College Football Notes – Dec. 3, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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Boston College nose guard Mike Ruth, NFF College Hall of Fame player and 1985 Outland Trophy recipient, will receive his long-awaited Outland Trophy on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019, at the Greater Omaha Sports Committee’s Awards Banquet sponsored by Werner Enterprises. The FWAA did not present a formal Outland Trophy (usually commemorative plaques) until 1988.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 10-16 time period are Dec. 10 (1883) Jesse Harper, Paw Paw, Ill.; (1916) Parker Hall, Tunica, Miss.; (1933) Larry Morris, Decatur, Ga.; Dec. 11 (1910) George Sauer, Stratton, Neb.; (1924) Doc Blanchard, McColl, S.C.; Dec. 12 (1881) Zora Clevenger, Muncie, Ind.; (1900) Lloyd Jordan, Punxsutawney, Pa.; (1904) John Smith, Hartford, Conn.; (1914) Bob Herwig, Pomona, Calif.; (1930) Steve Meilinger, Bethlehem, Pa.; (1962) Brad Calip, Hobart, Okla.; (1967) John Randle, Hearne, Texas; Dec. 13 (1911) Buzz Borries, Louisville, Ky.; (1955) Brad Crawford, Logansport, Ind.; Dec. 14 (1922) Charlie Trippi, Pittston, Pa.; (1939) Ernie Davis, New Salem, Pa.; Dec. 16 (1913) Gust Zarnas, Ikaris, Greece; (1914) Steve Reid, Chicago, Ill.; (1916) Jess Dow, Tona, Texas; (1962) Jerry Gray, Lubbock, Texas; (1963) Tim Green, Liverpool, N.Y.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. 10 (1933) Bill Roper, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1944) Joe Routt, In Combat in Belgium; (2007) George Morris, Highlands, N.C.; Dec. 14 (1920) George Gipp, South Bend, Ind.; (1983) Johnny Bright, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; (1985) Charlie Bachman, Port Charlotte, Fla.; (2004) Alex Sarkisian, East Chicago, lnd.; (1973) Emil “Red” Sitko, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 12 Brad Calip, John Randle, Dec. 16 Jerry Gray, Tim Green…
Connecticut and Purdue will play a home-and-home series in 2021 and ’25…Florida State completed its 2019 slate with the addition Alabama State…Marshall and Virginia Tech have agreed to a two-game series in 2023 and 2024…Alcorn State entered the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference title game against SWAC West Division champ Southern U. with a 14-2 record against the West over the last four seasons. This was the first SWAC football championship contested at a campus site…Upstart Drake of the NCAA FCS almost upended bowl-bound Iowa State of the Big 12 Conference before falling 27-24 last Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Blue Star Moms and several college departments of athletics are helping to arrange for care packages to go out to hundreds of U.S. service personnel deployed overseas…Cancer battler and Hospice patient Tyler Trent of Purdue was presented a commemorative ACC Championship signed game ball by the winning Clemson squad…Vanderbilt hosted a special gathering to celebrate the Commodores ninth all-time bowl invitation in school history and second in three years last Sunday with appearances by head coach Derek Mason and VU radio play-by-play voice Joe Fisher at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility indoor practice field…College football researcher Cody Kellner of the Kellner Report had his dissertation project proposal approved by a faculty committee at North Texas as he continues the fast track toward a UNT Ph.D…LSU athletics trainers and team physicians continue a nationally acclaimed study of the impact of ACL and head trauma injuries in practice and games.
