of the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer…Washington State head coach Mike Leach has kept his sense of humor and eccentricities throughout 17 seasons as a college head coach and an upcoming 14th bowl clash.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Nevada: Jay Norvell, Madison, Wis.; UNLV: Tony Sanchez, Fairfield, Calif.; New Hampshire: Sean McDonnell, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; New Mexico: Bob Davie, Sewickley, Pa.; New Mexico State: Doug Martin, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Maryland director of athletics Damon Evans has been retained and will help to change the basic culture of Terrapins football. Maryland president Dr. Wallace Loh is retiring from his position in June 2019…Auburn AD Allen Green has asked the Southeastern Conference office for some future relief on the schedule for late-season games against rivals Georgia and Alabama…East Carolina COO Lee Workman is retiring after 34years with the school…Rice named JP Abercrombie assistant AD for student-athlete development…Ole Miss compliance director Matt Ball will be taking on a new role in UM athletics.
Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson reminisced about the five-year anniversary of traditional football power Appalachian State joining the SBC and some fond memories of his tenure at the league office…The Mid-American Conference has gained large national television audiences again with its special ESPN Tuesday night contests. Last week Buffalo reached the 8-1 overall mark on a Tuesday televised win over Miami (Ohio) for the best start among MAC teams this autumn…Baylor athletics is completing a payout to the Big 12 Conference for possible damage of reputation of the circuit during BU’s coed abuse issues…The Big 12 Phillips 66 men’s basketball tournament will remain at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., through the 2023-2024 season…Pac-12 Conference directors of athletics directors have continued to study football replay operations and a proposed replay officials’ manual…The field is set for the 28th annual Southeastern Conference football title game in Atlanta Dec. 1 with West Division winner Alabama facing East champion Georgia in a rematch of the 2017 season College Football Playoff championship skirmish. If the season ended this week, this is how the other FBS conference championship contests could evolve – American: UCF (East) vs. Houston (West); ACC: Clemson (Atlantic) vs. Pittsburgh (Coastal); Big Ten – Michigan (East) vs. Northwestern (West); Big 12: Oklahoma vs. West Virginia; Conference USA: Middle Tennessee (East) vs, UAB (West); Mid-American: Buffalo (East) vs. Northern Illinois (West); MWC: Utah State (Mountain) vs. Fresno State (West); Pac-12: Washington State (North) vs. Utah or USC (South). The United Collegiate Hockey Conference will begin women’s division play in 2019-20.
The Sporting News’ latest projected post-2018 bowl updates this week include College Football Playoff semifinalists Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama; Capital One Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame; and Jan. 7 College Football Playoff championship, Atlanta, Ga.: Alabama vs. Clemson…Texas and Virginia made their first appearances in history in the Oct. 30 College Football Playoff Top 25 national rankings. Alabama has appeared in all 26 of the CFP Top 25 surveys since October 2014…There are now 44 bowl-eligible schools among the 130 in NCAA FBS ranks. There are 78 matchups for the initial bowl season, plus two CFP semifinals and the CFP championship contest.
Iowa LB Josey Jewell was tabbed as FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after emerging with an interception, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups, and a career-high-tying 16 total tackles despite a 21-19 loss to No. 4 nationally Penn State…QB David Blough of Carrollton (Texas) Creekview HS was named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the eighth week of the college football season after going 25-for-43 passing with 378 yards and three scores in Purdue’s upset win over then-No. 2 Ohio State. Blough later passed for four touchdowns and 332 yards as the Boilers upended then-No. 19 Iowa in a tussle with Hawkeyes QB stalwart Nate Stanley (275 yards passing, one TD passing and one rushing)…Arizona QB Khalil Mack had career bests in passing yards with 350 and touchdowns with five ad the Wildcats advanced to 5-5 overall with a 42-34 win over Pac-12 opponent Colorado…Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins rushed for a season-topping 163 yards as the Buckeyes edged Nebraska 36-31 in Columbus, Ohio…UAB RB Spencer Brown was named Conference USA Top of the World Headwear Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the Blazers 29-21 victory over North Texas. C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors went to Marshall senior DL Malik Thompson, who had nine tackles and forced two turnovers in a 31-7 win over Florida Atlantic. Special Teams Player of the Week was Old Dominion’s senior KR Isaiah Harper, who returned a missed field goal 83 yards to set up the game-winning field goal with no time left and added 136 kickoff return yards in a 37-34 win at WKU…Syracuse QB Eric Dungrey remained No. 2 in Atlantic Coast Conference average total offense after rushing for 119 yards and passing for 167 yards in the Orange’s 41-24 win at Wake Forest…Pittsburgh RB Darrin Hall carried for a personal-best 229 yards and three TDs to pace the Panthers past then-No. 23 Virginia last Friday…True freshman QB Wiley Green of Rice passed for a career-best 313 yards in the Owls fracas against UTEP. He is the son of longtime Dallas sports administrators and promotions’ experts Tara and Lamar Green…Young Texas Tech RBs Da’Leon Ward, DeMarcus Felton, Ta’Zhawn Henty, and SaRodorick Thompson have helped boost the Red Raiders rushing attack and pace the team to its 528-plus yards per game total offense – No. 7 nationally and second in the Big 12 – through games of Oct. 29…TCU standout LB Ty Summers may be lost for the season after a recent injury…SMU QB Ben Hicks had his first four pass interceptions returned for touchdowns this year. Mustangs freshman QB William Brown hopes to continue to work into a regular’s role on offense… Iowa State QB Zeb Noland will transfer to another school for the 2019 campaign…Suspended Florida State players WR Nyqwan Murray and LB Zaquandre White will be reinstated for the Nov. 10 Seminoles outing against Notre Dame…Michigan-Penn State and Texas-West Virginia contests last weekend highlighted 10 top candidates for the 2018 FWAA Outland Trophy.
