College Football Notes – Sept. 30, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2019

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The 30th annual 2019 NFF Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda semifinalists’ list has been released and features some of the best and brightest seniors in college football. Some of the notable student-athletes in the group are Air Force’s Isaiah Sanders, Akron’s John Lako, Appalachian State’s Jordan Fehr, Arizona’s Cody Creason, Arizona State‘s Kyle Williams, Arkansas State’s Cody Grace, Austin Peay’s Pat Walker, Brown’s Nicholas Allsop, Bucknell’s Alex Pechin, Tarleton State’s Brant Bailey, Wayne State (Mich.)’s Ryan Smith, Wingate’s Connor Baroniunas, Ithaca (N.Y.)’s John Hadac, Johns Hopkins (Md.)’s David Tammaro, Juniata (Pa.)’s Austin Montgomery, Lycoming (Pa.)’s Cody Botts, Macalester (Minn.)’s Ethan Levin, Morningside (Iowa)’s Joel Katzer, Northwestern (Iowa)’s Sean Powell, and Peru State (Neb.)’s Noah Kasbohm, among others.

This is the 61st year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments®, there were 185 nominations with an average 3.69 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, eight nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA, 87 all-conference selections in 2018, and 18 All-America choices among the all-division group. Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace savings plans in higher education, serves as the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.

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.


The NFF & College Hall of Fame honored Stephen M. Ross, the chairman of the board/managing general partner of the NFL Miami Dolphins and the chairman and founder of Related Companies, with induction the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame’s seventh annual class. He was honored Aug. 28 as part of a special luncheon to kick off the Dolphins 2019 season at the InterContinental Hotel.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 30-Oct. 6 time period are Sept. 30 (1937) Bill Carpenter, Springfield, Pa.; (1972) Greg Myers, Tampa, Fla.; Oct. 1 (1900) Mal Aldrich, Fall River, Mass.; (1911) Herman Hickman, Johnson City, Tenn.; Oct. 2 (1909) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1922) Bill Swiacki, Southbridge, Mass.; (1939) Bob Schloredt, Deadwood, S.D.; (1948) Chuck Dicus, Odessa, Texas; Oct. 3 (1902) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Clifton Springs, N.Y.; Oct. 4 (1896) Tad Wieman, Orosi, Calif.; (1917) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; (1932) Roger Harring, Green Bay, Wis.; (1934) Sam Huff, Edna Gas, W.Va.; Oct. 5 (1911) Bill Corbus, San Francisco, Calif.; (1921) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; 5 (1937) Barry Switzer, Crossett, Ark.; (1958) Ken Margerum, Fountain Valley, Calif.; (1966) Dennis Byrd, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oct. 6 (1902) George Pfann, Marion, Ohio; (1925) Bob Fenimore, Woodward, Okla.; (1930) Les Richter, Fresno, Calif.; (1963) Napoleon McCallum, Milford, Ohio.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 30 ( 2002) Len Casanova, Eugene, Ore.; Oct. 3 (1936) John Heisman, New York City; Oct. 4 (1999) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.; Oct. 5 (1979) Ken Strong, New York, N.Y.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 30 Greg Myers, Oct. 1 Bob Schloredt, Chuck Dicus, Oct. 4 Sam Huff (a spry 85), Oct. 5 Barry Switzer, Ken Margerum, Oct. 6 Napoleon McCallum…

