College Football Notes – Nov. 11, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
 Last Tuesday night the first of six College Football Playoff Top 25 on Nov. 5 featured Ohio State for the first time in 32 weeks of the survey. The all-time leaders in CFP rankings’ appearances are Alabama at No. 1 in this survey 18 times over 32 weeks, Clemson, Georgia and Mississippi State. The final CFP rankings and four semifinalists will be released on Sunday, Dec. 8, and ESPN is airing all the Top 25 revelations live on its various families of networks.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 11-17 time period are Nov. 11 (1908) Bobby Dodd, Galax, Va.; (1908) John Orsi, Newark, N.J.; (1914) Dick Colman, New York City; (1939) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; (1961) Ricky Hunley, Petersburg, Va.; also born on this date: (1927) Sam Carter, Sheffield, Ala., standout for the U.S. 3rd Army football squad in Germany in 1945 and ’46 and later played for Vanderbilt’s No. 12 nationally ranked team in 1948; Nov. 12 (1890) Claude Reeds, Norman, Okla.; (1896) Bill Fincher, Spring Place, Ga.; (1933) Grant Teaff, Hermleigh, Texas; (1946) Chris Ault, San Bernardino, Calif.; (1954) Rob Lytle, Fremont, Ohio; (1959) Steve Bartkowski, Des Moines, Iowa; Nov. 13 (1900) Eddie Anderson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; (1934) Bob Pellegrini, Williamsport, Pa.; (1963) Vinny Testaverde, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Nov. 14 (1926) Tubby Raymond, Flint, Mich.; Nov. 15 (1890) Shorty Miller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1898) Frank Thomas, Muncie, Ind.; (1907) Volney Ashford, Chicago, Ill.; (1950) Otis Armstrong, Chicago, Ill.; Nov. 16 (1965) Gordie Lockbaum, Medina, Pa.; Nov. 17 (1939) Willie Richardson, Clarksdale, Miss.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 12 (1967) Jack Cannon, Columbus, Ohio; (2002) Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa, Okla.; Nov. 13 (1978) Allyn McKeen, Montgomery, Ala.; Nov. 14 (1974) Jim Phelan, Honolulu, Hawai’i; (1995) Les Horvath, Glendale, Calif.; (2016) Bob Gain, Willoughby, Ohio; Nov. 15 (1974) Johnny Mack Brown, Beverly Hills, Calif.; (1992) Carl Hinkle, Little Rock, Ark.; Nov. 17 (2001) Billy Vessels, Coral Gables, Fla.; (2006) Bo Schembechler, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 11 Ricky Hunley, Nov. 12 Grant Teaff (a spry 86), Chris Ault, Steve Bartkowski, Nov. 13 Vinny Testaverde, Nov. 15 Otis Armstrong, Nov. 16 Gordie Lockbaum, Nov. 17 (1939) Willie Richardson…
Louisville and Texas A&M will renew a series from the 1990s with two games in 2028 and 2029…Connecticut’s 2020 football schedule as a NCAA FBS independent leaving the American Athletic Conference includes five games against Power Five conference teams and seven home games…Florida director of athletics Scott Stricklin is working to strengthen the Gators future schedules with more intersectional Power Five foes. The Gators have approached Clemson specifically about a future series…Michigan and Notre Dame athletics are in informal discussions about renewing their football rivalry contracts…James Madison and Weber State have slated a future home-and-home series in 2021 and ’22…Virginia Tech fans have been urging administrators to try and schedule more Southeastern Conference opponents, and the Hokies will meet Alabama and Ole Miss in home-and-home series with VT. Tech also completed contracts to play Wisconsin in 2031 and 2032. The SEC opponents likely will face the Hokies in 2024 and 2025…UCF had a NCAA-record of 28 consecutive games with 30 points over three seasons snapped earlier this year when Cincinnati edged the Knights 27-24 in an American Athletic Conference tussle…After last week’s Dartmouth-Princeton showdown at Yankee Stadium, Dartmouth/Princeton and North Dakota State are the only two unbeaten teams in the NCAA FCS ranks…Indiana entered last week with a four-game winning streak in the Big Ten Conference – its longest since the 1993 campaign…Minnesota has posted the second-most victories in school history with a 9-0 start. The most triumphs by the Golden Gophers came in 2003 when the team closed 10-3 under then-head coach Glen Mason.
The Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl’s participating conferences – Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference – have each made donations of $25,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, in addition to a $25,000 donation from a neighboring bowl game in Miami – the Capital One Orange Bowl…Texas A&M athletics’ annual Aggies CAN food drive for area underserved families has added a phone application for monetary donations.
Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck has received a seven-year contract extension with salary upgrades…Indiana head coach Tom Allen appears to be on the verge of a contract extension and new compensation package…The Gene Stallings Coach of the Year Award is moving into its ninth season in honor of NFF College Hall of Fame coach at Alabama and Texas A&M Gene Stallings. Some of the previous winners have been Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, NFF College Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown, and TCU’s Gary Patterson, among others…After 24 years at Northwestern the veteran of the NU coaching staff Jerry Brown is the recipient of the 2019 AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award crated by the AFCA Board of Trustees to recognize AFCA members past and present who have achieved outstanding success while coaching football…Ole Miss offensive coordinator and former college head coach Rich Rodriguez spoke about challenges for the NCAA transfer portal…UNLV athletics is evaluating the football program and head coach Tony Sanchez who had an early-season key victory at Southeastern Conference member Vanderbilt…Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward has left the program…Missouri head coach Barry Odom said he wishes the Tigers could renew the Border War series with Kansas as non-conference opponents…The Arkansas Razorback Foundation is working to complete its buyout provisions of the contract of former UA head coach Bret Bielema…The Washington Post spoke of the success and many upsets (including a near-miss in a 42-41 loss at Oklahoma last week) by successful Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell…Former Georgia and Miami (Fla.) head coach Mark Richt checked out of the hospital and was in good spirits late last week after suffering a heart attack…Florida State interim head coach Odell Haggins is now 3-0 in three different seasons as the Seminoles interim guide. He has been on the F-State football staff for 26 seasons…Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas student-athletes expressed support for head coaches Manny Diaz and Chad Morris, respectively…Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh again denied reports he might be joining his brother John Harbaugh as a NFL head coach.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.; Northwestern State: Brad Laird, Natchitoches, La.; Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, Everett, Mass.; Notre Dame (Ohio): Mike Jacobs, Maumee, Ohio; Ohio: Frank Solich, Johnstown, Pa.
Florida State director of athletics David Coburn noted that former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and former Florida State assistant coach/defensive coordinator Mark Stoops are not the leading candidates for the vacant FSU head coaching position. The university has retained personnel form DHR International to assist in locating and interviewing top coaching possibilities for the job…Oregon AD and College Football Playoff selection committee chair Rob Mullens expressed a wish for more games outside the late-night Fox Sports and ESPN telecast windows…Indiana’s Derek Elston has left his director of player development position to enter private business…Nevada president Dr. Marc Johnson is retiring that post on June 30, 2020, and will return to teaching economics fulltime…Ole Miss has launched a search for a new Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics to replace Ross Bjork who took over at Texas A&M. NFF chairman and Hall of Famer Archie Manning is among the members of an advisory search committee…Former BYU and Charlotte men’s basketball coach and administrator Dave Rose is recuperating after a major heart attack… Cal State Fullerton chancellor Dr. Timothy P. White will step down from his position June 30, 2020…
Some limited general public tickets remain for the 2019 Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The inaugural contest was a 37-27 Texas upset over Nebraska in 1996 at St. Louis…Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott is requesting a sense of urgency in completing NCAA investigations. The Pac-12 also just completed its fall meetings in San Francisco…The Missouri Valley Conference extended its contract for five years for Arch Madness men’s basketball in St. Louis, Mo…The Big 12 Conference and head coaches expressed satisfaction about moving the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to a common site – Kansas City – during two separate weekends…Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey defended the training procedures and integrity of SEC football on-field officials.
The Independence Bowl will move Army West Point into its annual bowl rotation starting with the 2020 season…The 11th annual Murphy USA Classic Bowl (previously known as the Boomtown Classic) matched two top college programs from Arkansas in El Dorado, Ark., as No. 4 nationally (NCAA Division III) Ouachita Baptist topped Southern Arkansas 38-21…There are now four unbeaten NCAA FBS powers – Baylor, Clemson, LSU, and Ohio State – after Alabama and Penn State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, and 53 schools are eligible for 80 post-2019 bowl bids. There were an additional 10 schools reaching the magic, six-victory mark for bowl possibilities last weekend…The FWAA Lockheed-Martin Armed Forces Bowl Merit Award finalists include U.S. Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun and wide receiver Casey Stewart of Shenandoah (Va,) lead the list of five individuals named as 2019 finalists. Calhoun is an Air Force veteran, and Steward is a National Guard reservist. Other finalists are defensive lineman and Marine veteran Alexander Findura of Bloomsburg (Pa.), DL and U.S. Navy veteran Damian Jackson of the Nebraska and Army West Point fullback coach and U.S. Army veteran Mike Viti.
