College Football Notes – Jan. 9, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
 NCAA Football LogoThe NFF College Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was denoted in ceremonies at San Jose, Calif., Monday while bringing the players’ membership over the 1,000 mark (now 1,010 total) for the first time along with 215 members inducted as coaches. The new class includes players Terrell Buckley, DB, Florida State (1989-91); Rickey Dixon, DB, Oklahoma (1984-87); London Fletcher, LB, John Carroll (Ohio) (1995-97); Jacob Green, DL, Texas A&M (1977-79); Torry Holt, WR, NC State (1995-98); Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, WR, Notre Dame (1988-90); Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas (2005-07); Jake Plummer, QB, Arizona State (1993-96); Troy Polamalu, DB, Southern California (1999-02); Joe Thomas, OL, Wisconsin (2003-06); Lorenzo White, RB, Michigan State (1984-87); Patrick Willis, LB, Ole Miss (2004-06); and Vince Young, QB, Texas (2003-05). Coaches joining the elite Hall of Fame ranks are Dennis Erickson, who went 179-96-1 during a career that saw him win two national titles at Miami (Fla.) as well as conference titles at Idaho, Oregon State, and Arizona State. Joining Erickson is Joe Taylor, who coached at Howard, Virginia Union, Hampton, and Florida A&M and posted a record of 232-97-4 with four national championships and 10 conference titles over 30 years in coaching. The class was announced live during “SportsCenter” on ESPN2 Monday morning. One member of the new class – Rocket Ismail – appeared live on “SportsCenter” to represent the 13 players and two coaches who have been selected as members of the 2019 class. Please click here for the 76 All-America players and six coaches on the ballot from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 100 All-America players and 32 coaches from the divisional ranks. Selected individuals from the new inductees also participated in the pregame festivities and coin toss before the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Clemson on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
To celebrate its legacy in the sport, the NFF and College Hall of Fame inducted the Goodyear Blimp as an honorary member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The blimp will be the first non-player or coach to be inducted. What started as a request from network television to provide aerial coverage for the 1955 Rose Bowl Game telecast has turned into a long-standing commitment to college football coverage. Since then, the blimp has covered more than 2,000 games from the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl and hundreds of other gridiron clashes. For players and fans, the blimp has come to signify the magnitude of games and the superior performances that take place on the field.
The CFP championship and 60th annual NFF MacArthur Bowl national champion trophy presentation (first given to Syracuse’s 1959 national championship squad) occurred Tuesday morning with NFF executive director/CEO Steve Hatchell on hand to award the prestigious and large bowl to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and his victorious squad. Clemson became the first NCAA FBS squad in modern history (Penn was 15-0 in 1897) to finish 15-0 after topping Alabama 44-16 in the CFP national championship. Clemson’s senior class tied a FBS mark with Alabama’s 2018 season seniors with a 56-4 record for the most career victories in FBS annals over four seasons. CU also is the first undefeated team to win the CFP crown since this set of playoffs began with the 2014 season. The post-2018 CFP championship skirmish also was the first meeting of two 14-0 teams in FBS annals.
