College Football Notes Nov. 19-23
Some notes from the BCS Standings Nov. 18:
* Teams atop the BCS standings at the six-week mark have finished No. 1 in the final standings nine times and have captured six national titles since 1998. The six-week standings’ annual No. 1 teams and eventual champs in parentheses are 1998 – Tennessee (Tennessee); 1999 – Florida State (FSU); 2000 – Oklahoma (OU); 2001 – Miami (Fla.) (UM); 2002 – Miami (Ohio State); 2003 – Oklahoma (LSU); 2004 – Southern California (USC); 2005 – Southern California (Texas); 2006 – Ohio State (Florida); 2007 – LSU (LSU); 2008 – Alabama (Florida); 2009 – Florida (Alabama); 2010 – Oregon (Auburn). 2011 – LSU (Alabama); 2012 – Notre Dame (TBD). LSU has been the most recent No. 1 placer through the sixth standings to win the BCS in 2007, and eight of the last 10 No. 1 teams at that juncture eventually did not collect the BCS crown.
* Kansas State and Oregon became the first BCS standings Nos. 1-2 teams to lose on the same day last week since Missouri and West Virginia on Dec. 1, 2007. It was fifth time since 1987 that the top two squads in the Associated Press Top 25 fell on the same date – previously MU and WVU in ’07.
* Notre Dame is the 17th different school to nail down the No. 1 position in BCS standings since October 1998. Twenty-four different programs have occupied No. 2 in the standings over 15 seasons.
* There are 36 schools represented in the first six 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 is one undefeated team (Notre Dame) remaining in BCS standings. In 2009 a record five schools finished unbeaten in the final BCS survey. Last year LSU was the lone unbeaten team (13-0) in the last standings among the then-120 FBS members.
* There have been 47 different schools from nine conferences competing in the first 62 BCS bowls since January 1999.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 20-26 time period are Nov. 20 (1971) Chris Bisaillon, Kankakee, Ill.; Nov. 21 (1897) Aubrey Devine, Des Moines, Iowa; (1916) Sid Luckman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1964) Thomas Everett, Daingerfield, Texas; (1966) Troy Aikman, West Covina, Calif.; Nov. 22 (1946) Mel Long, Toledo, Ohio; Nov. 23 (1916) Ken Kavanaugh, Little Rock, Ark.; (1930) Dick Kazmaier, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) Alex Kroll, Leechburg, Pa.; (1944) Gene Washington, La Porte, Texas; Nov. 24 (1893) Bob Higgins, Corning, N.Y.; (1905) Jack Mollenkopf, Convoy, Ohio; (1912) Dixie Howell, Hartford, Ala.; (1924) Dick Scott, Highland Falls, N.Y.; (1931) Stan Jones, Altoona, Pa.; (1935) Pervis Atkins, Ruston, La.; (1959) Terry Kinard, Bitburg, Germany; Nov. 25 (1904) Johnny Kitzmiller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1945) George Webster, Anderson, S.C.; Nov. 26 (1892) Joe Guyon, White Earth, Minn.; (1909) Ernie Smith, Spearfish, S.D.; (1947) Roger Wehrli, New Point, Mo.; (1953) Harry Carson, Florence, S.C.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Nov. 21 (1981) Bobby Grayson, Portland, Ore.; Nov. 23 (2004) Harrison Stafford, Edenia, Texas; Nov. 26 (1974) Tuss McLaughry, Norwich, Vt.; (2002) Jim Butterfield, Ithaca, N.Y.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 20 Chris Bisaillon, Nov. 21 Thomas Everett, Troy Aikman, Nov. 22 Mel Long, Nov. 23 Gene Washington, Nov. 24 Pervis Atkins, Terry Kinard, Nov. 25 George Webster; Nov. 26 Roger Wehrli, Harry Carson…
The BCS Presidential Advisory Committee and the Group of Commissioners today unanimously approved additional details to implement the new four-team playoff for college football’s post-season, beginning as scheduled in the 2014-2015 season.
The key items are:
- Lock-in a four team seeded playoff. The teams that will play will be chosen by a selection committee.
- Create three “contract bowls” and three “host bowls” as part of the post-season format. The highest-ranked champion from the five conferences that are not in contract bowls will be guaranteed a spot in a host bowl.
- Share revenue, for the first time in college football history, based on academic performance as part of the funding formula.
