College Football Notes Dec. 11-15

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalists (listed alphabetically) were announced at a Dec. 4 national news conference. They included:
Football Bowl Subdivision: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jim Mora, UCLA; Bill O’Brien, Penn State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Nick Saban, Alabama; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Charlie Strong, Louisville.
Football Championship Subdivision: Rob Ash, Montana State; Willie Fritz, Sam Houston State; Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina; Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern; Danny Rocco, Richmond.
Division II: Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.); Scott Maxfield, Henderson (Ark.) State; Bob Nielson, Minnesota-Duluth; Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.); Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.).
Division III: Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest (Ill.); Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.); Pat Cerroni, Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Lonnie Pries, Concordia-Chicago; Steve Staker, Coe (Iowa).
From Dec. 4-20, fans can log their Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year vote for the most deserving coach in each of the four divisions daily by visiting on their PC, tablet or mobile device and posting a pre-populated tweet. As part of Liberty Mutual’s partnership with the NFF, a selection committee of more than 50 NFF College Hall of Fame players and coaches, including Chairman Archie Manning, Lou Holtz, Vince Dooley, Ronnie Lott, Archie Griffin; as well as national college football media, such as Colin Cowherd, Stewart Mandel and Tim Brando, will evaluate the coaches based on their responsibility, integrity and on-field success to help determine the four coaching winners. Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: Fans 20 percent, College Football Hall of Fame 55 percent, and Media 25 percent. Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners the morning of the BCS Championship game, Jan. 7, 2013,
Other major collegiate individual awards announced last week were Heisman Trophy: TBD Saturday night; FWAA Bronko Nagurski: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame; Burlsworth Courage and Walk-on Award: Matt McGloin, Penn State; Maxwell, Bednarik, Walter Camp Awards: Te’o; Davey O’Brien National Quarterback: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; ESPN Home Depot Coach of the Year: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Outland Trophy: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M; Biletnikoff: Marqise Lee, USC; Lou Groza National Place-Kicker: Cairo Santos, Tulane; Ray Guy Award: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech; Jim Thorpe: tate’s Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State; Doak Walker: Montee Ball, Wisconsin; Disney Spirit: Nate Boyer, Texas; Home Depot Contribution to College Football: NFF College Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian.
More BCS Notes:
* There have been 48 different schools from nine conferences competing in the first 67 BCS bowls (including post-2012) since January 1999. Northern Illinois is the latest to join the historic group with the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
* There have been 17 different schools occupying the No. 1 post in BCS standings since October 1998. Kansas State and Notre Dame are the latest members in ’12 of this elite fraternity. Oklahoma leads with 20 No. 1 placements. Twenty-four different schools have held the No. 2 position with Alabama in that place a record 17 times.
