College Football Notes – Nov. 4, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

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On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the NFF revealed the 2019 NFF Campbell Trophy® finalists and NFF national scholar-athletes via national news release from Irving, Texas. The class represents the best and brightest of collegiate senior scholar-athletes and includes:

Spencer Blackburn, C, Eastern Washington, 3.69 grade point average (4.0 scale), major: Economics & Accounting; Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia, 3.71, Digital Broadcast Journalism; Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State, 3.60, Business Marketing; Alex Goettl, LB, Minnesota State, 3.93, Biomedical Sciences; Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon, 4.01, General Science; Adam Holtorf, C, Kansas State, 3.92, Agribusiness; Michael Lohmeier, DE, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 4.00, Business Administration; Jordan Mack, LB, Virginia, 3.47, Education; Dante Olson, LB, Montana, 3.90, Business Admin./Management; Jelani Taylor, S, Cornell, 3.96, Hotel Administration; Casey Toohill, LB, Stanford, 3.71, Political Science; Jon Wassink, QB, Western Michigan, 3.96, Accounting…This group also included a composite 3.82 grade point average, 12 Captains, including four two-year captains (Blackburn, Fuller, Goettl, Herbert); three players who have graduated and are working on Master’s degree (Blankenship, Holtorf, Wassink), with seven more on track to graduate in December (Blackburn, Fuller, Goettl, Herbert, Mack, Olson, Toohill), nine CoSIDA Academic All-America selections (Fuller-2 times, Goettl, Herbert-2x, Holtorf-2x, Lohmeier-2x), and 12 academic all- conference selections.

Tuesday night the first of six College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings will be released on ESPN for the sixth annual season. The 12-member selection committee selects and seeds the four playoff teams. (Number 1 will play Number 4; Number 2 will play Number 3). The original number of committee members was 13 in 2014. The two winning teams of the semifinal games advance to the title game, which determines the Division I FBS college football national champion. This replaced the Bowl Championship Series postseason system, which ran from the 1998-2013 seasons.

As the Goodyear Blimp becomes the first non-player or coach to be inducted into the NFF College Hall of Fame next month, the dirigible celebrates the 65-year anniversary of its first overhead views of a college football game Jan. 1, 1955, at the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual when Ohio State faced Southern California.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts

Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 4-10 time period are Nov. 4 (1930) Dick MacPherson, Old Town, Maine; (1975) Orlando Pace, Sandusky, Ohio; Nov. 5 (1891) Greasy Neale, Parkersburg, W.Va.; (1900) Harvey Harman, Selinsgrove, Pa.; (1933) Bruce Bosley, Fresno, Calif.;  (1943) Larry Pugh, New Castle, Pa.; (1957) Kellen Winslow, St. Louis, Mo.; (1967) Percy Snow, Canton, Ohio; Nov. 6 (1914) Everett Daniell, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1916) John Pingel, Mount Clemens, Pa.; (1939) Pat Dye, Augusta, Ga.; (1968) Alfred Williams, Houston, Texas; (1976) Pat Tillman, San Jose, Calif.; Nov. 7 (1938) Jake Gibbs, Grenada, Miss.; (1944) R.C. Slocum, Oakdale, La.; Nov. 8 (1929) Bobby Bowden, Birmingham, Ala.; (1964) Chuck Cecil, Red Bluff, Calif.; Nov. 10 (1879) Neil Snow, Detroit, Mich.; (1919) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Sweetwater, Texas.

 

Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 6 (1967) Bernie Moore, Winchester, Tenn.; (2013) Ace Parker, Portsmouth, Va.; Nov. 7 (2012) Darrell Royal, Austin, Texas; Nov. 9 (1988) Clarke Hinkle, Steubenville, Ohio; (1969) Gordon Locke, Washington, D.C.; Nov. 10 (2016) Bill Stanfill, Albany, Ga.; (2018) Ron Johnson, Madison, N.J.

 

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 4 Orlando Pace, Nov. 5 Larry Pugh, Kellen Winslow, Percy Snow, Nov. 6 Pat Dye (a spry 80), Alfred Williams, Nov. 7 Jake Gibbs (a spry 81), R.C. Slocum, Nov. 8 Bobby Bowden (a spry 90), Chuck Cecil…

