College Football Notes – Sept. 23, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2019

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Late NFF Board member and Oklahoma State, among others, benefactor Boone Pickens left a heartfelt farewell letter last week with advice to his friends, family, business partners, and OSU students. It was ready at his first memorial service at Dallas; Highland Park United Methodist Church.

John Ralston, a 1992 NFF College Hall of Fame Coach who headed programs at Utah State, Stanford and San Jose State, passed away Sept. 14 in Sunnyvale, Calif. He was 92 and the oldest living College Football Hall of Fame coach at the time of his passing. Ralston was the head coach at Utah State (1959-62), Stanford (1963-71), and San Jose State (1993-96), amassing a 97-81-4 record as a college coach. He also headed professional teams, including the Denver Broncos (1972-76) and the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League (1983-84).

He had a 31-11-1 record at Utah State, and his Aggie teams won two Skyline Conference championships, subsequently playing in the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl. His nine-year Stanford record was 55-36-3, and he won consecutive Pac-8 Conference titles and Rose Bowls following the 1970 and 1971 regular seasons. The bowl victories both came against undefeated teams, Ohio State and Michigan, respectively.

In 1993, at age 66, he came out of retirement to coach at San Jose State for four years with a 11-34 record. He then took a job as special assistant to the director of athletics at San Jose State. He is one of only four coaches who have returned to the sidelines after being inducted into the Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, will be national announcement of the 30th annual 2019 NFF Campbell Trophy® semifinalists via media release from NFF headquarters in Irving, Texas. The prestigious award goes to the American senior college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It has been termed the Academic many college football authorities. Previous winners of the Campbell Trophy® have been 1990, Chris Howard Air Force; 1991, Brad Culpepper, Florida; 1992, Jim Hansen, Colorado; 1993, Thomas D. Burns, Virginia; 1994, Robert B. Zatechka, Nebraska; 1995, Bobby Hoying, Ohio State; 1996, Danny Wuerffel, Florida; 1997, Peyton Manning, Tennessee; 1998, Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia; 1999, Chad Pennington, Marshall; 2000, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nebraska; 2001, Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami (Fla.); 2002, Brandon Roberts, Washington (Mo.); 2003, Craig Krenzel, Ohio State; 2004, Michael Muñoz, Tennessee; 2005, Rudy Niswanger, LSU; 2006, Brian Leonard, Rutgers; 2007, Dallas Griffin, Texas; 2008, Alex Mack, California; 2009, Tim Tebow, Florida; 2010, Sam Acho, Texas; 2011, Andrew Rodriguez, Army West Point; 2012, Barrett Jones, Alabama; 2013, John Urschel, Penn State; 2014, David Helton, Duke; 2015, Ty Darlington, Oklahoma; 2016, Zach Terrell, Western Michigan; 2017, Micah Kiser, Virginia; 2018, Christian Wilkins, Clemson.

Upcoming On-Campus Salutes for 2019 NFF College Hall of Fame inductees presented by Fidelity Investments are Saturday, Sept. 28, Coach Dennis Erickson, Oregon State (1999-2002) vs. Stanford; Sept. 28, London Fletcher, John Carroll [Ohio] (1995-97) vs. Mount Union; Sept. 28, Lorenzo White, Michigan State (1984-87) vs. Indiana; Oct. 5, Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (2003-06) vs. Vanderbilt; Oct. 10, Torry Holt, NC State (1995-98) vs. Syracuse; Oct. 12, Jacob Green, Texas A&M (1977-79) vs. Alabama; Oct. 12, Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (2003-06) vs. Michigan State; Oct. 19, Coach Dennis Erickson, Miami (Fla.) (1989-94) vs. Georgia Tech; Oct. 19, Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2005-07) vs. Auburn; Nov. 9, Jake Plummer Arizona State (1993-96) vs. Southern California.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 23-29 time period are Sept. 23  (1918) George Franck, Davenport, Iowa; Sept. 24 (1909) George Munger, Elkins Park, Pa.; (1946) Joe Greene, Temple, Texas; (1953) Joe Washington, Crockett, Texas; (1973) Eddie George, Philadelphia, Pa.; Sept. 25 (1902) Scrappy Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1907) Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Selma, Ala.; (1975) Dat Ngyuen, Fort Chaffee, Ark.; Sept. 26 (1871) Joe Thompson, County Down, Ireland; (1922) Creighton Miller, Cleveland, Ohio; (1951) Dave Casper, Bemidji, Minn.; Sept. 27 (1862) Alex Moffat, Princeton, N.J.; (1912) Bill Shakespeare, Staten Island, N.Y.; Sept. 28 (1881) Harry Van Surdam, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; (1907) Glen Edwards, Mold, Wash.; (1919) Tom Harmon, Rensselaer, Ind.; (1935) Lou Michaels, Swoyersville, Pa.; Sept. 29 (1902) Edwin Horrell, Jackson, Mo.; (1926) Pete Elliott, Bloomington, Ill.; (1932) Paul Giel, Winona, Minn.; (1985) Calvin Johnson, Newnan, Ga.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 24 (1977) Harry Young, Richmond, Va.; (2000) Jerry Claiborne, Nashville, Tenn.; (2002) Leon Hart, South Bend, Ind.; (2018) Tommy McDonald, Audubon, Pa.; Sept. 25 (1987) Duffy Daugherty, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dec. 27 (1980) Dexter Very, State College, Pa.; (1998) Doak Walker, Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Dec. 29 (1988) Vernon Smith, San Diego, Calif.; (2009) Ed Sherman, Newark, Ohio.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 24 Joe Greene, Joe Washington, Eddie George, Sept. 25 Dat Ngyuen, Sept. 26 Dave Casper, Sept. 29 Calvin Johnson

