College Football Notes – Oct. 21, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2019

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Georgia and South Carolina fans joined together to promote and raise funds for the “Forever Three” movement and foundation in memory of late Washington State quarterback and No. 3 Tyler Hilinski, the older brother of Gamecocks QB Ryan Hilinski.

Several Major League Baseball playoff participants continue to follow their college football teams throughout the postseason. Standouts such as the first-time MLB World participants on the Washington Nationals Anthony Rendon of Rice, Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State (both former Dick Howser Trophy winners as college players of the year), Max Scherzer of Missouri, Ryan Zimmerman of Virginia, and Matt Adams of Slippery Rock are following their universities’ gridiron fortunes from afar as they advance.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 21-27 time period are Oct. 22 (1923) Pete Pihos, Orlando, Fla.; Oct. 23 (1869) John Heisman, Cleveland, Ohio; (1894) Edward Mylin, Leaman Place, Pa.; (1914) Bruiser Kinard, Pelahatchie, Miss.; (1937) Frank Cignetti, Washington Township, Pa.; (1951) Tom Brahaney, Midland, Texas; (1962) Doug Flutie, Manchester, Md.; Oct. 24 (1932) Johnny Lattner, Chicago, Ill.; (1932) J.D. Roberts, Oklahoma City, Okla.; (1962) Jay Novacek, Martin, S.D.; Oct. 25 (1878) Bill Reid, San Francisco, Calif.; (1917) Marshall Goldberg, Elkins, W.Va.; (1921) Bob Steuber, Wenonah, N.J.; (1954) Giff Nielsen, Provo, Utah; (1964) Pat Swilling, Toccoa, Ga.; Oct. 26 (1911) Sid Gillman, Minneapolis, Minn.; (1913) Sam Francis, Dunbar, Neb.; (1929) Jim Weatherall, Graham, Okla.; (1963) Tony Casillas, Tulsa, Okla.; Oct. 27 (1927) Kyle Rote, Bellevue, Texas.

Note: No NFF College Hall of Fame members were born or passed away on the dates of Oct. 21 or 28. Also, lifetime NFF member and CoSIDA Hall of Fame member/1963 CoSIDA president Bob Hartley of Mississippi State (he was associated with the university as a publicist and consultant for 57 years before he passed away in 1998) was born 100 years ago Oct. 25, 1919, in Meridian, Miss.

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Oct. 22 (1975) Dan McMillan, USC/Cal, Santa Clara, Calif.; (1990) Frank Sinkwich, Athens, Ga.; Oct. 25 (1990) Bernie Oosterbaan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; (1992) Wilson Whitley, Marietta, Ga.; Oct. 27 (1924) Percy Haughton, New York City.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 23 Frank Cignetti (a spry 82), Tom Brahaney, Doug Flutie, Oct. 24 J.D. Roberts (a spry 87), Jay Novacek, Oct. 25 Giff Nielsen, Pat Swilling, Oct. 26 Tony Casillas…

Illinois and Nebraska will open the 2021 season with their first trips to historic Dublin, Ireland. Navy and Notre Dame programs are veterans of treks to the Emerald Isle. Travel experts expect a large turnout from NU fans who once flew on a record six jumbo charter jets when the Huskers played Hawai’i in Honolulu.

Northern Illinois will travel to Boston College for a 2023 clash… Penn State will open the 2020 season with Kent State and will re-schedule its previous home opener against Nevada…BYU’s just-denoted 2020 slate includes the likes of intrastate rival Utah, Michigan State, Missouri, and Minnesota, among other Power Five conference challenges…Nebraska will host Southeastern Louisiana in 2021…Minnesota is 7-0 for the first time since 1960…North Texas is a composite 70-30-3 in 103 home openers from 1917-2019 and 6-3 in nine lidlifters at highly touted Apogee Stadium…Air Force scored on seven of first first nine possessions against Hawai’i last week…Appalachian State (7-0 overall) justified its No. 24 FBS national ranking by downing Sun Belt Conference opponent Louisiana-Monroe 52-7 last Saturday…SMU broke a 41-year-old school game record for most plays from scrimmage with 109 against Temple. The Mustangs had a then-school-high 107 offensive snaps against Ohio State in 1978. SMU also is 7-0 for the first time since the 1982 Mustangs went 11-0-1 and were declared national champions by two ranking agencies.


