College Football Notes Sept. 23-27

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

College Football Notes

Washington State and Wyoming have slated a home-and-home series for 2015 and ’18…Boise State and Utah are looking for ways to adjust their current, 12-year series…Iowa State and Northern Iowa are set to meet in seven of the next 11 seasons, and the Cyclones and South Dakota have signed a 2018 agreement…The Boston Red Sox are looking for future football games at Fenway Park and may pursue Connecticut and Notre Dame…Some long-time partisans and administrators are working to try and renew future BYU-Utah future series…TCU (11 consecutive) and Baylor (nine straight) have the longest current winning streaks in FBS…Kansas State became the first ranked opponent to down a Bob Stoops-coached in Norman, Okla. The Sooners are 14-1 against Top 25 teams there since 1999 and now 42-2 in the month of September under Stoops. KSU is 153-5 under head coach Bill Snyder when leading at halftime…Army’s 486-yard rushing performance against Northern Illinois is the highest among NCAA FBS schools in 2012…There are 27 unbeaten among 124 NCAA FBS teams nationally through games of Sept. 22, and this includes first-year entrant UTSA at 4-0. There were 22 undefeated FBS schools during 2011’s corresponding week…Tickets for the general public in the Baylor-Texas Tech 2012 Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout on Nov. 24 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, have gone on sale…The Akron-Tennessee tussle was the fifth historical meeting of the host Vols with a Mid-American Conference member. The Vols shook up their depth chart in a major way last Wednesday prior to the test…The Top Five teams in the weekly NAIA poll remained virtually unchanged for the first three weeks with 10 unbeatens among week’s Top 10. The NAIA first five are St. Xavier (Ill.), Marian (Ind.), Georgetown (Ky.), Morningside (Iowa), and Missouri Valley. The Sept. 22 NAIA Game of the Week was No. 15 Grand View (Iowa) at No. 2 Marian (Ind.) in Indianapolis…Last week’s Penn State-Temple standoff is the most-played series among games involing Big East members (Temple), It was their 42nd meeting since 1931…Louisville and Rutgers each advanced to 4-0 overall from the Big Esat with critical road triumphs…Northwestern already is 4-0 and two victories away from qualifying for a possible school record fifth consecutive bowl appearance…Last week’s opponent – California – is USC’s most-played football rival with 100 meetings…Traditional basketball powers Duke and Memphis met for the initial time on the gridiron last week…Utah is reviewing its postgame crowd control policies…Western Kentucky’s overtime upset of intrastate rival Kentucky was its first victory over a Southeastern Conference foe…Minnesota offered a special discount ticket package to make its home contest with Syracuse a sellout…Rice’s last two squeakers have resulted in a final-second win with a field goal against Kansas and a double-overtime setback to Marshall in Conference USA action…Mississippi State (first time since 1999) and Minnesota (initial occasion since 2008) each are off to 4-0 starts. Minnesota also is the continuing stages of a long-range master plan for additional football and athletics facilities.

Virginia Tech special camouflage uniforms and helmets will be auctioned to assist area veterans’ groups…Utah football student-athletes helped collect provisions for a local food bank and family shelter…Air Force will allow overnight tailgating near Falcon Stadium during Air Force-Navy weekend Oct. 5-7…Purdue athletics is encouraging whole sections of Ross-Ade Stadium to wear gold or black T-shirts for Homecoming against Wisconsin Oct. 13 with proceeds of sales going to the 12th Boiler Club…Florida football fans can make personal donations to the UF library system through collection points and online means at home contests…Chattanooga football and wrestling student-athletes participated in the Wrestle-4-Life awareness campaign to help area blood donations…Minnesota raised funding through scholarships with a special donors’ wine tasting and banquet…Florida State athletics and TOMS Shoes are joining forces for a special Seminole Edition to help fundraising for over one million underserved children worldwide in need of proper footwear…Cal State Dominguez Hills student-athletes helped gather provisions for a Los Angeles food bank…UNLV athletics has warned fans, especially the elderly, about a possible area scam to try and solicit fake funding for Running Rebel football and other teams.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is now 8-8 career against teams ranked among the Top 25 at kickoff…Michigan head coach Brady Hoke would like to diversify the Wolverines’ schedules with possible other annual opponents outside the Big Ten besides Notre Dame…Dawson Odums has been named interim head coach at Southern U. (Baton Rouge)…Interim head coach Steve Srnka has replaced Robby Long at DePauw…Georgia assistant football coaches have received a salary restructuring incentive…Defensive coordinator Kevin Ramsey has left his position at Texas Southern.

