College Football Notes Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Some notes from the first BCS Standings Oct. 28:
* Texas has appearance in the BCS standing for 15 consecutive years and in 96 surveys. Florida and Virginia Tech have appeared in 14 of the 15 seasons since the BCS began in 1998.
* SEC teams now have topped the BCS standings for a record 13 consecutive surveys from 2010-Oct. 28, 2012.
* Kansas State at No. 2 joined Alabama (tied at No. 1), Iowa State (No. 24) and Ohio (No. 24) with their top positions in school history in the survey. KSU’s previous best placement was third on six occasions.
* Louisiana Tech, headed to Conference USA in 2013-14 and coached by crowd favorite Sonny Dykes (son of the irrepressible Spike Dykes) became the 87th different school to make the BCS standings at No. 25 Sunday.
* Six different conferences have had teams at No. 1 in the first 112 BCS standings with the SEC leading the way in a record 34 weeks.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers Oct. 30 Ad Rutschman, Jim LeClair and Ty Detmer, Oct. 31 Bill Fralic, John Gagliardi, Tom Curtis, and Ted Hendricks; Nov. 2 Mark May, Nov. 3 Jim Houston, Nov. 4 (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Dick MacPherson and Bruce Bosley…
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 time period are Oct. 30 (1888) Leroy Mercer, Kennett Square, Pa.; (1931) Ad Rutschman, Hillsboro, Ore.; (1950) Jim LeClair, St. Paul, Minn.; 30 (1958) Joe Delaney, Henderson, Texas; (1967) Ty Detmer, San Marcos, Texas; Oct. 31 (1880) Charlie Daly, Roxbury, Mass.; (1897) Wilbur Henry, Mansfield, Ohio; (1900) Cal Hubbard, Keytesville, Mo.; (1924) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 1 (1876) James Hogan, County Tipperary, Ireland; (1911) Slade Cutter, Oswego, Ill.; (1926) John Gagliardi, Trinidad, Colo.; (1947) Tom Curtis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Ted Hendricks, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nov. 2 (1903) Myles Lane, Melrose, Mass.; (1928) Leon Hart, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1959) Mark May, Oneonta, N.Y.; Nov. 3 (1893) Charley Barrett, Bellevue, Pa.; (1908) Bronko Nagurski, Rainey River, Ontario, Canada; (1937) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; Nov. 4 (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.; (1930) Dick MacPherson, Old Town, Maine; Nov. 5 (1891) Greasy Neale, Parkersburg, W.Va.; (1900) Harvey Harman, Selinsgrove, Pa.; (1933) Bruce Bosley, Fresno, Calif.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Oct. 30 (1933) Charles Rinehart, Alliance, Neb.; (1998) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Gatesville, Texas; (2009) Forest Evashevski, Petoskey, Mich.; Nov. 1 (1999) Walter Payton, So. Barrington, Ill.; Nov. 2 (1973) Greasy Neale, Lake Worth, Fla.
