College Football Notes – Sept. 1, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 1st, 2019
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Texas Wesleyan football players Collier Ricks and DJ Robinson helped a Fort Worth, Texas, pet owner locate her small dog amazingly five years after it was lost when they rescued the pooch from a possible car mishap along a busy street near downtown.
In Air Force’s win over Colgate last week the Falcons had 17 different rushers carry for 423 yards and attempted and completed one pass for 41 yards.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 2-8 time period are Sept. 2 (1925) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1948) Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport, La.; (1960) Leonard Smith, New Orleans, La.; Sept. 3 (1930) Tom Scott, Baltimore, Md.; (1966) Bennie Blades, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Sept. 4 (1874) Clint Wyckoff, Elmira, N.Y.; (1894) Bart Macomber, Chicago, Ill.; (1916) Roland Young, Ponca City, Okla.; (1932) Vince Dooley, Mobile, Ala.; Sept. 5 (1873) Dave Campbell, Waltham, Mass.; (1909) Harry Newman, Detroit, Mich.; (1939) Billy Kilmer, Topeka, Kan.; (1946) Jerry LeVias, Beaumont, Texas; Sept. 6 (1879) Gordon Brown, New York City; (1890) Bill Sprackling, Cleveland, Ohio; (1901) George Wilson, Everett, Wash.; Sept. 7 (1883) Bob Maxwell, Chicago, Ill.; (1902) Mort Kaer, Omaha, Neb.; (1923) Emil “Red” Sitko, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; (1949) Larry Kehres, Diamond, Ohio; (1951) Bert Jones, Ruston, La.; Sept. 8 (1904) Bud Sprague, Dallas, Texas; (1912) Bob Hamilton, Sewickley, Pa.; (1915) Duffy Daugherty, Emeigh, Pa.; (1952) Anthony Davis, San Fernando, Calif.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 3 (1989) Augie Lio, Clifton, N.J.; Sept. 4 (1967) Chet Gladchuk, Northampton, Mass.; (1983) Buddy Young, Terrell, Texas; (2011) Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa, Fla.; (2012) Dr. George Savitsky, Ocean City, N.J.; Sept. 5 (1978) Arnold Galiffa, Glenview, Ill.; (2002) Frankie Albert, Palo Alto, Calif.; Sept. 7 (1954) Pop Warner, Palo Alto, Calif.; (1982) Thad “Pie” Vann, Jackson, Miss.; (1985) Bruiser Kinard, Jackson, Miss.; Sept. 8 (1935) Ted Coy, New York, N.Y.; (2015) Ron Beagle, Sacramento, Calif.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 2 Terry Bradshaw, Leonard Smith, Sept. 3 Bennie Blades, Sept. 4 Vince Dooley (a spry 87), Sept. 5 Billy Kilmer (a spry 80), Jerry LeVias, Sept. 7 Larry Kehres, Bert Jones, Sept. 8 Anthony Davis…
Cincinnati and Arkansas will play in 2022 while the Bearcats also signed agreements to meet NC State in 2023 and ’29 and Boston College in 2026 and 2027…Arkansas and Missouri formally signed a contract to play their 2020 Southeastern Conference tussle at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Razorbacks and Texas A&M also will meet again for the 11th time since 2009 in SEC activity at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Iowa State will host South Dakota in 2025…Lafayette will travel to Temple for a 2022 contest…Financial agreements for the Florida Atlantic-Ohio State series were revealed last week…Virginia Tech has opened each of the last two seasons with national telecasts against Atlantic Conference opponents after downing Florida State 24-3 in 2018 and facing Boston College last weekend…Southern California had to withstand a fourth quarter comeback by defending Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State before downing the Bulldogs 31-23 at the revamped Los Angeles Coliseum…Oklahoma State scored one of its top recent intersectional wins on a national telecast with a 52-36 outlasting of Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., last Friday night…No. 4 Kansas Wesleyan downed unranked Texas Wesleyan 48-24 last Saturday night in a NAIA tussle between Methodist Church-based universities…The scheduled Presbyterian at Stetson game last Saturday in Deland, Fla., was cancelled by the threat of Hurricane Dorian…Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference will meet aspiring NAIA competitor Texas Wesleyan Saturday…Rice battles its way through another rugged non-conference test against Wake Forest before facing Power Five non-Conference USA foes Baylor and Texas later this autumn.
