College Football Notes – Nov. 25, 2019

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Canada completed its national collegiate championship last Saturday when the University of Calgary Dinos captured the 55th annual Vanier Cup National University Football Championship with a 27-13 win over the University of Montreal Carabins. The head coach of Calgary is Wayne Harris Jr., son of late NFF College Hall of Fame player Wayne Harris of Arkansas…Last Sunday the Winnipeg Blue Bombers upended the Hamilton TigerCats 32-13 to give Winnipeg its first Grey Cup championship since 1990 in the 107th edition of the Canadian professional title game.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 25-Dec. 1 time period are Nov. 25 (1904) Johnny Kitzmiller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1945) George Webster, Anderson, S.C.; Nov. 26 (1892) Joe Guyon, White Earth, Minn.; (1898) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Buckhannon, W.Va.; (1909) Ernie Smith, Spearfish, S.D.; (1947) Roger Wehrli, New Point, Mo.; (1953) Harry Carson, Florence, S.C.; Nov. 27 (1889) Dexter Very, Fairdale, Pa.; (1960) Ken O’Brien, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; (1963) Frank Sheptock, Shamokin, Pa.; Nov. 28 (1868) William Lewis, Portsmouth, Va.; (1939) Gene Carpenter, Cornwall, Pa.; (1948) Vern Den Herder, Sioux City, Iowa; Nov. 29 (1907) Dale Van Sickel, Eatonton, Ga.; (1924) Dick Duden, Pottstown, Pa.; Nov. 30 (1927) Jim Butterfield, Tampa, Fla.; (1946) Art Shell, Charleston, S.C.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.; Dec. 1 (1892) Charlie Bachman, Chicago, Ill.; (1931) Steve Eisenhauer, Sheffield, Pa.; (1938) Mike McGee, Washington, D.C.; (1971) Rob Waldrop, Atlanta, Ga.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 25 (1965) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; Nov. 26 (1974) Tuss McLaughry, Norwich, Vt.; Nov. 29 (1996) Bob Steuber, St. Louis, Mo.; Nov. 30 (1991) David Nelson, Newark, Del.; Dec. 1 (1986) Bobby Layne, Lubbock, Texas.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 25 George Webster, Nov. 26 Roger Wehrli, Harry Carson, Nov. 27 Ken O’Brien, Frank Sheptock, Nov. 28 Gene Carpenter, Vern Den Herder, Nov. 30 Art Shell, Bo Jackson, Dec. 1 Rob Waldrop…
SMU and Tulane will meet Saturday in an ESPNU clash from Ford Stadium in Dallas with a 3 p.m. (CST) airtime and six-day advance notice of kickoff and telecast outlet…North Dakota has completed its non-conference football schedules through 2024 with upcoming home encounters with Drake and a home-and-home series with Dixie State…Fresno State is making some changes to its future schedules with possible Power Five conference opponents playing both in Fresno, Calif., and road sites…Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech will meet in 2024 and 2025. Tech leads the all-time series with the Commodores 6-3…Cincinnati’s 2020 non-American Athletic Conference football opponents will be Austin Peay, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), and Nebraska…Houston’s AAC slates have been established for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns, and every team in the conference will play one another in 2020 and ’21…The 136th annual Harvard-Yale classic in New Haven, Conn., was delayed for just over an hour because of an on-field student protest over climate change. That Yale Bowl site also is famed as the location of the last Southeastern Conference-Ivy League football matchup in 1948 when Yale hosted Vanderbilt…Maine will met FBS opponents Ball State and Connecticut in future seasons…UCF and Arizona State are scheduled to announce an upcoming football series.
The Southeastern Conference is preparing to reveal its 16th annual SEC Community Service Team. In 2018 Joshua Casher of Alabama, T.J. Smith of Arkansas and Derrick Brown of Auburn were among the honorees…SMU, Dallas Baptist, Carnegie Mellon, Reedley, and Stonehill are among the colleges participating in International Giving Day Tuesday, Dec. 3. Funds raised will be advanced for scholastic and student-athlete scholarships, among other beneficiaries…Arielle Hudson of Tunica, Miss., has become the 27th Rhodes Scholar from Ole Miss and the first African American to earn this honor at UM. There were 32 Rhodes Scholars denoted last weekend, and Connecticut received its first Rhodes Scholar recognition.
Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney celebrated his 50th birthday and recalled his humble beginnings in Birmingham and his gratitude to many people who aided his career, including NFF Hall of Fame coach and his Alabama tutor Gene Stallings…Florida State moved Mario Edwards Sr. to an on-field defensive coaching role as he replaced FSU recruiting coordinator and assistant coach David Kelly…Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was recognized for downing every opposing team in the Big 12 Conference from 2016-19 as he continues his tenure at ISU…Georgia head coach Kirby Smart apologized for some remarks he made after the Bulldogs win over Auburn…Louisville is set for a 2019 postseason trek and is discussing a contract extension with head coach Scott Satterfield…New Ole Miss fulltime director of athletics Keith Carter expressed confidence in the performance of UM head Matt Luke…BYU head coach Kalani Sitake received a contract extension through the 2023 season…Nebraska head coach Scott Frost spoke of his deep of commitment to returning the NU program to greatness…Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is working to keep his 13-year legacy and 12 bowl appearances at MSU cogent for posterity. He has told MSU officials he plans to come back as 2020 head coach…Rutgers athletics continues to make possible inroads to re-hire former head coach Greg Schiano (at RU from 2001-11) as its 2020 football mentor. Schiano and Rutgers reportedly called off negotiations on Nov. 24…South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp is hoping for a season-best performance against defending national champ Clemson to cap the 2019 regular season this weekend… Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason will return for the 2020 season…Former Arizona defensive line coach Iona Uiagalelei has left the Wildcats…Arkansas athletics denied contacting Memphis head coach Mike Norvell for its 2020 opening…Bowl-bound Florida State boosters have been asked to help fund the Seminoles coaching transition, buyout clauses and a football renaissance.
Hometowns of more 2019 college head coaches – Oklahoma Baptist: Chris Jensen, Lawton, Okla.; Old Dominion: Bobby Wilder, Madison, Maine; Ole Miss: Matt Luke, Gulfport, Miss.; Ouachita Baptist: Todd Knight, Arkadelphia, Ark.; Oregon: Mario Cristobal, Miami, Fla.
Keith Carter was officially named director of athletics at Ole Miss after serving as interim AD following the departure for Texas A&M of previous AD Ross Bjork…Southern California’s new director of athletics Mike Bohn noted he is in no hurry to decide the future of Trojans head coach Clay Helton…Arizona’s Board of Regents had an agenda item recommending a contract extension for AD Dave Heeke and passed that measure last week…Miami (Fla.) associate AD Kortne Gosha has been mentioned among the leading candidates for the vacant AD’s post at Florida A&M…UCLA’s administration hopes to have a new director of athletics in place by May 2020…Alabama AD Greg Byrne received a new compensation package and contract extension through 2026…Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek was complimented in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper for intelligent head coaching and staff hires during his tenure at UA…South Carolina president Dr. Robert Caslen and AD Ray Tanner are having talks about the future of the Gamecocks football program and buyout provisions in contracts…Nebraska’s Board of Regents are set to appoint former U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Walter “Ted” Carter as NU’s new president…South Dakota State head women’s volleyball coach Nicole Cirillo will not return for 2020…Oklahoma women’s soccer head coach Matt Potter has completed his tenure in Norman, Okla…Auburn AD Allen Greene addressed the state of Auburn football and head coach Gus Malzahn in a recent feature article…Oakland women’s head basketball coach Jeff Tungate has taken a medical leave of absence.
