College Football Notes – Oct. 14, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2019

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Save the Date – Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019: The two-month countdown time for the 62nd annual Awards Dinner is underway, and excitement is building. The gala banquet and ceremonies are set for Dec. 10 in New York City, please contact NFF Director of National Events Will Rudd via email at

Upcoming On-Campus Salutes for 2019 NFF College Hall of Fame inductees presented by Fidelity Investments are Saturday, 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.

On-Campus Salute dates for the remaining members of the 2019 Class still are to be determined. The 2019 season marks the 10th season that Fidelity Investments is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 14-20 time period are Oct. 14 (1896) Tom Davies, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1901) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Massillon, Ohio; (1940) Billy Joe, Ayner, S.C.; (1964) Paul Palmer, Bethesda, Md.; Oct. 15 (1873) Ed “Robbie” Robinson, Lynn, Mass.; (1886) Jonas Ingram, Jeffersonville, Ind.; (1892) Huntington Hardwick, Quincy, Mass.; (1917) Bob MacLeod, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; (1931) Donn Moomaw, Santa Ana, Calif.; (1943) James “Boots” Donnelly, Nashville, Tenn.; Oct. 16 (1885) Hunter Scarlett, Erie, Pa.; (1893) Harold Ballin, New York, N.Y.; (1945) D.D. Lewis, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1946) Chris Gilbert, Houston, Texas; Oct. 17 (1923) Charlie McClendon, Lewisville, Ark.; (1924) Don Coryell, Seattle, Wash.; (1943) Bill Bowes, Blanchard, Pa.; (1946) Herb Orvis, Petoskey, Mich.; (1947) Ron Johnson, Detroit, Mich.; (1957) Steve McMichael, Houston, Texas; Oct. 18 (1902) Charlie Berry, Phillipsburg, N.J.; (1914) Joe Routt, Chapel Hill, Texas; (1939) Mike Ditka, Carnegie, Pa.; (1946) Frank Beamer, Mt. Airy, N.C.; Oct. 19 (1889) Dick Harlow, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1911) Max Starcevich, Centerville, Iowa; (1963) Jim Dombrowski, Williamsville, N.Y.; Oct. 20 (1941) Don Trull, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1954) Lee Roy Selmon, Eufaula, Okla.; (1962) Ray Childress, Memphis, Tenn.; (1965) Chad Hennings, Elberton, Iowa; (1972) Dexter Coakley, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.


Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 14 (1973) Volney Ashford, Marshall, Mo.; Oct. 17 (1967) Don Holleder, In Combat in Vietnam; (1977) Cal Hubbard, St. Petersburg, Fla.; (2000) Leo Nomellini, Stanford, Calif.; (2003) Charlie “Choo-Choo” Justice, Cherryville, N.C.; Oct. 18 (1895) Winchester Osgood, In Combat in Cuba; Oct. 19 (1995) Don Faurot, Columbia, Mo.; Oct. 20 (2013) Don James. Kirkland, Wash.


Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 14 Paul Palmer, Oct. 15 James “Boots” Donnelly, Oct. 16 D.D. Lewis, Chris Gilbert, Oct. 17 Herb Orvis, Steve McMichael, Oct. 18 Mike Ditka (a spry 80), Frank Beamer, Oct. 19 Jim Dombrowski, Oct. 20 (1941) Don Trull (a spry 78), Ray Childress, Chad Hennings, Dexter Coakley…

Georgia Tech will play Northern Illinois in 2021 and Western Carolina in 2022 at historic Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta…Nebraska added Louisiana Tech to its 2023 home schedule and moved the scheduled non-conference home game with Northern Illinois from 2021 to 2027…Syracuse will host New Hampshire in 2026…Colorado and Iona have contracted to meet in multiple sports in future seasons…Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has been rated as one of the Five toughest and loudest venues for opposing teams in college football…Temple upended Memphis 30-28 last week to advance to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference prior to a key AAC showdown at 6-0 (2-0 AAC) SMU Saturday…South Carolina’s win over then-No. 4 Georgia was the Gamecocks first victory over a Top 10 nationally opponent since downing Georgia in 2014…LSU has moved ahead of Ohio State to No. 2 behind Alabama in the FWAA Super 16 poll…Wisconsin is the first NCAA FBS member since Oklahoma in 1968 to record four shutouts during the regular season…The Top 17 teams in last week’s AFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 poll had unbeaten, 4-0 overall records…There were 16 FBS teams with undefeated records prior to setbacks by Florida, Georgia, Wake Forest, and Memphis last week…NAIA hopeful Texas Wesleyan has played back-to-back overtime contests against Southwestern Assemblies of God and Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-1 record) and hosts Texas College for Homecoming Saturday…Oklahoma tied the Cotton Bowl Stadium team record for sacks with nine and tackles for losses with 16 against longtime rival Texas. It was the two schools’ third meeting in 12 months after OU edged the Longhorns 39-27 in the 2018 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship.

