College Football Notes – Oct. 6, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, October 6th, 2019

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Texas Wesleyan’s program – in its third year of rejuvenation – got a big boost last weekend with its first Sooner Athletic Conference victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God 52-44 in a school-record three overtimes at Fort Worth, Texas. The Rams of head coach Joe Prud’homme resorted to the ground game for a season-best 302 net yards on 48 carries to come up with the win. RB Jermarcus Jones rambled for 133 yards and three touchdowns to pace that effort.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 7-13 time period are Oct. 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.; Oct. 8 (1904) Bud Sprague, Dallas, Texas; (1912) Bob Hamilton, Sewickley, Pa.; (1915) Duffy Daugherty, Emeigh, Pa.; (1952) Anthony Davis, San Fernando, Calif.; Oct. 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.; Oct. 10 (1883) Andy Smith, DuBois, Pa.; (1902) Jim (Four Horseman) Crowley, Chicago, Ill.; (1936) Ron Harms, Houston, Texas; (1940) Buck Buchanan, Gainesville, Ala.; (1945) Marlin Briscoe, Oakland, Calif.; Oct. 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.; Oct. 12 (1891) John Brown, Canton, Pa.; (1964) Lynn Thomsen, Sioux City, Iowa; Oct. 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.

 

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 7 (1954) Pop Warner, Palo Alto, Calif.; (1982) Thad “Pie” Vann, Jackson, Miss.; (1985) Bruiser Kinard, Jackson, Miss.; Oct. 9 (1963) Willie Heston, Traverse City, Mich.; Oct. 11 (2010) Ron Kramer, Fenton, Mich.; (2018) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; Oct. 13 (2000) Thurman “Fum” McGraw, Ft. Collins, Colo.; (2003) Ron Burton, Framingham, Mass.

 

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 7 Larry Kehres, Bert Jones, Oct. 8 Anthony Davis, Oct. 9 Jim Grabowski (a spry 75), Joe Theismann, Oct. 10 Marlin Briscoe, Oct. 11 Ed Reed, Oct. 12 Lynn Thomsen…

Ole Miss and Purdue have slated a home-and-home series in 2033 and ’34…Connecticut and Maryland will meet in 2024 and 2026…Texas AD Chris Del Conte noted the national impact that re-scheduling the Longhorns series with Texas A&M would have…Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork noted there are many differences that must be settled before the schools meet again…Texas A&M athletics has propose moving the Arkansas-A&M SEC series back to campus sites after its contract with AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, ends in 2024…Traditional Lone Star Conference power Tarleton State has applied for NCAA FCS membership… SMU counts 31 eligible transfers and 65 total newcomers on this year’s squad, which achieved a national ranking (No. 24 in Associated Press last week) for the first time since the 1986 season, and then went 6-0 after a 21-point comeback win over American Athletic Conference opponent Tulsa 43-37 in triple overtime last Saturday night…Oklahoma State was 10-2 in 12 games against Texas Tech from 2006-17 before the Red Raiders downed the Cowboys in each of the last two seasons…Tulane ended Army West Point’s 15-game home winning streak with a 42-33 win over the Black Knights. The Green Wave started the season at 4-1 for the first time since 1998…Cincinnati stopped UCF’s American Athletic Conference contests’ winning streak at 19 games with an upset triumph over the then-No. 18 team last Friday…Three nationally ranked schools were upset last week – No. 7 Auburn, No. 14 Iowa and No. 18 UCF…LSU and Florida are lined up for a national telecast, ESPN Game Day visit and bout of Top 10 teams when the Tigers and Gators meet next Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

 

Rice athletics is hosting the 2019 RBI Club Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Nov. 4, at Braeburn Country Club in Houston, Texas, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. (CST) Registration is $275 per golfer or $1,000 for a foursome. and there is also a $100 dinner/drinks option for wanting to attend and dine but will not be playing golf…The North Texas Alumni Association will have a special Dallas County chapter meeting at the Dallas Arboretum on Oct. 15 with speakers’ emphasis on UNT updates, giving and UNT athletics…

 

NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown of North Carolina spoke of his hoped-for balance between the run and the pass have an open date Saturday and then travel to Virginia Tech Oct. 19…Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has told current team members they will not be permitted to play if they have entered the NCAA transfer portal for the 2020 season… Marshall head coach Doc Holliday spoke of team toughness and leadership for success in the heart of Conference USA activity and the youthful talent at fellow contender Middle Tennessee…Former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash issued a statement and thanked administrators for the opportunity to have headed the program. Nunzio Campanile has taken over as interim head coach for the Scarlet Knights…TCU head coach Gary Patterson made a please to TCU fans the enjoy the game as a social event but cheer on the Horned Frogs valiantly…Washington State head coach Mike Leach expressed surprise over the resignation of defensive Tracy Claeys who later spoke to the media about his reasons for leaving WSU…The Crimson Tide Foundation paid off Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s $3.1 million home where he has lived since 2007, and the Sabans have numerous contributions to underserved area children and the Alabama Catholic Student Center with this assistance from the Foundation.