North Dakota State downed Eastern Washington 38-24 in the NCAA Division I championship last Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 11 a.m. (CST). Those schools have combined to win eight of the last nine FCS national trophies, and this was the ninth consecutive year for the DI finals to be played at Toyota Stadium. The team scoring first in this encounter is 7-2 since 2010…The 2018 Most Outstanding Player award went to NDSU wideout Darrius Shepherd with five catches for 125 yards, two touchdowns (the Bison’s margin of victory) and a long gainer of 78 yards. The 2017 Most Outstanding Player award was presented to Easton Stick, the NDSU quarterback with 13-of-22 passing for 130 yards and one decisive TD toss and 14 rushes for 35 net yards. Stick played at football-notable Creighton Prep in Omaha, Neb., is a native of baseball-famous Papillion, Neb., and holds virtually all the NDSU season and career passing marks. Stick entered the game with a FCS-record all-time mark of 48-3 as a starting quarterback and increased that to 49-3 with the win. He also rushed 18 times for 121 yards and three TDs against EWU while completing 13-of-19 for 198 yards and two touchdowns and accounting for all five Bison TDs.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 7-13 time period are Jan. 7 (1884) Albert Exendine, Bartlesville, Okla.; (1930) Eddie LeBaron, San Rafael, Calif.; Jan. 8 (1909) Ben Ticknor, Canton, Mass.; (1922) Steve Suhey, Janesville, N.Y.; (1927) George Taliaferro, Gates, Tenn.; (1959) Mark Herrmann, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jan. 9 (1916) Brud Holland, Auburn, N.Y.; (1956) Ken MacAfee, Portland, Ore.; (1956) Gary Spani, Satanta, Kan.; Jan. 10 (1892) Alex Weyand, Jersey City, N.J.; (1909) Harvey Jablonsky, Clayton, Mo.; (1921) John Tavener, Newark, Ohio; Jan. 11 (1895) Paddy Driscoll, Evanston, Ill.; (1973) Dave Dickenson, Great Falls, Mont.; Jan. 12 (1895) Bo McMillin, Prairie Hill, Texas; (1899) Fritz Crisler, Earlville, Ill.; (1943) Tucker Frederickson, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Jan. 13 (1907) Gerald Mann, Sulphur Springs, Texas; (1947) Bill Stanfill, Cairo, Ga.; (1958) Tyrone McGriff, Vero Beach, Fla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Jan. 7 (1938) Philip King, Washington, D.C.; (1979) Andy Gustafson, Coral Gables, Fla.; (1990) Bronko Nagurski, International Falls, Minn.; Jan. 8 (1977) Steve Suhey, State College, Pa.; Jan. 10 (2006) Dave Brown, Lubbock, Texas; (2007) Ray Beck, Rome, Ga.; Jan. 12 (1965) John Tigert, Gainesville, Fla.; (1980) Lawrence “Biff” Jones, Washington, D.C.; Jan. 13 (1985) Brud Holland, New York City; (1987) Matt Hazeltine, San Francisco, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 8 Mark Herrmann, Jan. 9 Ken MacAfee, Gary Spani, Jan. 11 Dave Dickenson, Jan. 12 Tucker Frederickson, Jan. 13 Bill Stanfill, Tyrone McGriff…
Michigan State and Tulsa will open the 2019 season on Aug. 30 to accommodate a national telecast on a network to be determined…Dartmouth and Sacred Heart (Conn.) have scheduled a 2021 and ’22 series…Drake will host Truman State during the 2019 season…LSU again proved to be the spoiler in bowl season with a 40-32 victory over UCF to end the Knights then-FBS-longest winning streak at 25. The Tigers also proved their value as an underdog in the 1966 Goodyear Cotton Bowl with a 14-7 upset over then-No. 2-nationally Arkansas, which was 10-0, ranked No. 2 nationally and in the midst of a school-record, 22-game winning streak. The coaches in that 1966 classic also are members of the NFF College Hall of Fame with Frank Broyles at Arkansas and Charles “Cholly Mac” McClendon at LSU.
NFL commissioner Roger Goddell presented two Super Bowl LIII tickets to a family of Arlington, Texas, with an entire home dedicated to NFL and Dallas Cowboys memorabilia…Fort Worth (Texas) Diamond Hill-Jarvis head coach Oscar Castillo attended most of the recent Texas state high school championships in nearby Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium with dreams of continued improvement at DHJHS. The school broke a 77-game losing skein in September 2018…The NFL Dallas Cowboys promoted a “White Out Night” with white apparel won by the majority of fans at the Cowboys-Seattle Seahawks wild-card playoff tussle.
