College Football Notes Jan. 13-17

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014

NFF President/CEO Steve Hatchell joined AFCA President Mack Brown, who recently retired as head coach after 16 seasons at Texas, and Dr. Sandi Chapman, founder and chief director of The Center For Brain Health; at a special presentation at the 94th annual AFCA Convention for the forum “The Future of Football: A Dose of Reality with Mack Brown” Monday morning, Jan. 13.

The winners of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in a special presentation last week by NFF Chairman Archie Manning were Gus Malzahn, Auburn (FBS); Craig Bohl, North Dakota State (FCS); Curt Wiese, Minnesota Duluth (Division II); and Pete Fredenburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Division III). For additional information and social media opportunities associated with the honors, please go to
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Jan. 13-19 time period are Jan. 13 (1907) Gerald Mann, Sulphur Springs, Texas; (1947) Bill Stanfill, Cairo, Ga.; (1958) Tyrone McGriff, Vero Beach, Fla.; Jan. 14 (1908) Vernon Smith, Macon, Ga.; Jan. 15 (1892) Hobey Baker, Bala-Cynwyd, Pa.; (1898) Dutch Meyer, Ellinger, Texas; (1953) Randy White, Wilmington, Del.; (1957) Marty Lyons, Takoma Park, Md.; (1959) Ken Easley, Chesapeake, Va.; Jan. 16 (1882) Henry Phillips, Philadelphia, Pa.; (1894) Guy Chamberlin, Blue Springs, Neb.; (1914) Monk Simons, New Orleans, La.; (1953) Dave Brown, Akron, Ohio; (1977) Mark Simoneau, Phillipsburg, Kan.; (1933) J.C. Caroline, Warrenton, Ga.; (1937) Buddy Dial, Ponca City, Okla.; Jan. 18 (1897) Eddie Kaw, Houston, Texas; (1950) Pat Sullivan, Birmingham, Ala.
Anniversary Hall of Fame members dates of death are Jan. 13 (1985) Brud Holland, New York City; (1987) Matt Hazeltine, San Francisco, Calif.; Jan. 15 (1986) Jim Crowley, Scranton, Pa.; Jan. 17 (1974) Bill Shakespeare, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jan. 18 (1991) Hamilton Fish, Cold Spring, N.Y.; Jan. 19 (1936) Dan McGugin, Nashville, Tenn.; (1942) Jimmy Johnson (Carlisle, Northeastern), San Juan, Puerto Rico; (1980) D.X. Bible, Austin, Texas; (2011) George “Sonny” Franck, Rock Island, Ill.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Jan. 13 Bill Stanfill, Tyrone McGriff, Jan. 14 Randy White, Marty Lyons, Ken Easley, Jan. 16 Mark Simoneau, Jan. 18 Pat Sullivan…
Final BCS Updates, College Football Playoff Notes
– Florida State finished 2-2 in national championship contests and 3-5 in all BCS bowl encounters since 1998. Auburn was 1-1 in BCS National Championship game and 2-1 overall in BCS postseason. The Seminoles also won the 1999 crown over Virginia Tech and lost to Oklahoma in the 2000 NCG. West Virginia ended with the most BCS bowl victories by schools undefeated in BCS bowls at 3-0 and also happens to the home state of BCS coaching winners Nick Saban of Alabama and LSU and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State. Other schools which were undefeated all-time in BCS bowls were Boise State (2-0), Louisville (2-0), Utah (2-0), Kansas (1-0), Michigan State (1-0), Oklahoma State (1-0), Oregon State (1-0). UCF (1-0), and Washington (1-0).
– There were 52 different schools from 10 different conferences and FBS independents in post-1998-2013 BCS bowls. The system included four traditional New Year’s Day bowls from 1998-2005 and five BCS tussles since post-2006.
-Texas was the lone school to have appeared in at least one BCS Standings every year since 1998 – total of 16 seasons. Virginia Tech made appearances every year from 1998-2011 and again in 2013. Florida was in at least one survey from 1998-2010 and did not make the 2011 or ’13 standings. Michigan was represented annually from 1998-2007. Florida State made each year’s standings from 1998-2005 and 2008, ’10-13. Texas also was the first school to be included in 80 different surveys in 2009, 90 times by 2011 and 100 times by 2012. UT has appeared in a record 104 of the 125 standings (83 percent). Oklahoma (101, the second school to reach century appearances) and Florida (93) are next with LSU fourth at 89 and Virginia Tech fifth with 87. Oct. 24, 2010, was the first date in BCS annals over then-13 seasons that neither UF nor UT appeared in the standings. Balance in the standings for years is indicated by the final 2012 survey – 10 different conferences were represented during the standings of both ’12 and ’13.

