College Football Notes – Dec. 24, 2018

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, December 24th, 2018
College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
In one of the most dominating performances in Army West Point and NCAA bowl history, Army West Point downed Houston 70-14 last Saturday in the 16th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus in Ft. Worth, Texas. Though Army West Point did not break its LMAFB and NCAA record of 46 minutes time of possession against San Diego State in this bowl in 2017, the Black Knights set or tied 19 individual and team records in the process and did have the ball for 35:05 of the encounter. The two teams also tied NCAA records for top third down percentage (1.000, 7-for-7 by Army West Point), fewest punts (zero by the Black Knights), and fewest field goals made or attempted by either and both teams – none. The Black Knights scored on their first five drives and had a 23-yard fumble return during one of the first six times they possessed the ball. QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. scored a LMAFB-record five touchdowns and raced for four TDs on his first seven rushing attempts.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 24-30 time period are Dec. 24 (1871) Charlie Gelber, Hawley, Pa.; (1919) Bill Dudley, Bluefield, Va.; (1924) Frank Broyles, Decatur, Ga.; Dec. 25 (1941) Dave Parks, Muenster, Texas; (1943) Howard Twilley, Houston, Texas; (1946) Larry Csonka, Stow, Ohio; Dec. 26 (1905) Tom Hamilton, Hoopeston, Ill.; (1924) Glenn Davis, Burbank, Calif.; (1927) Bill Yeoman, Elnora, Ind.; (1960) Scott Reppert, Appleton, Wis.; Dec. 27 (1947) Bob McKay, Seminole, Texas; Dec. 28 (1894) Ed Healey, Indian Orchard, Mass.; (1915) Vic Markov, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Albert Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1935) Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dec. 29 (1909) William Grinnell, Boston, Mass.; (1911) Tay Brown, Compton, Calif.; (1915) Bill Osmanski, Providence, R.I.; (1924) Warren Amling, Pana, Ill.; Dec. 30 (1896) Homer Norton, Birmingham, Ala.; (1941) Mel Renfro, Houston, Texas; (1946) Barry Alvarez, Langeloth, Pa.; (1966) Dr. Joe Micchia, Sharon, Pa.
30 (1972) Kerry Collins, Lebanon, Pa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. 24 (1897) Marshall Newell, Springfield, Mass.
(1970) Zora Clevenger, Bloomington, Ind.; Dec. 5 (1988) Eddie Cameron, Durham, N.C.; (1996) Bill Osmanski, Chicago, Ill.; Dec. 26 (1995) Al DeRogatis, Spring Lake, N.J.; (2000) Gust Zarnas, Bethlehem, Pa.; (2004) Reggie White, Cornelius, N.C.; Dec. 27 (2007) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 28 (1956) Ed Hart, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; (1971) Joe Aillet, Ruston, La.; (1984) Ricky Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dec. 29 (2016) LaVell Edwards, Provo, Utah; Dec. 30 (1976) Harry Baujan, Dayton, Ohio; (2004) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 24 Dave Parks, Howard Twilley, Larry Csonka, Dec. 26 Bill Yeoman (a spry 91), Scott Reppert, Dec. 27 Bob McKay, Dec. 28 Clendon Thomas (a spry 83), Dec. 30 Mel Renfro, Barry Alvarez, Dr. Joe Micchia, Kerry Collins…
Florida’s three-game series with USF has been adjusted to move their game at Tampa moved to 2021 and o hold two games at Gainesville in 2022 and 2025…Pittsburgh will host New Hampshire in 2021…Virginia Tech will opt out of a three-game contract with East Carolina and is looking for a seventh home game opponent for 2019. The Hokies also signed 19 players from 11 different states on the early Dec. 19 signing date…Akron and Nebraska have reach a financial settlement for their weather-cancelled Sept. 1 fracas…Northwestern’s early signing class included standout DE Adetomiwa “Tommy” Adebawore of Kansas City, Mo.