Former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen accepted the same position at Houston last week and had his extended contract terms revealed…WVU selected highly-successful Troy head coach and former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown as its new chief mentor…Tom Arth is the new head coach at Akron while Chris Ball has taken the reins at Northern Arizona…Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is now 116-30-0 (.794) as he finished his 12th season as a head coach – all at Clemson. His Tigers teams are 87-1 when they lead opponents by 14 points or more during games…Alabama head coach Nick Saban needed one more CFP title win prior to the 2018 to tie NFF College Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant with seven national championships. Saban won one BCS crown with LSU and five at Alabama, and Clemson became the first team to beat a Saban-coaches Alabama squad by more than 14 points…Army West Point is 29-2 when leading after three quarters under fifth-year head coach Jeff Monken…Former Texas Tech DB Antonio Huffman will serve as chief of staff for new Red Raiders head coach Matt Wells…Chattanooga tabbed Jacob Huesman as tight ends coach, Joe Pizzo as offensive coordinator, Kenny Baker as defensive line coach, and Mike Yeager as special teams coach and defensive assistant…Memphis named Duke Adams defensive line coach and Adam Fuller defensive coordinator…North Carolina selected Brian Hess as strength and conditioning coach…Ohio State hired former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for head coach Ryan Day’s new staff, and several other OSU assistant coaching changes are in the works… Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key is slated to take the same position at Georgia Tech. Tech also hired three more assistant coaches from Temple in Jim Panagos (defensive line), Larry Knight (defensive ends/outside linebackers) and Chris Wiesehan (tight ends)…Connecticut named former Fordham defensive coordinator Darrell Perkins as defensive backs coach…Florida State special teams coordinator Alonzo Hampton will not return for the 2019 season…Louisville has hired former Oregon outside linebackers coach Cort Dennison as defensive coordinator, Stephen Field as recruiting director and Chad Scott as running backs coach. Former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is in the process of selling his large estate in the Northern Kentucky area…Memphis tabbed Kevin Johns as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Miami (Fla.) has pinpointed former Houston head coach and Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as a possible offensive coordinator…NFF College Hall of Fame player and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has disdained possible overtures for recent NFL head coaching openings. NU has moved quality control analyst Kurt Anderson to offensive line coach…Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has moved to Oklahoma as defensive coordinator…Auburn named Kenny Dillingham offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…Campbell chose Weston Glaser as defensive coordinator…Former East Carolina assistant coach David Blackwell is the new defensive coordinator at Old Dominion. Former Penn State assistant football strength and conditioning coach Dwight Galt IV has been name director of sports performance at Old Dominion…Shawn Watson (offensive coordinator) and receivers coach Kevin Sherman will not be on the Pittsburgh Panthers staff in 2019…Former Tulsa linebackers coach Joseph Gillespie now will be the team’s defensive coordinator…Appalachian State named Junior Adams offensive assistant coach…New Elon head coach Tony Trisciani has selected Billy Crocker (defensive coordinator), Chris Bland (cornerbacks) and Andy Marino (offensive line) for his 2019 coaching staff…Washington wide receivers coach Matt Lubick is leaving the Huskies to enter private business.
Hometowns of more 2018 college head coaches – SMU: Sonny Dykes, Big Spring, Texas; South Carolina State: Buddy Pough, Orangeburg, S.C.; Southern (Baton Rouge): Dawson Odums, Shelby, N.C.; Southern California: Clay Helton, Gainesville, Fla.; Southern Illinois: Nick Hill, DuQuoin, Ill.
West Virginia director of athletics Shane Lyons was highlighted for his recent signature hire of successful Troy head coach Neal Brown as WVU chieftain…Former Alabama athletics associate director of communications Todd Bell is the new Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s manager of marketing and communications in Minneapolis, Minn…Clayton State named Danielle Masi assistant athletics trainer…Richmond AD John Hardt was featured in a one-year review of his success at the post by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences had the most bowl wins during the post-2018 bowl season with six each…Conference USA (4-2) and FBS independents (BYU, Notre Dame, Army) tied for top FBS postseason winning percentage at .667.