Colorado kicker Evan Price kicked a 37-yard field goal on the game’s final play as the Buffaloes upended Stanford last Saturday in Boulder, Colo….California QB Devon Modster passed for a personal-best three touchdowns in Cal’s win over Washington State in Pac-12 activity…Florida QB Kyle Trask threw for a career-best 363 yards and three touchdowns as the Gators topped Vanderbilt 56-0 in SEC activity at Gainesville…SMU quarterback Shane Buechele passed for five touchdowns and 414 yards as the Mustangs outscored East Carolina 59-51 for their ninth win this autumn. That is the most wins at SMU since the 1982 declared national champs (Helms Foundation) closed 11-0-1…Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas were named FWAA Outland Trophy National Players of the Month honors for October as selected by the Football Writers Association of America and presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases…Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray and DT Ronnie Perkins were mentioned as mainstays defensively as the Sooners seek to unseat Baylor from the top of Big 12 standings Saturday…Illinois linebacker Dele Harding had 12 total tackles and a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown against Rutgers to gain FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honors…West Virginia punter Josh Growden has been added to the 2019 Ray Guy Award watch list…WKU transfer QB Ty Storey helped the Hilltoppers down SEC opponent Arkansas 45-19 as he returned to the campus where he received his degree and played for three seasons. Storey passed for 223 yards to pace an opportunistic WKU offense against the Hogs in Fayetteville, Ark., in the first meeting between the schools. The Toppers also followed the lead of fellow Conference USA member North Texas, which upended the Razorbacks on the road in 2018…North Texas quarterback Mason Fine was been the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week after throwing for a school-most seven TDs with 332 passing yards against UTEP and also was recognized by the Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 after that showing. Fine later was injured at Louisiana Tech last weekend…The 10th annual Burlsworth Trophy listed a record 83 players nominated from NCAA FBS schools. The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas walkon and All-America offensive lineman. Burlsworth’s life was also the subject of a motion picture “Greater,” which was released in 2016. The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding FBS player who began his career as a walkon and has been an outstanding performer on the field. Among the leading nominees for the 2019 honor are Appalachian State’s Noel Cook, Arizona State’ Cristian Zendejas, Arkansas’ Connor Limpert, Arkansas State’s Blake Grupe, Auburn’s Will Hastings, Ball State’s Riley Miller, Bowling Green’s David Konowalski, BYU’s Bracken El-Bakri, Buffalo’s Chibueze Onwuka, California’s Ashtyn Davis, and Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith. The 2018 winner was Clemson All-ACC receiver Hunter Renfrow…Utah QB Tyler Huntley quietly has paced the Utes to a 8-1 overall start and first place in the Pac-12 South Division, which UU was the preseason favorite to win…Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman threw three TD passes against NC State in his first game after returning from shoulder surgery…Texas Wesleyan LB Cody Pettit was among the NAIA leaders with 14 tackles for losses in his first 10 games this season…Tennessee DB Bryce Thompson tied a school record with three pass interceptions against UAB…Michigan KR Giles Jackson set the stage for the Wolverines win at Maryland with a game-opening, 97-yard kickoff return…The Augusta Sports Council and the Ray Guy Award selected Will Hart of Michigan as the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week after he punted five times against Maryland for a 49.8-yard average with one return of two yards. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20, and his long boot was 53 yards…Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week and Florida Atlantic LB Akileis Leroy had a career-high 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a victory at WKU. C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week UTEP KR Duron Lowe had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and notched the second-highest kickoff return yardage game total 204 yards in school history against North Texas…University of Calgary (Canada) offensive linemen and their previous playing days at St. Francis High School in Calgary as well as the previous eight years in youth football with the Calgary Mavericks were profiled in a recent national column. The two Dinos stars are offensive tackle Logan Bandy and offensive guard Peter Nicastro – both named to the 2019 Canada West Conference all-star team… The John Mackey Award for NCAA FBS’ most outstanding tight end will denote its semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 18). Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth was the Mackey Tight End of the Week Award after catching a career-high three touchdowns (most ever by a PSU tight end) in a 28-7 win at Michigan State. His seven touchdowns in ’19 are the most in FBS among tight ends, and he has a catch in 21 consecutive games…The Lou Groza National Placekicker Award chose as recent stars of the week Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic, San Jose State’s Matt Mercurio and Marshall’s Justin Rohrwasser. The award will be announced Thursday, Dec. 10, on the ESPN Awards Show presented by Home Depot, and its semifinalists were made public last week from award headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla….Michigan QB Shea Patterson spoke of shaking off a possible in-game eye injury during the UM-Penn State clash…LSU linebacker Michael Divinity is looking for a new football destination in 2020…SMU undergraduate transfer Darius McNeill is awaiting a NCAA ruling on his transfer from California to be nearer his severely ailing mother in Houston, Texas…Texas Wesleyan enjoyed its most victories since the season when it dropped football in 1942 due to World War II conditions with a final, 3-7 mark this year. Freshman QB Dalton Dale had his first collegiate start and helped the Rams edge Wayland Baptist 24-6 in the ’19 finale with 7-of-14 passing for 101 yards and 92 yards rushing on 20 carries…New Mexico QB Sheriron Jones hopes to return to the squad after a recent off-campus situation…Holy Cross transfer Jacob Grandison will be eligible to play two seasons at Illinois in 2021 and 2022.