$325,000 in upgrades have been granted to Fort Worth, Texas, elementary school libraries by the Gary (TCU’s vaunted head coach) and Kelsey Patterson Foundation…Coaches and fans returning from a BYU recruiting gathering helped save the life of a woman critically injured in an auto accident near Sundance, Utah…Air Force, Army West Point, Navy, and Coast Guard athletics have been scrambling to make travel and other arrangements during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association and National Commodore Club are hosting several events in conjunction with VU’s tussle against Baylor Friday in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Houston Bowl. Special apparel items also are available online and through the Vandy book store…
Navy defensive coordinator Dale Pehrson is retiring after 23 seasons on the staff…The Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch penned a feature on the early days of new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day growing up in New Hampshire and dreaming of going into coaching…Newly-named collegiate head coaches in recent days are former Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor, Sacramento State; Eliah Drinkwitz (formally contracted last week), Appalachian State, Nick Charlton (the new current youngest coach in NCAA Division I at age 30) at Maine, Chris Merritt at Bryant, Clay McGuire at Texas State, Rusty Wright at Chattanooga, and Todd Stepsis at Drake…The 2018 Associated Press 2018 National Coach of the Year is Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly…The East Bay (Calif.) Times recently released a study on head coaches’ victories per base salary…Auburn athletics released details of new offensive coordinator’s Kenny Dillingham’s contract…Colorado named Jimmy Brumbaugh as defensive line coach, Jay Johnson offensive coordinator and Tyson Summers defensive coordinator. Both Johnson and summers previously worked with new CU head coach Mel Tucker at Georgia. Tucker also has been working with other Buffaloes staff members to insure top early recruiting and a smooth coaching transition after he received his initial, five-year contract and compensation terms…New Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins is releasing all current assistant coaches from their contracts…Former Duke assistant coach Kurt Roper is the new quarterbacks coach at NC State…New Southern California offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke of USC being the “right spot” for his career. Former USC assistant Greg Burns has rejoined the staff as secondary coach…Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has continued as a consultant to Alabama football…Bowling Green tabbed Brian VanGorder as linebackers coach/associate head coach and Julian Campenni as defensive line coach…Louisville named Bryan Brown defensive coordinator, Frank Ponce quarterbacks coach and ShaDon Brown named safeties coach…Mississippi State added former assistant coach Tony Hughes to the 2019 staff, and assistant head coach/run game coordinator Charles Huff will remain with MSU despite several offers from other schools….Northern Arizona defensive coordinator Andy Thompson has accepted the same position at Southern Utah…Virginia Tech has compiled a 25-14 record in three seasons under head coach Justin Fuente with only Clemson (38) and Miami, Fla. (26) having more triumphs among ACC schools prior to post-2018 bowl clashes…Kendal Briles is the new offensive coordinator at Florida State…Appalachian State is retaining Justin Watts as an offensive assistant and Shawn Clark as offensive line coach…Colorado tabbed former Georgia defensive assistant coach Travares Tillman as 2019 defensive backs coach…Georgia Tech added for Yellow Jackets standout Tashard Choice as running backs coach…Kansas State hired assistant coaches Blake Seiler (defensive line) and Collin Klein (quarterbacks) for head coach Chris Klieman’s new staff, and former offensive coordinator Andre Coleman and tight ends coach Zach Hanson are looking for new assignments at other schools in ’19…North Texas head coach Seth Littrell appears set for his position for future years with a contract extension and solid recruiting class last week…Southern California defensive analyst Joe DeForest is the Trojans new outside linebackers coach…Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester had his contract extended through 2023…Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck noted two suspensions for the Golden Gophers bowl game…Former Baylor and Houston head coach Art Briles has been granted an extension by the NCAA…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has joined the chorus of coaches and administrators calling for expansion of the College Football Playoff to eight teams…Kansas head coach Les Miles completed his assistant coaching staff with the appointment of tight ends coach Jeff Hecklinski. KU linebackers coach Chris Jacobson has signed a three-year contact while Emmett Jones is the Jayhawks new wide receivers coach…Minnesota is hiring former Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak as a defensive assistant…Montana State chose Matt Miller as offensive coordinator…Maryland named Elijah Brooks as an assistant coach…Former Ole Miss offensive coordinator Phil Longo bid his former players and friends a fond goodbye as he left for the North Carolina coaching staff…Rutgers has returned former assistant coach Henry Baker to its staff…South Dakota State athletics officially confirmed the five-year contract extension for head coach John Stiegelmeier…Former Boise State defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a and former Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks (running backs coach) have joined the USC coaching staff…UCLA named Justin Frye offensive coordinator…Utah selected Sione Po’uha as assistant coach…Wake Forest added Tyler Santucci as assistant coach with specific duties to be determined.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – Richmond: Russ Huesman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Rutgers: Chris Ash, Ottumwa, Iowa; Samford: Chris Hatcher, Macon, Ga.; U. of San Diego: Dale Lindsey, Bedford, Ind.; San Diego State: Rocky Long, Provo, Utah.