Auburn and UMass will play in 2023… Florida Atlantic will play at Florida in 2021 and has cancelled a home-and-home series in 2019 and ‘21 with Central Michigan…Oklahoma will host UTEP schedule in 2026…Though Colorado and Colorado State are mobbing their series back to campus sites, there are several college games expected to be played in Denver’ s Mile High Stadium. Colorado and Wyoming have been mentioned as possible neutral site hosts…Details of the Arkansas State-Washington game contract were revealed…Virginia Tech is 13-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference games since the two teams became ACC members in 2004…SMU and TCU played in the Battle of the Skillet Dallas-Fort Worth rivalry for the 99th time last weekend as unranked SMU edged the No. 25 nationally Horned Frogs 41-38. It ended an eight-game TCU winning streak by the Horned Frogs (who still lead the overall series 51-41-7). The Mustangs also captured 19 of 21 games from TCU during the 1966-86 era…Ohio State scored 69 unanswered points after taking a 7-5 first quarter lead over intrastate rival Miami (Ohio)…Southern California’s upset over then-No. 10 nationally and Pac-12 South Division favorite Utah 30-23 has thrown the conference race into a relative tizzy.


For the 12th consecutive year, college football coaches nationwide will drive an awareness campaign in September called AFCA Coach To Cure MD presented by Werner Ladder. The push culminates the weekend of Saturday, September 28, 2019 when coaches nationwide will wear patches on the sidelines with the cause’s logo, with many also hosting boys battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) on their sidelines…Presale tickets for the NCAA Division I football championship at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in January 2020 have been renewed with vigor – mainly by North Dakota State fans after the Bison have captured eight of the last nine NCAA FCS crowns…The Sept. 19 North Texas Giving Day produced $50 million-plus in donations from 170,000-plus givers nationwide and went to 2,988 different organizations. Large allotments from this special day are going to college scholarship programs and athletics.


NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown was edged by the university where he had his first head coaching position in 1983 when Appalachian State shocked Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last week. Brown still leads all active NCAA FBS head coaches with 246 career victories…Former Minnesota linebacker coach Mike Sherels was awarded $1 million for near-fatal malpractice treatment at a local hospital…BYU head coach Kalani Sitake is awaiting a possible contact extension…New Mexico head coach Bob Davie may be back on the sidelines for Saturdays Lobos-Liberty skirmish…TCU officials spoke about a possible offer prior to 2019 of the sole offensive coordinator’s position to Doug Meachem. Sonny Cumbie holds that post currently.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Mercer: Bobby Lamb, Commerce, Ga.; Merchant Marine: Mike Toop, East Northport, N.Y.; Miami (Fla.): Manny Diaz, Miami Fla.; Miami (Ohio): Frank Solich, Johnstown, Pa.; Michigan: Jim Harbaugh, Toledo, Ohio.


Dan Guerrero, director of athletics at UCLA since 2002, a former baseball student-athlete at the university, and associated with Bruins athletics for 50 years, is retiring from his post in June 2020..Southern Illinois interim director of athletics Liz Jarnigan has replaced former SIU AD and former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill who has accepted a position at Virginia Tech athletics. Jernigan has a number of early priorities to consider…The Vanderbilt Chancellor Search Committee made public alumni feedback comments on suggestion for the replacement for the retiring Nicholas Zeppos last week…Penn State AD Sandy Barbour is working to resolve game-day traffic issues at the University Park campus…TCU AD Jeremiah Donati told media there were no incidents involving public beer and wine sales at the first Horned Frogs home tests…Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt has been named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Selection Committee…California President Janet Napolitano will retire at UCB in 2020…UAB AD Mark Ingram spoke of continued football completive edges and the new on-campus stadium…Former Virginia President Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan is the new interim provost at Michigan State.