Tony Mohajir was chosen as director of athletics at Arkansas State…John Hartwell has been named director of athletics at Troy…Washington State AD Bill Moos had had a series of live chats about football and the state of WSU athletics…Northeastern AD Peter Roby has replaced current Stanford AD Bernard Muir on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee…Bruce Shubert was named assistant AD for business operations at Kansas State…John Painter is the new assistant AD at communications at Colgate…Tyler Mariucci has become athletics development director at Memphis…Wofford athletics tabbed Terri Lewitt and Mark Line as senior associate ADs and Elizabeth Rabb and Lenny Mathis as associate ADS…Former St. John’s (N.Y.) director of athletics Jack Kaiser has been named to the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame…Longtime Kansas and North Carolina coach and administrator Roy Williams has been released from a North Carolina hospital after cancer surgery…Oklahoma athletics equipment manager Brad Camp is subject of a recent regional feature…North Carolina Chancellor Dr. Holden Thorp has left his position…Methodist (N.C.) sports administrator Greg Combs has proposed a major in sports management in conjunction with the college’s school of business and is seeking professional educational feedback.

The TicketCity Bowl played at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium will have a new title sponsorship announcement Oct. 4…Conference commissioners are discussing adding a seventh bowl to the post-2014 national championship mix in post 2014…Scout.com’s updated BCS bowl projections for 2013 are Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO – Michigan State vs. USC; Discover Orange – Florida State vs. Oklahoma; Allstate Sugar – Notre Dame vs. Louisville; Tostitos Fiesta – Texas vs. Oregon; Discover BCS National Championship – Alabama vs. LSU (in a first-ever back-to-back meeting of same teams in BCS title contest).

Big East Conference commissioner Mike Aresco reiterated the need for a 14th football member and said the league probably would be looking to the western region…The ACC is eyeballing proposals for a nine-game conference schedule on the gridiron with Notre Dame scheduling agreements upcoming. In 2011 the ACC had three composite punt returns for touchdowns. The conference had six in the first three weekends of ‘12…The Big 12 and SEC could have their 2014 Championship Bowl site announcement affirmed as soon as early October…Marshall and Rice provided the first inter-divisional matchup between the East-West in Conference USA last week…The updated Big Ten Conference All-Time Record Book is available in PDF form at Bigten.org…The Pac-12 Conference is studying a weekly release of a professional football-style weekly injury report…Four FBS conferences had 200-plus alumni on opening game NFLrosters. The leaders were SEC with 288, ACC with 226, Pac-12 with 216, and the Big Ten with 216…The Gulf South Conference is providing weekly football highlights on the GSC Digital Network…The Mid-American Conference added Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion as affiliate members for wrestling…Southwestern Christian (Texas) is joining the Sooner State Athletic Conference…The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference has added five associate members: Ferrum, Greensboro College, Huntingdon (Ala.), Methodist (N.C.), and Piedmont (N.C.).

Duke at Wake Forest Saturday now will air at 12:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday on the ACC Network. All eight games involving ACC teams will be televised or webstreamed Saturday leading off with NC State at Miami on ESPNU and Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech on Raycom Sports Network – both at noon…Airtime for the Marshall at Purdue game Saturday has been moved up to 3:15 p.m. (EDT) on BTN…Iowa State athletics is studying more accessibility for its in-state fans as its 2012 success continues in football. The Cyclones had the same challenges in 1996 when the Big 12 Conference began, and at that time few cable affiliates within the state had access to Fox Sports regional cable networks…The CAAfootballblog.com and Colonial Athletic Association Twitter feeds have gained in popularity in 2012…The Southern Illinois-Edwardsville CougarFanZone.com and Twitter feeds are compiling record fan followings…The America East Conference and ESPN inked the largest and most-viewed television package in AEC history for 2012-13…Veteran football broadcaster Paul Crane just completed a three-month stint as play-by-play man for Elite Football India.