Other College Football Notes:
There are now five undefeated teams in NCAA FBS and 41 bowl eligible schools. Twenty-one schools have been eliminated mathematically or are ineligible among the 124 FBS members. There were 72 bowl eligible teams for 70 bowl slots, including the BCS, in post-2011…Ohio State finalized its 2016 non-conference slate with first-ever meetings vs. Tulsa and Central Michigan and return engagements with Bowling Green and Oklahoma in non-Big Ten activity. The Buckeyes are negotiating with San Diego State as a possible 12th game in 2013…Minnesota will host South Dakota State in 2019…Hawai’i and Temple have had discussions about adding a 2012 contest. Temple has 11 scheduled clashes, and UH has the option to play 13 regular-season contests…Oregon will host Bowling Green in 2018…Idaho and Old Dominion will tangle in 2013 and ’19…UCF is hoping to schedule an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference in ’13…Georgia State and Penn State are possible targets on future scheduling radar for Georgia Tech…Kansas and Oregon have cancelled a home-and-home series by mutual agreement…Contracts are being finalized for an Old Dominion at East Carolina 2013 opener and ODU-The Citadel encounter later next season…Duke is bowl eligible for the first time since 1994…BYU has lost four games by a total of 25 points overall with three at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents…Louisiana Tech had a FBS-2012-high 829 yards of total offense against Idaho…Ohio State was the first FBS team to attain the eight-win mark in 2012…Southern California played five of its first 2012 contests on the road…Minnesota and Purdue continue to have one of FBS’ most taut series. The Golden Gophers now lead the rivalry 34-32-3 after the schools first met in 1894…Notre Dame is 9-1 in its 10-game series with fellow perennial power Oklahoma after last Saturday’s triumph at Norman, Okla….Alabama continued its school-record streak of nine consecutive weeks atop Associated Press national polls…Cincinnati and Louisville celebrated the 90th anniversary of their famous Keg of Nails trophy encounter last week…Missouri athletics and football administrators are finalizing firm details for the expansion and renovation of Faurot Field…Kent State downed Rutgers for its first win in 23 tries over a Top 25 opponent…Last week’s East Carolina-Navy contest is the next-to-last non-CUSA bout on the 2012 Conference USA schedule…Army has its first opportunity to reclaim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy when the Black Knights host Air Force Saturday…Louisville preserved its 8-0 overall mark by downing Cincinnati in overtime last Friday night on ESPN…Valdosta State and West Georgia jumped out to 6-2 overall starts in the Gulf South Conference and are contending for postseason berths…Eastern Washington retained No. 1 national status in the FCS Sports Network Top 25 survey…St. Bonaventure athletics has launched a five-year strategic plan…In last Saturday’s NAIA Game of the Week No. 19 nationally Southern Oregon upended No. 6 Carroll (Mont.) in a 52-49 shootout.
RPI student-athletes have delivered 300-plus total hours to fall semester Community service…Bowling Green football held a Stuff the Truck food drive for area charities at last week’s tussle with Eastern Michigan…Kansas football initiated a new waste recycling program with KU Green at Memorial Stadium last weekend…Fordham standout Andrew Milmore, president of the university’s Uplifting Athletes chapter. Was featured in this week’s Maxwell Award Beyond the Trophy newsletter…Fitchburg State student-athletes organized a Play 4 The Cure (for Cancer) game last week…The Northeast Conference and members are seeking donations for the Flight 93 Memorial Fund after events of Sept. 11, 2001…Louisville athletics is conducting a series of leadership initiatives for area students in the L-Cares Program…Texas A&M-Kingsville athletics and the Lasara School District collaborated on the Lights On After-School Program for child safety…Utah football hosted its fifth annual blackout” game where most home fans wore all-black colors as the Utes hosted California…North Texas athletics and alumni conducted a special watching party for the Eagles-Middle Tennessee regional telecast last week…Old Dominion football and Pi Beta Phi sorority have joined to help eradicate youth illiteracy in schools around Norfolk, Va….Christie’s in the McKinney Avenue of Dallas has become the watch party headquarters for Vanderbilt alumni and several NFL teams…The Fight Continues will utilize several athletics facilities to read over 1.1 million names in 600-plus locales of service personnel killed fighting in all conflicts for the U.S. since 1776. The event will occur on Veterans Day Nov. 11.
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen became one of the quickest coaches to reach 80 wins (80-7 overall, .920 winning percentage) in the middle of his seventh season after the Broncos downed Wyoming last week…Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is seeking a neutral site, special kickoff contest to open the 2014 Seminoles’ season…Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe won his 100th contest as head coach at JSU and Arkansas by downing Murray State last week…Idaho head coach Robb Akey has completed his association with the program. …Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen completed his one-game suspension last as assistant coach Dave Kaligis piloted the squad against Boise State…Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer missed last Saturday’s game with Montana due to a one-contest suspension.