Notre Dame and Oklahoma became the sixth and seventh NCAA FBS schools to reach 900 wins after their victories last week. All-time leader Michigan is 44 victories away from reaching 1,000 with 956 current triumphs…Boise State and UCF will meet in a home-and-home series agreement in 2021 and 2023…BYU and Rice will play in 2023 and ’25 while the Owls will host McNeese State (2022), Texas Southern (2023) and Sam Houston State (2024) in future slates… BYU and UCF also will face off in 2023 and ’24…BYU and Utah will take a two-season break in their rivalry in 2022 and 2023. Utah has scheduled games with Florida in 2022 and ’23…South Carolina has added Furman and Liberty to its 2023 home non-SEC schedule…Iowa and Iowa State officials agree that student and fans’ safety will be top considerations in the continuing saga of the Cy-Hawk series…Virginia Tech and East Carolina have ended their pre-2025 series officially…Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) has been the leader for most of the season in the AFCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. Mount Union (Ohio), Wisconsin-Whitewater, St. John’s (Minn.), and North Central (Ill.) have rounded out the Top Five in virtually every early DIII national survey…Penn State is 4-0 overall and won its Big Ten Conference opener at Maryland 59-0 last Friday night…Prior to last weekend’s Conference USA tussle, the visiting team was 4-0 in the first four series meetings of Charlotte and Florida Atlantic…LSU and Vanderbilt tied the SEC’s regular-season, non-overtime record for composite points with 104 in the Tigers 66-38 win. South Carolina outscored Mississippi State 65-39 in 2008 for the previous SEC solo mark…Benedictine (Kan.) used a dominant rushing attack to down Clarke (Iowa) 73-14 loss while moving the Ravens record to 4-0 and remaining at No. 2 in the AFCA NAIA national Top 25…Fresno State is working on contract negotiations for more Power Five conference opponents in Fresno, Calif…One of the SEC’s most vital intra-conference matchups of the season occurs Saturday nationally on CBS as No. 7 Auburn invades No. 9 Florida…Minnesota is off to one of its best starts in school annals with a 4-0 mark entering weekend games…UCF is 29-2 in its last 31 games after downing Connecticut in the American activity last Saturday.


St. John’s (N.Y.) athletics collaborated with the League of YES during the University Service Day event Sept. 28. The League of YES is a branch of the Miracle League in Long Island. Its mission is to establish and sustain baseball and similar athletics’ programs for people of all ages and abilities…The annual Chautauqua Festival in Waxahachie, Texas, last Saturday with emphasis on Texas and Southwest culture had the theme the “Power of Sports” with 98-year-old Baseball Hall of Fame member Eddie Robinson and several Texas football dignitaries on the program. NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas member Paul Rogers, faculty representative for SMU athletics, moderated the discussion with Mr. Robinson…SMU continues its campaign to become Dallas’ representative college team with “Dallas” emblazoned on its jerseys. The Ponies and head coach Sonny Dykes made a trip to Dallas City Hall last week to meet with Harvard alumnus and Mustangs backer Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and to show him the Iron Skillet Trophy won by SMU over TCU…The Gideons will have their annual Texas A&M Mini-Blitz scripture distribution in College Station, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7 a.m-2 p.m. (CDT).


New Mexico head coach Bob Davie returned to the sidelines against Liberty after a major medical scare in August…Appalachian State head coach Eliah Blinkwitz is off to a 4-0 start in his first college head coaching assignment at ASU…Tennessee fans have been studying the impact of head coach Jeremy Pruitt and the remaining years on his contract…Sirius XM Radio reported that Wisconsin has nine players rated as four- or five-star recruits by national services. Alabama’s 2019 roster includes 64 of these standouts. The dominant 2019 Badgers have gotten major mileage out of every recruit by head coach Paul Chryst and his staff…Colorado head coach Mel Tucker discussed the positives and negatives of bye weeks…In a game matching two of the longest-tenured head coaches in the FBS last week, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz in his 21st season at UI (the longest skein of any current FBS head coach) met Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill in his 14th season with MT – the sixth-longest current assignment. That’s a total of 35 composite years at their assignments…Ole Miss offensive coordinator and longtime former head coach Rich Rodriguez spoke of Alabama’s football dynasty and the toughness of Southeastern Conference competition…South Carolina public records indicate an $18.75 million buyout for the contract of head coach Will Muschamp, and there is a possibility for fan feedback to determine the status of that agreement…Florida head coach Dan Mullen is seeking to upgrade the Gators future non-conference schedules.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Michigan State: Mark Dantonio, El Paso, Texas; Michigan Tech: Steve Olson, Ada, Minn.; Middle Tennessee: Rick Stockstill, Sidney, Ohio; Millsaps: Aaron Pelch, Ogden, Utah; Minnesota: P.J. Fleck, Sugar Grove, Ill.


UCLA’s retiring director of athletics Dan Guerrero’s legacy was saluted in the San Jose Mercury News, which looked at some possibilities for the successor’s pool…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek addressed some forward thinking about Razorbacks football progress in a recent newspaper story…Tennessee AD and NFF College Hall of Fame Phillip Fulmer was featured in a recent Chattanooga, Tenn., Times Free- Press article…Former Nebraska, Texas A&M and Oregon AD Bill Byrne (father of Alabama AD Greg Byrne) was spotted at a College Station, Texas, area restaurant and is feeling better after recent medical treatments…Hawai’i named Joel Kusnierz head men’s tennis coach.