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is retiring after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets and 22 total years with Georgia Southern, Navy and Tech…Former Tennessee and WKU offensive coordinator Tyson Helton has been tabbed as head coach at WKU. He is the son of former Houston head coach Kim Helton and brother of Southern California head coach Clay Helton…West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has been selected as head coach at Texas State…Bowling Green named former Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler head coach…Successful James Madison (2016 FCS champion) and The Citadel head coach Mike Houston accepted the position as head coach at East Carolina…Utah State head coach Matt Wells has been chosen as head coach at Texas Tech after six seasons leading the Aggies program. Wells paced USU to a 10-2 regular-season worksheet and bowl bid in 2018…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney explained his remarks about a very small percentage of Tigers fans last week…Houston associate head coach and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and Cougars offensive line coach Randy Clements inked new, three-year contracts for the staff of UH head coach Major Applewhite…Delaware has released Matt Simon as offensive coordinator prior to 2019 spring practice…Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has received several overtures from colleges seeking head coaches but reaffirmed his desire to keep building bowl teams in Ames…Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm returned from a possible head coaching interview at his alma mater Louisville and confirmed his staying status with the Boilermakers…New North Carolina head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer Mack Brown put in positive words for season ticket sales and continued support of Tar Heels football…Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator and Arizona head coach Mike Stoops had his name mentioned for vacant head coaching posts at Central Michigan and other venues…Southern California will replace offensive coordinator Tee Martin and three other Trojans assistant coaches for the 2019 season…Texas Southern head coach Michael Haywood will not return for ’19…Tulane will be without 2018 offensive coordinator Doug Ruse for the 2019 campaign…UT Arlington has utilized new Kansas head coach Les Miles in recent months about mapping plans for new facilities and NAA divisional possible possibilities if the Mavericks varsity football program is revived…The Chuck Neinas Big 12 Conference co-Coaches of the Year are Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley…The popular Frank Broyles Award, named in memory of the late NFF College Hall of Fame head coach at Arkansas and Missouri, celebrated last year’s winner Tony Elliott and is looking forward to the 2018 presentation…Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates will return for the Wildcats and has a contract through the 2020 season…Michigan wide receiver coach Jim McElwain has been mentioned as a solid candidate for the Central Michigan head coaching vacancy…East Carolina’s open head football coaching post’s filling appears to be tied to the hiring of a new AD for the Pirates…Florida Atlantic assistant coaches have inked contract extensions through 2019…Jackson State named John Hendrick its 20th head coach in school annals…Louisville AD Vince Tyra has narrowed the list of possible head coaching candidates to less than five late last week, and Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield appears to be on a short list of these candidates…Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has not commented on reports he may not guide the Buckeyes beyond his present contract in 2019…Former USF head coach and Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt joins Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and other luminaries as possibilities to replace former head coach Mike MacIntyre…Penn State assistant coaching salaries were discussed in a recent report on the website…Southern California and North Carolina reportedly are eliciting the services of former Texas Tech head coach and offensive guru Kliff Kingsbury as a new offensive coordinator…Former Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Lambuth head coach Hugh Freeze has interviewed for Tennessee’s offensive coordinator’s position…UNLV athletics verified that head coach Tony Sanchez will return for the upcoming season…West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen assured WVU fans and administrators that he will return to the Mountaineers in 2019 despite several overtures from other schools…Terry Bowden will not return as head coach after seven years at Akron. He has 175 career coaching victories at Salem, Samford, Auburn, North Alabama, and with the Zips.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley, Lubbock, Texas; Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy, Midwest City, Okla.; Old Dominion: Bobby Wilder, Madison, Maine; Oregon: Mario Cristobal, Miami, Fla.; Oregon State: Jonathan Smith, Pasadena, Calif.
Southern Miss director of athletics Jon Gilbert may be under consideration for the open East Carolina AD’s position…UNC Wilmington AD Jimmy Bass and SMU AD Rick Hart have been mentioned for some recent openings at other schools…Georgia Tech AD Paul Stansbury has opened a national search for a successor to popular retiring head coach Paul Johnson…Texas Tech AS Kirby Hocutt commented on the potential of new head coach Matt Wells, who helped Utah State average 47-plus points in ’18 and also held opponents under 30 points on a consistent basis.