The Caddo Mills (Texas) HS marching band had a special, premier performance for cancer patient and fifth grader Trevor Daniel of Greenville (Texas) Christian Academy HS to raise funds for his medical treatment and to help cheer up the youngster who has undergone several surgeries and chemotherapy…North Texas athletics through ServPro of Denton, Texas, is providing two free tickets to all active military members and first responders for the UNT-Middle Tennessee contest Saturday at Apogee Stadium…Texas Tech’s men’s basketball team travelled to UTEP to compete in an exhibition encounter to benefit the families and surviving victims of last summer’s El Paso, Texas, fatal crime spree.


UCLA head coach Chip Kelly expressed his resolve to turn around the Bruins fortunes and get to the .500 mark…Les Koenning has left Kansas as offensive coordinator and has been replaced by Brent Dearmon…Former Rutgers’ head coach Chris Ash recounted his final day on the job to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Missouri: Barry Odom, Lawton, Okla.; Missouri State: Dave Steckel, Kutztown, Pa.; Montana: Bobby Hauck, Missoula, Mont.; Montana State: Jeff Choate, Columbus, Ohio; Navy: Ken Niumatalolo, Laie, Hawai’i.


St. Francis (Pa.) director of athletics Susan Robinson Fruchtl will step aside from her post in March 2020…San Diego State AD John David Wicker had the experience of a nearly-new facility on his visit to Colorado State’s Canvas Stadium…Seth Jones is the new assistant AD for corporate sponsorships at UTRGV…SMU head men’s golf coach Seth Enloe is taking a leave of absence from his post after he lost his wife to cancer. Chris Parra has taken over as SMU’s interim head coach…Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone had her contract extended for five years through May 31, 2024…Oakland (Mich.) head men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe had his contract renewed with top benefits and guarantees…University of Alaska’s Board of Regents has given backing to Alaska President Dr. Jim Johnsen…Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder dispelled area rumors about his possible impending retirement…LSU President Dr. F. King Alexander has called upon Tigers fans to be gracious hosts to 2019 football visitors.


Conference USA and new title sponsor for the 2019 C-USA football championship – Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider – have inked a three-year naming agreement through the 2021 Ryan C-USA football title tilt. Ryan already has been the official corporate tax services firm for Conference USA…The Pac-12 Conference has extended contracts for the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Las Vegas through 2021-22. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott also celebrated his 10-year anniversary as the league’s chief executive officer…Tickets for the 2020 Conference USA Basketball Championships presented by Baylor Scott & White Sports Performance Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, are now available through the official website.


The Goodyear Cotton Bowl’s famed Goodyear blimp Goodyear and chief pilot Jerry Hissem will provide lucky fans (to celebrate the 150th year of college football) special Airbnb privileges with three one-night stays in Mogadore, Ohio, prior to the Michigan-Notre Dame fracas on Oct. 26…There are already 12 bowl-eligible teams for the 80 bowl positions in post-2019. Among the qualifiers to date are Baylor, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, SMU, and Boise State.


Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa now holds the career record for touchdown passes at Bama with after pitching four at Texas A&M last weekend…Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts set a Cotton Bowl Stadium record (for 486 college games there) for rushing yards by a quarterback in one game with 131 yards against Texas. Hurts also is third in Big 12 Conference individual rushing stats…The semifinalists for the 2019 Johnny Unitas Quarterback Award are Jack Abraham, Southern Miss; Ian Book, Notre Dame; Anthony Brown, Boston College; Kelly Bryant, Missouri; Joe Burrow, LSU; Jacob Eason, Washington; Caleb Evans, Louisiana-Monroe; Mason Fine, North Texas; Quentin Harris, Duke; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Tyler Huntley, Utah; Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma; Brian Lewerke, Michigan State; Cole McDonald, Hawai’i; Steven Montez, Colorado; Shea Patterson, Michigan; Bryce Perkins, Virginia; Nate Stanley, Iowa; Zach Thomas, Appalachian State; and Brady White, Memphis…Iowa State QB Brock Purdy was honored named the Davey O’Brien Award and Manning Award Star of the Week after enjoying a school-record, fourth consecutive game 300-yard passing performance against TCU…Old Dominion defensive standouts LB Lawrence Garner (game-high 12 tackles against WKU) and DT Juwan Ross (previously fourth in Conference USA in sacks (4.5 after five games) and third in tackles for loss (7.5).  have given the Monarchs hope for a fast ’19 finish…The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award named Cody Grace of Arkansas State as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for Week 6 after he averaged 49 yards on punts and had four of his kicks against Georgia State downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line along with a game-long punt of 59 yards…Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks made 19 tackles – four of them for losses – to go with three sacks and a forced fumble as the Red Raiders beat a ranked opponent at home for the first time since 2013 in a 45-35 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State and earned FWAA Bronko Nagurski Player of the Week honors Oct. 8…Miami (Fla.) QB N’Kosi Perry enjoyed a career-best showing of 28-for-47 passing for 422 yards and four TDs against Virginia Tech…SMU wide receiver James Proche was Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Texas-Connected National Player of the Week for the sixth week of the college football season after leading the Mustangs over Tulsa with a game-winning reception in the game’s third overtime. Mustangs RB Xavier Jones received an A grade for his first six games’ performance in ’19. SMU defensive back Patrick Nelson has been an integral part of the school’s streak of 17 consecutive games with takeaways – the fifth-longest skein among NCAA FBS members…Navy QB Malcolm Perry rushed for three touchdowns and 218 yards on 20 carries in the Midshipmen’s win at Tulsa…Zack Moss rumbled for 121 yards and two TDs with a 91-yard touchdown sortie to lead Utah over Oregon State…USF used 158 rushing yards by Jordan Cronkrite to rally for a 27-23 win over BYU in Tampa, Fla….TCU freshman QB Max Duggan started the season with 523 passing yards, seven aerial TDs and no interceptions over four skirmishes…Ohio State CB Jeffrey Odukah was lauded for three pass interceptions and a fumble forced in a pair of recent OSU victories…Texas A&M freshman WR Ainias Smith has jumoed out with 14 receptions and 182 yards with three TD receptions in his first six games as an Aggie…Freshman RB Breece Hall of Iowa State had a career day last weekend at West Virginia with 132 yards rushing and three infantry TDs…North Texas receiver Mike Lawrence, a former walkon, has become the Eagles go-to receiver after the loss to injury of All-Conference USA wideout Rico Bussey Jr. UNT quarterback Mason Fine who was injured last week in a C-USA clash at Southern Miss is the active NCAA FBS leader with 10,925 career passing yards….Texas did everything in its power to get back the services of WR Collin Johnson prior to last week; AT&T Red River Showdown with Texas in Dallas. Johnson caught eight passes for 177 yards to pace all receivers in the 2018 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship between the Sooners and Longhorns…Texas Tech receiver Xavier White is weighing a possible redshirt season after a recent injury. Tech QB Jett Duffey, LB Jordyn Brooks and PK Trey Wolf swept Big 12 Conference Offensive, Defensive and Special Team Players of the Week laurels after Tech upset then-No. 21 Oklahoma State…Florida QB Kyle Trask returned to starting status after suffering a knee injury in the Gators key SEC victory vs. Auburn…Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond hopes to tie his running talents in with the improved showing of Aggies running backs Jacob Kibodi and Isaiah Spiller…Kansas safety Bryce Torendon seeks to be the catalyst in a future Big 12 Conference triumph…Cincinnati DB Ahmad Garnder was commended for several big plays he made in recent games with a decisive, interception return to upend AAC opponent and defending conference champ UCF…Rutgers RB Raheem Blackshear apparently has decided to redshirt this season…Tennessee LB Jeremy Banks will compete at a new school in 2020…Kansas RB Khalil Herbert is deciding his college future after playing his last game with the Jayhawks earlier this season…LSU outside linebacker Ray Thornton is hoping to gain reinstatement to the squad.


The quarterback index now has Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and Russell Wilson of NC State and Wisconsin tied for first place among pro standouts…SMU football stars from the early 1980s are working with the administration and athletics to make a stronger impression on the current crop of Mustangs student-athletes…Former Tennessee star QB Tyler Bray was signed again by the NFL Chicago Bears as a member of the 2019 practice squad…Memorable Vanderbilt QB Dooch Sherman was recalled as the school’s inaugural winner of the 1919 Porter Cup as one of the top football athletes in the South. The Porter Cup was awarded to Southern Conference standouts at various colleges from 1918-32…The 1973 FWAA All-America team was remembered in a recent FWAA Postcards post with the likes of NFF College Hall of Fame members Penn State running back John Cappelletti (Heisman Trophy winner) of Penn State, John Hicks (Ohio State and Outland Trophy recipient), Pittsburgh’s Johnny Majors (FWAA Coach of the Year), quarterback Denny White (Arizona State), running backs Kermit Johnson (UCLA) and Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), receiver Lynn Swann (USC), defensive lineman Lucius Selmon (Oklahoma), and linebacker Randy Gradishar (Ohio State).


