College Football Notes Jan. 21-25
National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame board member and owner of the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder Clay Bennett is among the inductees into the 2013 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Other new members to this elite group are Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self, Wayne Baughman (University of Oklahoma wrestling), Clay Bennett (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder), Nadia Comaneci (Olympic gold medal gymnast), LeRoy Gutowski (Oklahoma City University and NFL standout), Jimmy Harris (Oklahoma football), and John Henry Ward (Oklahoma State two-sport All-America).
The voice of NFF Chairman Archie Manning with the handle “Papa Bear” is intoned with 1998 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient and Tennessee All-America and All-Pro QB Peyton Manning in a recent national Buick advertisement.
The Harbaugh Bowl – College Perpsective
For the first time in Super Bowl history, brothers will be facing off as head coaches of NFL finalists. Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers opposes older brother (by a year) John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl in New Orleans, La. They also are the sons of college coaching legend Jack Harbaugh, who was head coach at Western Michigan (1982-86) and Western Kentucky (1989-2002) with a 19-season record of 116-95-3 and 2002 NCAA FCS (then Division I-AA) title at WKU. Jim Harbaugh was a standout quarterback at Michigan and 14-year veteran in the NFL from 1987-2000. He also began coaching with his father in offseasons at Western Kentucky from 1994-2001 before taking over as head coach at the U. of San Diego (2004-06) and Stanford (2007-10) where he had a composite record of 58-27. John Harbaugh played defensive back at Miami (Ohio) and coached in the college ranks as an assistant from 1984-97 at Western Michigan, Pittsburgh, Morehead State, Cincinnati, and Indiana.
Final 2013 BCS Notes:
* Consecutive weeks in BCS standings (1998-2012: Southern California 65 (2002-2009); Texas 56 (2003-2010); Ohio State 50 (2004-2010); Georgia 48 (2002-08); Florida 45 (2004-2009); LSU 45 (2003-08); Boise State 41 (2007-12); Alabama 40 (2008-present); Oklahoma 39 (2000-04); LSU 32 (2009-present); Oklahoma State 32 (2008-2011); Nebraska 29 (1998-2001); Auburn 29 (2004-07); Florida 28 (1998-2001); Florida State 26 (2002-05);Oklahoma 26 (2005-08); Washington State 24 (2001-03); Wisconsin 24 (2004-06); West Virginia 24 (2005-07); TCU, Utah (24, 2008-10); Florida State 21 (1998-2000).
Active Streaks (with all-time streak positions through Dec. 2, 2012): Alabama 40 (8th), LSU 32 (t-10th).
(Special research thanks to IFRA)
* Most Seasons in BCS Standings (1998-Dec. 2, 2012): Texas 15, Florida 14, Virginia Tech 14, Oklahoma 13, Florida State 12, LSU 12, Michigan 12, Oregon 12, Georgia 11, Nebraska 11, Ohio State 11, Miami (Fla.) 10, West Virginia 10, Southern California 10, Wisconsin 10, Boise State 9, Notre Dame 9, Penn State 9, Alabama 8, Georgia Tech 8, Kansas State 8, South Carolina 8, TCU 8, Tennessee 8, Texas A&M 8, Missouri 7, Oklahoma State 7.
