College Football Notes – Aug. 25, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2019
College football season No. 150 is off and running with No. 8 nationally Florida edging Miami (Fla.) 24-20 in those two in-state rivals’ first meeting since 2013, homestanding Hawai’i topping Arizona of the Pac-12 Conference 45-38, Villanova downing Colgate 34-14, and 2016 NCAA FCS runnerup Youngstown State defeating Samford 45-20 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala….Calgary and Edmonton open the Canadian college season Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Calgary’s head coach is Wayne Harris Jr., son of NFF College Hall of Fame lineman the late Wayne Harris Sr. of Arkansas.
Quote of the Week – Longtime Villanova basketball enthusiast an ’74 graduate Joe Mistretta of Prosper, Texas, after the Wildcats season-opening victory over Colgate: “We’re getting to quite a football school.”
Note: The Wildcats are 583-460-39 (.557 winning percentage) over 122 seasons, have competed in five bowl games all-time and have made 12 NCAA FCS postseason appearances from 1989-2016 with one NCAA Division I football title in 2009. For the record, Villanova men’s basketball has three NCAA championships.
With the College Football 150 ceremonies in full swing, here are some notables for pre-1939 accomplishments before the NCAA took over official statistics’ compilations. In the book Stars of An Earlier Autumn author Tex Noel and the Intercollegiate Football Research Foundation discovered these 1869-1938 individual record gems:
– Most Touchdowns Scored, Game: 12, Leo Schick, St. Viator vs. Lane Tech, 1916
– Most Touchdowns Scored, Season: 39, Everett Lake, Harvard, 1891
– Most Touchdowns Scored, Career: 93, Willie Heston, Michigan, 1901-04
Notably, Heston is in the NFF College Hall of Fame and was the first MVP in the 1902 inaugural Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, and Lake (All-America for the Crimson in 1891) later was head coach at both Harvard and Trinity (Conn.) before serving as governor of Connecticut from 1921-23.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Aug. 26-Sept. 1 time period are Aug. 26 (1876) Gary Cochran, Driftwood, Pa.; (1912) Aaron Rosenberg, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1918) Harry Smith, Russellville, Mo.; (1928) Jerry Claiborne, Hopkinsville, Ky.; (1933) George Welsh, Coaldale, Pa.; (1952) Donnie Shell, Whitmire, S.C.; Aug. 27 (1908) Frank Leahy, O’Neill, Neb.; (1951) Mack Brown, Cookeville, Tenn.; (1987) Darren McFadden, Little Rock, Ark.; Aug. 28 (1945) Jim Lynch, Lima, Ohio; Aug. 29 (1896) George McLaren, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1924) Clyde “Smackover” Scott, Dixie, La.; (1939) Bob Ferguson, Columbus, Ohio; (1950) Dr. Tommy Casanova, New Orleans, La.; Aug. 30 (1915) George Cafego, Whipple, W.Va.; (1940) Lance Alworth, Houston, Texas; (1955) Marvin Powell, Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Aug. 31 (1906) Bill Spears, Jasper, Tenn.; (1918) Kenny Washington, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1952) Gary Johnson, Shreveport, La.; Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Dothan, Ala.; (1916) Ed Bock, Ft. Dodge, Iowa; (1950) Phillip Fulmer, Winchester, Tenn.; (1973) Zach Thomas, Pampa, Texas.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Aug. 27 (1958) Bobby Marshall, Minneapolis, Minn.; Aug. 29 (1933) Frank Cavanaugh, Marshfield, Mass.; Aug. 30 (2013) Leo Lewis, Columbia, Mo.; Aug. 31 (2015) Tom Scott, Charlottesville, Va.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Aug. 26 Donnie Shell, Aug. 27 Mack Brown, Darren McFadden, Aug. 28 Jim Lynch, Aug. 29 Bob Ferguson (a spry 80), Dr. Tommy Casanova, Aug. 30 Lance Alworth (a spry 79), Marvin Powell, Aug. 31 Gary Johnson, Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Phillip Fulmer, and Zach Thomas…
Arkansas State will meet Ohio State for the first time on Sept. 10, 2022…Florida and Miami (Fla.) will meet again during the 2024 and ‘25 seasons…Toledo will meet Kentucky at Toledo in 2027 and at Lexington, Ky., in 2025 and 2028…Louisiana Tech and Tulsa will play a two-game series in 2024 and 2025…The 2024 Louisville-USF clash has been moved up to the season opener for both schools…Friday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado and Colorado State is the teams’ last meeting in Denver before they move back to campus sites starting in 2020…Connecticut and Notre Dame have scheduled games in other sports and may seek a future football series…Arizona and Hawai’i had a slight delay to start their contest last Saturday because of a bus transportation mixup.