Current and projected matchups for NCAA FBS conference championship contests Dec. 5-7 are: American – Memphis vs. Navy; ACC: Clemson vs. Virginia or Virginia Tech; Big Ten: Ohio State vs. Minnesota or Wisconsin; Big 12: Baylor vs, Oklahoma; Conference USA: Florida Atlantic or Marshall vs. UAB, Louisiana Tech or Southern Miss; MAC: Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan or Western Michigan; MWC: Boise State or Air Force vs. Hawai’i, Nevada or San Diego State; Pac-12: Oregon vs Utah or Southern California; SEC: Georgia vs. LSU; Sun Belt: Appalachian State vs. Arkansas State or Louisiana…In the C-USA West Division scenarios Louisiana Tech (5-2 in conference play) Bulldogs can win the West Division crown with a win vs. UTSA and a UAB loss at North Texas. The Bulldogs will win the division at 6-2 in a tie with Southern Miss only as the Bulldogs own the tiebreaker over the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss (5-2) will win the West by winning at Florida Atlantic if Louisiana Tech loses to UTSA. USM owns the tiebreaker over UAB if both schools are 6-2. UAB (5-2) will win the West Division by winning at North Texas along with a Southern Miss loss at Florida Atlantic. UAB would then win a head-to-head tiebreaker with Tech if both schools finish 602…Pac-12 Conference ADs addressed the lateness and possible fans’ inconvenience of night football telecasts. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors also met last week in San Francisco, Calif….Baylor has qualified for the Dr Pepper Football Championship for the first time in the 18-year history of the title game from 1996-2010 and from 2017-19. The championship tussle is scheduled for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, through the 2021 season. The Bears also are the fifth current member of the Big 12 to compete in the championship contest…The ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, and SEC each pace FBS circuits with eight bowl-eligible schools apiece through encounters of Nov. 25…Missouri remains in waiting for an appeal from the NCAA Enforcement Committee on possible bowl playing status in post-2019.
BYU became the first team to accept a post-2019 bowl invitation and will play in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl on Dec. 24…There are 72 bowl-eligible teams through games of Nov. 24 with 11 teams one win away from gaining eligibility. Nine more teams reached bowl qualification last weekend, and the schools within one victory of making the postseason grade are Boston College, North Carolina, Michigan State, Nebraska, TCU, Kent State, Ohio, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Troy, ULM, and Liberty…There are 78 available positions, including the four-team, three-bowl College Football Playoff…If there are fewer than 78 bowl-eligible squads with six wins at the end of the scheduled slate, teams with 5-7 marks and the highest NCAA Academic Progress Rates will receive consideration for bids…Interestingly, in post-2015 and 2016, there were seven teams with 5-7 regular-season marks and bowl invitations, and these teams finished 6-1 in bowls. The only loss was by North Texas 38-31 in overtime in the 2016 Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Navy QB Malcolm Perry rushed for 195 yard on 38 carries with two TDs, including an icing, 70-yard sprint, as the Midshipmen edged visiting SMU 35-28 last weekend…Washington State QB Anthony Gordon passed for a school-record 606 yards (50-for-70) and six touchdowns, including a throw for a score on the game’s final play, to give the bowl-eligible Cougars a 54-53 win over Oregon State in Pac-12 activity last week…Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill ran for 237 yards as the Bulldogs downed Abilene Christian in the first meeting of the schools…Michigan QB Shea Patterson has passed for nine touchdowns in the last two skirmishes with five TD aerials against Indiana last weekend…Finalists for the FWAA Bronko Nagurski Award are Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, Georgia safety J.R. Reed, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr.. and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young…SMU walkon kicker Charles Cannon got his first game action with 10 kickoffs in the Mustangs win over East Carolina. He had been on the sidelines for three years at three different colleges awaiting his activity…Eastern Michigan gained bowl eligibility when QB Mike Flass passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in a 45-17 triumph over Northern Illinois. EMU has played in four previous bowl bashes, and the 2019 invitation could be the third bid since 2016…Expect ample offense when SMU hosts Tulane in an AAC encounter Saturday. Tulane QB Justin McMillan is from the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill, Texas, and has passed for 1,987 yards and rushed for 654 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the squad in both categories. SMU’s high-flying attack in this bout of bowl-bound squads receives 3,446 passing yards and 30 TD tosses from QB Shane Buechele and an AAC-best 95 catches for 1,068 yards and 13 TDs from WR James Proche…Texas Tech coaches continue to be impressed with the efforts of 2019 Butkus Award semifinalist Jordyn Brooks and his key backup LB Adam Beck…Oklahoma State redshirt freshman QB sensation Spencer Sanders will miss the rest of the season with thumb surgery…Texas A&M wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon is being counted on for both blocking and receiving assignments when the Aggies travel to LSU and then compete in their 13th bowl test since the 2005 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Former A&M cornerback Charles Oliver had a career-high six pass deflections against South Carolina. He was switched to a nickel back position last summer…Oklahoma TE Grant Calcaterra is retiring from college football due to concussion protocol…EJ Smith, son of Florida great RB and NFF College Hall of Fame member Emmitt Smith, rushed for 164 yards as Dallas Jesuit upended defending Texas Class 6A Division II champion Longview HS last Friday in 6A area activity.
