College Football Notes Dec. 25-28

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012


More BCS Notes:
* Northern Illinois is making its first and the Mid-American Conference’s initial trek to a BCS game – the Discover Orange Bowl – in post-2012. Other recent first-time teams in the BCS have been Utah (2004 season), Boise State (2007), Hawai’i (2007), Louisville (2007), Wake Forest (2007), TCU (2009), Arkansas (2010), and Northern Illinois (2012). The post-2008 and ’11 campaigns included 10 repeating competitors from previous BCS activity.
* There have been 90 different schools from 10 of the 11 2012 competing BCS conferences in the first 117 standings through Dec. 2, 2012). Iowa State, Kent State, Louisiana Tech, Ohio, San Jose State, Toledo, and Utah State in 2012 joined previous newcomers from 2010 Baylor, Nevada and UCF. There were no new entries in the 2011 standings – a first in BCS season annals – and the last time as many as seven newcomers dotted the standings was in 2004.
* Teams ranked either Nos. 1 or 2 are a collective 15-8 (.652 winning percentage) during the regular-season final weekend for the BCS standings from 1998-2012. The last four games with Nos. 1 or 2 on the ending weekend in 2010-12 have resulted in 4-0 records. Before that time span, the No. 1 team that week fell each year from 2007-09, but Auburn and Oregon reversed that trend in 2010 with victories over South Carolina and Oregon State, respectively. Alabama and Florida became the first Nos. 1-2 to meet on the final weekend of the BCS survey – in this case the 2009 SEC championship in Atlanta – with No. 2 ‘Bama prevailing 32-13.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 25-31 time period are Dec. 25 (1941) Dave Parks, Muenster, Texas; (1943) Howard Twilley, Houston, Texas; (1946) Larry Csonka, Stow, Ohio; Dec. 26 (1905) Tom Hamilton, Hoopeston, Ill.; (1924) Glenn Davis, Burbank, Calif.; (1927) Bill Yeoman, Elnora, Ind.; (1960) Scott Reppert, Appleton, Wis.; Dec. 28 (1894) Ed Healey, Indian Orchard, Mass.; (1915) Vic Markov, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1935) Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dec. 29 (1909) William Grinnell, Boston, Mass.; (1911) Tay Brown, Compton, Calif.; (1915) Bill Osmanski, Providence, R.I.; (1924) Warren Amling, Pana, Ill.; Dec. 30 (1896) Homer Norton, Birmingham, Ala.; (1941) Mel Renfro, Houston, Texas; (1946) Barry Alvarez, Langeloth, Pa.; (1875) Charles Rinehart, Uniontown, N.J.; Dec. 31 (1918) Ray Graves, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1928) Hugh McElhenny, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1932) Don James, Massillon, Ohio.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Dec. 25 (1965) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1988) Eddie Cameron, Durham, N.C.; Dec. 26 (1995) Al DeRogatis, Spring Lake, N.J.; (2000) Gust Zarnas, Bethlehem, Pa.; (2004) Reggie White, Cornelius, N.C.; Dec. 27 (2007) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 28 (1971) Joe Aillet, Ruston, La.; (1984) Ricky Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dec. 31 (1967) Bishop Frank Juhan, Sewanee, Tenn.; (1992) Bill Spears, Harriman, Tenn.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 25 Dave Parks, Howard Twilley, Larry Csonka, Dec. 26 Bill Yeoman, Scott Reppert, Dec. 28 Clendon Thomas, Dec. 30 Mel Renfro, Barry Alvarez, Dec. 31 Ray Graves (turns 94) and Don James…
For complete results of BCS standings, schedules, bowls matchups, NCAA FCS pairings/results, NCAA DII-III playoffs, NAIA, and NJCAA playoffs, please go to NCAAfootball.com or links to any of the websites via footballfoundation.com.

Florida State and Oklahoma State will open the 2014 season at the Cowboys College Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The OSU game is the beginning of an anticipated major makeover for future FSU non-Acc schedules…Nebraska and Northern Illinois will meet at Chicago’s historic Soldier Field in 2016…Delaware and James Madison will renew their series in 2013…New Mexico and Pittsburgh will tangle in 2013…Louisiana Tech will meet non-conference foes NC State, Lamar, Kansas, and Army in its first year in Conference USA in ’13…Houston athletics unveiled new renderings of Robertson Stadium renovations…The 2013 Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, will be played April 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Paul Brown Stadium…Nationalchamps.net website already has posted its pre-2013 football ratings and projections for the post-2012 bowls.