SMU, TCU, UT Dallas, Southwestern Assemblies of God, North Texas, Dallas Christian, Southwestern University, and other area higher educational institutions will be celebrating North Texas Giving Day for donors on Thursday, Sept. 19. Contributors can schedule monetary gifts online via each school’s website starting Sept. 9…UT Dallas in recent years has had informal committees to study the possibility of adding football as a varsity sport, but no action has been taken at this time…UT Arlington discussed a 10-year plan for resurrecting its football program (dropped in 1985) last autumn and had a 2004 study headed to bring back the sport by former Big Eight Conference commissioner, interim Big 12 Conference commissioner and college headhunter/consultant Chuck Neinas.
Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente approaches the Hokies season opener against Boston College in Atlantic Coast Conference activity with the most wins (25) in his first three years at the helm of any VT mentor…Assistant head coach David Duggan is taking over as interim head coach at Arkansas State until head coach Blake Anderson returns from bereavement for his wife Wendy Anderson who passed away Aug. 19 after a long battle with cancer. Arkansas head coach Chad Morris promised full support and assistance for Anderson after his wife’s passing…Idaho State defensive line coach Steve Fifita is stepping down for the ’19 season…Michigan State’s assistant coaches’ contracts have been restructured…Arizona athletics had a proposal to give bonuses to head coaches if teams reach a certain grade point average level…Nebraska named Danny Marcuzzo volunteer coach and camp coordinator…Creighton added Judd Cornell as men’s golf coach, and he joins longtime NCAA Baseball World Series media assistant and Creighton women’s rowing coach Daniel Chipps on that staff…Oregon athletics named Jo Koons as a volunteer assistant coach and Emily Watson as a graduate manager…Texas A&M coaches have been viewing previous game tapes when former offensive coordinator Jake Spavital was calling plays. Spavital makes his head coaching debut Thursday when Texas State visits SEC power Texas A&M…Former Lambuth, Arkansas State and Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is preparing for his Liberty debut Saturday against No. 22 nationally…Toledo head coach Jason Candle explained the reason for small turnover on his assistant coaching staff after the 2018 season…Marshall athletics named Lazar Milinkovic and Adria Crawford recruiting coordinators.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Kent State: Sean Lewis, Madison, Wis.; Kentucky: Mark Stoops, Youngstown, Ohio; Kentucky State: Charlie Jackson, Vienna, Ga.; Knox: Damon Tomeo, Pomona, Calif.; Lafayette: John Garrett, Danville, Pa.
