College Football Notes – Sept. 8, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Please join Dallas Jesuit Prep and opening reception of the Bill DeOre ’65 and author Mark McDonald exhibition, “Beyond the Big Shootout ” Thursday, Sept. 12, fom 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jesuit Dallas Museum at Jesuit College Prep in the Historical Library. The artist and writer will speak at 6:15. The exhibition will include DeOre’s illustrations from McDonald’s critically-acclaimed account of one of the most memorable college football games of all time – the 1969 Arkansas-Texas Big Shootout at Fayetteville, Ark. – as well as other works from the award-winning cartoonist. Book signing.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages provided.

Plano (Texas) HS students and spirit groups excelled in the 22 Acts of Kindness with numerous amenities for the visiting El Paso (Texas) Eastwood HS football team and associated groups before, during and after the teams’ game Sept. 5 at The Star at Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. The director of athletics for Plano ISD is NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas president Gerald Brence and Wildcats coach Jaydon McCullough has been an active participant and attendee at numerous NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas award banquets. The game also was televised live on WFAA-TV in Dallas and worldwide on Facebook Live. Hundreds commented on social media about the spirit of cooperation, joint band shows in pregame and halftime and several joint dinners and ceremonies by spirit and rally groups from both schools.

Turner Classic Movies has chosen September to highlight the NFF College Hall of Fame with a series of football movies, including “Too Many Girls” from 1940 – the movie set on which Lucille Ball met Desi Arnaz. 2019 NFF Gold Medal recipient and former NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mark Harmon of UCLA was featured along with his 1940 Heisman Trophy-winning father the late Tom Harmon of Michigan. Mark Harmon was saluted as a great supporter of TCM as well as college football, and TCM’s award-winning host Ben Mankiewicz has been conducting interviews at the Chick-Fil-A NFF College Hall of Fame in Atlanta with the hall’s executive director Dennis Adamovich and historian/archivist Kent Stephens.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 9-15 time period are Sept. 9 (1878) Willie Heston, Galesburg, Ill.; (1908) Bill Murray, Rocky Mount, N.C.; (1941) Pat Richter, Madison, Wis.; (1944) Jim Grabowski, Chicago, Ill.; (1949) Joe Theismann, New Brunswick, N.J.; Sept. 10 (1883) Andy Smith, DuBois, Pa.; (1902) Four Horseman Jim Crowley, Chicago, Ill.; (1936) Ron Harms, Houston, Texas; (1940) Buck Buchanan, Gainesville, Ala.; (1945) Marlin Briscoe, Oakland, Calif.; Sept. 11 (1897) Stan Keck, Greensburg, Pa.; (1908) Biggie Munn, Grow Township, Minn.; (1913) Paul (Bear) Bryant, Moro Bottom, Ark.; (1978) Ed Reed, St. Rose, La.; Sept. 12 (1891) John Brown, Canton, Pa.;  (1964) Lynn Thomsen, Sioux City, Iowa; Sept. 13 (1898) Glenn Killinger, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1904) Joe Aillet, New York City; (1906) Chuck Carroll, Seattle, Wash.; (1915) Clint Frank, St. Louis, Mo.; (1922) Ziggy Czarobski, Chicago, Ill.; Sept. 14 (1907) John Baker, Denison, Iowa; (1934) Dicky Maegle, Taylor, Texas; (1948) Rich McGeorge, Roanoke, Va.; (1975) Troy Davis, Miami, Fla.; Sept. 15 (1887) John McGovern, Arlington, Minn.; (1894) Charles “Chic” Harley, Chicago, Ill.; (1908) Gene McEver, Birmingham, Ala.; (1924) Jack Green, Kent. Ind.; (1928) Reds Bagnell, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1929) Jerry Groom, Des Moines, Iowa; (1940) Merlin Olsen, Logan, Utah; (1961) Dan Marino, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1971) Will Shields, Ft. Riley, Kan.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept 9 (1963) Willie Heston, Traverse City, Mich.; Sept. 11 (2010) Ron Kramer, Fenton, Mich.; (2018) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; Sept. 13 (2000) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Ft. Collins, Colo.; (2003) Ron Burton, Framingham, Mass.; Sept. 14 (1983) Ike Armstrong, Flagship, Conn.; Sept. 14 (1983) Ike Armstrong, Flagship, Conn.; Sept. 15 (2001) Tank Younger, Inglewood, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 9 Jim Grabowski, Joe Theismann, Sept. 10 Ron Harms, Marlin Briscoe, Sept. 11 Ed Reed, Sept. 12 Lynn Thomsen, Sept. 14 Dicky Maegle (a spry 85), Rich McGeorge, Sept. 15 Dan Marino, Will Shields…