NFF College Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman spent his birthday as analyst for FOX Sports last Thursday night at the Indianapolis-Houston NFL telecast…Former NC State standout Josh Jones has signed with the NFL Dallas Cowboys as a practice squad member.
Arkansas enthusiasts and friends of Goodyear Cotton Bowl vice president Charlie Fiss J.B. and Johnelle Hunt donated $5 million for the new UA baseball operations facility…Ohio State’s Board of Regents recommended that 2020 OSU football ticket prices remain the same…North Dakota State athletics and AstroTurf have scheduled repairs to an end zone area at the Fargodome…Colorado State is working to improve future attendance at its on-campus stadium…Nebraska fans have exceeded expectations of travel agents and university officials with 2,000-plus travel packages sold for the Huskers 2021 football game against Illinois in Dublin, Ireland…North Dakota State and Learfield IMG College will manage sales and marketing for NDSU athletics…North Dakota and Penn State are expecting a sellout and solid fan interest in a neutral site hockey contest at Nashville, Tenn., Oct, 17, 2020…Colorado’s new live Ralphie buffalo mascot has been lauded for speed and ferocity…Illinois athletics has been tracking analytics for the 2019 season and the impact on UI’s midseason turnaround…Texas Tech athletics is working with neighboring areas to generate fan support and ticket sales outside the city of Lubbock, Texas…Texas athletics will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Moody Center in Austin on Tuesday, Dec. 3…Nebraska now has the distinction of the nation’s longest home sellout streak with a NCAA-record 374 games since early in the 1962 season…Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium will receive a new LED lighting system…Air Force athletics is waiting for further clarification about academy graduates waiving their immediate military obligations to play professional sports…Kansas athletics has posted a profit in large part because of greater interest in football in ’19…North Carolina football had sellouts in all six home games for the first time since the 2016 season…Oklahoma’s Student Government Association has asked for more definitive usage of the Sooner and Boomer terms from a historical perspective…Oregon State women’s basketball enjoyed one of its largest home crowds in school history against Southern Utah with 9,301 fans in attendance…Louisiana Tech has outlined a plan for new athletics’ facilities…
The Sporting News named its Top 10 college coaches all-time in conjunction with the 150-year anniversary of the first intercollegiate contest in 1869, and eight are members of the NFF College Hall of Fame. The No. 1 head coach (and active) Nick Saban of Alabama also is a shoo-in for Hall of Fame status when he completes his career, and three-time national champion head coach Urban Meyer is yet another certain, future Hall of Famer. The other nine all-time stalwart coaches are from Nos. 10-2 in reverse order Frank Leahy, Pop Warner, Meyer, Eddie Robinson, Joe Paterno, Bud Wilkinson, Woody Hayes, Dr. Tom Osborne, and Bear Bryant. Meyer also told media that his studio duties with FOX Sports have been keeping him occupied, and he has no major interest in returning to college coaching at this juncture…Notre Dame welcomed FOX News reporter Martha MacCallum to watch her son linebacker Reed Gregory play for the Fighting Irish several times this season…Meteorology director Marty Coniglio of KUSA-TV in Denver was remembered for his playing days as a running back at Lincoln (Neb.) St. Pius HS. He later graduated from Nebraska in 1984 and started a 35-year television career…Vanderbilt student media legends Skip Bayless and Bob Thompson have been added to the VU Student Media Wall of Fame for contributions to the current VU student media groups…ESPN talk show host Paul Finebaum formally apologized about remarks he made about Oregon AD and College Football Playoff selection committee chair Rob Mullens…The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper suggested that a younger new head coach might bring recruiting success and additional motivation to the UA football program.
The FWAA Super 16 poll this week remains the same as last week from Nos. 1-5 with LSU still at the top…Utah Sen. Mitt Romney met with Utah’s collegiate directors of athletics to determine parameters for the NCAA student-athlete compensation rulings…Herb Vincent of the Southeastern Conference, Amy Wimmer Schwarb of the NCAA, Eric Rhew at UNC Wilmington, Maurice Williams of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Chelsey Kraft of Oklahoma, and Kylie Murphy of Oregon State were featured subjects and opinion makers in the CoSIDA Open Forum online newsletter and CoSIDA 360 magazine…Clemson, Creighton, Illinois, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee, UAB, Wisconsin, and Yale are working with NCAA enforcement and compliance officials concerning possible issues and reports at their respective schools.
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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