 

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Minnesota State-Duluth: Curt Wiese, Stoughton, Wis.; Minnesota State-Mankato: Todd Hoffner, Esmond, N.D.; Mississippi College: John Bland, Knoxville, Tenn.; Mississippi State: Joe Moorhead, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mississippi Valley State: Vincent Dancy, Shuqualak, Miss.

 

Tennessee director of athletics and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer told media and the public he will not return to coaching and gave full support to head coach Jeremy Pruitt…Baylor athletics has extended the contracts of AD Mack Rhoades and head coach Matt Rhule through 202 and 2028, respectively…Penn State named Kris Petersen associate AD for strategic communications… Southern California has acquired the Turnkey Search Group to seek its new director of athletics…Dr. Glenn Boyce was named chancellor at Ole Miss last week…Texas Tech athletics has proposed monetary updates for its men’s basketball coaches and other staff members…North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham contacted Clemson to make amends for a video board miscue during the teams’ Sept. 28 game at UNC…Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs continues to evaluate the Scarlet Knights football progress and future scheduling…East Carolina’s provost and senior vice chancellor Dr. Ronald Mickelson has been named acting chancellor at ECU. Chancellor Dr. Dan Gerlach has left his position there…Michigan State executive vice president for administration Katish Udpa is returning to lab work and scientific research from her previous post…Iowa president Dr. Bruce Harreld was interviewed about athletics’ prowess, diversity, contract extensions, and the Iowa State-Iowa Cy-Hawk Trophy game…Florida head men’s basketball coach Mike White received a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season and a sizeable, new compensation package…Auburn men’s basketball head coach Bruce Pearl has inked a five-year contract extension…Fresno State AD Terry Tumey has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace UCLA’s retiring AD Dan Guerrero…Former Montana State men’s tennis coach Jared Burnham is headed to Eastern Washington…Air Force Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, superintendent at the U.S. Air Force Academy, penned a guest editorial about how expected stereotypes did not come to fruition as the Falcons and Colorado renew their series.

 

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott spoke with media last week about the league’s national football impact, the future of the circuit, California’s Fair Pay to Play Act, and major national issues in an in-depth interview…Big East Conference commissioner Val Ackerman was complimented for loop expansion and the addition of Connecticut in 2020-21…Preseason Southland Conference favorite Nicholls is off to a 2-0 start in league activity…Appalachian State (East Division) and Louisiana (West) are a combined 8-1 overall and 2-0 as the pre-2019 favorites for the Sun Belt Conference divisional crowns.

 

New Mexico State has inked a six-year bowl agreement with ESPN for admission into the FBS bowl system as an independent…The West Coast Conference signed a new television TV agreement with CBS Sports Network and has extended its pact with ESPN…The Pac-12 Conference is offering solutions to less-than-capacity football crowds, television discussions and recruiting challenges. Surprising Arizona has taken over the midseason lead in the Pac-12 South Division.

 

SMU wideout James Proche’ caught 11 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns with the game-winning score on a 25-yard pass from Shane Buechele for a SMU victory in triple overtime…Texas redshirt running back Derian Brown is enrolled in school and continuing physical therapy after suffering a stroke last January…The National College Football Awards Association has pinpointed more in-season solid performances and relayed dates for denotations of semifinalists. The Ray Guy Award will have its final candidates’ list on Nov. 5 after such showings as Kentucky punter Max Duffy who broke school records for in-game punting average at 51.1 yards and career average at 46.6. Duffy led the nation in punting through games of Oct. 2 with a 51.2 quota. On the Rimington Trophy side (finalists will be named Monday, Dec. 9) Navy captain Ford Higgins has been racking up almost perfect blocking grades and remains as one of the national favorites for the nation’s best FBS center…Ole Miss freshmen running backs Jerrion Ealy (78-yard touchdown) and Snoop Conner (84-yard scoring run) provided two key plays in the Rebels 31-6 SEC win over Vanderbilt…Oregon has obtained the services of transfer Devon Williams who earlier planned to take his career to Oregon State…Texas Tech backup QB Jett Duffey ran and passed for 440 yards as the Red Raiders upended then-No. 21 Oklahoma State last week in Lubbock, Texas…Maryland wideout DJ Turner hopes to regain full playing status after a recent suspension…Duke RB Brittain Brown is out for the remainder of the campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery…Football-basketball star Julian Larry of Lewisville, Texas, has committed orally to play both sports at Indiana State in 2020-21…Texas QB Sam Ehlinger accounted for four touchdowns and standout wide receiver Devin Duvernay moved over to running back to help the Longhorns nab a key Big 12 Conference road win at West Virginia…Missouri QB Kelly Bryant escaped serious injury and was in good spirits after undergoing tests following the Tigers 42-10 thumping of Troy…Georgia QB Jake Fromm tossed two touchdown passes to key the No. 3 Bulldogs to a vital SEC triumph at Tennessee…Former Air Force kicker Lane McCallum split the uprights from 24 yards on the final play of the contest to lead Nebraska to a 13-10 thriller over Northwestern…Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett returned to his starting role after fighting off injuries incurred in the Panthers win over UCF…Kentucky LB Kash Daniel has been admonished for some unsportsmanlike activity during recent SEC encounters…Tennessee State defensive end Emmanuel Olenga has appealed for immediate eligibility after his transfer to TSU in 2019.