The renewal of the North Dakota-North Dakota State rivalry last week was heralded as a solid move for college football in the Fargo, N.D., Inforum….Boies State and Florida State are discussing renewing their series contract…Last week’s Nebraska at Colorado tussle was the first between the teams since their days in the Big 12 Conference in 2009, and the schools will resume their rivalry in 2023 at Boulder, Colo….The Colorado-Colorado State future rivalry, moving back to home-and-home locations, may be moved off the first weekend of each school’s season…Arizona State played a claimed school record of 25 freshmen in the Sun Devils season starting victory over Kent State…Coastal Carolina relocated its practices to USC Upstate last week after several weather buffeted the Myrtle Beach area from Hurricane Dorian. The Citadel also moved its workouts to Greenville, S.C., because of the impending storm…Auburn is edging toward 100 wins in season openers after moving to 98-27-2 over 127 seasons with 12 wins to begin campaigns over the last 14 years…Kansas State rolled up 500-plus yards of total offense in consecutive games for the first time in school to begin 2019…Clemson, Liberty, Memphis, and Oregon are the only four schools in NCAA FBS to return a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher from 2018…Oklahoma’s 70 points in a win over South Dakota are the Sooners highest mark since a 79-marker performance against North Texas in 2007…Army West Point took its second nationally-ranked opponent into overtime on the road before falling to Michigan 27-24 in two extra stanzas at Ann Arbor, Mich….UCF has won a NCAA-FBS-high 24 consecutive games and has score 30 points in 28 consecutive games – a NCAA record that reaches at least 83 years ago prior to the NCAA beginning official statistics’ compilation in 1939…Also since 1939 when Associated Press national rankings began, Missouri is the only team to play squads ranked 1-2-3 in the same season and to obtain at least one win over that threesome. Texas A&M meets 1-2-3 Clemson (fell 24-10 at CU last Saturday) Alabama and Georgia in ’19…Texas Wesleyan football played its first opponent from the major college, FBS or FCS ranks since meeting Sam Houston State in 1941. The Rams fell in a game last Saturday at Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference…Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss have been looking at scheduling more neutral site clashes at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Several high school football games at night were postponed or cancelled in Massachusetts and the New England area because of an outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis spread by mosquitos in and around dusk and daybreak in that part of the nation. Severn confirmed cases of the EEE virus were reported in the metro Boston area last week…Boston College continues its tough luck with the weather. Because of a possible landfall by Hurricane Dorian last weekend near Boston, the Eagles had to make contingency plans for their home test against Richmond. Thankfully, the Hurricane went out east to the Atlantic Ocean after hitting most of the Southeast coasts and the Bahamas (devastating damage). BC had he famed no-contest with Boise State in last year’s ServPro First Responders Bowl after severe thunderstorms in the Dallas area did not abate for hours. The game was ended midway through the first quarter at Cotton Bowl Stadium…A young wedding party of hearty Nebraska recently utilized Memorial Stadium/Dr. Tom Osborne Field as the backdrop for their post-nuptial group photos…A Louisville dance team member is recovering from a broken nose after being hit in the face on an overthrow by Notre Dame QB Ian Book on Sept. 2…Hurricane Dorian’s threat forced cancellation of the Shenandoah-Methodist contest and postponement of Southeastern Louisiana at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona, Beach, Fla…Several Florida, Georgia and South Carolina universities had to alter class and football practice schedules in the wake of the ferocious storm.