Arlington (Texas) Martin HS paid tribute to fallen police officer A.J. Castaneda with special End of Watch patches and memorial jerseys last week against Arlington (Texas) HS. Castaneda’s family attended the game as special guests of the officer who passed away while helping a stranded motorist on President George H.W. Bush Tollway in the area…Texas wore throwback uniforms to honor the 50-year anniversary of the 1969 championship squad, which was honored on campus prior to the UT-Kansas contest…Kentucky high schools and the state’s activities’ association are seeking ways to promote more high school football participation in this basketball-rich Commonwealth…College football and Canadian Football League attendance continue to show growth in Canada while one publication noted a slight dip in NHL turnouts for Canadian cities…The CFL Edmonton Oilers just saw their 15-season streak of consecutive home game sellouts end last week…Argyle (Texas) HS is 139-12 (.921 winning percentage) from 2009 through a 65-44 slugfest at Paris (Texas) HS last Friday in the hometown of NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings.


BYU football student-athletes defended head coach Kalani Sitake and his senses of responsibility and classroom skills for the Cougars football squad…Illinois head coach Lovie Smith received a vote of confidence from UI AD Josh Whitman…Former Citadel assistant coach, Penn State and NFL standout Jeff Bleamer is helping underserved children to have a community impact while assisting the football squad at Cane Bay (S.C.) High School. Bleamer coaches on some of the Bulldogs most successful teams in the 1990s. Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead vowed to put his heart, soul, time, and dedication into guiding a MSU squad beset by several recent injuries…Ventura Partners has been enlisted to work with Rutgers in its football head coaching search…Longtime (now retired) Utah and Weber State head coach Ron McBride continues to astound people with his energy level and assistance with young football players and aspiring high school and college coaches…Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was lauded for helping the Sooners reduce their points allowed per game at the seven-game marks of 2018 and 2019 by 12 points… Washington State head coach Mike Leach has been texting about the state of the team and coaching staff changes…Wyoming safeties coach Willie Mack Garza has been suspended indefinitely from his post…Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops spoke on the need for success in the XFL and a future professional venue for college players as well as the new home of his brother and Dallas-Arlington team head coach/Oklahoma coaching legend Bob Stoops.


Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Nebraska: Scott Frost, Lincoln, Neb.; Nebraska-Kearney: Josh Lynn, Portales, N.M.; Nebraska Wesleyan: Brian Keller, Seward, Neb.; Nevada: Jay Norvell, Madison, Wis.; UNLV: Tony Sanchez, Fairfield, Calif.


Bob Scalise, the John D. Nichols ’53 Family director of athletics at Harvard, will retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year after spending more than 40 years at Harvard – the last 19 as AD…Nebraska AD Bill Moos envisions incorporating the Huskers traditions and pride in athletics’ facility and amenities’ upgrades…Colorado AD Rick George was named to the Team of Excellence by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame…Former Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork made a fun-filled return to the UM campus as AD at Texas A&M during the Aggies SEC victory over the Rebels last week…Texas A&M tabbed Michael Thompson Jr. as deputy AD for external relations and business development…Rutgers athletics selected T.J. Thompson as a director of operations…Ole Miss detailed the timeline and hiring process for new Chancellor Dr. Glenn Boyce…Wyoming has established a timeline for the hiring its next UW president via a vote by the Board of Trustees…Nebraska’s outgoing President Dr. Hank Bounds will be retained by the university as a consultant…Former Kansas State president Dr. Jon Wefald spoke of the 33 percent odds of hiring the right person for a college head coaching assignment in any sports and the consequences.


North Carolina and Virginia Tech played the longest overtime in Atlantic Coast Conference history last weekend before the Hokies prevailed in six overtimes 43-41. NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown of UNC was involved in the longest game in his 50-year playing and coaching career…American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco attended the tussle between American division leaders SMU and Temple last Saturday in Dallas…Expanded and renovated facilities have played a major role for the dynamic of the Big Sky Conference and member schools’ football recruiting…If conference championship contests were played this weekend, here are the divisional leaders and possible matchups: American – Cincinnati vs. SMU; ACC: Clemson vs. Virginia; Big Ten: Ohio State or Penn State vs. Minnesota; Big 12: Baylor vs. Oklahoma; Conference USA: Louisiana Tech vs. WKU; Mid-American: Kent State/Miami (Ohio)/Ohio vs. Ball State; MWC: Boise State or Utah State vs. San Diego State; Pac-12: Oregon vs. Southern California or Utah; SEC: Alabama or LSU vs. Florida; Sun Belt: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana or UL Monroe…The Big 12 Conference fined Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt for comments about officiating after Tech’s double overtime loss at Baylor…Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin was formally reprimanded and fined $5,000 by Conference USA for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy with social media posts publicly criticizing the conference’s football officiating last Saturday.