- Share revenue with a higher portion of revenues going to the conferences of the four teams that qualify for the playoff and participate in the other games. Distributions will also be made to conferences whose teams don’t qualify for either a contract or host bowl. Since the new format is projected to be so popular, there will be more revenue for all conferences and independent institutions.
- Move forward to complete a television rights agreement for the new format.
- Begin hiring staff so the new structure can begin operating.
Additional details, such as the name of the new structure, details of the selection committee and location for the first playoff games, including the championship game, are to be determined.
For complete results of NCAA FCS pairings, NCAA DII-III playoffs, NAIA, and NJCAA playoffs, please go to NCAAfootball.com or any of the websites via footballfoundation.com.
There is now one undefeated team (Notre Dame) in NCAA FBS and 62 bowl eligible schools (with 12 squads holding five wins through Nov. 19 games). Forty-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 already has beefed up future schedules with TCU (2018), Texas and California in seasons beyond ‘18…Brigham Young and UNLV will renew their series in 2014 and ’15…Utah will play seven home games in 2013 with the Aug. 29 opener (Utah State), Weber State and Pac-12 contests at Rice-Eccles Stadium vs. Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, and Colorado…Miami (Fla.) and USF are dicussing extending their series after its scheduled 2013 finale…Baylor defeated a No. 1 team nationally at kickoff for the first time in school history with last Saturday’s win over then-No. 1 Kansas State…Clemson is in the Top 12 in FBS in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense…Notre Dame has allowed fewer rushing and passing touchdowns (eight) than any team in FBS. The Fighting Irish are 11-0 for the first since 1993…Tennessee and Vanderbilt have played 58 of their 106 all-time series contests in Nashville, Tenn. VU won in Nashville for the first time since 1982 and won for just the second time in its last 30 meetings with the Vols…Wake Forest played its first game at South Bend, Ind., last week vs. Notre Dame…Northern Illinois is bidding to repeat as Mid-American Conference champ after a critical 31-14 win on ESPN last Wednesday against Toledo, which has been in the Top 25 this year…San Jose State is 9-2 for the first time since 1987…Rutgers needs a win Saturday against Pittsburgh to clinch at least a share of its first Big East Conference football title…Home teams in the NAIA Championship are 35-12 since 2000.
ABC News profiled Jason Smith, Jr., who has fought Duchenne muscular dystrophy throughout his lifetime and made a memorable play in a youth league contest last week in Prague, Okla. – the hometown of NFF College Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe. For a special video report, please find the video at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/11/wheelchair-bound-boy-lives-football-dream/…Tennessee LB Herman Lathers captured last week’s SEC Community Service Award for football…North Texas alumni and friends had a special game-watching party last Saturday at the Alumni House in Denton for the Eagles’ tussle with Louisiana-Monroe…Selected Oregon State gridiron standouts underwent EKG exams and were part of a national health study last week…Southern California student-athletes helped raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.
Rice head coach David Bailiff is the 2012 Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Coaches Choice Award recipient…Texas A&M-Commerce head coach Guy Morris will not return for 2013. He previously headed gridiron programs at Kentucky and Baylor…Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has completed his tenure with the Vols. Jim Chaney will serve as interim coach for UT against Kentucky Saturday…Regis Scaife is not returning as head coach at John Carroll (Ohio), which hopes to have a new mentor by December 1…Kansas head coach Charlie Weis trimmed his travel roster from 70 to 54 players for its game at Texas Tech – a double overtime setback. Weis also paid for students to come to KU’s Senior Day home finale vs. Iowa State last Saturday.
Oklahoma director of athletics and NFF Board member Joe Castiglione has received the U.A. Sports Academy’s prestigious Carl Maddox Sports Marketing Award…Arkansas AD Jeff Long received a contract extension through 2017 with personal incentives…Georgia Southern named Tom Kleinlein as AD…Cal State Fullerton has begun interview AD candidates finalists Vincent Otoupal of Cal State Monterey Bay. Jim Donovan, formerly of Hawai’i, Jamie Mullin of Syracuse, and James Sarra of UTSA…Rick Mazzuto is finishing his tenure as AD at Cal State Northridge…Texas athletics longtime administrator and coach Beverly Kearney is taking administrative leave.
Air Force has accepted a bid to play a Conference USA contracted opponent to be determined in the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, after downing Hawai’i last Friday night. AFA is the fifth service academy team to play in the BHAFB since 2006…The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl named Texas A&M its Team of the Week after the Aggies upset then-No. 1 Alabama at Tuscaloosa…Utah’s nine-year record roll of consecutive bowl appearances ended with a loss to Arizona last weekend…The Belk Bowl serves as sponsor for the ACC Legends Night and banquet on Nov. 30 prior to the Dr Pepper ACC Championship in Charlotte…Emporia State and Texas A&M-Kingsville will play in Saturday’s Kanza Bowl in Topeka, Kan., in the first meeting between the DII powers.