The Pac-12 Conference continues to study the effect of Friday and Saturday late night football games and the impact of being the only college contests available for latenight football viewers. The Pac-12 also is working on the creative financing and possible venture capital funding for the circuit…The Southeastern Conference is considering sweeping changes to conference-wide Title IX enforcement.


The new Fenway Bowl in 2020 will match teams from the Atlantic Coast and American Athletic Conferences. If current all bowls return for post-2020, the Fenway Bowl will become a record 42nd bowl test after the ’20 campaign.


Washington State QB Anthony Gordon threw a school-record nine touchdown passes during his fourth career start in a 67-63 loss to UCLA in Pac-12 Conference activity. The Bruins overcame a 49-17 WSU lead to win in the final seconds of the contest…Washington State kicker Blake Mazza has connected on all 33 of his kicks in 2010 – 28 PATs and 5-for-5 on field goals with a long boot of 50 yards…West Virginia sophomore LB Josh Chandler was featured in a recent Twitter article about the value of being a true teammate on a young squad…Florida QB Feleipe Franks has been ruled out for the season with a broken ankle and ankle ligaments’ major dislocation…SEC rushing leader Kylin Smith of Mississippi State has rolled up 551 yards on 91 carries in four contests with five TDs and paced the Bulldogs to a 28-13 SEC win over Kentucky last week…SMU freshman RB T.J. McDaniel became the first Mustangs freshman to rush for three TDs in a game since 1945 and also carried eight times for 159 yards in a win over Texas State…Tulane QB Justin McMillan completed seven passes with three going for touchdowns as the Green Wave made up a 21-0 deficit and downed American Athletic Conference foe Houston in an ESPN telecast last Thursday…U. of Calgary (Canada) DB Patrick Pankow gained eligibility for the Dinos in 2019 since he was a graduate transfer from the University of Toronto – the Canadian collegiate rules mirror the NCAA for grad transfers…The inaugural National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics East-West Senior Football Classic will be played Dec. 14 in Savannah, Ga., with 116 seniors from around the country representing 42 schools. Colby Moffett, an offensive lineman from Laurel, Miss., will represent Texas Wesleyan.


Numerous NFF College Hall of Fame players were included on the 1965 FWAA All-America team remembered by the football writers as part of the nearly 80 years of national selections. Some of the 1965 All-America Hall of Famers were USC halfback Mike Garrett (Heisman Trophy winner), Texas LB Tommy Nobis (FWAA Outland Trophy), Steve Spurrier (Florida), Johnny Roland (Missouri), Floyd Little (Syracuse), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Jim Grabowski (Illinois), and Donny Anderson (Texas Tech)…Former NFL Washington Redskins and longtime multi-team publicist for the NFL Tony Wyllie is leaving the Redskins for a position with U.S. Special Olympics. Wyllie was a major facilitator for the 2005 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship at NRG Stadium in Houston…Historian Mike Burrows reported a true story that NFF Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was driving from Nashville, Tenn., to Fayetteville, Ark., to interview for the Arlansas head coaching post when he heard that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. He dropped his plans to interview at UA and enlisted in December 1941 with the U.S. Navy for World War II duty. Bryant was assistant coach at Vanderbilt for NFF College Hall of Fame member Red Sanders…Winners of two of Mississippi State’s M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame highest honors for 2019 and honored last weekend were the late Stan Black and Mike Sanders. Black’s family accepted the Frank Dowsing-Robert Bell Valor Award and Sanders received the Leo M. Seal Jr. M-Club Award. The late Dowsing and Bell were the first two African American football student-athletes at MSU in the 1960s and ‘70s, and Seal was a major benefactor and football letterman at State. The Dowsing-Bell Plaza commemorates the pioneering athletes and famed MSU football players…2009 NFF Campbell Award® recipient Tim Tebow of Florida spoke of the general good of college football and college athletics winning out financially over individual compensation and California’s Fair Pay Law.