 

The FWAA In the Trenches feature highlighted the 1970 FWAA All-America team with NFF College Hall of Fame players Dan Dierdorf (Michigan), Tom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Jack Youngblood (Florida), Jack Ham (Penn State), and John Tatum (Ohio State) on that dream squad. Northwestern’s 6-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference earned Alex Agase 1970 FWAA Coach of the Year honors…Former Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick spoke about current Rans head coach Mike Bobo and Lubick’s retirement activities in a Denver Post interview…Former SMU standout Mason Gentry is following a family tradition by joining the automobile business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Gentry’s father Rusty Gentry has managed and worked with Toyota dealerships for 45-plus years and is a benefactor for both SMU athletics and the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas presided over by longtime Gentry family friend and Plano (Texas) ISD director of athletics Gerald Brence…All-time Texas Tech great and NFL standout WR Michael Crabtree spoke of running routes for possibly 9-10 miles often in single workouts as a speedy wideout undergraduate with the Red Raiders…Former Major League Baseball all-star and all-state quarterback at Stillwater (Okla.) HS Matt Holliday has joined his brother and Oklahoma State head baseball coach Josh Holliday on the Cowboys diamond staff…Kansas athletics is considering Perry Ellis for a possible video coordinator’s position…Chattanooga men’s head basketball coach Lamont Paris had his contract extended for two years through 2024-25 season…LSU’s director of player development Micah Gibbs is leaving his post for an outside coaching assignment…Nebraska athletics’ new licensing program gives small businesses and crafters the opportunity to expand their profits on Nebraska branding and sales…The design details of Birmingham’s new downtown stadium for UAB have been revealed.

 

Akron is completing renovations to its baseball field and other facilities and will bring back varsity baseball in 2020…UCF’s new Lazy River tailgating area is offering 250 McNamara Cove memberships for $2,500 each with “covegating” for all regular-season home games as part of the $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village and via a naming gift of $1 million by alumni Tom and Stacey McNamara…Arizona State athletics is preparing for overseas’ competition in China for the men’s basketball team…Mobile legal college sports betting now is available in Indiana with Michigan possibly on the horizon…Latest numbers indicate the Michigan athletics started the 2019-20 academic year with a school-record 388 employees…There has been a proposal for University of California system schools drop SAT and ACT scores as admission requirements…Columbia athletics will be without the university’s marching band for the remainder of the 2019 season…Rutgers athletics is continuing to negotiate buyouts for former employees…Syracuse’s Carrier Dome renovations were saluted in a Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper report…South Carolina also is considering compensation for college student-athletes along the lines of California’s recent legislation…Nebraska has revealed additional renderings and details about its $155 million North Memorial Stadium expansion plans…Alabama athletics has implemented several cooling stations to offset this year’s intense heat at games…Texas introduced new student section entry procedures after reaching sellout proportions earlier this autumn…UCLA athletics marketing continues its weekly campaign for single-game ticket sales…Connecticut, Utah, Wichita State, and Winthrop have been chosen as the four sites for the 2020 NCAA hoops Recruiting Academy…UCF is working to streamline student entry areas at football games as the season heightens.

 

Popular Dallas-Fort Worth area news and sports anchor Amanda Guerra is relocating to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as a commentator for CBS Sportsline and CBS Sportslink.com…Sports Illustrated magazine is cutting back its fulltime staff from 150 to 110 people and will work with nationally known freelance writers for feature stories. The magazine celebrated its 65-year anniversary last August…ESPN has apologized for recent streaming issues during the Kansas State-Oklahoma State Big 12 Conference clash…Michigan has retained Brian Boesch as the 2019-20 play-by-play radio voice for Wolverines men’s basketball…North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is requesting a possible AT&T-ACC Network agreements to allow more cable coverage for Tar Heel State fans with the network…Award-winning Dallas Morning News writer Greg Riddle penned a feature on NFF College Football Hall of Fame current high school playing legacies Doak Walker (grandson of the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner and his SMU namesake), E.J. Smith (son of HoF RB Emmitt Smith of Florida) and Shedeur Sanders (son of Florida State standout Deion Sanders)…The Bryan-College Station, Texas, Eagle had a panel discussion and group explanation about reasons for Texas A&M’s traditional, less-than-rapid football starts.

 

Brandie Davidson of TCU, Laurie Bollig of CoSIDA, Will Roleson of CoSIDA, Brad Marquardt of Texas A&M, and Reagan Ratcliff of Dallas Baptist were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…The FWAA is 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 davesitt@aol.com. Applications must be received by Dec. 15…Auburn, California, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota-Duluth, NC State, Oregon State, Portland State, Stanford, and Tennessee are working with NCAA compliance and enforcement officials about possible rules’ challenges.

2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST) CFP

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. 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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