Incarnate Word interim director of athletics Richard Duran is working with his college’s administrators to keep athletics functioning at a high level. The Cardinals made the 2018 NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time… Kansas AD Jeff Long and Mid-American Conference officials are working on a similar change proposal for NCAA FBS scholarship rules’ changes…Ohio State athletics has chosen Dr. Candice Williams and Charron Sumler as sport psychology counselors…Former Michigan AD Dave Brandon spoke of how ESPN provided support for the installation of permanent lights at Michigan Stadium…Saint Rose chose Lori Anctil as associate vice president and director of athletics…Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard assessed ISU’s 2019-20 athletics’ success outlook and television agreements…Terry Likes was named director of university communications for Mississippi State after an 11-year career as a journalism instructor and administrator at Tennessee State…Dr. Susan Wente has been tabbed as interim chancellor at Vanderbilt after the retirement of Nicholas Zeppos…Brown named John Furtado director of sports medicine and Erin Varlao assistant athletics trainer…St. John’s (N.Y.) has set fall walkon tryout dates for ABCA Hall of Fame head coach Ed Blankmeyer and his 25th squad for the 2020 season…NYU chose Melissa Mapes as assistant sports information director…Ariel Sanchez was tabbed as an operations director for New Mexico athletics…Phillip Younts was named sports information director at Southwestern Christian (Texas) U…Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick spoke of revival of the UND football program in a recent interview…North Dakota State athletics game manager Alyson Vander Steen was saluted for her game-day efforts and operational expertise. Veteran NDSU business manager Pat Frederickson also was featured in an area media report on having served Bison athletics for 41 years…Virginia president Dr. Jim Ryan revealed long-range plans for Wahoo athletics and academics.
The Pac-12 Conference and Pac-12 Network have put negotiations with DirecTV and are working with ESPN on some possible broadcast agreements…Video highlights weekly throughout the season for Conference USA will be available through the webstreamed Box site. Please contact the Conference USA office for access codes and dates of feeds…Former Conference USA media relations assistant and associate director of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and Award James Etter has been named senior analyst for donor experience in financial operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn….There are five Missouri Valley Football Conference schools ranked among the Top 25 in the preseason surveys. Defending NCAA Division I football champ North Dakota State is No. 1, South Dakota State is No. 3 along with No. 15 Illinois State, No. 16 Indiana State and No. 18 UNI.
Favored teams in the NCAA FBS conferences in preseason media surveys are:
American Athletic – East: UCF; West: Houston
Atlantic Coast – Atlantic: Clemson; Coastal: Virginia Tech
Big Ten – East: Ohio State; West: Wisconsin
Big 12 – Oklahoma
Conference USA – East: UAB; West: North Texas
FBS Independents – Notre Dame
Mid-America – East: Ohio; West: Northern Illinois
Mountain West – Mountain: Boise State; West: Fresno State
Pac-12 – North: Oregon; South: Utah
Southeastern: East: Georgia; West: Alabama
Sun Belt – East: Appalachian State; West: Arkansas State
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock addressed the Waco (Texas) Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Luncheon last Wednesday…The FWAA and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl posted a reminder about nominations for the eighth annual 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 to honor an individual or a group with a military background and/or involvement impacting college football. Nominations for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award will be accepted through Oct. 1 via the FWAA and LMAFB websites. At that time, a selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the LMAFB will review the list of candidates. The 2019 recipient will be announced on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
The 50-player John Unitas Golden Arm Quarterback Award watch list has been release and features such signal callers as Kelvin Hopkins Jr. of Army West Point, Tyler Huntley of Utah, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, Josh Jackson of Maryland, D’Eriq King of Houston, Brian Lewerke of Michigan State, Jordan Love of Utah State, Jake Luton of Oregon State, Cole McDonald of Hawai’i, Justin McMillan of Tulane, Steven Montez of Colorado, James Morgan of FIU, Riley Neal of Vanderbilt, Kato Nelson of Akron, and Shea Patterson of Michigan…Some key transfers for 2019-20 through the NCAA regular and transfer portals are Utah State DB Ja’Marcus Ingram to Texas Tech, Michigan QB Brandon Peters to Illinois, Auburn LB Richard McBryde to SMU, Mississippi State QB Keytaon Thompson to a college to be determined, Arkansas QB Ty Storey to WKU, Maryland QB Kasim Hill to Tennessee, Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson to Maryland, Clemson’s Hunter Johnson to Northwestern, Holy Cross’ Jacob Grandison to Illinois, Buffalo