College Football Notes Nov. 12-15
NFF College Hall of Famer and Texas coaching legend Darrell K. Royal, 88, passed away last Wednesday in Austin, Texas. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia for several years, and his family auctioned off several items of personal memorabilia for Alzheimer’s research at a function last Sunday. Royal, whom the UT football stadium is named for (Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium), is the Longhorns all-time winningest coach. He posted a 167-47-5 record from 1957-76, won three National Championships and 11 Southwest Conference titles.
“Darrell Royal will always be one of the giants of our game. He sits atop the mountain in terms of his accomplishments on the field and perhaps more importantly the lifelong impact he made on his players who went on to be great leaders throughout their lives,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Coach Royal’s accomplishments will be forever celebrated and immortalized in the College Football Hall of Fame, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most trying of times.”
Darrell Royal was a quarterback at Oklahoma under NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson from 1946-49, winning All-America honors in 1949. Three years of coaching at Mississippi State (1954-1955) and Washington (1956) prepared him for Texas and the Southwest Conference in 1957. Royal is credited with two innovations that set Texas out in front of the rest of the nation in offensive strategy: his “Flip-Flop Winged-T” in 1962 and the Wishbone in 1968. He led the Longhorns to 16 bowls and won the MacArthur Bowl in 1963, 1969 and 1970. Royal’s 23-year career record of 184-60-5 reflects his immense success on the field. The Longhorns finished in the Top 10 eleven times…had 77 players win All-SWC honors, while 26 won All-America laurels.
Texas ran its first play from the Wishbone offense that Royal employed to start the 1968 season (and later won a school-record 30 consecutive games) against Iowa State and had DKR initials emblazoned on its helmets starting last weekend. Memorial services are scheduled for Austin Tuesday, Nov. 13.
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College Football Notes:
2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Barrett Jones is one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Awards and Recognition Association Sportsmanship Award, and he won the 2011 version presented to an outstanding NCAA Division I football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship. Other finalists are Matt Barkley, USC; ’12 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; Nick Carlson, Wyoming; Akeem Davis, Memphis; Duron Harmon, Rutgers; Collin Klein, Kansas State; Adam Replogle, Indiana; Eric Soza, Texas-San Antonio; and Manti Te’o, Notre Dame.
Some notes from the BCS Standings Nov. 11:
* The team leading BCS standings in Week 5 has won the title five times over 14 seasons (no squad since 2008) – Texas (’98), Florida State (’99), Oklahoma (’00), USC (’04-vacated), and LSU (’07).
* Kansas State is No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time in school history this week.
* There are 36 schools represented in the first five 2012 BCS standings, and this is just four away from the record representation of 40 different FBS teams in 2008. The standings expanded from Top 15 to Top 25 in 2003, and there have been 30-plus schools in at least one poll annually since that time.
* There have been 16 different schools represented at No. 1 in BCS standings and 24 programs all-time in No. 2 positions since October 1998.
* Every current member of the Southeastern Conference except Kentucky and Vanderbilt has appeared in one BCS standings.
* There have been 19 initial FBS schools included in the standings since September 2006 with four first-timers coming in 2012.
* There are three undefeated teams remaining in BCS standings after Alabama and Louisville fell last Saturday. In 2009 a record five schools finished unbeaten in the final BCS survey.
* Boise State saw the seventh-longest streak of BCS standings appearances end last week at 41. Alabama 37 (10th-longest) and LSU 29 (11th) have the longest active streaks in the BCS.