George Washington U. athletics hosted Military Appreciation Night and the You Can Play Day Clinic for area youngsters…Lewis-Clark athletics hosted a special Toys for Tots collection area on campus to help area families last week…Northwestern State student-athletes and friends put together “caring” packages for U.S. overseas’ military service personnel…Sidearm Sports and CoSIDA helped raise $16,000-plus for the family of Abilene Christian athletics media relations director Lance Fleming and his son’s medical bills whie fighting children’s cancer…LSU athletics helped collect food and clothing for the holidays and local community service agencies…Niagara athletics participated in a region-wide clothing drive to help underserved families…Michigan State athletics held a Meet and Greet Night at Macomb, Mich., last week for area fans and continues to organize the Random Acts of Spartans Kindness for student-athletes and community service activities.

Utah State named Matt Wells head coach, and Ron Gould has taken the same post at UC Davis…Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly captured his initial 2012 Associated Press Coach of the Year Award…Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has been named Robert Maxwell Football Club National Coach of the Year…Stanford head coach David Shaw received an indeterminate contract extension after leading the Cardinal to a 22-4 record and two BCS appearances in two years…New head coaches named in recent days have been Gary Andersen at Wisconsin, Skip Holtz at Louisiana Tech, Rod Carey (from interim to permanent) at Northern Illinois, P.J. Fleck at Western Michigan, and Bill Clark at Jacksonville State…U. of San Diego, Western Illinois and FIU continue national searches for head coaches…Finalists for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association on behalf of Marathon Oil, include James Franklin (Vanderebilt), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Bill O’Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M). The winner will be named Jan. 17 at an event in Houston, Texas, as NFF Hall of Famer and BYU head coach LaVell Edwards receives the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award…Ben Herbert has been named strength and conditioning coach at Arkansas while Auburn hired veteran assistant J.B. Grimes as offensive line coach…Head coach Paul Petrino has completed his coaching staff at Idaho…Arkansas State named for Texas graduate assistant Blake Baker as a fulltime defensive assistant…Florida State named Jeremy Pruitt defensive coordinator…Arkansas chose Mark Taurisani as director of football operations…NC State tabbed former Wisconsin assistant coach Eddie Faulkner for head coach Dan Dornen’s new staff…Charlie Ragle is the new tight ends coach at Arizona…Former NC State assistant Mike Reed is slated to take over defensive backfield coaching duties at Clemson…Bill McGovern is being retained as an assistant coach at Boston College…Tim Rattay is returning to Louisiana Tech as an assistant coach. He starred as a quarterback for the Bulldogs before playing and coaching in professional football from 200-12…Thomas Hammock is scheduled to remain as an assistant on the Wisconsin staff.

Wisconsin director of athletics, interim football coach for the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO and NFF College Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez is working to retain some assistant coaches from new Arkansas mentor Bret Bielema’s previous staff at UW…Vicky Chun officially began her tenuse as AD at Colgate last week…David Herbster has been chosen as interim AD at South Dakota…Dr. Renae Myles was named associate AD for business and administration/senior woman administrator at Alabama A&M.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area will serve as office headquarters for the new four-team BCS championship administration in post-2014. Bill Hancock serves as executive director while former Atlantic Coast Conference administrator Michael Kelly is the chief operating officer for the new postseason process…With SMU’s 43-10 conquest of favored Fresno State, Conference USA is 2-1 in bowl games and the first loop to reach two victories after seven postseason skirmishes…Southern California has been to the fourth-most bowls in FBS history (49 including the Hyundai Sun against Georgia Tech Dec. 31) and has the third-best bowl winning percentage among FBS members all-time at .667…The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature the Ultimate BHAFB Fan Experience from 8 a.m.-10:15 p.m. adjacent to Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday. The bowl’s media guide also is available online…UCF (2-3 all-time in bowls) downed Ball State (eighth postseason contest) for a program-building victory over BSU last Friday night in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. – the fourth FBS postseason contest of 2012-13…For complete bowl results, schedules, attendance, and notes, please go to footballfoundation.com and click on the bowls’ link.