Louisville director of athletics Tom Jurich was feted on his 15th anniversary in that post…Georgia State AD Cheryl Levick received a five-year contract extension…DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto had her contract renewed through 2017…Guilford Tech named Kirk Chandler AD…Phil Gaffney is the new AD at Georgia Highlands…BYU AD Tom Holmoe is working with other FBS schools on a paradigm for future scheduling for independent schools…Parker Executive Searches is assisting Hawai’i in its nationwide quest for a new AD…Kentucky graduate and Missouri president Dr. Brady Deaton was a regional story interview when his employer faced his alma mater last weekend for the first time as members of the SEC…Saint Louis U. athletics named Matt Hayden associate AD for development, Janet Oberle associate AD for internal operations and Brian Kunderman assistant AD for media relations…Eastern Michigan named Greg Steiner assistant AD for media relations.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl and ESPN Audio signed a two-year agreement to make ESPN Radio the national carrier for the 77th and 78th Classics…Duke was the recent Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week after gaining bowl eligibility…The Gildan New Mexico Bowl has received additional sponsorship funding from Gildan…Air Force and Nevada entered last Saturday’s tussle with identical 3-1 Mountain West Conference marks and strongly positioned for a possible postseason berth in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Colonial Savings has become an official sponsor of the 2012 BHAFB game at Fort Worth, Texas, and public ticket sales for the ’12 BHAFB classic began last week online via ArmedForcesBowl.com.
The Ivy League was honored last Wednesday with the 2012 Sports Legacy Institute Impact Award for its ongoing protection and awareness about concussions at a Boston ceremony…The Ivy Symposium and SportsPro magazine have selected The Next 10 – top sports executives rising from the ranks and under the age of 30. Those with collegiate or network media connections are Alexandra Chalat – Executive Director, Beyond Sport, and Head of Social Innovation, Benchmark Sport International; Jason Belzer – Entrepreneur and Sports Entertainment Attorney; Angelo Solomita – Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Radegen Sports Management; Dan Weinberg – Director, Strategic Partnerships and Licensing, Tough Mudder; Brian Gainor – Founder, Partnership Activation, and Director, Strategy and Analytics, Freshwire; Michael Zavodsky – Senior Vice President, Corporate Sponsorships, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment; Sidhartha Mallya – Director, Royal Challengers Sports and General Manager, Marketing, United Spirits Limited…The ACC led all BCS automatic-qualifying conferences in the recent NCAA Graduation Success Rates with a graduation rate of 87 percent in football, men’s basketball and baseball…Idaho will rejoin the Big Sky Conference in 2014…The Big East Conference is the only league nationally where each of its members has played in a bowl game over the past two seasons. Three schools already have qualified for post-2012 outings, and commissioner Mike Aresco was featured in a Southwest region special story…The SEC had seven teams ranked nationally in major national polls and the BCS last week…The Ohio Valley Conference and IMG College extended their television and marketing agreements…The Big South Conference has increased its television appearances and regional exposure with several 2012-13 agreements…The American Southwest Conference donated just under $4,000 through member collections to the Side-Out Foundation charity.
FOX Sports Networks and Kansas State athletics reached a multi-year agreement on third-tier telecasts and marketing…Sooner Sports TV has begun a popular new football memories’ series – Crimson Classics…ESPN3 and the Southland Conference will air additional SLC events in 2012-13…Dayton athletics has expanded its television and highlights’ presence this year…Chicago area sports and broadcasting legends Tom Dore and Keith Moreland (who played football and baseball at Texas) were part of the broadcast team for last week’s Houston-UTEP CSS telecast…The Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe tilt on Saturday will air on both ESPN3 and the Sun Belt Network.