Northern Illinois (Mid-American Conference) and Washington were crowned the first FBS conference winners during national telecasts last Friday night. NIU edged Buffalo 30-29 while Washington outlasted Utah 10-3…2018 NCAA FBS conference champions are American: UCF; ACC: Clemson; Big Ten – Ohio State; Big 12: Oklahoma; Conference USA: UAB; MAC: Northern Illinois; Pac-12: Washington; SEC: Alabama; Sun Belt: Appalachian State; SWAC: Alcorn State…Conference USA is 26-16 (.619 winning percentage) over the past six years in bowl games with five straight winning seasons from 2013-17.Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey called for a healthier and more sportsmanlike atmosphere at future Mississippi State-Ole Miss Golden Egg Bowl fracases.
The four teams chosen for the fifth annual College Football Playoff are No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl…There is a complete postseason FBS schedule at…FIU and Toledo (Makers Bahamas Bowl), Hawai’i and Louisiana Tech (Hawai’i Bowl) and Arkansas State (Arizona Bowl) were the first five schools to accept post-2018 bowl invitations…Baylor and Vanderbilt will meet in the Houston Bowl for the first time ever in postseason and for the third time in history since 1954 – Baylor leads the series 2-0…Clemson’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl appearance is the Tigers first since the 1940 Classic – a 6-3 win by NFF College Hall of Fame coach Jess Neely CU squad over NFF College Hall of Famer Frank Leahy and his Boston College Eagles in a 6-3 defensive struggle. Also, CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and retired longtime Clemson publicist Tim Bourret was a student assistant at Notre Dame and ND graduate prior to arriving at CU and texted Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney three times after the CFP semifinal announcement…With 82 FBS teams with six victories and 78 bowl invitations, Southern Mis (6-5), Miami (Ohio) (6-6), Wyoming (6-6), and UL-Monroe (6-6) just missed the cut…The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl is a rematch of the famed 1984 Goodyear Cotton Bowl when Texas needed a win to capture a pre-BCS/CFP national championship and fell 10-9 to the Georgia Bulldogs.
UCF freshman QB Darriel Mack, subbing for injured All-AAC QB McKenzie Milton, rushed for four touchdowns in the second half as UCF outpointed Memphis 56-41 in the American Athletic Conference championship fracas. UCF, which has won 25 consecutive games to tie for the 22nd-longest skein in NCAA FBS annals, moves onto the alphabetical PlayStation Fiesta Bowl for a matchup with LSU…QB Marcus Childers threw four touchdown passes to pace Northern Illinois past Buffalo 30-29 in the MAC title contest…Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks entered last week with a FBS-leading 9.1 yards per carry (minimum of 10 carries per team game). Sooner junior QB Kyler Murray was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year after becoming the first NCAA FBS player ever to finish the regular season while averaging at least 300 passing yards (306.2) and a minimum of 60 rushing yards (71.1) per game. Murray also notched six games of 300-plus passing yards and 65-plus rushing yards – the highest single-season total nationally since at least 1996 (with additional research by OU ongoing on these figures). Murray also captured the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week Award for his performance in a comeback win over West Virginia…West Virginia LB David Long Jr. was tabbed as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year…Other Big 12 major awards were Offensive Newcomer of the Year WR Jalen Hurd of Baylor, Defensive Newcomer of the Year DB Greg Eisworth of Iowa State, Offensive Freshman of the Year RB Pooka Williams Jr. of Kansas, Defensive Freshman of the Year DB Caden Sterns of Texas, and Special Teams Player of the Year PK-P Austin Seibert of Oklahoma…SMU’s leading receiver James Proche (93 catches for 1,119 yards and 12 TDs) has been chosen as first team All-AAC for 2018…Popular Texas LB Breckyn Hager promised to cut his flowing blond locks when the Longhorns captured the Big 12 football crown. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until a later time after Oklahoma’s 39-27 win in the championship…Quarterback Randall West of Massachusetts and South Carolina’s Evan Hinson are two NCAA FBS standouts competing in both football and 2018-19 varsity basketball…Texas QB Sam Ehlinger ran and passed for all four touchdowns in the Longhorns tussle with Oklahoma at the Big 12 Championship. Earlier this season Ehlinger set a Big 12 record with 308 consecutive passes without an interception.