Arizona boosters Cole and Jeannie Davis have donated $8 million of the $15 million price tag for the UA Davis Sports Center (set to open in 2019) indoor practice facility football team and a gathering area for fans on game days and other special events…Montana State athletics received a $2 million anonymous donation toward its facilities’ upgrade projects…Old Dominion athletics is adding premium seating at Foreman Field…Butler athletics is revamping its practice facilities in historic Tony Hinkle Fieldhouse…Florida State football has replaced portions of the natural grass field at Doak Campbell Stadium after recent flooding and hurricane damage…Kentucky Farm Bureau has acquired naming rights to Kentucky’s new $49 million baseball stadium, which will be called Kentucky Farm Bureau Kentucky Proud Park…Oklahoma State’s final production figure for the new on-campus baseball stadium is $75 million…The family of head coach Bronco Mendenhall has donated $500,000 to the new UVa football operations center …The Arizona Board of Regents met last week to discuss shoe manufacturer and athletics’ issues…VCU athletics is adding public alcohol beverage sales to its home concessions…Connecticut athletics is raising $45 million for a new, on-campus hockey arena…Cincinnati men’s basketball season ticket sales are approaching a school-record 9,000 sold prior to the 2018-19 season…Colorado athletics is using a new mobile ticket service for football and men’s and women’s basketball clashes…Colorado State and Wyoming law enforcement officials increased their patrols to offset possible drunk driving after last weekend’s game…Minnesota athletics has sold out its women’s basketball opener under new head coach Lindsay Whalen…Oklahoma athletics’ studies show that beer sales test may help to meet a longtime demand and to enhance the overall fan experience…Baylor athletics is working to raise funds for a new Interstate 35 BU Welcome Center and renovations to the Farrell Center on campus…Northwestern athletics has new possibilities for historic Welsh-Ryan Arena…Pittsburgh AD Heather Lyke discussed the future of a proposed on-campus football stadium…Navy will wear an ultra-modern, high-gloss helmet with the Navy goat mascot in artwork and an official Navy “N” on the side of the Navy blue apparel…Virginia athletics is working with Ting to upgrade its Scott Stadium WiFi and bandwidth reach on game days…Tulsa has received a record, $1 million-plus payout for its 2018 game at Arkansas…Michigan State’s Amy Fouty was featured in MLive for her work and upkeep of MSU’s noted athletics turf.
NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Contribution to Football Award recipient and 29-year NFL Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt will be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor Nov. 29…Members of KTCK Radio’s Dunham and Miller Show journeyed to St. Jo, Texas, to observe a six-man football game became SJHS and Forestburg. The contest was played at historic Harley Sewell Stadium –named in memory of St. Jo native and NFF College Hall of Fame lineman Harley Sewell…Last week’s NFL Los Angeles Rams-Green Bay Packers game featured the first game with two California alumni as starting QBs – Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and LA’s Jared Goff – since the 1983 NFL season…Longtime Big Ten and multiple conferences’ basketball official Ted Valentine has retired from the Big Ten after 34 years…Former MLB Cincinnati Reds star and Michigan Wolverines baseball stalwart Chris Sabo is the new head baseball coach at Akron…Longtime Vanderbilt athletics benefactor, VU alumnus and probable Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher David Price has re-negotiated his contract with the MLB Boston Red Sox…Veteran radio news and sportscaster Mike Rogers of KRLD Radio was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame last weekend. He joins such luminaries as 2018 NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Contribution to American Football Award getter Norm Hitzges as members of the prestigious group…Longtime college and Texas-Arkansas high school coach and administrator Kyle Hope was a special guest at the recent Alvarado-Wilmer-Hutchins (Texas) football game. Hope’s most recent position in athletics was as head baseball coach at Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)…Former Houston WR standout Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band highlighted the annual Bob Wills Fiddle Contest and Festival in Greenville, Texas (the hometown of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gen Bob Neyland of Tennessee), last weekend.
Longtime Washington State radio play-by-play voice Bob Robertson will retire at the end of the 2018 season…Season two of the North Texas athletics video podcast continues weekly with features on such standouts as UNT’s Mike Lawrence and Nolan Fine. North Texas honors broadcast and journalism grad Myles Mwamba has joined ESPN fulltime as a production assistant…One media source is requesting more marching band music and less DVD playing during Arkansas football games…Chat Sports is seeking a new on-air host and producer for its Dallas operations center.
The FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for games of Oct. 25-27 was Oklahoma State after the Cowboys upset then-No. 6 Texas 38-35….Jay Stancil of Union (Ky.), Sean Cartell of Texas, Mike Montoro of West Virginia, Ira Thor of New Jersey City U., JaeLynn Ellison of William Jewell (Mo.), Don Stoner of Augsburg, and KatieJo Kuhens of Wartburg (Iowa) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…CoSIDA and college publicity legends Tim Simmons, Arnie Sgalio and Gary Ozzello were reunited at Colorado State’s new stadium last week prior to the CSU-Nevada road game for the Rams…Tarleton State (No. 8) edged Midwestern State (No. 10) 35-34 one week after both teams jumped into the AFCA NCAA Division II poll in Top 10 positions as Lone Star Conference title contenders. Minnesota State, Ferris State, West Georgia, Ouachita Baptist, and Minnesota-Duluth have held the Nos. 1-5 positions nationally in recent weeks in this survey…Voting has begun for the 2018 CoSIDA All-District and Academic All-America football and soccer teams…Football academic powerhouse Johns Hopkins moved up to No. 18 in last week’s AFCA NCAA Division III Top 25.

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