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron has 18 touchdown passes and no interceptions in 177 attempts through eight games…Nevada soph QB Cody Fajardo passed for 1,769 yards and rushed for 587 yards and eight TDs for the Wolf Pack in his first eight outings this year…USC wideout Marqise Lee had a Pac-12-record 345 receiving yards on 16 catches against Arizona. UA QB Matt Scott paced the Wildcats to an upset over the Trojans with 369 passing and 100 rushing yards – both career personal bests…Syracuse kicker Ross Krautman had a Big East-season-most 16 points and tied the school career record for points with 16 in a win over Connecticut…The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchup for last Saturday was Seth Doege of Texas Tech at Collin Klein of Kansas State (both are semifinalists for the award)…Arkansas RB Dennis Johnson rushed for a SEC-weekly-best 161 yards against Ole Miss last Saturday…UCF RB Latavius Murray had the 12th-best rushing game in Conference USA annals with 192 yards on 23 carries against Memphis…Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez had 407 yards of total offense in the Huskers’ comeback from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter at Northwestern and was Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week…Ohio RB Beau Blankenship was featured on ESPNU Unite last week…Tennessee State kicker Jamin Godfrey booted a school-record five field goals and the winning extra point in a 22-21 squeaker over Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech…ULM QB Kolton Browning led his team back from a 28-7 deficit to a 43-42 overtime win over Western Kentucky…DB Jermaine Hough was named the National Freshman of the Week by The Sports Network after making two interceptions in an overtime victory over then-unbeaten Tennessee State…Georgia QB Aaron Murray was a career-best 30-of-38 passing for 427 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in a win at Kentucky…Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington reached double career milestones last week with 5,000 yards of total offense and 3,000 passing yards…The 16 semifinalists for the 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award include returning semis standardbearers Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), and Denard Robinson (Michigan). For the complete release, please go to Obrien.org. Also, fan voting is available once daily at Voteobrien.org through Nov. 18…Recent Maxwell and Bednarik Awards National Players of the Week were Kansas State QB Collin Klein and LSU LB Kevin Minter. Kevin Minter also was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week…The Maxwell Award also added newly-named NFF National Scholar-Athlete Manti Te’o of Notre Dame to the expanded, midyear Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists…Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll recognition last week went to Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks, TCU’s Skye Dawson and Toledo’s Bernard Reedy…NC State DT T.Y. McGill made eight tackles while playing his position for 32 snaps in a win at Maryland…Old Dominion QB Tyler Heinecke continued his passing onslaught with 375 yards (36-of-45) against Delaware…Georgie Salem, a two-sport standout at Vestavia Hills (Ala.) HS, was part of Alabama’s No. 4 ranked nationally baseball recruiting class. His father George Sr., father George and great-uncle Ed Salem all starred in Alabama football.
Chicago State athletics is adding $2.5 million in facilities to its campus…Fordham athletics officially opened the $1.9 million McGinley Center…Lafayette athletics is making $1.7 million in renovations to the Kirby Sports Center, named in honor of NFF Gold Medal winner and longtime benefactor the late F.M. Kirby…Vernon Stisser endowed $1.6 million for the construction of Stisser Field at Knox (Ill.)…Northern State and Northwestern Mutual have reached a joint corporate sponsorship pact…Wright State has added new FieldTurf to its practice and game facilities…Mike Garn, Matt Johnson and Josh Weber were selected for the Mt. Union M Club Hall of Fame after standout football careers…StubHub announced a new Ticket Passport Pack with North Carolina athletics…IPFW athletics has been working with Collegiate Consulting on future conference plans…St. Edward’s (Texas) and Wisconsin-Parkside relaunched official websites last week.
The NCAA Graduation Success Rates for recent years were release last Thursday, and a school-by-school breakdown for all divisions is available at NCAA.com/GSR…NCAA president Dr. Mark Emmert recently addressed Wright State athletics’ functions…The NCAA is hoping to assist Division III schools with sickle cell anemia testing for student-athletes, managers, trainers, and coaches…NACDA and the FCS Athletics Directors Association are accepting nominations for FCS ADA Academic All-America teams.