* Appearances at No. 1 in BCS (through Dec. 2, 2012): Oklahoma 20, Ohio State 15, Southern California 15, Alabama 10, LSU 10, Florida 7, Florida State 7, Miami (Fla.) 7, Nebraska 5, Tennessee 5, Oregon 4, Auburn 3, Notre Dame 3, Texas 3, Kansas State 1, Missouri 1, UCLA 1 – 17 schools, 117 standings. Note: Oklahoma has been No. 1 in a record six different seasons and 20 times. Oregon had not been No. 1 in any all-time national standings or wire service/computer rankings until the 2010 campaign.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 21-27 time period are Jan. 21 (1879) Gil Dobie, Hastings, Minn.; (1901) Lynn Bomar, Gallatin, Tenn.; (1925) George Connor, Chicago, Ill.; (1952) Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Boothwyn, Pa.; Jan. 22 (1958) Charles White, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1964) Joe Dudek, Boston, Mass.; Jan. 23 (1890) Morley Jennings, Holland, Mich.; (1935) Jerry Tubbs, Throckmorton, Texas; Jan. 24 (1881) Bill Warner, Springville, N.Y.; (1920) Chuck Taylor, Portland, Ore.; (1936) Don Bosseler, Weathersfield, N.Y.; Jan. 26 (1899) Marty Below, Oshkosh, Wis.; (1905) Allyn McKeen, Fulton, Ky.; (1906) Fred Miller, Milwaukee, Wis.; (1926) John Merritt, Falmouth, Ky.; (1948) Mike Kelly, Troy, Ohio; (1950) Jack Youngblood, Monticello, Fla.; (1960) Jeff Davis, Greensboro, N.C.; Jan. 27 (1894) Fritz Pollard, Chicago, Ill.; (1907) Peter Pund, Augusta, Ga.; (1920) Frankie Albert, Chicago, Ill.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Jan. 21 (1969) – Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; Jan. 23 (1976) Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, Pa.; (2011) Dr. Ed Dyas, Mobile, Ala.; Jan. 25 (2007) Ken Kavanaugh, Sarasota, Fla.; Jan. 26 (1965) Four Horseman Harry Stuhldreher, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1983) Paul “Bear” Bryant, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; (1996) Frank Howard, Clemson, S.C.; Jan. 27 (2008) Mike Holovak, Ruskin, Fla.; (2011) Vaughn Mancha, Tallahassee, Fla.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 21 Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Jan. 22 Charles White, Jan. 23 Jerry Tubbs, Jan. 24 Don Bosseler, Jan. 26 Mike Kelly, Jack Youngblood, Jeff Davis…
Other College Football Notes:
Army will play its 2013 spring football game at Ft. Hood, Texas, near Mary Hardin-Baylor and Baylor’s campuses on March 8 at Hood Stadium…Prairie View and Texas State will meet for the first time on a date to be determined in 2013…Navy’s finalized 2013 schedule includes seven bowl teams from post-2012 and traditional power Notre Dame…Memphis has been added to Connecticut’s schedule under the new 2013 Big East Conference slate…Rutgers now will meet SMU for the first time in history in the upcoming season…Air Force’s 2013 conference schedule is to be determined but Colgate, Notre Dame, Army, and Navy comprise non-MWC contests…Duke, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Marshall, Tulane, BYU, and Missouri all are seeking a 12th non-conference opponent for ‘13…Four MWC teams playing Hawai’i in Honolulu in ’13 have the option of scheduling a 13th contest by FBS road rules…From IFRA, 11 schools (including powers Alabama, Clemson and Georgia) in all college divisions tallied 500 points for the first time in their histories during the ’12 season, and Southern Oregon led the way with 633 points. Others hitting the high-octane mark initially were Louisiana Tech, Shippensburg, Old Dominion, Missouri Western State, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Henderson State, and Cumberlands (Ky.)…Texas A&M football downed 2012 BCS champ Alabama for the Tide’s only loss of the season while the Aggie men’s basketball team upended defending 2011-12 NCAA Division I champ Kentucky later that week in Lexington, Ky. The Aggies almost defeated two national football champs with an earlier win over Sam Houston State, the 2012 NCAA FCS runnerup to North Dakota State. A&M also learned last week it will be able to play games on campus at Kyle Field around the complete stadium facelift and construction in ‘13…Tennessee and UCLA have finalized plans for 2013 Football Signing Day festivities and post-penning activities Feb. 7…North Florida athletics and director of athletics/former Kansas State head coach Lee Moon are exploring adding football at the Jacksonville university…UNLV’s new stadium design has taken on additional forms in architectural renderings…Kansas athletics announced plans to build Rock Chalk Park near football and campus athletics venues in Lawrence…Arizona Stadium’s new synthetic surface in Tucson should be completed by the Aug. 1 deadline.
The 26th annual National Student-Athlete Day is set for April 6 with several collegiate observances, banquets and celebrations…Toledo student-athletes rolled to a composite 3.13 grape point average (4.0 scale) for the 2012 fall semester…Uplifting Athletes Gridiron Gala at Harrisburg, Pa., March 2 will feature tailgate activities, football themes and general fun for all – to raise funds for cures for major medical diseases and paralysis among athletes and their families…New Mexico State football student-athletes worked with Caesar Chavez Elementary School youngsters in the Aggies Kids Reading Program…Seton Hall Varsity Student-Athletes service organization accompanied fellow SHU students on a January mission trip.