Always-popular head coach Mike Leach of Washington State posted another series of humorous tweets on Twitter last week…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie is expected to recover fully from a recent severe health episode and is day-to-day on resuming full coaching duties…Mel Tucker, the 26th head coach in Colorado history, has opened the season with a pair of triumphs over Colorado State and Nebraska – the latter in overtime…Former North Texas undergraduate stars Clay Jennings and Patrick Cobbs were saluted for returning to their alma mater in key roles as assistant coaches. Eagles head coach Seth Littrell urged NT fans to make the 27-mile drive from Denton, Texas, and other suburbs to Ford Stadium in Dallas for a large visiting presence at the 39th meeting of SMU and the Mean Green last weekend…Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm explained why assistant coach Nick Holt had been r-positioned in the pressbox coaches’ suite in 2019…Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman is committed to the primary running attack that has helped him roll to a 71-6 record (.922 winning percentage) in six seasons as head coach at North Dakota State and K-State. His team tallied 361 rushing yards in his 2019 debut with the Wildcats and a win over Nicholls State…Three Nebraska assistant coaches received salary upgrades after the 2018 season…Missouri head coach Barry Odom was applauded for the diversity of his assistant coaching staff…Oklahoma assistant coach Shane Beamer required stitches after headbutting a helmeted player during the OU-Houston game on Sept. 1. He is in good condition except for a headache…Michigan State approved new contracts and salary updates for its offensive assistant coaching staff.

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – LSU: Ed Orgeron, Larose, La.; Louisiana Tech: Skip Holtz, Willamantic, Conn.; Louisville: Scott Satterfield, Hillsborough, N.C.; Maine: Nick Charlton, Virginia Beach, Va.; Marshall: Doc Holliday, Hurricane, W.Va.

Veteran college administrator Brian Faison has been named director of athletics at Maine…Texas A&M director of athletics Ross Bjork spoke of the buzz generated by the Aggies game at Clemson and meetings with Nos. 2 and 3 Alabama and Georgia later this year. The Ags are the first program to meet the Associated Press preseason 1-2-3 teams since Minnesota in 1984…Former Penn State assistant AD and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Jeff Nelson reminisced about 26 eventful years in media relations at PSU in the Centre, Pa., Daily Times…UTRGV formally introduced new AD Chasse Conque…Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust extended its alumni feedback response email bank through 10 p.m. (CDT) Monday in the search for suggestions for a replacement for retiring chancellor Nichols Zeppos…Ohio State athletics named Terence Dials director of professional development…Rhode Island College athletics tabbed Claudia DeFarla as director of operations…Penn State named Josh Nelson assistant AD for applied health and performance science…UTRGV chose Molly Castner as deputy assistant AD and senior women administrator…Mike Hermann has been named senior associate AD for external relations at Old Dominion…Nebraska’s longtime assistant coach Paul Klempa is replacing retiring Bill Straub as women’s bowling coach…Kansas State AD Gene Taylor was lauded for his hire of successful former North Dakota State head coach  Chris Klieman…Texas A&M named Jason Catanog associate head coach for men’s swimming and diving… UALR Chancellor Dr. Andrew Rogerson has stepped down from his position.

Commissioner Mike Aresco addressed the American Athletic Conference’s future in football with 11 competing teams starting in 2020 in a Cincinnati Enquirer interview. Aresco also has called for an automatic berth in one the New Year’s Six bowls after the conference’s solid intersectional success in recent years…Southern California played the opening game of the Pac-12 Conference schedule for the ninth consecutive year. Both the Trojans and opposing Stanford Cardinal lost key players at the quarterback position in their season openers…The American Athletic Conference hopes to keep its streak of five consecutive wins alive in gridiron games against the Pac-12 conference…The Pac-12 Conference continues to explore media revenue streams and expanded corporate sponsorships.