David Ash was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week after helping Texas down Ole Miss on the road for a 3-0 start…Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor and Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood (also the FWAA Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week) have been selected as Robert Maxwell and Bednarik Award Players of the Week, respectively, for recent showings. The Maxwell Trophy newsletter also featured Illinois Uplifting Athletes chapter president and Illini center Zach Pedersen in a recent edition…East Carolina freshman LB Montese Overton had his top game to date and earned CUSA Defensive Player of the Week honors with 10 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown against defending league champ Southern Miss on the road…Wisconsin RB Montee Ball had his first lost fumble in 655 career rushing attempts and 802 touches against UTEP last weekend…Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has a school-quarterback-record five career rushing games of 100-plus yards…The most recent Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchup featured Tajh Boyd of No. 10 Clemson at EJ Manuel of No. 4 Florida State…Boise State RB D.J. Harper rushed for a career-most four touchdowns against Miami (Ohio)…Florida State RB Chris Thompson averaged 21.9 yards per carry West Virginia QB and pre-2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Geno Smith adds to his WVU career passing yards’ record with each completion. He has 8,529 yards after last weekend’s win over Maryland…Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back 56-point outputs against Houston and Rice and is 10th nationally in total offense…Northwestern PK Jeff Budzien set a school record with five field goals in one outing vs. Boston College…San Jose State WR Noel Grigsby recently eclipsed the Spartans’ career receptions’ record with his 161st catch…Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke reset three more school – 55 completions, 79 attempts, 730 passing yards – as ODU outscored New Hampshire 64-61 last week…Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton set a SEC single-game record with 303 receiving yards on 10 catches with three TDs against Rurgers in Fayetteville…USF wideout Andre Davis had personal highs of 12 receptions and 191 yards in the Bulls’ comeback win at Nevada…Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke, earned CAA Offensive Player of the Week laurels after throwing for a career-high 486 yards and seven TDs against Campbell…Wyoming 2011 Freshman All-America DB Blair Burns broke up six passes in his first three standoffs this fall…DB Trey Wilson tied the NCAA distance record with a 100-yard pass interception run against Presbyterian…LSU’s Tryann Mathieu has re-enrolled at the Baton Rouge university and is taking fall semester classes…Newcomers to the 2012 Paul Hornung Award watch list are Miami (Fla.) freshman sensation Duke Johnson, Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas and Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews…It’s Carter time in Fort Worth, Texas, for TCU these days. Horned Frogs WR Brandon Carter and SS Sam Carter have starred in newly-renovated Amon Carter Stadium…Tennessee Rajion Neal led all SEC individual rushers last Saturday with 151 on 22 carries…Arizona LB Rob Hankins has retired from college football after a summer concussion.

Iowa and Iowa State athletics have been reaping equipment and economic benefits from recent contract updates with Nike…San Jose State athletics and the San Jose Credit Union have renewed their corporate sponsorship agreements…The Sun Belt Conference has partnered with SME for branding and marketing initiatives…Wyoming athletics is studying major renovations for the UW Arena-Auditorium…Wisconsin’s Kolf Sports Center is getting updates and renovations…ULM athletics will work with TownSquare Media on ticketing and promotional updates for football and all sports programs…Baylor athletics hosts the weekly show “This Is Bear Country” both online and in selected television markets…Hope (Mich.) College athletics is dedicating the new VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts and office complex…The updated Tickets.com® website has received ample ticketing and inquiries’ traffic online…Sportsnetworker.com is hiring former sports journalists and interested collegiate contributors for its updated website…Santa Clara athletics has added student reporters and enhanced the EYEBRONCO Network…The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wells Fargo announced a $100,000 donation for college-bound students from Wells Fargo for deserving Hispanic students and student-athletes…The Big South Conference has extended its sponsorship agreement for five years with the Crons Brand.

IFRA and NHSFA records indicate the still-standing, 61-year-old record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in one season: 4 – Roger Maris, Shanley High School, Fargo, N.D., 1951…NFF College Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy recipient Earl Campbell is undergoing therapy to help trigger his motor nerves more quickly…Former Oregon great Bill Musgrave will receive the 2012 Leo Harris Award for leadership, community service and scholarship.

The American Football Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance announced the 21st annual Good Works Team with 22 of the top community leaders from all NCAA and NAIA football divisions. For the entire team, please go to Leo Burnett USA has become the lead advertising agency for the NCAA…Thirty NCAA FBS student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award. The candidates must be classified as NCAA Division I FBS seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. For the complete release, please go to NCAA.com…NACDA and the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics are hosting regional conferences in the Sept. 30-Oct. 16 time frames, Online is available at the NACDA website…Recent NCAA and NATA studies have shown that concussions in college athletics are down 26 percent this season.

Key NFF Dates for 2012-13
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 – Announcement of the 2012 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists – Dallas
Week of Oct. 8 (date TBD) – Announcement of 2012 National High School Scholar-Athletes – Dallas
Oct. 25, 2012 – Announcement of the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments and Campbell Trophy Finalists – Dallas
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – The 55th Annual NFF Awards Dinner News Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y., 9 a.m. (EST), tentative start
Dec. 4 – The 55th Annual NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York. 6:45 p.m. (EST)
Dec. 4 – The 23rd Presentation of William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation’s top senior scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York
Jan. 2, 2013 – National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La.
Jan. 7, 2013 – Presentation of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award – Miami, Fla.
Jan. 8, 2013 – MacArthur Bowl Presentation to the BCS National Champion – Miami, Fla.

2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game, Miami, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
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