Dartmouth and Princeton meet in a battle of undefeated teams (both 7-0 overall) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (EST) at historic Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y., with a national telecast on ESPNU…Ole Miss will host Connecticut in 2020 and will moved its previously-slated 2020 outing with Middle Tennessee State back to the 2024 season…Connecticut football denoted details about UConn football contracts in 2020 and future years…The highly-rated Florida-Georgia football game is contracted to stay in Jacksonville, Fla., at TIAA Bank Stadium  through at least 2023, which would be the 90-year anniversary of the teams’ first tussle there in 1933…Illinois State will travel to Oklahoma for a 2023 skirmish…Baylor has blocked nine kicks in its last 13 games and is 11-2 during that span…Oregon has won eight consecutive contests since a final-minute loss to Auburn…Clemson set a record with its 21st consecutive home victory after downing Wofford last Saturday…Arizona Christian utilized six turnovers to upend homestanding Texas Wesleyan 45-35 last Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas…Ole Miss athletics’ officials noted areas of progress (two SEC wins to date) as the program battles through the exceptionally tough SEC West division…California had held 25 consecutive opponents under 25 points before Pac-12 South Division leader scored 35 on the Golden Bears…Maryland was leading NCAA FBS with a skein of 20 consecutive contests while forcing a turnover before Michigan held onto the oval for the full 60 minutes against the Terps last Saturday.

 

The popular First & 10 Show with Texas Wesleyan head coach Joe Prud’homme has drawn solid reviews from the webstreaming world with host Jimmy Christopher, the voice of the Rams. Wesleyan also led the NAIA with 29 quarterback sacks in its first seven contests.

 

Florida State has parted ways with second-year head coach Willie Taggart and replaced him with interim head coach Odell Haggins, a 26-year veteran aide on the Seminoles staff…Washington head coach Chris Peterson was 18-0 after open dates before the Huskies fell to Utah last weekend…Charlotte head coach Will Healy spoke of the mentoring role that Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill of Middle Tennessee had played for him throughout their careers. Healy, incidentally is the nephew of former Vanderbilt linebacking great Chip Healy…Former Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates has left the program and has been replaced by Chuck Cecil. Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin explained the reasons for the midseason change to media members last week…South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier spoke of budgetary differences between the SDSU and No. 1 ranked nationally FCS North Dakota State football programs…The Spokane Spokesman-Review previewed research article in the wide varieties of college head and assistant coaching compensation packages…Wyoming safeties coach Willie Mack Garza has left the program for other opportunities.

 

Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – North Carolina: Mack Brown, Cookeville, Tenn.; NC State: Dave Doeren, Shawnee, Kan.; Northern Arizona: Chris Ball, St. Louis, Mo.; Northern Colorado: Earnest Collins Jr., Greeley, Colo.; Northern Michigan: Kyle Nystrom, East Lansing, Mich.

 

Mike Bohn was named director of athletics at Southern California…Indiana director of athletics Fred Glass was profiled in the Indianapolis Star…Nebraska AD Bill Moos spoke of the early fall accomplishments of NU athletics and goals for the rest of 2019-20 with the Lincoln, Neb., Journal-Star…MIT president Dr. Rafael Reif has called for more understanding in diversity and gender equity at the famed Cambridge, Mass., university, including athletics…Utah AD Mark Harlan spoke about and condemned fans’ offensive messages to opposing football players via social media…The LSU Board of Regents approved a raise and contract extension for successful LSU head track and field coach Dennis Shaver…Michigan State Board of Trust member Nancy Schlichting has resigned from her post.

 

The Mid-American Conference moves into its stretch drive with some nationally-televised Tuesday night encounters. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Kent State plays at Toledo while Ball State visits Western Michigan. The next night Miami (Ohio) tangles with host Ohio…Georgia Southern proved to be the major spoiler in the Sun Belt Conference with a 24-21 upset of then-No. 20 nationally SBC conference opponent Appalachian State to end a 13-game win streak for ASU. The Eagles also upended Appy State last year in Statesboro, Ga, when the Mountaineers were headed for a possible undefeated campaign…Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby remarked about some irregularities in the NCAA transfer waiver process.

 

As the inaugural 2019 and sixth annual College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings are released nationally Tuesday night on ESPN, there have been 65 different FBS (out of 130 competing in 2019) raked at least one week. Alabama leads the all-time positions at No. 1 in the CFP survey with 18 different weeks atop while Clemson has been No. 1 eight times in 31 total CFP rankings. Mississippi State (three times) and Georgia (two) are the other two schools to appear at No. 1 since 2014. Non-No. 1 Ohio State won the first CFP title in 2014 over Oregon while Alabama holds the all-time record for consecutive appearances in the former Bowl Championship Series (48 times from 2008-13) and CFP rankings (all 31 weeks since October 2014). Mississippi State was the first-ever university to hold down No. 1 on Oct. 28, 2014…The Lockheed-Martin Armed Forces Bowl’s sponsor in Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $34 billion contract to build high-speed U.S. fighter jets…There are now six unbeaten NCAA FBS powers and 43 schools eligible for 80 post-2019 bowl bids. There were an additional 14 schools reaching the magic, six-victory mark for bowl possibilities last weekend.