WR K.J. Osborn to Miami (Fla.), North Texas’ David Sow to Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Louisville QB Jordan Travis to Florida State…Army West QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was saluted in a preseason story for his school-record five rushing touchdowns against Houston in the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl…Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix has been tabbed as the Tigers starter Saturday against Oregon…LSU safety Grant Delpit, Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa, Alabama WT Jerry Jeudy, and Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah has been named among the Top 10 potential draftees by the NFL from the college ranks in spring 2020 by Sports Illustrated magazine…RB Najee Harris is expected to be Alabama’s go-to ball carrier in the early going this year…Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens is scheduled to start at quarterback Saturday when the Bulldogs play Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La….Georgia Tech QB Lucas Johnson has been granted a sixth year of eligibility due to injury hardship by the NCAA eligibility committee…Nebraska center Cam Jurgens has made it through pre-fall workouts with any injury mishaps and appears ready to take leadership at that position against South Alabama Saturday… Texas WR Brennan Eagles had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow and is scheduled to play in the Longhorns lidlifter Saturday…Linebacker Braden White from football-famous Florence, Ala., will be Texas A&M’s celebratory 12th man in 2019…Texas A&M CB Myles Jones is hoping to take up the slack at that position for projected starting CB Debione Renfro who will sit out Thursday’s opening contest…Texas TE Cade Brewer is waiting to be cleared from concussion syndrome for possible season starting status…Illinois freshman DB Marquez Beason has been sidelined for the season with knee surgery. He was a possible starter for the Illini…Wisconsin has re-admitted WR Quintez Cephus for classes and is awaiting an eligibility ruling for his 2019 playing status…Washington State OL Christian Haangama is seeking another football home college for the 2019 or ’20 seasons…Tennessee State QB Demry Croft is seeking reinstatement to the ’19 squad…Miami (Fla.) cornerback DJ Ivey hopes to be reinstated after sitting out the 2019 opener against Florida…Tennessee CB Bryce Thompson is awaiting word on his future playing status after some local jurisprudence.
2019 NFF Gold Medal recipient Mark Harmon of UCLA was the cover feature in Parade magazine last week along with his NFF College Hall of Fame father the late Tom Harmon, NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown enters the 2019 season as the NCAA FBS active head coach with the most victories – 244. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is next 232…Bowl Championship Series pathfinder and NFF 1998 Distinguished American Award recipient Roy Kramer shared his thoughts on the College Football Playoff system…Former Stanford standout, NFF Scholar-Athlete and seven-year NFL star QB Andrew Luck is retiring from pro football…Former Miami (Fla.) standout and award-winning actor Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson married Lauren Hashian on Aug. 17 in Hawai’i…The Oakland Raiders are celebrating their 60th season of pro football in 2019 after beginning with the American Football League in 1960…Longtime college football and baseball official (he is the only person to serve as both referee in the College Football Playoffs and an umpire in the NCAA Baseball World Series) Jon Bible of Austin, Texas, has received the College Baseball Hall of Fame 2019 National Umpire Award. He will be honored at the CBHOF Night of Champions in Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 2, along with 2019 Baseball Hall inductees coach Mike Martin of Florida, Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Kotsay, Texas’ Dave Chalk, Florida A&M’s Andre Dawson, Southern California’s Wally Hood, Seminole State (Okla.) coach Lloyd Simmons, and Ferrum College’s Billy Wagner…Sister Jean Schmidt, the popular team chaplain for Loyola (Ill.) athletics, celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month and still is going strongly…The NFL Dallas Cowboys will host their annual preseason luncheon Wednesday to benefit the children’s program at Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, Texas…University of Calgary alumnus and veteran CFL running back Tony Spoletini is the 2019 Canadian Football League Alumni Association 2019 CFL Man of the Year Award winner at this year’s Canadian Tire CFLAA Legends Luncheon during the 2019 Grey Cup Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada…Former Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams has made another $250,000 donation to athletics at his alma mater…Former South Carolina kicking specialist and Carrollton (Texas) Prince of Peace HS standout Elliott Fry is seeking a new football home after being released by the NFL Chicago Bears…2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America® choice Andrew Luck of Stanford is retiring from football. His father is former West Virginia AD and current XFL commissioner/NFF Scholar-Athlete Oliver Luck.