The 2019 Independence Bowl has singled out Louisiana Tech of Conference USA under head coach Skip Holtz as an attractive team host if the Southeastern Conference does not have enough bowl-eligible teams. The bowl also continues to seek corporate sponsorship and future conference partners’ agreements…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl is using Ticketmaster’s resale marketplace,, as the official resale ticketing partner for its 84th annual Classic. Fans can buy or sell tickets to this bowl through a secure resale marketplace powered by Ticketmaster. The GCB and Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Foundation are partnering with Vet Tix today for a Send-A-Vet program, which will include 600 free game tickets for veterans and current-serving members of the military. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl also is in the initial stages of judging for its popular 23rd annual Dallas-Fort Worth Elementary School Art Contest.


South Carolina DB Israel Mukuamu is the FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after making a career-best three interceptions and 11 tackles in the Gamecocks overtime upset of then No. 3 nationally Georgia…The top three rushers in NCAA FBS by total yards currently are Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State with 1,265; AJ Dillon of Boston College with 968 and Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin with 957…The three FBS leaders in total passing yards are Anthony Gordon of Washington State with 2,981, Joe Burrow of LSU with 2,484 and Cole McDonald of Hawai’i with 2,284…LSU’s Burrow already owns the school season touchdown passes’ record with 29 after the No. 2 nationally Tigers won at Mississippi State last weekend…The 2018 Conference USA Co-Freshmen of the Year were highlighted in last week’s Marshall-Florida Atlantic conference showdown. MU quarterback Isaiah Green and FAU QB Chris Robison entered that contest with a combined 2,714 passing yards in 12 outings… Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb was named Walter Camp Award National Player of the Week and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week after catching three TD passes and having 171 receiving yards on nine grabs against Texas…Baylor’s leading tackler through six games – LB Clay Johnston – with 58 total stops has been lost for the ’19 season with a knee injury…Clemson now is utilizing B.T. Potter on kickoffs and long field goals and Steven Sawicki on extra points and shorter field goals. Coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have a school-record 22 games in succession in 2018 and ’19 after falling to Alabama 24-6 in the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Swinney also is closing in on CU’s NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Frank Howard with a school-most 165 wins from 1950-69 as Swinney is 123-30 with the Tigers from 2008-19…LSU hopes to have the services of WR Terrance Marshall Jr. against Auburn after he encountered a foot injury…SMU quarterback Shane Buechele set a school record with six touchdown passes against Temple and had a career-best 457 passing yards. Teammate Reggie Roberson Jr. became the first Mustang to record 250 receiving yards (eight catches) and three TD catches in the same game…Preseason Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year LB Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma has lived up to his advance tackling billing for the ’19 Sooners…TCU had wideouts Taye Barber and Michael Barkley returned from injuries to suit up against Kansas State…North Texas RB Tre Siggers was the No. 8 individual rusher in NCAA FBS before suffering a leg injury and is day-to-day for this week’s activity…Michigan TE Mustapha Muhammad has entered the 2019-20 NCAA transfer portal… Miami (Fla.) junior receiver Jeff Thomas is seeking to be reinstated for the Hurricanes.


The Dallas Morning News featured NFF College Hall of Fame players Troy Aikman of UCLA/Oklahoma, Deion Sanders of Florida State and Mike Singletary of Baylor along with former college and NFL standouts Correll Buckhalter of Nebraska, Victor Butler of Oregon State, Mark Clayton of Oklahoma, Tim Seder of Ashland, Aaron Wallace of Texas A&M, and Seneca Wallace of Iowa State as they are serving as head or assistant coaches of leading high school programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area…Former Texas A&M football yell leader and governor of Texas Rick Perry is stepping down after three years as U.S. Secretary of Energy…University of Calgary alumnus and Canadian Football League standout with the Calgary Stampeders offensive right guard Ryan Sceviour is the Canada West Football Alumnus of the Month for September…Former Pittsburgh Panthers DB Ryan Lewis has signed recent contract with the NFL Miami Dolphins.