NFF College Hall of Fame running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin was highlighted in a popular painting with greats from OSU history adorning the canvas…Pima County (Ariz.) Hall of Fame mentor and former Arizona, Hawai’i and San Jose State head coach the late Dick Tomey will receive the AFCA’s 2020 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. The award is given to those whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests in football and will be presented posthumously to family members during the January 2020 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn…Former Arkansas State, Northwestern State and Southern Arkansas head coach Steve Roberts is in his ninth season as director of athletics for the Cabot (Ark.) school district…Josh Gable and the 2006 state championship football squad are among the key honorees for the 2019 Kearney (Neb.) Sports Hall of Fame. NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom Osborne also is a Kearney grad and member of the KSHF…The NFL Jacksonville Jaguars moved former LSU RB Alfred Blue from the injured list to active players…Former Central Arkansas standout DB Tremon Smith has moved up from the practice squad to active status with the Green Bay Packers.
Syracuse athletics plans to connect the Carrier Dome and Barnes Athletics Center through private contributions…Hawai’i football is adding ticket promotions for its final three home games as the Rainbow Warriors seek a post-2019 bowl berth…AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has begun advance sales for Texas Monster Jam on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020…The Vanderbilt Alumni Association is sending a commemorative pair of black and gold argyle socks to anyone making a $35 contribution or more to the association or VU athletics…Ohio high school athletics and association staff members have a solid campaign to encourage youngsters to compete in varsity football…Arkansas and Florida athletics are expanding its beer and wine public sales to other venues and sports…Colorado and Arizona State athletics took a goodwill tour of China with the men’s basketball team…Georgia Tech football is working on individual ticket sales and promotions as the season reaches its conclusion…Baton Rouge, La., is working with the College Baseball Foundation for a possible relocation of the Hall to the Louisiana capital…Vanderbilt will sell beer and wine at both home football and basketball encounters in 2019-20…Baylor has received Board of Trust approval for the first phases of its new basketball arena, visitors’ center and other needed building amenities…San Diego State athletics has raised its proposed financing for the nearby Mission Valley Stadium site for future Aztecs football and soccer encounters…UCF athletics broke ground broken on McNamara Cove and the new Lazy River recreation area around its football stadium…Maryland athletics head coaches had special Halloween ice cream treats with their likenesses…Nike CEO Mark Parker is moving to other business opportunities after company sales nearly doubled during his 13 years in the post…Connecticut athletics’ sports facilities construction is on schedule at multiple sites, and the baseball stadium is expected to be ready by February 2020…Oklahoma and Vanderbilt athletics fan and Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench spoke of the need for a new baseball stadium at Marshall…Oklahoma’s Board of Regents authorized the hiring of construction plans for softball, gymnastics and other athletics facilities in the OU pantheon.
The Omaha World-Herald featured an opinion piece on Nebraska’s 158-95 overall record over the last 20 seasons and the Huskers 108-16 composite mark for the 10 years prior to 2000…The Salt Lake City (Utah) Tribune has received official approval from the IRS to become a non-profit business…The East Bay, Calif., Times reported on recent developments with Washington football and Southern California head coach Clay Helton…Several schools are working with breweries on college sports leads to team-branded ales, according to a recent New York Times piece.
The Top 10 teams in last week’s AFCA NCAA Division II poll each had 9-0 overall records…Memphis was the FWAA Reveal Suits National Team of the Week for its win over then-No. 16 SMU…Connor Gilbin of Marist, Karina Graziani of Carlow, Andy Seeley of UCF, Jessica Poole of Florida Atlantic, and Candice Kelm of McClennan (Texas) College were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter…Baylor, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, UM Duluth, Oklahoma, Rutgers, and South Carolina are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools…NCAA officials also are studying means to keep the time of men’s and women’s basketball contests at a sensible rate despite numerous replays and television breaks.
2019-20 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
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.
Sugar Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:45 p.m

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