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 13-19 time period are Nov. 13 (1900) Eddie Anderson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; (1934) Bob Pellegrini, Williamsport, Pa.; 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.; Nov. 18 (1896) Slip Madigan, Ottawa, Ill.; (1934) Paul Wiggin, Modesto, Calif.; (1948) Jack Tatum, Cherryville, N.C.; Nov. 19 (1947) Mike Phipps, Shelbyville, Ind.; (1949) Ahmad Rashad, Portland, Ore.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Nov. 13 (1967) George McLaren, Towson, Md.; Nov. 14 (1995) Les Horvath, Glendale, Calif.; Nov. 15 (1974) Johnny Mack Brown, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Nov. 17 (2001) Billy Vessels, Coral Gables, Fla.; (2006) Bo Schembechler, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Nov. 18 (1977) Davey O’Brien, Ft. Worth, Texas; Nov. 19 (1982) Ray Morrison, Miami Springs, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 15 Otis Armstrong and Gordie Lockbaum; ; Nov. 17 Willie Richardson; Nov. 18 Paul Wiggin, and Nov. 19 Mike Phipps and Ahmad Rashad,…
There are now three undefeated teams (Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oregon) in NCAA FBS and 56 bowl eligible schools (with 13 squads holding five wins through Nov. 12 games). Thirty-three 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…Nebraska and Oklahoma will renew their historic in 2020 and ’21…BYU will meet Virginia in 2013 instead of Washington State, and BYU-UVa will finish their series in 2014…Florida State and Oklahoma are in discussions about a possible game in 2014 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Maryland and Temple have postponed their 2013 meeting until a season to be determined…Michigan and Connecticut are seeking to move their scheduled 2013 contest to a later campaign…Montana will face Appalachian State, Oklahoma Panhandle, North Dakota, and South Dakota outside conference play in 2013…Army’s faceoff with Rutgers last Saturday was an opportunity for the Black Knights to down a ranked team for the first time since Air Force in 1972…Last week’s Missouri-Tennessee contest was their first-ever matchup and pitted the two FBS schools with the most victories in overtime – 10 each – before Saturday, and MU prevailed in four extra periods to win OT No. 11…Purdue scored on its opening drive in four consecutive contests from Oct. 12-Nov. 3…SMU did not score on its opening possessions in its first nine outings but managed four victories…San Jose State has clinched a winning regular season for the first time since 2006 and is bowl eligible for the initial time since ’08 with a 7-2 start – the team’s best in 25 years…Houston and Tulsa, which won six Conference USA West Division crowns between them from 2005-11, faced off last Saturday…Utah State has put together its best back-to-back seasons in school history at 16-8 since the 1961 and ’62 teams were a composite 18-3-0…Southern California’s 2012 schedule includes eight teams from post-2011 bowls and six schools with seven-plus triumphs…Wake Forest tied a school record with 13 consecutive third down conversions against Boston College…Wyoming had a slight, 17-16 al-time advantage over New Mexico in games played at Albuquerque, N.M., prior to last week’s skirmish…The Intercollegiate Football Research Association is publishing weekly updates on current and al-time teams with 500 points scored in a season in all gridiron divisions at Linkedin.com/ifra…The annual Army-Navy Media Luncheon presented by USAA will be held with the Army-Navy Host Committee and Philadelphia Sports Congress at the West Club at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 28. Media are asked to contact Army or Navy athletics communications for credentials and details…Southern California defensive units got a quick motivational jolt from practice recently when a USC student driving by on a bike (practices are closed) noted the defenders had not been wrapping up players on initial contact…Jacksonville State is 54-9 under head coach Jack Crowe when scoring 30 points and guaranteed its 10th consecutive winning season last week – the longest skein in JSU annals…Georgetown (Ky.), Missouri Valley and Morningside (Iowa) each finished the NAIA regular season 10-0 and 1-2-3 in NAIA Top 25 rankings as they move into the playoffs.
Big East Conference office members and schools are assisting the American Red Cross in raising funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy. King College (N.Y.) joined several area universities in gathering clothes and food for many others affected…Hundreds of fans were blood donors and signed organ donor cards as Michigan athletics hosted Be a Hero at the Big House last week…Appropriately, the Western Illinois Leathernecks wore special combat camouflage jerseys last Saturday to celebrate Veterans Day weekend…Indiana State student-athletes and coaches had a special program to thank area fans for their football and fall sports’ support…Wyoming football helped raise over $6,200 for Toys for Tots before and after the Cowboys’ contest with Colorado State…Auburn athletics welcomed U.S. Marines, active duty military personnel and their families as special guests at a recent campus event…Stanford student-athletes, coaches and administrators are gathering donations and preparing holiday baskets for underserved families in the bay area…Old Dominion athletics and Pi Beta Phi sorority helped raise over $1,000 to fight illiteracy in the Virginia Tidewater area…The Movember Foundation and Sidearm Sports are helping raise money to offset medical costs for Rex Fleming, the 10-year-old son of asst. AD/media relations Lance Fleming (Abilene Christian) and diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago…Loyola (Ill.) held special recognition for the Wounded Warrior in conjunction with Veterans Day.
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is 70-30 after his first 100 games over nine seasons and has become the third Ute mentor to reach the games coached century mark…Georgia head coach Mark Richt is delaying possible hip replacement surgery until post-2012…Purdue co-offensive coordinator Gary Nord missed last week’s game with Iowa after injuring his back last Wednesday.