Boise State will play Cincinnati in 2019 and ’20 and added future tussles with Idaho State…ISU will add BSU, Chadron State and Simon Fraser (Canada) for the 2014 season…Illinois and Kansas have scheduled a a 2023 and ’24 series…South Alabama and UBA will meet for the first time in history on the gridiron in a 2015 and ’16 series…Texas Tech and Wyoming are negotiating a possible 2020 and 2022 scheduling opportunity…Austin Peay will travel to Illinois State in 2014…Louisville and Marshall have placed future scheduling considerations on a temporary hold…Wyoming has multiple new series and 2014 football schedule changes. The Cowboys will play Texas Tech in 2010 and ’22. They also will face Iowa in a 2017 single-game pact. UW will meet Clemson in a solo match in 2021 and has slated a home-and-home series with Idaho for 2018 and ’19. Wyoming also has moved its 2017 matchup with Missouri to Sept. 8, 2018, at Columbia and then Aug. 31, 2019, in Laramie. The Cowboys in 2014 are moving their game at Oregon to Sept. 13, a home game with Florida Atlantic to Sept. 20 and a game at Michigan State to Sept. 27 to assist with possible national telecasts…Savannah State’s toughest schedule in history in 2014 includes the likes of BYU, Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State…Navy led NCAA FBS national stats with just 10 turnovers in 13 games (and zero TOs for a six-game stretch prior to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and a mere 34 penalties (2.6 per game)…Baylor’s vintage 1950s-era uniforms worn against Texas in the finale game for the Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium before they move to McLane Stadium in 2014, were snatched up by alumni and auctioned for scholarship funds…The Stadium Journey website rates Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Notre Dame Stadium as the Top Two college football destinations for 2013 on its Top 100 College Stadiums list.

LSU athletics adopted Southside Garden Senior Center as a special site to visit and encourage elderly residents last autumn and in 2014…Duke football student-athletes have begun performing numerous service projects as part of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership…Bluffton (Ohio) athletics completed its 2013 Reading Enrichment Program with nearby Ottoville Elementary School…President Frederick Slabach of Texas Wesleyan and Fort Worth (Texas) Mayor Betsy Price co-sponsored and facilitated with Wesleyan athletics and several other groups an all-age Celebrate Reading Forum last week at West Library on the TWU campus.

Former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has headed to Penn State in the same position to replace Bill O’Brien…Louisville named former head coach Bobby Petrino, who was 41-9 in four seasons with the Cardinals from 2003-06 and 41-9 in that post, as head coach for 2014. He guided Western Kentucky to a 8-4 record last year, has produced eight bowl-eligible teams as head coach and is 4-3 in bowl berths…Jeff Brohm replaced Petrino as head coach at WKU…Former Kansas head coach and offensive guru Mark Mangino was hired as offensive coordinator at Iowa State…New Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has made seven of his nine fulltime assistant coaching hires for 2014 as recruiting season heightens…Former All-America DB Terrell Buckley of Florida State is leaving the Akron staff to become defensive backs’ coach at Louisville. Former Ohio State and Youngstown State head coach Jim Tressel has been mentioned for several college and NFL head coaching positions…Alabama director of player personnel Kevin Steele is joining the coaching staff at Louisville…Boise State named WR coach Junior Adams, player personnel director Blake Baker and strength coach Lee Marks to its new coaching ranks…Seven Dino Babers’ assistants coaches from Eastern Illinois are moving with their mentor to Bowling Green…California has moved former defensive coordinator Andy Buh to a position coach assignment…Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos is seeking a new position elsewhere…Two-time NCAA Division I football runnerup at Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz is moving to the same slot at Georgia Southern…Doug Nussmeier is the new offensive coordinator at Michigan…West Virginia named John Codgell defensive line coach…Former Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is moving to the NFL Houston Texans staff…Florida tabbed Mike Summers as offensive line coach…USF named Paul Wulff offensive coordinator…Weber State selected coach Lance Hunsaker for its staff…Jackson State continues its 2014 search for a head coach…Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumpf is moving to the Texas coaching staff under new head coach Charlie Strong…Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is helping restructure salary and contracts for his assistant coaches…Ball State defensive line coach Chad Wilt is going to Maryland…New Mexico named Kevin Cosgrove defensive coordinator, and Oregon announced the same assignment for assistant coach Don Pellum…Toledo is finishing completion of its assistant coaching vacancies…Utah selected Dan Finn as new offensive line coach.