Southern Miss interim director of athletics Jeff Mitchell is making a quick re-evaluation of the entire department and budgeting practices…Former Missouri and Texas State AD Mike Alden has been selected as interim AD at Cleveland State…New Mexico senior associate AD/CFO Rob Robinson is returning to Tennessee to work with a private law firm…Akron athletics is preparing to take on buyout after the release of head coach Terry Bowden and his staff…BYU AD Tom Holmoe and his staff have adopted the slogans “back on track and building champions culture” for 2019…New Oklahoma president James Gallogly made comments about the impact and later influence on the university of his predecessor at OU David Boren…East Carolina special adviser for athletics and former AD Dave Hart Jr. has received a one-year contract extension…Mississippi State AD John Cohen was the subject of a lengthy question and answer multi-part feature in the Starkville, Miss., Daily News…Idaho State has begun a national for its new AD… Syracuse AD John Wildhack spoke of his theories about contract extensions for head coaches and some possibilities of successors for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.
Conference USA had a 4-2 record in post-2018 bowls, has a winning record in postseason and has been .500-plus in seven of last eight bowl seasons (30-21 in postseason play during that skein)…New Big Sky Conference commissioner Tom Wistcrill spoke recently about challenges for the BSC moving forward. Big Sky deputy commissioner Ron Loghry is completing a 23-years-plus tenure in that office…The Big Ten Conference has no plans for additional members or realignment…The Athletic publication mentioned that the Big 12 Conference should consider UCF for membership…The Atlantic 10 and Mountain West Conferences are scheduling “challenge” contests for the 2020-21 season in various sports…The American Athletic Conference is countering rumors that Connecticut may be joining another loop…The AAC is working on a new grant-of-rights media arrangement for individual schools…Oregon State and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott were part of a recent issues and answers article in the Portland Oregonian…SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is hoping for an offseason examination of changes in college overtime rules.
The early bowl games are in the books, and Conference YUSA and the Mid-American Conference lead all circuits with six bowl appearances apiece. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences are ready for their first activity Wednesday, Dec. 26… In the Bahamas Bowl, Elk Grove Village (Ill.) officials told media that the $300,000 sponsorship has paid major dividends in national and international exposure…Quick Lane Bowl official have promoted a special sweepstakes’ offer for free tickets…Cincinnati enters the Military Bowl with a 10-2 mark under head coach Luke Fickell and downed East Carolina 56-6 in the Bearcats latest contest…Ohio head coach Frank Solich (at age 74) became the most experienced head coach to compete in and win a post-2018 bowl with a 27-0 victory over 68-year-old head coach Rocky Long and San Diego State in the DXL Frisco Bowl. Those two head coaches now have 300 composite victories as college mentors. Long also is the winningest head coach in terms of triumphs in the Mountain West Conference with a 71-35 mark over eight seasons…Virginia Tech and Cincinnati met for the 12th time in their histories on Dec. 31 in the Military Bowl and for the fourth time in bowl history as both Cincy’s and Tech’s most common bowl foes…Media and sports commissions in the Denver, Colo., area are seeking a possible Mile High Bowl to add to the extensive lineup of FBS postseason clashes.
Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman passed for 328 yards and rushed 23 times for 91 net yards to lead the Demon Deacons to a 37-34 comeback victory over Memphis in the Jared Birmingham Bowl…Troy QB Sawyer Smith tallied 320 passing yards and four aerial TDs as the Trojans won their 10th game of the season 42-32 over Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Ala….Lineman Tarek Essa who started playing organized football three years ago signed a U Sport letter-of-intent with the University of Calgary (Canada)….Two-time AFCA All-America QB Devlin Hodges of Samford and Dartmouth DB and Asa Bushnell Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Isiah Swann headlined the 2018 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team. The AFCA has chosen All-America teams since 1945 and now has A-A squads for all five NCAA and NAIA divisions with all voting by coaches. The AFCA’s 2018 NCAA Division III All-America squad was paced by consensus stalwarts Eureka (Ill.) RB Le’Anthony Reasnover and Springfield (Mass.) DB Nick Giorgio…FIU RB Shawndarrius Phillips expects to be making a transfer for the 2019 season.
The Scripps Family Foundation donated $2 million to Colorado’s student-athlete leadership program…Texas’ new $300 million basketball and multi-purpose arena will have a special leasing agreement with the Oak View Group LLC and will have no cost to Lone Star State taxpayers…Missouri athletics is making additional replacements to video boards at various facilities…Several collegiate and sportswear apparel companies in the U.S. with suppliers in China are seeking to avoid passing on higher prices to patrons due to recent international tariff enactments…Cincinnati athletics is adding new turf at Nippert Stadium…Florida has set a February 2019 construction date for its new baseball stadium and increased the facility’s budget to $65 million…South Dakota athletics’ Dakota Dome improvements are set to begin in February…Clemson football has been credited with higher real estate prices and building resurgence near the CU campus…UCLA athletics is intensifying its marketing and promotional efforts for football and basketball season and individual tickets…UNLV has devised a priority seating plan for previous season ticket holders as it prepares to move into the new Las Vegas stadium…Boise State athletics has purchased land to build its new baseball stadium and to renew its diamond program for the 2020 season…Nebraska athletics and local authorities are investigating possible football ticket counterfeiting during recent seasons.
Inaugural NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner Dr. Chris Howard of Air Force football and current president at Robert Morris received in-stadium recognition as the 2018 FWAA Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Merit Award recipient…Former Kansas State president Dr. Jon Wefald penned a heartfelt essay on the legacy of retired NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder at K-State. It mentioned that Snyder was the actual 18th choice of the 1989 selection committee at KSU, and he will receive a $3 million legacy payment for his years of service to K-State…NFF College Hall of Fame player and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has appealed to the Big Ten Conference and BTN to keep Northwestern from hosting Friday night telecasts in conflict with the Chicago area’s solid high school game gridiron slates.
The Miami (Fla.) Herald opined about the College Football Playoff possibly expanding before the four-team contractual agreement ends in the early 2020s.
Ventura (Calif.) College head coach Steve Mooshagian has been named the 2018 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year by the AFCA. The AFCA also denoted its 2018 Regional Coaches of the Year with Alabama’s Nick Saban and North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman (newly named head coach at Kansas State to replace retiring NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder) highlight the AFCA 2018 Regional Coach of the Year winners. These winners and the FBS, FCS, NCAA Division II, DIII, and NAIA Coaches of the Year will be honored at the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 9. The NFF also will be represented at presentation of the Coach of the Year and awards luncheon during the 97th annual AFCA convention…The Top Five teams in the final AFCA NCAA Division III poll were national champ Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), Mount Union (Ohio), Wisconsin-Whitewater, St. John’s (Minn.), and Johns Hopkins (Md.)…Jason Bryant of the National Wrestling Media Association, Gene McGivern of St. Thomas (Minn.), Colena Roberts of Savannah College of Arts of Design, Craig Kaufman of Amherst, Madeline Heaps of Eastern Michigan, and Nick Heidelberger of Elms (Mass.) College, and Judy Willson of LSU were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…The FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception for UAB’s Bill Clark will be held Saturday, Jan. 5. From 5:30-7 p.m. (PST) at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, Calif., prior to the CFP championship encounter on Jan. 7.
North Dakota State and Eastern Washington moved onto the DI championship Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Those schools have combined to win eight of the last nine FCS national trophies. This is the ninth consecutive year for the DI finals to be played at Toyota Stadium…
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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