An expanded, eight-team CFP and the impact of the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual on future CFP dates and sites were discussed in two recent national newspaper stories about the future of college bowls…The 2019 NHL Winter Classic is scheduled for historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 1, 2020.. It is the first time this event has been held in Texas. In case of rain, the match will be moved to Jan. 2, and warmer temperatures on a sunny day will not affect the ice package.
2018 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Christian Wilkins played a major defensive role in Clemson’s 30-3 win over Notre Dame in the CFP semifinals and 44-16 victory over Alabama in the CFP title contest…Kentucky RB Benny Snell capped his career with 26 carries for 144 yards and the UK career rushing record with 3,873 yards and 48 TDs. Former 1973 SEC Player of the Year Sonny Collins held the Wildcats all-time rushing mark for 43 years with 3,835 yards…Alabama RB Damien Harris was lauded for his 3,000-plus-yards of career rushing and 6.5 infantry average while playing alongside numerous All-America rushers and Southeastern Conference Players of the Year…Samford QB Devlin Hodges won the coveted 2018 Walter Payton Award as NCAA FCS Player of the Year on offense. The 2018 Buck Buchanan Defensive Player of the Year for NCAA FCS was LB Zach Hall of Southeast Missouri State…Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow captured the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy as walk-on student-athlete of the year in NCAA FBS…Texas QB Sam Ehlinger tied the Allstate Sugar Bowl record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with late NFF College Hall of Fame QB and former Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jack Mildren with three. Ehlinger, who rushed a season-high 21 times in the Longhorns’ upset win over Georgia at the bowl, set a UT season mark with 16 rushing scores…Georgia LB D’Andre Walker paced the Bulldogs with 7.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures in ’18…Texas A&M RB Trayveon Williams rushed for a career-best 236 yards, including a 93-yard TD sprint, in the Aggies victory over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator bowl. Williams also set an A&M season rushing record with 1,760 yards and announced via Twitter he will enter the 2019 NFL Draft…Texas All-Big 12 WR Collin Johnson will return for the 2019 season along with DE teammate Malcolm Roach…Georgia sported the Southeastern Conference’s top rushing attack with RBs D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield…Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson finished the regular season with 74 receptions for 1,112 yards and 10 TDs in ‘18Some other notables recently declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft as underclassmen are Florida OT Jawaan Taylor and DE Jachai Polite, Penn State RB Mailes Sanders, Duje QB Donald Jones and LB Joe Giles-Harris, Georgia WR Riley Ridley and TE Isaac Nauta, Vanderbilt DB Joejuan Williams, Auburn CB Jamel Dean, Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley, and Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside…Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence was unable to participate in the CFP semifinal but played in the CFP championship after appealing a NCAA suspension…Alabama suspended LG Deonte Brown, TE Kedrick James and OL Elliott Baker prior to the CFP semifinals’ test against Oklahoma…Tyson Maeva has left the Boise State football program and will be seeking a new college locale for the 2019 season…Missouri DE Tre Williams is hoping to be reinstated to the squad before 2019 spring workouts…Athlete Payton Burbank turned down scholarship offers from Northern Montana and Minot State to ink a U SPORT letter of intent with the University of Calgary (Canada) Dinos…Highlighting the 2018 FWAA Freshman All-America Team are Clemson starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence (12-0 as a true Frosh starter), Alabama starting cornerback Patrick Surtain II, Purdue’s Rondale Moore, kicker Andre Szmyt of Syracuse, and Syracuse safety Andre Cisco (seven pass interceptions), among others. Josh Heupel, who coached UCF to a 13-0 regular season (13-1 overall) and the American Athletic Conference title, is the FWAA First-Year Coach of the Year.