New Arizona State vice president/director of athletics Ray Anderson is set to try and take the Sun Devils to new heights nationally with sound backing from alumni, sponsors and fans…Auburn athletics named David Benedict associate AD and chief operations officer.

Attendance for the final five BCS bowls of 2014 was up 3.2 percent from the post-2012 BCS extravaganzas. NCAA FBS attendance rose one percent overall from 2012…The new Bahamas Bowl is one of a record-39 probable bowls set for post-2014 (subject to the approval of the NCAA Postseason Football Committee)…

The Pac-12 Conference unveiled its complete 2014 schedule, and it is available at…The Colonial Athletic Association has resumed its popular online Friday Morning Tailgate with stories from the recent NCAA Division I Football Championship and Towson’s first-ever appearance and gridiron updates throughout the circuit.

2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Auburn RB Tre Mason are two of the most recent declarations for the 2014 NFL draft, among others…Navy OL Jack Zuzek and DB George Jamison were selected to the USA Today All-Bowl team for 2013-14 along with Michigan State LB Tyler Ellsworth, DE Braxton Deaver of Duke, Texas Tech QB Davis Webb, Florida State WR Rashad Greene, and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins (with a Discover Orange Bowl-record 16 catches for 227 yards)…Lindenwood (Mo.) defender Pierre Desir is the inaugural winner of the Cliff Harris Award as Small College Defensive Player of the Year. The 2013 honor is presented by the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP.

The ESPN megacast with 70-plus cameras for the 2013 BCS national championship game attracted 26 million-plus viewers for the third-highest average rating by audience in ESPN football history…ESPN, the Aspen Institute, and the Clinton Foundation are facilitating a town hall event “Kids and Sports” headlined by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and NBA standout/Olympian Kobe Bryant…Peach New Media continues to host a special webinar Kickstarting Your Association as a fundraising tool for athletics departments and college booster organizations.

Houston athletics is on the verge of securing some large corporate sponsorships to the new UH football stadium and Hofheinz Arena renovations…Baylor will move part of its old LED and video board facilities from Floyd Casey Stadium to Baylor Ballpark and other on-campus plant.

The AFCA was scheduled to reveal it will continue the 65th annual Division I weekly football coaches’ Top 25 national poll in conjunction with USA Today and will have discussion about the status of the AFCA Coaches Trophy for the national champion as the College Football Playoff begins in post-2014…The new USBWA Hall of Fame class includes former sports writer Robyn Norwood of the Los Angeles Times, Dick Jerardi, of the Philadelphia Daily News, and George Lapides, former sports editor of the Memphis Press-Scimitar and noted Mid-South talk show host…Oklahoma State radio broadcaster Dave Hunziker and OSU football beat reporter Jimmie Tramel are the 2013 Oklahoma Sports Broadcaster and Writer of the Year, respectively…The January 2014 edition of the IFRA newsletter features several national stories and post-BCS notes’ data…A national story resurfaced with architectural renditions for Arrowhead Stadium and a proposed retractable roof in the late 1960s. The roof was deemed cost prohibitive by longtime NFF Board member Lamar Hunt…The 109th annual NCAA Convention begins Wednesday and will continue through Saturday in San Diego Calif….Longtime Los Angeles Times college football reporter and veteran of seven Olympic Games’ coverage Diane Puccini is no longer on the sports staff of the Times.
2014 BCS Bowls Schedule/Results
Wed., Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Michigan State 24, Stanford 20, Pasadena, Calif.
Wed., Jan. 1 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, UCF 52, Baylor 42, Glendale, Ariz.
Thu., Jan. 2 – Allstate Sugar – Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31, New Orleans, La.
Fri., Jan. 3 – Discover Orange, Clemson 40, Ohio State 35, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Mon., Jan. 6 – VIZIO BCS Championship, Florida State 34, Auburn 31, Pasadena, Calif

2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule
Dec. 31, 2014 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Time TBD – Host Bowl East, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., TBD – Host Bowl West, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Discover Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC or Notre Dame, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., TBD, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – AT&T Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD – Host Bowl, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif. – Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., TBD – Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 12, 2015 – College Football Championship Game – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, TBD, ESPN


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