North Texas athletics began the final razing of historic Fouts Field, which was home to Mean Green football in Denton, Texas, from 1952-2010…Houston athletics gave media and fans a sneak preview of the new Fertitta Center just before it opened…Nebraska athletics has a long-range study on keeping its facilities on par with the top programs nationally…UNLV athletics and head coach Tony Sanchez expressed optimism about a proposed new football practice and training complex…Illinois continues to hold panel discussions about the future of school mascot Chief Illinwek…Kansas athletics is demolishing its previous volleyball facility and constructing a $10 million building in its place.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown has returned to college coaching at North Carolina where he was head coach from 1988-97. His all-time collegiate record prior to 2019 is 244-122-1 with a BCS championship at Texas in 2005 and 13-8 record in bowl games. He has been a college assistant or head coach for 41 total seasons (30 as a head coach). From 2014-18 the Hall of Famer worked as an analyst for ESPN and other networks. Fellow NFF College Hall of Fame coaches Bill Snyder of Kansas State and Nevada’s Chris Ault (two times) also retired for a time and returned to their universities as head coaches. Coach Snyder also announced his second retirement from coaching at age 79 last Sunday at K-State. His unenviable record with the Wildcats included being the winningest coach of K-State football with a 215-117-1 mark over 21 seasons with 19 bowl berths. He also is the 20th-winningest head coach in FBS history and will serve as a special ambassador role for the university in numerous areas…NFF College Hall of Fame DL Tim Green of Syracuse was highlighted on CBS’ 60 Minutes and the CNS NFL Game of the Week for his courageous fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)…Former California LB standout and 15-year NFL star Gary Plummer was chronicled in Sports Illustrated for his innovative approach to brain and total body physical health after football…New Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame member, legendary college baseball player and coach and now Southern U. development officer Roger Cador was delighted to watch his alma mater tackle Alcorn State last week in the SWAC championship bout at the 20th annual title clash played in Lorman, Miss. Cador and several dignitaries were inducted into the SWAC Hall of Fame last Friday night before the skirmish. The SWAC finale was scheduled for historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., before being moved to the ASU campus locale.
The ACC Network with ESPN will broadcast its first game on Aug. 22, 2019…Iowa athletics and the UI radio network are smoothing out some challenges with recent broadcasts in various sports.
The FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for games of Nov. 20-24 was Washington after the Huskies upended then-No. 8 Washington State to clinch a position in the Pac-12 championship clash…Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.), J.D. Hamilton of the NCAA, Kaiaira Cooper of Idaho, Andrew O’Connell of St. John’s (N.Y.), Patrick Walsh of Louisiana Tech, Bob Shreve of Edinboro, JaeLynn Ellison of William Jewell (Mo.), Joni Lehmann of the Big 12 Conference, and Dan Lathey of Texas A&M-International were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on
The NCAA FCS, Division II and III football playoffs resume this week with semifinal rounds. In FCS quarterfinals the Citadel, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, UC Davis, Maine, Colgate, Kennesaw State, Weber State, and Eastern Washington will tangle in Dec. 8 activity. In DII semifinals Notre Dame (Ohio)-Valdosta State and MSU-Mankato-Ferris State are meeting for the right to play in the Dec. 15 title clash at McKinney, Texas. In DIII semifinals Dec. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor and Mount Union (Ohio) vs. Johns Hopkins games will determine the finalists for the NCAA championship Dec. 15 NCAA Championship at Shenandoah, Texas. For additional stories, brackets and scores, please access
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, Clemson vs. Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Semifinal Game, Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 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, Florida vs. Michigan, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, LSU vs. UCF, 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Georgia vs. Texas, 8:30 p.m.

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