 

Washington State kicker Blake Mazza has connected on his first 45 consecutive kicks – 11 field goals and 34 extra points – this year for the Cougars…Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller rushed for a career-most 217 yards in last week’s win over UTSA as the Aggies became bowl eligible for a school-record 12th straight season…Ohio State LB Chase Young was FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week against Wisconsin after making a school-record four sacks and five total tackles for loss…Auburn freshman QB Bo Nix passed for a career-high 340 yards against Ole Miss…Memphis WR-KR Antonio Gibson set a school game record for all-purpose yards with 386, including a 97-yard kickoff return and 78-yard run from scrimmage, as the Tigers knocked off then-No. 16 and undefeated SMU 54-48 in Memphis, Tenn….NCAA FBS rushing leader Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State made the longest run by a TCU opponent in history with a 92-yarder last weekend…North Texas QB Nathan Fine had a school-record seven touchdown passes in a Homecoming triumph over UTEP…Michigan KR Giles Jackson set the tone for a 38-7 Wolverines win at Maryland with a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD…Bryan Edwards snared a school-game-high 14 passes as South Carolina downed Vanderbilt in SEC activity…FIU wideout-kick returner Maurice Alexander began last week as the NCAA FBS punt return average leader at 25.9 and also caught five passes for 87 yards against Middle Tennessee…The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award named Max Duffy of Kentucky as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week after he averaged 52.4 yards on five punts and had only one boot returned for no yards. It was his second time to be honored in ’19…FIU reserve QB Nick Trontl is working his way into the offensive schemes on a more regular basis for the Panthers…After throwing for a career-high 336 yards, setting a school record with 432 yards of total offense, tossing three touchdowns and rushing for another, Charlotte QB Chris Reynolds was Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week against North Texas. Defensive Player of the Week laurels went to Marshall CB Kereon Merrell, who had 10 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble in a win over WKU. The C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week was Marshall senior kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who made four field goals, including a career-long 53-yard game-winner as time expired, against the Hilltoppers…The 20th annual CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement For Staying in School) has denoted its 30 semifinalists and will announce its 10 finalists in coming weeks. The winner, first and second team All-Senior CLASS teams and other honors will be revealed in January 2020 after nationwide voting online. Among the top semifinalists are Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas; Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; Mohamed Barry, Nebraska; Shaun Bradley, Temple; Khalil Brooks, Middle Tennessee; Derrick Brown, Auburn; Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech; Myles Bryant, Washington; Johnny Den Bleyker, UCLA; Reese Donahue, West Virginia; Dominik Eberle, Utah State; Blake Gillikin, Penn State; Jeff Gladney, TCU; Justin Herbert, Oregon; and Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse…NC State’s Blake Harris has left the program and is debating his career move to another college or university…Colorado State receiver Nikko Hall is seeking restitution with the Rams…RB Aston Walter of Rice averaged 108 yards rushing in his first three Conference USA tussles this autumn…Auburn QB Joey Gatewood has entered the NCAA transfer portal…Connecticut will redshirt freshman Richie Springs…FWAA Outland Trophy Players of the Month for September were Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman…Marshall defensive back Brandon Lamar Drayton is hoping to return to the team after recent jurisprudence…Nebraska running back Maurice Washington also has changes he needs to make before possibly rejoining the 2019 squad…Michigan is the home of four preseason 2019 FWAA Outland Trophy watch list candidates – Cesar Ruiz,  Ben Bredeson (with a current team-high 41 career starts) and guard Michael Onwenu represent three of these solid Outland candidates.

 

NFF College Hall of Fame player D.D. Lewis of Mississippi State has been working with former NFL players on post-football career life skills and employment opportunities. He still holds the Dallas Cowboys team record for most postseason games played from 1968-81… Former Nebraska playing star and longtime assistant coach Barney Cotton is recovering from a successful heart transplant in Omaha, Neb….The oldest living former Major League Baseball player Val Heim turned 99 Monday in Nebraska. The second-oldest ex-MLB standout is Eddie Robinson (98) of Fort Worth, Texas, and a native of Paris, Texas – the hometown of his friend NFF College Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings…NFL Cleveland Browns OL Drew Forbes of Southeast Missouri State recently was activated from the injured reserve list…Community-minded and fan favorite J.J. Watt of Wisconsin and the NFL Houston Texans may be out for the rest of the 2019 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Fans wept in the stands in September 2016 when he left the Texans contest against the New England Patriots with a season-ending back injury…Former LSU wideout Travin Duval signed a free agent contract with the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

 