* The 2012 season was the first when three different FBS schools (Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame) were No. 1 since the 2010 season when Auburn, Oklahoma and Oregon all were alone at the top. In 2011 LSU had the lead position all year. The most No. 1 teams ranked in one campaign previously have been three apiece in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2010. 2012 was the seventh such occurrence.
* The five biggest leaps in BCS standings from week one to eight have been Colorado (unranked to No. 3 in 2001, 22 places), Michigan (unranked to No. 4 in 2003, 21 spots), Virginia Tech (from No. 25 to No. 8 in 2004, 17 positions), Stanford (No. 20 to No. 6, 14 places), and Wisconsin (No. 21 to No. 7 in 2006, 14 places).
* Through post-2012 bowls, the breakdown of BCS title game contestants and records by conferences from 1998-2012 ranked by appearances are: SEC 9 (8-1 record prior to post-2012), Big 12 7 (2-5), ACC 3 (1-2), Big East 3 (1-2), Big Ten 4 (1-2, 1 game later vacated) Pac-12 4 (1-2, one game later vacated), and independents (Notre Dame 0-0). Alabama pitched the first national championship shutout 21-0 over LSU to end the ’11 campaign. Oklahoma’s 13-2 win over Florida for the 2000 trophy had been the previous best defensive effort.
* Teams from the state of Alabama have won the last three BCS championships – a geographical record – with Alabama in 2009 and ’11 and Auburn in 2010.
* Starts and finishes, some BCS uphill battles: LSU’s 2003 team, still the only BCS champ with two losses, had to make up the most ground from Week One of BCS standings to the crown. Then-coach Nick Saban’s Tigers were No. 12 in the initial ’03 tabulations before downing Oklahoma in New Orleans Sugar Bowl final bout. Other seasons included these first week standings and team titles: 1998 – Tennessee No. 3 opening week; 1999 – Florida State No. 1; 2000 – Oklahoma No. 2 (initial appearance in BCS standings that season); 2001 – Miami (Fla.) No. 4; 2002 – Ohio State No. 6; 2003 – LSU No. 12; 2004 – Southern California No. 1; 2005 – Texas No. 2; 2006 – Florida No. 6; 2007 – LSU No. 4; 2008 – Florida No. 10; 2009 – Alabama No. 2; 2010 – Auburn No. 4; 2011 – No. 2 Alabama; 2012 – Notre Dame No. 5. In the pre-2011 USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll, Oregon was No. 11, and Auburn was No. 23. It was the first time since the BCS began that one of the final two defending competing schools did not appear in the preseason Associated Press or USA Today/Coaches’ Top 10.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 11-17 time period are Dec. 11 (1910) George Sauer, Stratton, Neb.; (1924) Doc Blanchard, McColl, S.C.; Dec. 12 (1881) Zora Clevenger, Muncie, Ind.; (1900) Lloyd Jordan, Punxsutawney, Pa.; (1904) John Smith, Hartford, Conn.; (1914) Bob Herwig, Pomona, Calif.; (1962) Brad Calip, Hobart, Okla.; (1967) John Randle, Hearne, Texas; Dec. 13 (1911) Buzz Borries, Louisville, Ky.; (1955) Brad Crawford, Logansport, Ind.; Dec. 14 (1922) Charlie Trippi, Pittston, Pa.; (1939) Ernie Davis, New Salem, Pa.; Dec. 16 (1913) Gust Zarnas, Ikaris, Greece; (1914) Steve Reid, Chicago, Ill.; (1963) Tim Green, Liverpool, N.Y.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Dec. 11 (1960) Mike Donahue, Baton Rouge, La.; Dec. 13 (1979) Edgar Garbisch, Cambridge, Md.; (1983) John Merritt, Nashville, Tenn.; Dec. 14 (1920) George Gipp, South Bend, Ind.; Dec. 14 (1983) Johnny Bright, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Dec. 15 (1973) Emil “Red” Sitko, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Dec. 17 (1973) Wally Butts, Athens, Ga.; ( 2003) Otto Graham, Sarasota, Fla.; (2008) Sam Baugh, Rotan, Texas; (2011) Harley Sewell, Arlington, Texas.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 12 Brad Calip and John Randle, Dec. 13 Brad Crawford, Dec. 14 Tim Green…
For complete results of BCS standings, schedules, bowls matchups, NCAA FCS pairings/results, NCAA DII-III playoffs, NAIA, and NJCAA playoffs, please go to or links to any of the websites via