BYU’s updated LaVell Edwards Stadium was featured in a new 3-dimensional college on the university’s athletics website and in area media reports…Michigan State athletics received an anonymous donation of $1.4 million to help install new lights at MSU baseball and softball fields…After the 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium, Michigan faced the Fighting Irish men’s hockey team at the same locale Jan. 5…Dayton Flyers basketball hit a milestone last Sunday with the 10,000,000th fan to attend a UD hoops’ skirmish…The Gideons International completed a scripture distribution of 50,000-plus bibles at the University of Texas’ Austin campus late in 2018…Student representatives from Manhattan College (where the baseball seventh-inning stretch originated), Yale, Fordham, and Hawai’i spoke at a recent conference saluting the work of God’s Quad and its association with athletics and local Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ groups on college campuses nationwide…Nationally-known groundskeepers and agronomists helped re-sod and firm up the sometimes-precarious turf (soaked by some area rains last week) at Levi’s Stadium – site of the CFP national championship in Santa Clara, Calif….Northwestern has completed renovations on Welsh-Ryan Arena to compliment the 2018 opening of NU’s $300 million-plus football practice an training facilities.
Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Villanova great/CBS Sports commentator Howie Long was in a win-win situation during last Sunday’s NFL playoff contest between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Long’s son Chris of Virginia plays defensive end for the Bears. Another son Kyle is an offensive guard for the Eagles after starring at Oregon…NFF College Hall of Fame member and 1998 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner Matt Stinchcomb of Georgia joined NCAA football and officiating coordinator Dr. Rogers Redding, a frequent contributor to NFF Chalktalk and the group’s website, representing the Foundation at last weeks’s NCAA Division I football championship. Stinchcomb provided analysis for the ESPN telecast. NFF administrator Will Rudd also was a VIP guest at the eastern Washington-North Dakota State standoff while NFF correspondent Bo Carter provided NCAA game notes for the championship for the eighth consecutive year.
National Collegiate Golf Camps will be hosting camps for collegians and juniors this year in Pinehurst, N.C., Las Vegas, Nev., and Dallas, Texas.
Dennis Dodd of and Chris Vannini of The Athletic were named co-winners of the FWAA’s 2018 Beat Writer of the Year Award on Monday…CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Dave Plati of Colorado received the FWAA Lifetime Achievement Award for four decades of outstanding service to the media – all at CU…Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star has captured the coveted 2018 Bert McGrane Award for lifetime excellence in sports writing and contributions to the FWAA. Mallory Rosetta of Texas Tech will receive the 22nd annual FWAA Volney Meece Memorial Scholarship…Chad Jackson of Georgia Southern, Kevin Beasley of South Alabama, Kevin Hashiro of Chaminade, Christopher Sabato of Willamette, Kenisha Rhone of Belmont, Amie Canfield of Mt. Holyoke, Jason Bryant of the National Wrestling Media Association, David Heberger of Randolph, and Steve Roe of Iowa were featured subjects and opinion makers in the popular CoSIDA Open Forum discussion link on…New inductees for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame are Bill Rhoden, John Akers, Jack McCallum, and Dan Wetzel…Veteran sports writer Bill Knight is retiring after 40 years at the El Paso Times…Veteran Ohio head coach Frank Solich has been elected president of the AFCA while Lake Forest (Ill.) head coach Jim Catanzaro, Morningside (Iowa) head coach Steve Ryan and Montana head coach Bobby Hauck have been elected to the AFCA Board of Trustees for 2019.
2018-19 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
CFP (2018 Season)
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 (CFP Semifinals)
Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34
Monday, Jan. 7 – CFP National Championship, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., Clemson 44, Alabama 16
Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2017-18 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Monday, Dec. 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Florida 41, Michigan 15
Tuesday, Jan. 1
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., LSU 40, UCF 32
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., Ohio State 28, Washington, 24
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Texas 28, Georgia 21
CFP (2019 Season)
Saturday, Dec. 28 (CFP Semifinals)
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 4 or 8 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, 4 or 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 13 – CFP Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2018-19 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, early, noon (tentative)
Monday, Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., TBD
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., TBD
Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., TBD

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