Ticket prices at South Florida college football venues in some discount sections were among the lowest in the country. The Denver Post reported that some individual seats were $6 for Middle Tennessee State at Florida Atlantic and Charlotte at FIU games and $9 for Virginia at the Miami Hurricanes. Meanwhile admission for the famed Miami Zoo remained at $23…Montana athletics is working with university admissions’ administrators to help increase 2020-21 applications and enrollment…The University of Alaska Board of Regents has tabled a possible vote to merge the state’s three universities…Iowa has made a $1 million budget entry to support ticket sales’ revenue but may be able to use added sales to move that expenditure to another budgetary fund…Jackson State football has initiated public beer and wine sales at Mississippi Memorial Stadium…Kansas athletics has revised its beer and wine sales’ policy for basketball and other events…Navy athletics is working with fans to alleviate the stop the snack attacks tradition prior to Midshipmen football home games…FIU is working on individual game promotions for the remainder of the season…Dayton athletics UD Arena and other facility renovations are both on time and on budget for next month…New Mexico State athletics has broken ground on a new baseball practice facility…UNLV has opened its new $34.8 million football and training facility…North Carolina’s UNC system administration has undergone some recent personnel changes…The Salt Lake City, Utah, Deseret newspaper reported on the process that BYU undertakes when hiring a new president…Houston has sold out men’s season basketball season tickets for the first time since 1999…Maine athletics has inked a sponsorship with the Bangor Savings Bank…New Mexico football is nearing projected single-game ticket sales’ goals for the ’19 season and hope to top revenue projections…Virginia is kicking off a school-wide $5 billion capital campaign with private concert and alumni panels in coming days…Purdue’s Board of Trustees has approved a policy to ban on-campus bets on Boilermakers sports after legalized gambling was approved by state legislators…Colorado College athletics has proposed a new hockey arena and other amenities for the athletics’ plant…Iowa State and Ames, Iowa, are making plans for a joint new entertainment district for home football fans and others…Montana athletics is working on facility upgrades for men’s basketball and a revamped equipment center in Missoula…Oklahoma State will open its new baseball stadium to open on March 20, 2020…Texas A&M athletics is making facility upgrades for its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams…Wisconsin football is making plans to renovate the historic south end zone of Camp Randall Stadium.


Nebraska’s 2019 play-calling procedures and continued tradition of all-star centers were examined by the Lincoln, Neb., Journal-Star…The Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes two former Grantland Rice-Fred Russell Scholarship awardees. The new inductees are Selected for the Gary Cohen, BA’59; Michelle Cottle, BA’92; Rice-Russell Scholar Bill Livingston, BA’70; Rice-Russell Scholar David Rapp, BA’73; and Daniel Bernard Roumain, BMus’93. All five of the honorees worked for the Vanderbilt Hustler school newspaper, and Rapp and NFF correspondent Bo Carter were members of the Hustler sports staff from 1970-73 along with luminaries Skip Bayless, Walt Potter, Rich White, Don Hemke, and Irv Muchnick.


The FWAA and associated groups are mounting online campaigns to help fight antimicrobial resistance, which happens when bacteria and fungi evolve past the medicine made to fight them. Currently, drug-resistant bacteria and fungi continue evolving at a rapid pace, and these “superbugs” are the third-leading cause of death in the US…John Kean and Claire Johnson of Missouri Science and Technology, Jack Watkins of the Missouri Valley Conference, David Shulimson of Salem, Lillie-Anne Mulligan of WKU, and Brian Vail of Seattle U. 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 Applications must be received by Dec. 15…Arizona, Auburn, California, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Kansas, Michigan State, UM Duluth, NC State, and Tennessee are working with NCAA compliance and enforcement officials about possible rules’ challenges…There have been 33 individuals and five programs nominated for the prestigious FWAA Armed Forces Merit Award through the Lockheed-Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Among these nominees are programs Athletes of Valor, Alex Stone, Founder and CEO, Athletes of Valor (U.S. Marines); Battlefields to Ballfields, Mike Pereira, CEO/President/Director; National Association of College Directors of Athletics, Wounded Warrior Project; University of South Carolina’s “Seats for Soldiers” program and other initiatives to honor service personnel; the University of Tennessee, POW/MIA Chair of Honor; and active players Cornelius Andrews, Union (N.Y.); Dromynique Chestnut, Azusa Pacific; Alexander Findura, Bloomsburg; Rashaud Freeman, Webber International; Joshua Griffin, Colorado State; and Rasheed Holloway, Union; among others…All-session tickets for the 2020 NCAA women’s basketball regional at SMU’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas March 27 and 29 have been placed for purchase on the tickets’ site…The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the possibility of New York mobsters trying to fix NCAA basketball games and other key national events through betting lines.

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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