The Western Athletic Conference added Texas-Pan American as a member…The Sun Belt Conference new kid on the FBS bowl block Western Kentucky became just the second SBC team to have a 3-1 non-conference mark in regular season. The Hilltoppers won the 2002 Division I championship by downing McNeese State 34-14 under retired head coach Jack Harbaugh. WKU actually has appeared in postseason play in 12 seasons in NCAA Division II and FCS categories…SEC commissioner Mike Slive addressed conference reconfigurations and NCAA role in postseason play in a recent interview.

ESPN and the Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement through 2024 for the network and its affiliates to televise Saturday primetime games in the Cowboys College Classic…FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Oklahoma will televise a 30-minute special previewing the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium with No. 9 Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel against No. 11 Oklahoma…The Mountain West Conference has negotiated with other networks to expand its current telecast agreements and national coverage…Georgetown (D.C.) athletics launched a new WeAreGeorgtown.com official website…Delaware athletics release a new We Re Delaware promotional and internet video…Baylor and Clemson athletics are studying how Twitter possibly can affect student-athletes and time management…The Texas Class 5A, Division I state championship telecast on Fox Sports Net featured the first-ever Skycam zoom angles on the high school level as Allen faced Houston Lamar HS at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington before 48,000-plus partisans…Northern State athletics officially relaunched its revamped website.

Air Force LB Alex Means was named NFF Colorado Chapter Defensive Player of the Year, and sports information directors from 10 colleges in Colorado selected a NFF All-Colorado Collegiate teams for 2012…Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has been chosen as the first freshman Associated Press College Football Player of the Year in 2012. Manziel also appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” last week…Alabama LB C.J. Mosley will return for his senior campaign in 2012…QB Tyler Heinecke of Old Dominion has earned the 2012 NCAA FCS Walter Payton Offensive Player of the Year Award while Villanova standout John Robertson won the 2012 FCS Jerry Rice Freshman of the Year Award…Wake Forest FB-TE Tommy Bohanon has been invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl…The Walter Camp Award announced its 2012 FCS All-America team, and it can be accessed fully at waltercamp.org…Purdue QB Robert Marve helped the Boilermakers win three straight games to gain bowl eligibility and finished scheduled 2012 with career-high 348 yards and four touchdown passes against Indiana. He missed three earlier games with a knee injury.

NFF 2008 Distinguished American Award recipient Boone Pickens has made a $25,000 donation for tickets to the Heart of Dallas Bowl to deserving city employees…NFF College Hall of Fame coach and executive director of the American Football Coaches Association Grant Teaff has been named the Football Bowl Association 2013 Champions Award winner…Missouri football standouts Justin Smith and James Taylor have been selected for the Missouri Athletics Hal of Fame…The Westminster (Utah) Athletics Hall of Fame has tabbed its 1957 football squad and star member Dale Thibault for induction.

Washington State football had a $61 million football administration and strength training facility approved by its Board of Regents…South Dakota State Board of Regents has approved a $32 million performance and training facility for SDSU athletics…Arizona athletics received a $10 million donation from Louis “Buzz” Sands IV for the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility…Forbes magazine rated Kansas State, Stanford and NC State as 2012 Best Teams for the Money for optimizing their football budgets. The publication also rated Texas as college football’s most valuable program in terms of revenue, marketing, attendance, giving, etc.…Utah Jazz standout Gordon Hayward has made a major contribution as Butler athletics has reached the $16 million mark in its drive for $25 million for several facilities’ renovations…Upcoming 2013 Coach of the Year Clinics are slated for 20 cities, and advance registration is available at NikeCOYFootball.com.

The NCAA awarded Frisco, Texas, and the co-host Southland Conference the NCAA Division I Football Championship site through 2016…The NACDA Division II Athletics Directors Association completed the nomination for 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards last week…The NAIA released its postseason football Top 25 last week.

2013 BCS Schedule (All Times EST)
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO – Wisconsin vs. Stanford, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 – Discover Orange Bowl – Florida State vs. Northern Illinois, Miami, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl – Florida vs. Louisville, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – Kansas State vs. Oregon, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 – Discover National Championship Game – Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Miami, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
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