The status of the Fri., Dec. 20 (first scheduled 2019-20 bowl test), Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl between invitees from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference in Nassau, the Bahamas on ESPN is somewhat uncertain after the extensive damage to the islands by Hurricane Dorian.

Baylor’s Grayland Arnold ran back a punt 73 yards for a touchdown against UTSA for the Bears’ first punt return score since 2005…Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar threw for 509 yards and accounted for all six of the team’s TDs (five on passing scores) in the Boilermakers 42-24 win over SEC foe Vanderbilt…Some notable 2019-20 NCAA graduate and undergrad transfers have been Oklahoma State’s Curtis Jones Jr. to Penn State, Washington’s Colson Yankoff to UCLA, Oregon’s Braxton Burmeister to Virginia Tech, California’s Ross Bowers to Northern Illinois, and Boston College’s Darius Wade to Bowling Green…Virginia Tech’s Brock Hoffman will have to sit out the 2019 season under a recent NCAA transfer ruling…South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski received his first college starting assignment last Saturday vs. Charleston Southern…Clemson sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence entered last week’s game with Texas A&M (he saw limited action against the Aggies in 2018) with 272-of-420 passing attempts for 3,338 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just six interceptions – two of those coming in the Aug. 29 CU opener vs. Georgia Tech…Texas WR Devin Duvernay had career-best totals of 12 receptions for 154 yards against LSU. LSU quarterback, recruited by Texas head coach Tom Herman when Herman was at Ohio State and a transfer from OSU to Tiger Country, had a career 471-yard passing night on 31-of-39 attempts and a decisive, 61-yard TD toss to Justin Jefferson to seal the win with 2:27 remaining…Washington QB Jacob Eason returned from a nearly two-year layoff due to injuries to pass for 349 yards and four TDs against Eastern Washington…LSU OT Saahdiq Charles and LB Michael Divinity Jr. returned for the Tigers against Texas after missing the LSU-Georgia Southern lidlifter…Tennessee wideout Jordan Murphy and DB Terrell Bailey will seek new football locations for the 2020 season…Nebraska running back Maurice Washington missed the first half of the NU-Colorado skirmish after a suspension.

NFF College Hall of Fame member Troy Aikman has appeared in several promotional packages for UCLA ticket sales…Former UCLA QB star Josh Rosen has played for six different offensive coordinators in 2015-19 college and pro ranks…Former Auburn AD and publicist/author David Housel has a Facebook column entitled Back Booth at Chappy’s in honor of the restaurant where Housel dines on an almost daily basis…Texas Gov. Greg Abbott provided the coin toss for the Top 15 nationally faceoff between LSU and Texas at Austin, Texas…Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson flipped the coin for the SMU-North Texas contest in Dallas.