Colorado director of athletics Mike Bohn has avowed immediate improvement in the Buffaloes’ football program and procedures prior to the 2013 campaign…Miami (Fla.) interim AD Blake James was the subject of a recent national sports feature…Several Auburn athletics alumni and friends have come to the defense of former football standout and AD Jay Jacobs for guiding the Tigers through some challenging times…St. Bonaventure AD Steve Watson is taking a medical leave of absence…Colorado State AD Jack Graham has praised the foundation set by the 2012 football Rams for the future and was the subject of a recent feature on that topic…Kristen Ely has been named assistant AD for Student Services and Compliance at Maryville (Tenn.)…Former Wright State student-athlete Brittney Whiteside has been hired as special assistant to AD Bob Grant announced Friday. She replaces Chris Grant, who accepted a position in administration with Conference USA.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has been awarded the host site of the post-2014 bowl game pitting the champions of the Southeastern and the Big 12 Conferences. Formerly known as the Champions Bowl, the ASB will be played Jan. 1, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to start a 12-year contract between the circuits for the matchup…Alabama and Oregon were the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Co-Teams of the Week following their wins at nationally-ranked LSU and Southern California, respectively…The Valero Alamo Bowl updated a recent podcast interview on Linkedin.com Sports Groups with the bowl administrators Rick Hill and Bryan Moynihan…The Armed Services YMCA has joined forces with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl as the bowl’s official charity partner.
Only 1.5 games separate the Nos. 1 (Miami, Georgia Tech) and Nos. 5 (Virginia, Virginia Tech) in the airtight ACC Coastal Division race for a trip to Charlotte for the Dec. 1 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game…Florida (Eastern) has clinched at least a share of one of the SEC divisional crowns and possible placements in the SEC Championship Game Dec. 1 at Atlanta, Ga. Alabama can clinch the SEC West with a Nov. 24 win over Auburn to set up a rematch of the first two SEC title games in 1991 and ’92…Four teams are in a heated battle for the for the Big East crown and automatic BCS bid from that circuit…Wisconsin will represent the Big Ten Leaders Division for the second year in succession and will meet wither first-time Big Ten divisional winner either Michigan or Nebraska in the second annual Big Ten Football Championship Game Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and BCS berth. The Big Ten opened intra-league play started the season with teams snaring 16 road wins in their first 31 contests. Starting with the 2012-13 academic year, the Big Ten now will award 24 postgraduate scholarships to a male and female student-athlete from each member-university…The Western Athletic Conference has allied with CAP Sports Group as a strategic media partner…The Southland Conference has changed the way it reviews plays in football game situations to streamline the process…Phil Burwell was named associate director of media relations at the Mid-American Conference. The balanced MAC featured upset wins by Ball State over then-No. 25 Toledo and Bowling Green over division-topping Ohio last week…Football standout Patrick Ford has been named his sport’s 2012 Outstanding Scholar-Athlete for the Ohio Valley Conference…Drake football captain Averill Fuhs has received one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s Fall Sports Leadership Awards…Twelve receivers from the ACC are on the latest Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list…The Colonial Athletic Association has had six teams among the Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll for a record six consecutive weeks…Atlantic-10 Conference teams will appear on television a record 213 times in 2012-13 in all sports.
Last Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M-Alabama game had a 6.6 national rating/14 share in overnights, which is the second highest mark of the year in college football, behind CBS Sports’ 7.0 rating/13 share of the Alabama-LSU tilt Nov. 3…The ACC announced Saturday’s four telecasts (Wake Forest at Notre Dame already was set for a 3:30 p.m., EST, NBC national telecast) via six-day advance…Michigan athletics has denied rumors it will start a Wolverines Sports Network…The Pac-12 Network and DirecTV are working on a national satellite carriage agreement…AXS-TV (former HDTV on national cable/satellite) and area cable outlets aired the historic119th annual DePauw-Wabash Monon Bell Classic last Saturday…Nicholls State and Oklahoma Christian U. athletics have relaunched and improved their websites…Niagara and Quinnipiac athletics have divulged expanded telecast schedules for the rest of the 2012-13 academic year…Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic is adding to its broadcast teams.