Arizona State unveiled its new adidas sustainable uniforms for the new campaign…Minnesota football held a 24-hour flash ticket sale for home opener against South Dakota State…LSU, North Carolina and NC State have been approved to sell beer and wine at their 2019 home games…UCLA is offering free parking passes at Rose Bowl Stadium with the purchase of certain 2019 ticket packages…A recent area survey showed that 44 high school football coaches in the state of Georgia made $100,000 or more annually…A limited number of tickets was placed on sale early in the week for the AdvoCare College Classic between Auburn and Oregon Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…North Carolina A&T is discussing a possible move up to NCAA FBS from the FCS ranks…Connecticut will utilize Hartford’s soccer stadium while Dillon Stadium is ready for its reopening in late September…Minnesota athletics has completed the remodeling of Maturi Pavilion…Rice athletics is continuing its popular Rice Stadium Parking Lot Farmers Market every Tuesday afternoon throughout football season…North Texas football is featuring new season ticket packages starting at $70 in good seat locations…Vanderbilt football is offering a three-game, midseason flex ticketing plan for reduced rates…Southern Miss and Tennessee are making final preparations for public beer and wine sales at football contests…Wyoming is working on some final promotions for a sellout with Missouri in the 2019 season starter Saturday…Michigan donor Stephen Ross was saluted for his generous philanthropy for the Wolverines football program…Memphis’ training staff is adapting new cold-temperature body recovery zones for football practices…Kansas State and Texas Tech are working on a final push for 2019 season and individual ticket sales. Tech officials cited the lack of an Oklahoma or Texas marquee opponent visit this autumn as part of its challenge…Kentucky athletics is continuing renovations to Rupp Arena and should have all the remodeling finished by 2020…UNLV athletics has been addressing season ticket sales and overall fundraising efforts in recent weeks.
Sinclair Broadcasting has purchased the Fox Sports regional networks from the Disney Corp. for a reported $8 billion…NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas contributor/emcee and award-winning sportscaster Scott Murray was emcee for the second Annual Sports EMMY Awards Lone Star Regional presentation at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 19. Dallas-based WFAA-TV veteran sports producers and assistant sports directors Jose Gant and Arnold Payne each received Silver Circle EMMY Awards for a combined 78 years of employment with WFAA sports…Several football networks celebrated National Radio Day Aug. 23…The Longview (Texas) News-Journal published one of the largest preseason football tabloids nationally last Sunday with a 148-page edition covering high schools, colleges and the NFL…The Buffalo (N.Y.) News completed its three-part series on Buffalo area college programs with reports in new coaching hires and how the NCAA transfer portal has affected these universities.
The FWAA, Outland Trophy and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Partner for Public Awareness Campaign to Help #FightFlu have partnered for public awareness and fundraising efforts…Ira Thor of New Jersey City, Ally Green of UAlbany, David Alexander of St. Rose, Frank Mercogliano of New Mexico, and Steve Sheridan of Union were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The inaugural NAIA Senior Football Classic will be played pitting East-West all-star teams at Memorial Stadium in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, a week prior to the 2019 NAIA Football National Championship in Ruston, La., Dec. 21…Ed Lupomech has completed his tenure at the NCAA and moved into the private business sector…William Penn is adding a women’s wrestling program to its varsity sports menu…Nebraska athletics has been furnishing a good number of applicants and hirings for NCAA middle managers and administrators in recent years…Charlotte, Georgia Tech, Houston, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, UCLA, and Washington State are working with NCAA officials to settle some possible NCAA compliance challenges.
2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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, 2019-20 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Saturday, Dec. 28 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, noon
Monday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Rose Bowl Presented by Northwestern Mutual, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:45 p.m.

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