Delaware announced its new head coach for 2013 last Friday as Dave Brock…Oregon athletics is expected to name Mark Helfrich head coach this week…John L. Smith has been named head coach at Fort Lewis (Colo.) College along with Lawrence Kershaw at Fayetteville State, Earl Holmes at Florida A&M and Latrell Scott at Virginia State…Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has agreed to a new contract extension of terms in years to be determined. Sumlin and his coaching staff also will receive new compensation packages…Josh Conklin was named defensive coordinator at FIU…Oklahoma State named Joe Bob Clements defensive line coach…The Wisconsin Board of Regents formally approved the contracts of new head coach Gary Andersen, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda…Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell named his initial assistant coaches and operations personnel last Friday. The assistants Jon Heacock, Marcus Freeman, Jafar Williams, Jim Bollman, Greg Hudson, and Kevin Sherman. Tommy Cook is new supervisor of football operations, and Doug Davis is head strength and conditioning coach…West Virginia tabbed former assistant Lonnie Galloway as assistant head coach and receivers coach…Bill Cubit is the new offensive coordinator at Illinois…Matt Wallerstedt has been hired as defensive coordinator at Texas Tech…Michael Smith has been appointed receivers coach at Arkansas along with Barry Lunney Jr. as tight ends coach…Timm Rosenbach is leaving Weber State to accept an assistant’s position at UNLV while Ron Hudson will serve as the Runnin’ Rebels offensive line coach…Syracuse named Tim Lester as quarterbacks coach…Virginia Tech named Scot Loeffler offensive coodinator, Jeff Grimes offensive line coach and Aaron Morehead as wide receivers coach…Assistant coach Aaron Roderick will remain at Utah after being interviewed at Brigham Young… Western Kentuckyhas hired former Louisville players Kolby Smith and L.D. Scott as assistant coaches…Duwan Walker has been named defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State while the Gamecocks added Jody Wright as passing game coordinator/recruiting coordinator and Tyler Cook as assistant to the head coach for football administration…Zbig Kepa has completed his tenure as 21-year offensive coordinator at William & Mary and 29 total seasons with the W&M football staff…Texas A&M-Commerce (head coach) and Southern California (defensive coordinator opening) are intensifying their national coaching searches…Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn accepted a position with the NFL Seattle Seahawks…Longtime college head coach Houston Nutt is contemplating coming out of retirement as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys… Former Minnesota and Minnesota State-Moorhead gridder Marc Trestman accepted the Chicago Bears head coaching post while former Oregon mentor and New Hampshire DB Chip Kelly now is head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Long Beach State and Utah QB Mike McCoy became the San Diego Chargers head coach, Bruce Arians, former head coach and quarterback at Virginia Tech and interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts while Chuck Pagano was recuperating from leukemia, was named head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Arians and NFF correspondent Bo Carter worked together in Mississippi State athletics from 1978-80.
Mike Bobinski was named director of athletics at Georgia Tech…Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin was featured in a regional newspaper account as well as the highlighted guest on the nationally-syndicated College Sports Weekly radio program…Nevada and Xavier (Ohio) continue national searches for new directors of athletics…Clemson president Dr. James Barker is recovering from heart bypass surgery…U. of Denver athletics and recreation assistant vice chancellor/senior associate AD Ron Grahame will receive one of six 2013 Distinguished Founders Day Awards…Arkansas State athletics tabbed Doug Doggett as associate AD for corporate sales…Rutgers athletics chose Jimmy Gill as assistant director of communications…The Mountain West Conference selected Dan Johnson as assistant director of communications…Jacksonville U. named Todd Vatter director of athletics media relations…Stonehill chose Connor Meiselman as assistant director of athletics communications…Shawn Medeiros was named interim sports information director at Wheaton (Mass.)…Stevens Tech named Rob Kulish assistant AD for communications and events…Michigan athletics academic counselor Greg Harden was featured in a recent regional publication for his dedication and organization.