New Mexico State is working on the possibility of hiring a consulting firm to help the Aggies move into another FBS conference from independent status…North Alabama hosted Presbyterian last week in the Lions “unofficial debut” with the Big South Conference. UNA has competed in 2018 and ’19 as a provisional member of NCAA FCS and finished 7-3 last year with four consecutive victories to end the campaign…The Pac-12 Conference at the request of its CEOs will not resort to private equity firms will but the search for a sustainable corporate partner or partners…Texas Wesleyan continues to make headway in the NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference with five losses in the last eight conference clashes by eight points or fewer…Arizona State knocked off then-No. 15 nationally California 24-17 last Friday to leave every team in the competitive Pac-12 Conference with at least one defeat.


Former College Football Playoff communications director Gina Lehe has been named director of strategic communications for the NCAA…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in partnership with Pytchblack, a Fort Worth based creative design firm, unveiled last week a new brand tagline and graphic campaign for the upcoming season leading up to the 84th Classic on Dec. 28. “Like No Other” will serve as a primary brand position and marketing platform for all the Classic’s advertising, branding and collateral moving as the 2019 bowl countdown begins.


Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard raced 296 yards on 25 carries to help Oklahoma State knock off then-No. 24 Kansas State in Big 12 activity…Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa set a school record with six touchdown passes and ran for another score in the Crimson Tide’s win over Ole Miss…The Bednarik Award for FBS’ defensive player of the year will denote its semifinalists Tuesday, Oct. 29…The Biletnikoff Receiver Award will reveal its semifinalists Monday, Nov. 18…Auburn DT Derrick Brown came back from an injury to record three tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, and four total tackles in a SEC victory at Texas A&M. He became the first Auburn player since 2012 to record a sack, tackle for loss, forced fumble and pass breakup in a single clash…Ohio State QB Justin Fields is taking primarily online courses for time management purposes this autumn…Houston QB D’Eriq King and WR Keith Corbin have opted to redshirt after three games this year and are expected to return to the Cougars as grad students and seniors in eligibility in 2020…King’s backup Clayton Tune, the brother of mid-2000s North Texas QB Nathan Tune, paced Houston past his older brother’s alma mater 46-25 in an intersectional tilt last Saturday before an Apogee Stadium record turnout of 30,123 in Denton, Texas…Baylor kicker John Mayers last kicked a game-winning field goal in the final seconds four years ago at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus HS, before he booted a decisive three-pointer just before the gun in BU’s Big 12 Conference win over Iowa State…Florida Atlantic WR Deangelo Antoine caught 11 passes for 173 yards and became the first Conference USA player since 2016 to catch four touchdown passes in one game against Wagner… Old Dominion DE Keion White had six tackles, 3.5 stops for losses and one sack at then-No. 21 Virginia to notch recent Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week laurels…Appalachian State defensive end Demetrius Taylor captured the Sept. 23 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player after making 2.5 sacks, forcing two fumbles – returning one for a touchdown – and an interception that helped the Mountaineers upend North Carolina…SMU quarterback Shane Buechele has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the fourth week of the college football season. The junior quarterback threw for 288 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another score as SMU ended a seven-game losing streak in the DFW Metroplex rivalry and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1984. Also recipients of this weekly honor have been TCU running back Darius Anderson and SMU running back TJ McDaniel. Anderson rushed for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns at Purdue while McDaniel made his college debut with three TDs and 159 yards rushing in the Mustangs win over Texas State…The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award named Adam Korsak of Rutgers as the Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week twice this year. Korsak punted five times against Boston College in one contest for a total of 221 yards, a 44.2 yards gross average and 43-yard net average…Florida MLB David Reese II had a career-high 16 tackles – 13 of them solo – to help the Gators gain a come-from-behind SEC win at Kentucky and earned FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week kudos…Through three games, QB Asher O’Hara of Middle Tennessee completed 70.7 percent of his passes (63-89) for 785 yards and eight TDs with two interceptions. He also led the Blue Raiders with 202 rushing yards and a TD. He was pacing Conference USA with 329 yards per game of total offense at that juncture. WR Ty Lee of the Blue Raiders has caught a pass in 44 consecutive games, is third all-time in receiving yards at Middle Tennessee and second in touchdown receptions (22)…Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez passed for 328 yards and had 446 yards of total offense in a Big Ten victory at Illinois…Florida Atlantic QB Chris Robison led the Owls to back-to-back victories by completing 65 percent of his passes for 745 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions.  He tied a Rusty Smith school record for TD passes in a game with five against Wagner and has been in the Top 15 nationally in FBS touchdown passes most of ’19…RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn paced Vanderbilt to a 24-18 win over Mid-American Conference contender Northern Illinois with 138 net rushing yards…Wyoming DB Allen Smith III is seeking reinstatement to the squad.