Salem (N.H.) High School and its football team were commended for a decade-plus record of community service to underserved families in the region…The NCAA academics and membership affairs staff continues its tradition of distributing Christmas presents to deserving families in the Indianapolis, Ind., area again this year… Connecticut high school sports participation will be emphasized at 2019-20 regional education meetings after a slight percentage drop from 2017-18 to 2018-19.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown won his active-coaching-highest in NCAA FBS 245th game when he guided North Carolina past South Carolina 24-20 last Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. It was Brown’s first game as a college head coach since he finished his 1998-2013 tenure with the Texas Longhorns…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie was hospitalized with a serious health issue following the UNM-Sam Houston State game last Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico athletics is releasing updates as they become available early this week. Davie last week reminded Lobos players about avoiding social media and campus parties after games…New Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze coached against Syracuse last week from a wheelchair and hospital bed device after coming off back disc surgery…Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl received a $100,000 bonus for owning Missouri of the Southeastern Conference last week. Bohl’s contract calls for this clause any time he defeats a team from a Power Five conference. Bohl now is 133-67 in his 17th season as a college head coach at North Dakota State and UW…New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell is taking a leave of absence for health reasons and will be replaced by interim head coach and former associate head coach Rick Santos…Fordham named Gio Grassi and Stephen Georgio assistant strength and conditioning coaches…Former Houston head coach Major Applewhite has taken over as offensive coordinator at Alabama. It is his second stint at UA, and Applewhite was named after Alabama running back great Major Ogilvie.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Lamar: Mike Schultz, Houston, Texas; Lawrence: Rob McCarthy, Deer River, Minn.: Lehigh: Tom Gilmore, Philadelphia, Pa.; Louisiana: Billy Napier, Chatsworth, Ga.; ULM: Matt Viator, Lake Charles, La.
Clemson director of athletics Dan Radakovich has been highlighted for his football life in a three-part series in the Greenville, S.C., News…The South Bend Tribune penned a multi-part series on Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick…Former USF athletics administrator Scott Glaser has been named executive director of the Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla… Kansas State AD Gene Taylor has been open to possibly moving future home games to a neutral site at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium…Davidson athletics appointed Josh Heyliger director of operations…Syracuse athletics selected Donnie Enoch as director of operations…Kansas State tabbed Mike Furlong as director of student-athlete development…Hawai’i has hired former PGA standout Scott Simpson work with the golf program…Kentucky women’s volleyball head coach Craig Skinner had his contract extended through 2023-24 with a solid financial bump.
American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco plans to two football divisions for the 2020 season as the AAC drops to 11 gridiron-playing schools. One of the annual series that will continue is the traditional UCF vs. USF clash in Florida within ACC competition…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott spoke with media about enhanced conference media coverage and joined Oregon alumnus and NFF 2009 Gold Medal Award recipient Phil Knight at last weekend’s Oregon-Auburn Advocare College Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York questioned a fee that Spectrum placed on cable viewers to obtain the ACC Network, and a resolution is being sought…The Pac-12 Conference will issue public statements about calls and non-calls impacting specific games and any significant errors by football officiating crews this season.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl will be the presenting sponsor for the 2019 FWAA All-America team, which will be made public Dec. 19…Virginia Tech’s former director of football operations Danielle Bartelstein has been named as director of team operations for the College Football Playoff…The Arizona Bowl and Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission have settled a recent contract lawsuit.
Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts (previously at Alabama) debuted with 508 yards of total offense (332 passing, 176 rushing) out of 686 team rushing yards by the Sooners in their 49-31 win over Houston. Hurts (transfer from Alabama) joins fellow 2017 and ’18 transfers and Heisman Trophy recipients Baker Mayfield in ’17 from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M in ’18…Clemson RB Travis Etienne was in midseason form in the Tigers ACC opening win over Georgia Tech with three touchdowns in a 52-14 victory…Charlotte has started the season with a two-quarterback system between standouts Brett Kean and Chris Reynolds…OL Brock Hoffman of Virginia Tech will have to sit out the 2019 season after losing an immediate eligibility appeal via a transfer from Coastal Carolina…Special teams standout Noah McDonough of the University of Calgary (Canada) was highlighted as an honor student at UC and one of the top student scholar-athletes for the Dinos…Some key transfers to schools from the NCAA graduate transfer portal or regular transfers have been five standouts to SMU – Boston College OL Thomas Shelmire, Drake LB Armando Fitz, Nebraska safety Cam’Ron Jones, Arkansas CB Chevin Calloway, and Auburn TE Kedrick James (who will sit out the 2019 season as an undergraduate FBS transfer), and Texas State quarterback Gresch Jenson from Montana…SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (graduate transfer from Texas) threw for 330 yards and three TDs in his Mustangs debut and win at Arkansas State…Iowa State QB Brock Purdy passed his way to a come-from-behind win in the Cyclones first triple overtime game in history last week over UNI…Arkansas running back TJ Hammonds is expected to return after an initial four-game suspension…Georgia is working on possible punishment for any players player accused of driving under the influence violations…Rice wideout Aaron Cephus hopes to return in coming days after a suspension…Texas wide receiver Joshua Moore is under suspension for an indefinite time frame because of some recent jurisprudence…TCU running back Sewo Olonilua sat out the first half of the Horned Frogs win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff last weekend. Frogs backup rushers Darwin Barlow, Maimarqua Foster and Emari Demercado are expected to see ample game action this fall behind Olonilua. TCU quarterback Alex Delton (graduate transfer from Kansas State) is the third different Game One starting signal caller since 2017…SMU senior safety Rodney Clemons will wear SMU great and NFF College Hall of Fame WR Jerry LeVias uniform No. 23 this season as an outstanding senior leader and on-field performer for the Mustangs. LeVias was the first African American Scholarship football student-athlete in SMU and Southwest Conference history…Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman completed his full recovery from a collapsed lung in mid-2018 to pilot the Red Raiders past Montana State last Saturday…Former Oklahoma wide receiver standout Jaqualyn Crawford is making great strides after being moved to defensive back…Texas senior DE Malcolm Roach will honor late Longhorns running back Cedric Benson by wearing uniform No. 32 in 2019…UCLA linebacker Bo Calvert has appealed to regain his eligibility after alleged NCAA compliance issues…Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson is seeking to return from a Game One suspension…East Carolina LB Devontae Harris and CB Juan Powell were suspended for the Pirates season opener.
NFF Board member Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, joined Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey in cheering on Cook’s alma mater Auburn during the Tigers 27-21 win over then-Top 10-rated Oregon…There also were three notable people named Bo at the Auburn-UO tilt. NFF College Hall of Fame running back Bo Jackson of Auburn, Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix and NFF correspondent and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member and AT&T Stadium statistician Bo Carter of Vanderbilt. Nix is the son of former Auburn QB standout Patrick Nix (1992-95) and great-nephew of Lloyd Nix, quarterback on Auburn’s 1957 national championship team and member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. NFF chief operating officer Matthew Sign and FWAA executive director Steve Richardson also graced the AT&T Stadium pressbox at the meeting between Top 12 nationally crews…Pro Football Hall of Fame member (elected in 2019) and LSU two-way standout from 1957-59 Johnny Robinson turns 80 on Sept. 8 and has a gathering planned surrounded by family, friends and some LSU teammates…Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of University of Texas and Vanderbilt alumni fame along with regional first responders spoke with Fox Sports Southwest broadcaster and former SMU media relations assistant Dana Larson about the love of football on all levels in the Lone Star State.