Air Force is making renovations at its 51-year-old Cadet Field House…UCF is considering stadium expansion after season-record ticket purchasing in ’19 along with a proposed indoor practice facility…NBA standout Stephen Curry of Davidson has provided funds to renew the Howard U. golf programs…Virginia’s new mobile emergency alert system will provide notifications to students, faculty, staff, and Charlottesville townspeople…Georgia Tech has instituted a new ticket distribution strategy of this year’s game with Georgia game…The USA Sports Tech Conference in Dallas Oct. 4 will feature keynote speaker Dr. David T. Martin, director of performance research and development for the NBA Philadelphia 76ers…Kearney (Neb.) High School installed impressive new LED video boards at its home grounds…UNI, Missouri and Tennessee athletics reported successful beginnings for beer and wine sales at football and future men’s basketball home games…Texas athletics will use in-house video with a new  teaching lab Bevo Video Productions…The introduction of more youth flag football leagues in Washington has proven to be popular in the state of Washington…California interscholastic groups continue to show the merits in leadership and fitness provided by high school and junior high football…Boise State has sold naming rights to ExtraMile for the sponsorship of the former Taco Bell BSU arena…Arkansas’ new Tahoma 31 natural field turf’s debut at Razorback Stadium this year marked the first time for real grass at the Fayetteville, Ark., facility since 2009…TCU fans commented about new in-and-out stadium entry policies and public beer and wine sales at 2019 games in Amon Carter Stadium…Minnesota’s 3M Arena at Mariucci Complex is getting some possible renovation plans and updates…Vanderbilt AD Malcolm Turner is looking at possible options for one of the SEC’s oldest football facilities Vanderbilt Stadium (formerly Dudley Field) built in 1922…Navy has implemented a clear bag policy for the 2019 season with free bags available for ticket holders. Navy athletics also instituted some new tailgating policies…A projected 35,000-plus North Dakota State fans are projected to attend the NDSU-Butler contest at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn….Illinois alumni have donated $1 million toward renovation of the Ubben Basketball Complex…Temple has extended its contract to play home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia…Texas’ new UT Athletics Hall of Fame features almost 400 individual and team trophies, awards and 200-plus Hall of Fame standouts…BYU’s new Cougar Town Tailgate is expected to gather even more interest after the Cougars downed traditional SEC power Tennessee in double overtime last week in Knoxville, Tenn…. Ohio State athletics and the university have taken a new interest in popular Esports gaming in and around campus facilities…Vanderbilt athletics has painted over its traditional coaches’ mural on a building adjacent to campus after 27 years. It has been replaced by an official Vandy athletics’ logo on a white background…Louisiana head coach Billy Napier spoke of needed financial contributions to the ULL football program and athletics…Kansas State has made several of game day concessions’ updates and fan improvements at Bill Snyder Family Stadium…Navy continues renovation at the nearby Naval Academy Golf Club…Weber State’s new  million athletics and training facility has enhanced historic Stewart Stadium…Montana athletics implemented a clear-bag policy for Washington-Grizzly Stadium…New Mexico State athletics officially closed fiscal year 2019 in black figures and is working on possible state legislative cutbacks in 2020 funding…Nebraska athletics is asking for clarification of the state of Nebraska’s new laws concerning hemp and its use for medicinal purposes… Old Dominion’s new Ballard Stadium has a wealth of fan amenities in comparison to old Foreman Field and its utilitarian look…San Diego State athletics unveiled its latest on-campus stadium design development renderings.

The SEC Network celebrated its five-year anniversary with several new SEC Storied original productions for 2019-20 and salutes the SEC’s rich history of scholar- and student-athletes…ESPN had a print and video recap of the origins of the Air Raid Offense from the likes of veteran coaches Hal Mumme and John Jenkins…Denver Post historian Mike Burrows researched a 1965 Sports Illustrated magazine story showing how a 16-team now-NCAA FBS playoff might work…Alabama continues to add area radio stations to its extensive network with 2019 NFF Chris Schenkel Award winner Eli Gold calling the football play-by-play…The Detroit News penned an in-depth story about equipping the Michigan football squad and multiple details…The Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier speculated about Southeastern Conference expansion with the likes of Georgia State, Wyoming, Memphis, and North Carolina – recent winners over SEC schools in intersectional activity…The ACC Network still is seeking possible cable outlets in selected areas.

FWAA executive director Steve Richardson has covered two of the early notable encounters in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – the Auburn-Oregon game at Arlington and Dallas’ North Texas-SMU extravaganza…Jon Holtz of Slippery Rock, Steven Kramer of Coppin State, John Barry of Whitman, Gregor Walz of the University of Puget Sound, and Andrew Sinatra of UCLA were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Kansas, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northern Arizona, Ohio State, and Penn State are working with NCAA compliance over some related enforcement challenges.

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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