LSU will make a complete renovation of its natural turf field at Tiger Stadium as soon as the 2019 season concludes and will have a $1.3 million football practice facility renovation on the future docket…UCLA has added extra ticket promotions for home games at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena…Dr. Phil Wagner is hosting the Sports Health and Performance Summit at Sparta Science headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (PST) with several discussions about the state of college football and athletics…North Texas athletics had a special promotion for two tickets and an original Scrappy mascot bobblehead doll for $35 for the Homecoming encounter with UTEP last week in Denton, Texas…North Texas also is preparing to host the Conference USA women’s soccer championship Nov. 6-10 in Denton and has special package rates available…An Iowa State fan fell from the upper deck at ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium during the Oct. 26 game with Oklahoma State but has made a solid recovery. Several fans suffered minor injuries as a result of the fall, but none required hospitalization…Former Marshall baseball standout and Major Leaguer Rick Reed donated $1 million toward planned a $22 million baseball stadium project…Gholson, Texas, near Waco is host town for one of Texas high school football’s up-and-coming fan favorites Saturday – the Texas Sixman Football Independent Bowl Series. Teams competing in the all-day, late evening series are 8:30 a.m. (all times CST) Red Oak Ovilla Christian – Waco Eagle Christian; 11 a.m. – State Private School Sixman Title Game: Midland Trinity vs. Tyler HEAT; 2 p.m. – State Public School Title Game: Baird ISD vs. Irion County ISD; 5 p.m. – 2019 state champion Dallas UME vs. Irving Highlands; and 8 p.m. – Corpus Christi Costal Chrisitan vs. Temple Centex Chargers. The games will be streamed worldwide on KTIM.org, which reported viewership in 100-plus U.S. areas and seven foreign countries in 2017 and ’18 series… Missouri athletics participated in University Inclusion Week and related activities…North Carolina A&T has made an investigation into moving up to NCAA FBS status…Oklahoma athletics is making changes to student section seating…Texas A&M football is implementing new metal detectors for 2019 to prepare for mandated Southeastern Conference security measures in 2020…Miami (Fla) athletics has launched a $7 million fundraising goal for baseball and other facilities’ upgrades…Northwestern was saluted for its $270 million in facilities’ and training area upgrades…Fans on social media have nicknamed the crane over the Syracuse Carrier Dome Walt after a recent viral campaign…Heavy construction continues on the roof at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev…Kansas athletics is working to remove a compensation gap among men’s and women’s sports’ head coaches…The North Carolina House of Representatives passed a tuition break bill that could mean millions of savings for North Carolina collegiate athletics’ programs…Auburn’s Board of Trustees approved the architectural firms of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood of Montgomery and HOK of Kansas City, Mo., for designs for its new football practice/training facility and offices.

 

Veteran sports writer Ron Higgins has been named editor for Tiger Details – a LSU fan website and magazine – 40 years after he was first hired by the publication’s predecessor Tiger Rag…Award-winning Yahoo.com writer Pat Forde has joined the staff of Sports Illustrated…Longtime coach and author Mike Rudnicki has written three recent children’s books with $1 from each publication going to support Boys and Girls Clubs of America…LSU edged past Alabama for the top spot in this week’s FWAA NFF Super 16 NCAA FBS poll… The Tallahassee, Fla., Democrat wrote a research piece on weekend hotel charges for college football contests.

 

The NCAA will allow individual student-athletes to be compensated for endorsements, advertising and promotional activities starting with the 2021-22 academic year. California earlier passed the Play for Pay bill to allow student-athletes to receive monetary payments in addition to their academic scholarships beginning in January 2023… In the AFCA NAIA poll last week Morningside (Iowa), Marian (Ind.), Kansas Wesleyan, Grand View (Iowa), and Northwestern (Iowa) held the Nos. 1-5 spots with undefeated records…In the coaches’ DIII Top 25 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) , perennial power Mount Union (Ohio), Wisconsin-Whitewater, St. John’s (Minn.), and Wheaton (Ill.) (in the hometown of NFF College Hall of Famer Red Grange) were the top rated editions…The AFCA NCAA DII national rankings find Valdosta State, Ferris State (Mich.), Minnesota State, Tarleton State (Texas) (which is hoping to make a move the NCAA FCS in coming months), and Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) rolling in the top five sports with unbeaten worksheets…To no one’s surprise NCAA Division I national champ in eight of the last nine seasons North Dakota State (with all 26 first place votes), James Madison (the university with the other DI crown during that nine-year span with a title victory over Youngstown State), Weber State, Kennesaw State, and South Dakota State are the leading squads in the AFCA FCS/Division I survey…Kansas State was the FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week after its upset of then-No. 5 Oklahoma 48-41 in 12 play…Brian Fremund of South Alabama, Jeff Weiss of Wayne State (Mich.), Kelsye Whaley of St. Cloud State, Danielle Percival of Piedmont, Fran Elia of SUNY Cortland, Jason Bryden of Washington (Md.) College, Robert Silsbee of Christopher Newport, and Ed Cassiere of Xavier (La.) were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Akron, College of Charleston, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Southern California, and West Virginia are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…Powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy-Cedar Hill (Texas) is leaving the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools at the end of the 2019-20 competitive year with no announced final destination.

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, noonMonday, 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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