Wyoming football completed its $44 million north end zone project with new dressing rooms and several ultra-modern amenities…Nebraska athletics re-launched its official website through Sidearm Sports…Ohio State has expanded its Wifi reach and general coverage at Ohio State this autumn Florida Atlantic is changing security procedures and has added game-day enhancements to its stadium…A Georgia grocery store jokingly removed Irish Spring soap before the Notre Dame-Georgia encounter last weekend…Memphis athletics has been approved for beer and wine sales at all on-campus home games…Nebraska athletics has partnered with The Program – a leadership development group run by former members of U.S. military special operations forces…Oklahoma athletics and Coca-Cola have introduced a new reality look to celebrate Sooners football history…Oregon State is offering complimentary single-game tickets to its season ticket holders for selected tussles…Penn State again has sold out its student season ticket allotment for men’s hockey…Alaska-Anchorage is working to restore funding to keep from eliminating some Olympic sports…Virginia athletics has implemented a new career development program for student-athletes…Iowa State and Iowa athletics are working to encourage sportsmanship and good behavior at gridiron tilts….North Texas Alumni Association and athletics are helping sponsor a special UNT alumni for the Fort Worth (Texas) Modern Art Museum…Air Force and Colorado media and fans complimented the competing in-state schools for sportsmanship and cooperation as they renewed their series after a 46-year lapse…Connecticut athletics has worked with NC State about a mixup on similar logo usage by UConn…Georgia athletics worked with local tourism officials on housing and transportation for thousands of Notre Dame fans attending last Saturday’s game in Athens, Ga….Nebraska fans proved to be a boon to the economy of the Boulder and Denver, Colo., areas during the recent Colorado-NU intersectional clash…New Mexico football enjoyed a single-game ticket surge for admissions to the UNM-New Mexico State game last week…UCF football is making adjustments for continuity and safety at its student ticket entrances…Chicago-based Levy Foods will be of the official food service partner for UNLV athletics at the new Las Vegas Raiders Stadium…An Iowa State ESPN Game Day sign holder has raised $350,000-plus for his charitable appeal prior to the ISU-Iowa encounter…An area credit union is donating 300 tickets for survivors and their families from the 2018 Las Vegas shooting incident for the Oct. 1 UNLV-Boise State clash…Michigan State athletics continues investigating multiple facility upgrades…East Carolina athletics is working to rebrand the Student Pirate Club…Hundreds of Florida State fans have pledged monetary support to boost scholarships and the school’s football program…Busch Light and Venmo are matching donations for a fan seeking beverage money at Iowa-Iowa State football games. Initially $11,000-plus has been raised online…Iowa State athletics has a proposal for a multi-use development office and development project between Jack Trice Stadium and ISU’s Hilton Coliseum…Kentucky athletics feels beer and wine sales have added a new element and revenue at 2019 UK home football contests…Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has match $25,000 that fans gave to the Turner Cockrell last weekend in memory of the deceased VU football player…South Alabama’s new campus stadium is taking shape for its 2020 opening…The price tag for Las Vegas’ new Raiders Stadium has gone up approximately $90 million…Rhode Island athletics student scholars, student-athletes and neuroscience research at URI will benefit from a recent $35 million individual gift…Kansas’ new 2,265-seat Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena has been unveiled…Maryland athletics football operations building in the future Phase II of the $196 million Cole Field House project at UM is close to approval.


Award-winning broadcaster Ted Emrich will provide play-by-play radio coverage of the Sept. 29 Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints NFL game as lead Cowboys announcer and Goodyear Cotton Bowl board member Brad Sham misses just his third Dallas Cowboys broadcast in 41 years to observe Jewish high holy days. Ted’s late father Roger Emrich was a beloved sports reporter in the Dallas, Auston and New Orleans areas and was public address voice of the Cowboys for several seasons….ESPN Game Day made its latest trek to beautiful Athens, Ga., for last week’s Georgia-Notre Dame showdown of recent College Football Playoff teams…The East Bay, Calif., Times examined the repercussions of California’s Fair Pay for Play Act to pay stipends to college student-athletes beginning in 2023…AT&T is working on its sports packages to help retain as many subscribers as possible for DirecTV…Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, and Washington State are among the teams depicted on HBO’s new documentary series College Football 24/7…The Arizona Daily Star editorialized about possible future solutions for missed officiating calls in college football…Oregon State football broadcaster Mike Parker survived a possible near-fatal car crash last week on Interstate 5 in Oregon…Alabama broadcaster Chris Stewart has been hospitalized after a post-surgery complication.


The FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice poll remains the same for the third consecutive week…Ryan Bomberger of Liberty, Malcolm Grey of East Carolina, Mike Fragale of West Virginia, John Cade of Mississippi State, and Jack Neumann (retired CoSIDA Hall of Famer) of U. of Calgary (Canada) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…BYU, Minnesota, Oregon State, and Tennessee are working with NCAA compliance and enforcement officials about possible rules’ challenges…UTSA has banned any student-athletes with confirmed sexual misconduct episodes.

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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