North Texas football enjoyed a promotion of special ticket prices for those wearing UNT-logoed hats and caps for the North Texas-Middle Tennessee football encounter…Hertz Rentals is partnering with several colleges for special weekend travel rates…Athletes United has revamped its website and networking activities for former college student-athletes and athletics’ administrators…Carolyn and David Miller have made the largest single donation to SMU in history with $50 designated for the Cox School of Business and student scholarships…Fort Wayne (Ind.) Sports Group and are promoting the area’s top-notch high school sports programs and the popular Fort Wayne Mad Ants G-League team starting play next month…Illinois’ historic Memorial Stadium may be getting some needed upgrades in coming months…Northern Arizona athletics is scheduled to break ground in 2020 on a $46 million High Performance Center…Renovations at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome are on schedule and will provide a new look to the city’s skyline…Washington athletics will add beer and wine sales at more home events in 2019-20…Jackson State athletics has made some updates and changes to the Walter Payton Center…Clemson will add funeral plots and special areas on and near campus alumni burials…A Texas area college has a joint promotion with a funeral service where three fans are selected to punt a football into a coffin for a Coffin Corner Punt Prize. The funeral service adds the slogan as part of a public address announcement: “We are the last ones to let you down…” An upcoming G-7 world economic conference will be held at U.S. President Donald Trump’s Miami-area Doral Resort and Golf Club…Several agencies and tourism groups are seeking to keep the “spirit” of the 90-year-old Oklahoma-Texas AT&T Red River Showdown burgeoning in the Dallas area and suburbs. Denton, Texas, for several years has promoted itself as the Official City for Oklahoma visitors with Denton County Transit Authority trains connecting to the Dallas Area Regional Transit lines extending to the front gates of the State Fair of Texas…The 2020 Gotham Basketball Classic will include Syracuse and LSU men’s teams…College and Olympics gymnastics may be utilizing robot judges to detect any flaws or misses in various events…Kansas State athletics has added beer and wine sales for home basketball contests and other events…SMU continues to work with various alumni and former players to add support for the streaking 2019 squad, the first to be nationally ranked on the Hilltop since the 1986 campaign… The Clemson Board of Trustees is considering $70 million in Death Valley Stadium renovations…SMU game sponsor Canes Chicken mentioned saving “Hail Marys” for praying at SMU gridiron contests. That might be popular since almost 30 percent of SMU’s student body is Roman Catholic. Interestingly, United Methodists make up just under 15 percent of the student population at the Methodist-affiliated Hilltop campus, which was founded in 1911…The Columbia Lions marching band returned for last week’s Homecoming skirmish…Penn State athletics detected some possible counterfeit tickets for the Oct. 18 Big Ten contest with Michigan, issued warnings to fans and brought in additional ticket personnel to monitor the situation…Purdue has banned staff, faculty and students from legalized sports betting in Indiana…The Roanoke, Va., Times proposed some key updates for Virginia Tech’s historic Lane Stadium… Nebraska’s early facilities’ proposal calls for a new tunnel walk and a greatly-enlarged weight and conditioning room. The coaching staff noted there will be a new “wow” factor for Huskers football recruiting…Oregon State athletics is hiring a consultant to being a $175 million Reser Stadium upgrade…North Texas had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lovelace and McNatt Families Practice Facility last Saturday on the Denton campus.


ABC/ESPN telecaster Al Michaels and broadcaster partner Cris Collinsworth worked a NFL Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last Sunday night while some 20 miles away a major tornado struck the North Dallas-Love Field area. Ironically, Michaels was affected directly by the California Bay Area earthquake 30 years earlier in October 1989 when an earthquake hammered San Francisco’s Candlestick Park while a SF-Oakland A’s World Series game was being played and he was in the broadcast booth. Historic Dallas Thomas Jefferson HS and other schools in that area also sustained major tornado damage Oct. 20…The postponed Houston Astros-New York Yankees American League Championship Series game last Friday caused the Northwestern-Ohio State telecast to be moved to the Big Ten Network…Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott spoke of conference football parity and a tight divisional race with the Arizona Daily Star…Columnist David White of Birmingham, Ala., chronicled his Top Eight major college matchups last weekend and continues to offer a national perspective on college football and Vanderbilt athletics…Mac Engel of the Fort Worth, Texas, Star-Telegram wrote a comparative story about compensation packages of pro, college and high school football coaches in Texas…Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead spoke about the challenges of coaching at Rutgers on a recent Paul Finebaum Show…Another newspaper columnist listed 10 random thoughts about the hiring of Rutgers’ new head coach.


CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Jack Neumann has been named to the Canada West Hall of Fame. He still is involved in publicizing his longtime employer the University of Calgary…The AFCA’s Vince Thompson was a featured guest on the nationally broadcast Paul Finebaum Show Oct. 15…The NFF & College Hall of Fame have had 28 full profile visits on the business networking site Alignable over the last 90 days…Amie Canfield of Vassar, Barb Kowal of CoSIDA, Kevin Ruple of Baldwin-Wallace, Chris Wenzler of John Carroll (Ohio), and Drew Dickerson of the Atlantic 10 Conference were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Longtime Weber State publicist Brad Larsen began his career at WSU 40 years ago on Oct. 20, 1979, and has been enjoying retirement in recent months…The Top Five schools are unchanged in this week’s FWAA Super 16 national poll with Alabama at No. 1…Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Mary Hardin-Baylor, NC State, and St. Joseph (Pa.) are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…East Mississippi Community College also is keeping the NJCAA posted about a recruiting video it produced.

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. 1 Rose 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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