The Football Bowl Association shows final estimates of $290 million-plus payouts for 35 bowl games, including the Discover BCS Championship in Miami, to 70 competing teams…The AT&T Cotton Bowl saluted longtime football official and administrator for the Texas Sports Officials Association Steve Selby for 30 years of service to the Classic. Selby also assisted the Southwest Conference in several capacities before retiring from the University of North Texas.
The Atlantic Coast Conference named Michael Strickland senior associate commissioner for football operations, senior associate commissioner Amy Yakola will oversee the ACC communications operation, and Ben Tario has been chosen as assistant commissioner for football, multimedia and legal affairs….The Big East Conference denoted an amended 40-game conference schedule for a record 10 teams in 2013, and the complete slate can be found at bigeast.org/football…San Diego State will remain a member of the Mountain West Conference…The Big Sky Conference chose Karl Richins as coordinator of football officials…The California Community College Athletic Association named Mike Matthews commissioner.
The ACC is looking into the possibility of beginning its own cable network…Katherine Webb will serve as a special Super Bowl correspondent for the syndicated Inside Edition television show. She is the reigning Miss Alabama, and Auburn graduate and close friend of Alabama two-time BCS champion QB AJ McCarron…ESPN and ESPNU are making plans and scheduling dates for live telecasts of spring games and final scrimmages starting in March.
Michigan standouts OT Seantrel Henderson, OG Brian Linder and DT Curtis Porter are returning as seniors in 2013…Oklahoma All-Big 12 Conference CB Aaron Colvin will be back this fall…Ohio State safety Orhian Johnson became the fifth Buckeye competing in a 2013 college all-star clash…Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera has become the 120th Vol standout to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl Saturday in Mobile, Ala., on the NFL Network…Georgia OL Chris Burnette will miss spring practice after having shoulder surgery…Wyoming added five midyear scholarship student-athletes from community colleges, and they can participate in spring workouts…Middle East U.S. armed forces combat veteran Nathan Noble was featured in last week’s Sports Illustrated as a potential walkon kicking specialist at Wyoming…The Maxwell Football Club named Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) HS its 2012 Maxwell Football Club’s National High School Player of the Year. He rushed for 4,261 yards and 55 touchdowns as a senior and finished his career with national-record 12,124 yards and 150 touchdowns…QB Casey Pachall of TCU and QB Case McCoy and LB Jordan Hicks of Texas have been reinstated are expected to participate in spring practice…Georgia TB Ken Malcome has been cleared to transfer to another school for 2013.
NFF College Hall of Famer Earl Campbell of Texas was grand marshal for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day parade Monday in Dallas as festivities culminated in Fair Park adjacent to historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, The Prairie View A&M marching band was featured along with numerous DFW are bands…NFF College Hall of Fame member Tim Brown of Notre Dame was special guest on Dale Hansen’s WFAA-TV Sports Special last Sunday night…College Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome of Alabama has helped the NFL Baltimore Ravens advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, La., Feb. 3. It’s the Ravens’ first trip to the Super Bowl since 2000, and Newsome became the first African-American general manager in the NFL with Baltimore in 2002….NFF College Hall of Famer Donny Anderson is a national spokesperson for Swagerty Energy…Former U. of Minnesota quarterback and Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy accepted the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the NCAA last Friday night in Grapevine, Texas…Texas-Ex kicker Phil Dawson remains as one the final active players in professional sports and also a veteran of Southwest Conference activity. He played for UT in the 1994 and ’95 seasons in the SWC and then was the Longhorns’ kicker when they upset Nebraska in the inaugural Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship in St. Louis, Mo. He just completed his 14th season with the NFL Cleveland Browns.
A recent economic study indicated that 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M helped generate $37 million in national exposure and marketing fot athletics and the university…Ole Miss athletics and IMG College have completed a multi-year marketing ands broadcast agreement…Minnesota athletics is enjoying ample success with its new Golden Ticket rewards program.
The NCAA Executive Committee approved 25 of the 26 proposals tied in with simplification of recruiting rules and the NCAA Rulebook…CoSIDA and LinkedIn Sports Group had a national e-discussion on five proper journalism techniques when using social media last week…LinkedIn Sports also hosted a seminar on optimum productivity in the ever-changing college sports market.