Utah return specialist Reggie Dunn now holds the NCAA FBS career record with four 100-yard kickoff returns…Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez has tied the Big Ten individual season record with four Offensive Player of the Week Awards this year…Army QB Trent Steelman now has 1,013 yards rushing to become the academy’s 16th 1,000-yard season rusher…Kansas State CB Allen Chapman was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Oklahoma State to help KSU start 9-0…The most recent Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchup featured Texas A&M’s Johnny (Football) Manziel at Alabama’s A.J. McCarron…RB Kenjon Barner of Oregon and LB Matt Elam of Florida were chosen as Maxwell and Bednarik Awards National Players of the Week for standout showings…East Carolina QB Shane Carden was 31-of-43 passing for 305 yards and four touchdowns (all in the first half) in a win over Houston…Virginia DL Chris Brathwaite helped the Cavaliers hold NC State to 19 rushing yards in a UVa triumph at Raleigh…Utah State DB Will Davis helped the Aggies limit Texas State to a season-fewest 158 yards of total offense and copped WAC Defensive Player of the Week kudos…Soph CB Blair Burns of Wyoming had a school-record 99-yard pass interception return for a touchdown and four stops against Colorado State…Nebraska RB C.J. Zimmerer was featured by the Robert Maxwell Football Club for his work as president of the NU Uplifting Athletes chapter…Temple RB-KR Matt Brown had a 93-yard opening kickoff return and school-high 227 yards in kickoff runbacks against Cincinnati as Big East Special Teams Player of the Week…Tennessee QB Tyler Bray passed for a weekly high for SEC standouts with 404 yards against Missouri…UCLA LB Eric Kendricks tops the Pac-12 Conference with 9.7 tackles per game…Cincinnati RB George Winn earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week laurels after motoring for 165 yards with three TDs rushing and one TD reception in the Bearcats’ win over Syracuse…The GEICO Best of College Football Play of the Year will feature the eight finalists on Friday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m. (EST) during a national telecast, and fan voting is available via Facebook…Semifinalists for the 2012 Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award have been announced at lougrozaaward.com…Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for recent tilts includes USC’s Marqise Lee and Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews…Auburn punter Steve Clark has repeated as one of the 10 semifinalists for the 2012 Ray Guy Award. the entire release is found at rayguy.net…Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (offense) and South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger (defense) are the latest Walter Camp National Player of the Week recipients.
The You Are Union (N.Y.) giving campaign has reached its $250 million goal with a good portion going to athletics…USC athletics broke ground on a $16 million facilities’ upgrade last week…DePaul athletics received a $5 million donation from alumnus Marshall Reavis to help construct a new stadium…The Davidson Athletic Foundation has inaugurated its popular I Am Davidson fundraising campaign…Baylor athletics has unveiled a new logo for the under construction Baylor Stadium, set for 2014 game activity, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on several environmental and water flow updates. The new facility is located adjacent to the Brazos River on campus…Butler athletics formally launched its campaign for renovations to Hinkle Fieldhouse and other facilities…St. John’s (N.Y.) athletics will hold promotional activities and help in fundraising efforts in historic Times Square for several days…Chattanooga athletics and PMI College have formed a ticketing partnership… Pittsburgh athletics has renewed its 21-year agreement with Paciolan for ticketing and marketing…George Washington athletics is rebranding its external communications with the new RaiseHigh.tv multimedia platform…LSU athletics and Baton Rouge police officials have cracked down on ticket scalping with arrests at recent contests.
NFF College Hall of Famers Chad Hennings of Air Force and Keith Jackson of Arkansas will receive 2013 NCAA Silver Anniversary Awards at the NCAA Convention in January…NFF Hall of Fame coach and retiring Nebraska AD Dr. Tom Osborne will receive the 2013 Walter Camp Foundation Distinguished American Award in New Haven, Conn…NFF Hall of Famer Joe Theismann is the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Legends Award winner and featured speaker at the O’Brien Award Banquet in Ft. Worth, Texas…Some notable speakers for Friday’s Ivy Sports Symposium in New York are Mike Aresco, commissioner, Big East Conference; Lisa Baird, chief marketing officer, United States Olympic Committee; and Peter Moore, COO, Electronic Arts; among others. Agenda, directory and ticket information are available at sportssymposium.org…Among the newest inductees into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame are football standouts Bill Buckner of Mississippi State and East Mississippi Junior College, Jimmy Giles of Alcorn State, Earnest “Doc” Harrington of Southern Miss, Ole Miss athletics CoSIDA Hall of Fame publicist Langston Rogers, and former executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and renowned Vanderbilt grad the late Michael Rubenstein…Sons of nationally-famous college and professional student-athletes are abounding in high school football in the Gridiron Club of Dallas metro area. Among the notables are Kyler Murray, son of All-Southwest Conference quarterback Kevin Murray of Texas A&M, at Allen HS; Kenny Hill, son of former North Adams State and Major League Baseball All-Star Ken Hill, at Southlake Carroll HS; and Torii Hunter Jr. and Money Hunter, sons of current MLB standout Torii Hunter.
The Football Writers Association of America will denote its 2012 All-America team Friday, Dec. 14, and finalists for the FWAA Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be unveiled Thurs., Nov. 15…NACDA has launched a digital-only version of the famed NACDA Daily Review and other publications…CoSIDA has eclipsed 2,900 members for the first time in the group’s 55-year history with 2,906 on its official 2012 rolls, and CoSIDA Academic All-District football teams are available at CoSIDA.com. This is the 61st year for CoSIDA Academic All-America squads to be released in December…The National Junior College Athletic Association has revitalized NJCAA.TV in time for football and other fall sports titles.
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