Penn State and Pittsburgh will renew their 96-game series with four contests in the 2016-19 time span…Georgia Tech will host Alabama A&M Nov. 23, 2013…Oregon State has scheduled a home-and-home series with Hawai’i in 2013 and ’14…Baylor and Buffalo will compete in a two-game series in 2013 and 2014…South Dakota and South Dakota State athletics are awaiting approval of proposals for renovations for several existing football and other facilities…Navy’s win over Army was the Midshipmen’s school-record 11th consecutive triumph in the series, which began in 1890. Navy also won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the 13th time in the last 15 years…Arizona athletics is awaiting Board of Regents action on upgrades of offices and facilities in the McKale Center.

Ohio State drew over 13,000 fans (sellout) at last week’s Undefeated Season Celebration in Columbus…A charity auction by former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight reached $142,000-plus in bids last weekend…Massachusetts Maritime Academy student-athletes collected food at recent football contests for underserved area families.

NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez will guide Wisconsin in the 2013 The nine finalists for the 2012 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (revealed Dec. 13 and presented Jan. 6, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at FWAA meetings prior to the BCS title game) can be found at…Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has been chosen as SEC Coach of the Year in his and A&M’s first campaigns in this conference…The Southern Conference’s winningest all-time head coach – Jerry Moore of Appalachian State – has retired with 215 wins at ASU…Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship has been named Conference USA Coach of the Year in just his second year at the Golden Hurricane helm and circuit championship coach…Head coaches named to new posts in recent days have been Tommy Tuberville at Cincinnati, Willie Taggart at USF, Sonny Dykes at California, Butch Jones at Tennessee, Bret Bielema at Arkansas, Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Darrell Hazell at Purdue, Steve Addazio at Temple, Trent Miles at Georgia State, Paul Petrino at Idaho, and Jimmy Ogle (interim) at Jacksonville State…Baylor head coach Art Briles and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong received contract extensions…Former Florida State offensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has accepted the same position at Kentucky…Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Arkansas State, Temple, and Kent State began immediate searches for new head coaches last week…Head coaches Skip Holtz of USF, Ellis Johnson of Southern Miss and Mario Cristobal at FIU will not return for 2013…Auburn hired Rhett Lashlee as offensive coordinator and Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator…Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost has completed his tenure with the Tigers…Virginia released four of its 2012 assistant coaches.

Ben Jay was named director of athletics at Hawai’i…St. John’s (Minn.) director of athletics Tom Stock was interviewed last week for a feature spread in American Football Monthly magazine on NFF College Hall of Fame coach and all-time winningest mentor (retired Nov. 19) John Gagliardi. Gagliardi’s son Jim Gagliardi also is featured as the offensive coordinator of the record-setting Johnnies since 1992.

Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters expounded his analysis of the post-2012 bowl picture and was featured in national headlines last week.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA, the SEC. Mountain West and six other circuits revealed their all-conference and individual awards last week. Five conferences also denoted their Freshman all-conference editions. For links to the complete releases, please go to…The ACC selected its first Coaches All-ACC squad in ’12…The Western Athletic Conference added Chicago State as a 2013-14 member…The Sun Belt Conference placed a record four teams in bowls and almost had a fifth in bowl-eligible Middle Tennessee, which will be moving to Conference USA in 2013-14…The Big Ten announced its 2012 Academic Honor Teams with a strong contingent from football…The ACC Council of Presidents and Georgia Tech athletics reiterated their commitments to the ACC last week in published documents…The University of Maryland and Rutgers University have accepted invitations to join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation with the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2013…The Southern Conference is seeking a possible replacement school for College of Charleston.

ESPN will televise all five BCS bowls and the vast majority of the other 30 FBS postseason classics starting with Saturday’s two events in Albuquerque and Boise…Mediacom and Iowa State have contracted to provide an exclusive cable channel for ISU athletics.

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and is slated to be the 10th Heisman recipient to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Jan. 4, 2013, at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium…Athlon Sports magazines denoted its 2012 All-America team at…Purdue’s 92nd annual football awards banquet included key individuals RB Akeem Shavers and C Rick Schmeig as offensive most valuable players, safety Landon Feichter and DT Kawann Short as defensive MVPs, and WR Danny Anthrop and LB Sean Robinson as the special teams MVPs.

NFF College Hall of Famer Maxwell and Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome of Alabama has received ther 2012 Francis “Reds” Bagnell Award for Contributions to Football from the Robert Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia. The award memorialized fellow NFF College Hall of Famer Reds Bagnell, who starred at Pennsylvania…Penn State’s 2012 season senior class captured the Maxwell Football Club Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award in recognition of their commitment, leadership and outstanding effort during the season.

Jim and Lisa Fiore of Stony Brook have established an endowment in the memory of Jim Fiore Sr. for Stony Brook athletics and its Academic Excellence Success Center…Arizona State athletics is allowing fans again to donate tickets back for resale or their value as gifts for the football program.

CoSIDA released its historic 61st annual Capital One Academic All-America football team for all divisions last week, and the complete release is available at


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