Several NFF College Hall of Fame players were included on the 1969, 50-year anniversary FWAA All-America team, which was recalled in a national post last week. Among the Hall of Famers were Oklahoma halfback Steve Owens (1969 Heisman Trophy winner), Purdue QB Mike Phipps, Jim Otis (Ohio State), John Tatum (Ohio State), and Mike McCoy (Notre Dame)…In that same series of reminiscent stories about its All-America squads since 1941, the FWAA highlighted the 1944 FWAA All-America team with a strong military influence, including Army’s Mr. Inside (Doc Blanchard) and Mr. Outside (Glenn Davis), offensive backfield stars on NFF tri-founder coach Red Blaik’s Army West Point team that would finish No. 1 in the major polls. Also on that team were fellow NFF College Hall of Famers Les Horvath of Ohio State and Oklahoma A&M (now State) back Bob Fenimore…The College Baseball Foundation and College Baseball Hall of Fame will host its first-ever Hall of Fame induction and celebration weekend in Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 1-3…All-time Arkansas great QB Ron Calcagni and Texas A&M legend DB Kevin Smith were honorary captains and coin toss participants before the Razorbacks-Aggies Southwest Classic last Saturday.


Nebraska athletics unveiled plans for $150 million in capital improvements and football facilities in Lincoln last Friday…Virginia Board of Visitors member Robert Hardie and family have donated $6 million to the UVA Athletics Master Plan…Alabama is offering some new premium football seats for 2019 and future seasons…Arizona athletics highlighted its famed adaptive athletics program to Gov. Doug Duce and visiting dignitaries…Portland State’s new football stadium plan is being marketed with a $65 million grant from Portland Public Schools for use of the facility… was the principal provider for  the Auburn-Oregon and Arkansas-Texas A&M regular-season collegiate games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2019, as well as the 84th annual Goodyear Cotton Bowl and other events at the Arlington facility…North Texas football has offered special individual game ticket packages in groups of four for $35-45 throughout this campaign…Iowa State continues to project enrollment expansion as the Cyclones football fortunes maintain a steady level.


ESPN College Game Day Powered by Home Depot came to Lincoln, Neb., for last weekend’s Nebraska-Ohio State for the first time since 2007…The annual Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame induction dinner is Friday, Oct. 4, at the Denver Athletic Club. 7 p.m. (MDT). 2019 inductees are Sam Adams, Tina Griego, John Sunderland, Mike Landess, and the late Bob Martin…The Dish Network has dropped the Big Ten Network, Fox Sports and FS1 for an unknown duration…Maggie Hale has been nominated for three Lone Star Texas Area Emmy Awards in the sports reporting category for high schools.


The FWAA is now accepting applications for the 23nd annual Volney Meece Memorial College Scholarship for children of FWAA members. For applications please contact Dave Sittler, 8314 S. Jamestown Ave, Tulsa, OK 74137. His email is Applications must be received by Dec. 15…San José State scored on Dejon Packer’s 19-yard run with 1:13 left to break a 24-24 tie and win their first road game since 2016 and record their first non-conference road win since 2012 while posting a 31-24 victory at Arkansas. The Spartans also won the FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor for their exploits…Auburn-Mississippi State and Baylor-Iowa State were the featured FWAA Outland Trophy games last week. There were a total of seven Outland watch performers between those two contests…The AFCA has partnered with Werner Ladder for the 2019 AFCA FBS National and Regional Coach of the Year awards…Mike Montoro of West Virginia, Mike Houck of Oklahoma, Mike Mahon (retired) of Drake and South Dakota, Carter Brown of Virginia Tech, and Herman Hudson of SMU were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Clemson, Jackson State, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, and South Carolina are working with NCAA compliance and enforcement officials about possible rules’ challenges…FWAA president Matt Fortuna penned a recent column about supporting membership and safety of women sports writers after night games and in certain underserved areas where stadiums are located…Alabama jumped over Clemson for the first time this season to seize the No. 1 position in the FWAA Super 16 poll.

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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