SMU, TCU, Dallas Baptist, UT Dallas, Dallas Christian, Southwestern Assemblies of God, North Texas, Dallas Christian, Southwestern University, and other area higher educational institutions and department of athletics 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…Nebraska athletics recently attracted a turnout in excess of 5,500 for a volleyball team practice. The Huskers also are celebrating their 130th season of intercollegiate football in ’19 and the 50-year anniversary of the school hiring the first fulltime strength and conditioning coach for football in 1969…Gary Novotny has re-opened the popular Nebraska athletics’ souvenir location – Big Red Shop of the Rockies – in Estes Park, Colo….Vanderbilt’s season opener against Georgia on last Saturday was the school’s first Set The Expectation Game and the first-ever Southeastern Conference Set The Expectation encounter…Vanderbilt’s season opener against Georgia on last Saturday was the school’s first Set The Expectation Game and the first-ever Southeastern Conference Set The Expectation encounter…Liberty has entered an agreement with ESPN Events for possibility post-2019 bowl eligibility as a FBS independent…Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium has added Chick-fil-A food items and craft beer as concessions…Minnesota is seeking solutions for additional single-game ticket sales in a somewhat-saturated market…San Diego State has several promotions to increase season ticket sales…Southern Miss football was applauded for deciding to utilize public beer and wine sales…Arkansas State football has occupied its new $29 million, 66,500 square foot north end zone fitness and practice facility…Texas high schools have begun arranging to more football stadium naming rights to such groups as Children’s Medical Center in Prosper and City Bank in Forney…Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium celebrates its 10-year anniversary this season…North Texas made a final appeal for 2019 season tickets before meeting Abilene Christian last week, and SMU has been utilizing the 38-game series with the Mean Green as a speaking point for SMU-UNT ticket sales Saturday when the teams meet at Ford Stadium in Dallas…Clemson has implemented a social media monitoring program to help protect student-athletes and fans from improper interaction…The Minneapolis Park Board made a recent change in tailgating policies prior to the 2019 campaign…Louisiana and Mississippi State had a large walkup crowd (estimate 8,000-plus on game day) to end up with 22,400 for their season-opening encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Louisiana Superdome last weekend… Florida State has launched The Seminole Experience guided tours of F-State athletics venues and related areas…Missouri’s new South End Zone facility has opened to rave reviews at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field…Pittsburgh’s new competitive theme for 2019-20 in athletics is Panthers Comprehensive Excellence.
USA Today chose its Top 100 players from historically black colleges and universities, and the Top 10 standouts on the list were NFF College Hall of Fame members Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State, Walter Payton of Jackson State, Deacon Jones of South Carolina State and Miss. Valley State, Willie Lanier of Morgan State, Buck Buchanan of Grambling, Mel Blount of Southern U., Marion Motley of South Carolina State and Nevada, Willie Davis of Grambling, Willie Brown of Grambling, and Ken Houston of Prairie View A&M…Oklahoma State broadcaster Dave Hunzinger became the longest-tenured football radio voice of the Cowboys last Friday when he worked the OSU at Oregon State contest…The Denver Post reported that the The Norfolk Daily News is the only independent, locally owned, daily newspaper left in the state of Nebraska and continues with award-winning local high school football coverage…A possible merger between media giants Gannett Publishing and Gatehouse Media may result in fewer family-owned or small independent newspapers in the U.S.
Valdosta State, which has won four NCAA Division II football titles over the last 14 seasons, heads the initial AFCA Division II Top 25 poll in preseason…Danielle Percival of Piedmont, Shelly Poe of Auburn, Bob Condron (retired) of Texas Tech, SMU and the U.S. Olympic Committee, Jim Seavey of UMass Dartmouth, and David Housel (retired AD and SID) of Auburn were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, East Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi State, Penn State, Southern California, and Virginia Tech are working with NCAA compliance and enforcement officials on some recent challenges…Longtime NCAA executive and executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Jim Haney will retire Sept. 30, 2020.

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFPSaturday, 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, noonMonday, Dec. 30 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 1Rose 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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