The Big East Conference has set its divisions for 2013 and will play the inaugural title game at the home field of one of the division winners. The new divisions will be East: UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and USF; and West: Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU, and Temple…Last week’s Conference USA battle of the circuit unbeatens featured previously 6-0 UCF vs. 6-0 Tulsa. Tulsa took the advantage to host the CUSA title game Dec. 1 with the top record among CUSA contenders after winning 23-21 in Tulsa…The ACC has listed hoards of activities around Dr Pepper Football Championship Week and the ACC Legends selections via the URL http://theacc.co/12FBLegendsWeek…The SEC has had five teams ranked in Top 25 national polls weekly since conference expansion in 1991…FBS conference championship matchups for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 with 12 or more members to date are: ACC (Florida State – Atlantic) vs. (Georgia Tech Coastal); Big Ten (Michigan or Nebraska – Legends) vs. (Wisconsin – Leaders); Conference USA (East Carolina or UCF – East) vs. (Tulsa – West); Mid-American (Kent State – East) vs. (Northern Illinois – West); Pac-12 (Oregon or Stanford – North) vs. (UCLA – South); SEC (Georgia – East) vs. (Alabama, LSU or Texas A&M)…With San Jose State’s trend-setting win over BYU last Saturday, there are three WAC teams – Louisiana Tech, Utah State and SJSU – with nine overall victories apiece…Hotel and credential deadlines for both the Big Ten and Conference USA Championships are upcoming…The Gulf South Conference has placed two teams in the NCAA Division II Championship playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.
ESPN has reached a 12-year agreement with the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences for broadcast rights for the new Sugar Bowl from Jan. 1, 2015-2026. All 12 games are slated for Jan. 1 game dates and prime time telecasts…The ACC and Orange Bowl Committee denoted that the Discover Orange Bowl annually will feature the ACC Champion against an opponent from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame as part of a 12-year agreement that begins following the 2014 season. ESPN will carry the contests through 2026 as they will be played in prime time on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day, pending the post-2014 scheduling for the new playoff games…All eight games involving ACC teams Saturday will be televised, and starting times were denoted on six-day notification last Sunday…The Atlantic Sun Conference and ESPN have expanded their digital platforms with a multi-year pact…Fox Sports Midwest and KPLR-TV in St. Louis have enhanced their coverage of SIU-Edwardsville athletics in 2012-13…Loyola (Ill.) athletics has unveiled a new logo and website to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of its 1963 NCAA men’s basketball championship.
Wisconsin RB Montee Ball tied the NCAA FBS career record for touchdowns with 78 with Miami (Ohio)’s Travis Prentice from 1996-99…Florida State soph WR Rashad Greene had his first 100-yard receiving game of the year and a career-best six catches for 125 yards against Virginia Tech…Last weekend’s Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Matchup featured semifinalists Collin Klein of Kansas State at Nick Florence of Baylor…UAB RB Darrin Reaves had a career-most 184 yards rushing on 32 carries vs. Marshall…Auburn’s Tre Mason had 181 yards rushing on 12 carries (15+ yards average) vs. Alabama A&M for the top individual performance in the SEC last year…Valdosta State RB Gerald Ford is the 2012 Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year – his team’s first since 2002…Final balloting for the Lott Award is ongoing this week.
NFF College Hall of Famers Pat Dye and Gene Stallings are featured in ads for Alabama Public Parks and wildlife preserves…Memphis athletics has received a $2.6 million gift from the Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust…The Davey O’Brien Foundation and Low T Center have entered a multi-year agreement for the LTC to become the presenting sponsor of the Davey O’Brien Legends Award…Stephanie and Kevin Ollies have donated $100,000 toward the construction of the new Connecticut Athletics Development Center…Ohio State athletics has inked a 10-year marketing and apparel agreement with J. America and Fanatics, Inc….Colorado State athletics and Under Armour have formed a corporate partnership.
Texas Tech is retiring its 14th live horse mascot – Midnight Matador – at the end of the ’12 campaign.
NACDA is hosting a national webinar tomorrow with noted sports attorney Janet Judge on the topic “Risk Management of Student-Athlete Social Media Use.” Please go to NACDA.com to register.
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