College Football Notes Sept. 29-Oct. 4

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Thursday, Sept. 25, marked the announcement of the 167 2014 semifinalists for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy. The 25th annual “academic Heisman Trophy” has been featured in a series of countdown features about the 24 previous recipients throughout the summer and fall. Named in honor of William V. Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable academic award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. In 2014, Fidelity Investments became the trophy’s presenting sponsor, while the New York Athletic Club became its official home in 2013. The criteria and selection process includes nominations by all NCAA and NAIA division members, which are limited to one nominee each. Candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. By the numbers, the group included a composite 3.65 average GPA (4.0 scale), 44 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better, 97 Team Captains, 86 All-Conference Picks, 27 Academic All-America Selections prior to 2014, 19 All-America Selections, 62 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision, 37 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision, 25 Nominees from the Division II, 33 Nominees from the Division III, 10 Nominees from the NAIA, 78 Offensive Players, 67 Defensive Players, and 22 Special Teams Players…The NFF has conducted its popular National Scholar-Athlete program annually since 1959. See the complete story at this URL:

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 30-Oct. 6 time period are Sept. 30 (1937) Bill Carpenter, Springfield, Pa.; (1972) Greg Myers, Tampa, Fla.; Oct. 1 (1900) Mal Aldrich, Fall River, Mass.; (1911) Herman Hickman, Johnson City, Tenn.; Oct. 2 (1909) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; (1922) Bill Swiacki, Southbridge, Mass.; (1939) Bob Schloredt, Deadwood, S.D.; (1948) Chuck Dicus, Odessa, Texas; Oct. 3 (1902) Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, Clifton Springs, N.Y.; Oct. 4 (1896) Tad Wieman, Orosi, Calif.; (1917) Bowden Wyatt, Kingston, Tenn.; (1932) Roger Harring, Green Bay, Wis.; (1934) Sam Huff, Edna Gas, W.Va.; Oct. 5 (1911) Bill Corbus, San Francisco, Calif.; (1921) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; (1937) Barry Switzer, Crossett, Ark.; (1958) Ken Margerum, Fountain Valley, California; (1966) Dennis Byrd, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Oct. 6 (1902) George Pfann, Marion, Ohio; (1925) Bob Fenimore, Woodward, Okla.; (1930) Les Richter, Fresno, Calif.; (1963) Napoleon McCallum, Milford, Ohio.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are Sept. 30 (2002) Len Casanova, Eugene, Ore.; Oct. 3 (1936) John Heisman, New York City; Oct. 4 (1999) Rod Shoate, Spiro, Okla.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 30 Bill Carpenter, Greg Myers, Oct. 2 Bob Schloredt, Chuck Dicus, Oct. 4 Roger Harring (a spry 82), Sam Huff (a spry 80), Oct. 5 Barry Switzer (a spry 77), Ken Margerum, Oct. 6 Napoleon McCallum…

Last week’s FWAA Grantland Rice Super 16 poll included Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M in the Top Five. Alabama leapfrogged OU after thumping Florida 42-21 in Tuscaloosa…Six teams, all from the Southeastern Conference and rated among the Associated Press Top 25, meet Saturday. No. 3 Alabama goes to No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 6 Texas A&M is at No. 12 Mississippi State, and No. 5 Auburn hosts No. 15 LSU…The Dallas Morning News rated Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, and Oklahoma as the four probable College Football Playoff entries through Week 5 of the FBS season with Texas A&M and Stanford as two top “bubble” teams.

Boston College and New Mexico State have their return game in the 2013 series set for 2015 in Chestnut Hill, Mass…Notre Dame and Texas A&M will meet in 2024 and ’25. The Aggies also have slated games with Oregon in 2018 and ’19 in a beefed-up group of non-Southeastern Conference clashes…Notre Dame and Texas have canceled two of their four scheduled contests from 2015-20 and will not meet in 2019 and ’20. UT is seeking a replacement opponent for the latter two meetings…BC and Massachusetts will add two games in 2016 and ’18 in their young rivalry…Dakota State (S.D.) is seeing one additional opponent on Oct. 3, 2015, for next season…Nebraska and Texas A&M are the first NCAA FBS schools to go 5-0 this season. There are 16 undefeated teams in FBS through Sept. 30…NC State scored more points in a losing effort ever to a then-No. 1-ranked team nationally in a 56-41 slugfest against Florida State last Saturday…Northwestern upended Penn State 29-6 at State College, Pa., for the Wildcats’ fourth win in the schools’ 17-game series and second victory in 10 trips to Penn State…Grambling’s 26-20 win over rival Prairie View A&M marked the 90th annual Texas State Fair Classic played on the site of current Cotton Bowl Stadium and the 465th college game played at the historic facility since 1930…Defending NCAA Division III champ Wisconsin-Whitewater topped the opening NCAA DIII coaches poll last week…Bethune-Cookman, which upended NCAA FBS 14-12 earlier this year, was No. 1 in the latest Black College national coaches poll…Morningside (Iowa) gained its 10th No. 1 football ranking in school history in the NAIA poll last week. The university has been among the NAIA Top Five for 28 consecutive polls…After a week prior of eight upsets, the Top 10 teams in the NCAA Division II survey remained in the same places a week ago…LSU has captured 47 consecutive non-conference wins during the regular season since 2004…Michigan is 21-3 in non-Big Ten home contests since 2007…Charlotte, playing as a FCS independent in 2014 and joining Conference USA in 2015, is off to a 3-1 start…Army’s rushing offense remains among the tops in NCAA FBS as the independent squad started the years with a 293.3 yards’ game average…South Carolina has joined several other NCAA FBS members in guaranteeing four-year scholarships for football and other varsity sports…One national computer service noted that NCAA Division II Colorado State-Pueblo had a chance to win 20 percent of any of its projected games against FBS opponents. The Thunderwolves upended NCAA FCS powerhouse Sam Houston State 47-21 in Huntsville, Texas, earlier this year.

Leah Still, the four-year-old daughter of Penn State alumnus and Cincinnati Bengals lineman Devon Still underwent successful cancer surgery last Thursday in Cincinnati. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton bought 100 Devon Still Bengals’ jerseys with all proceeds going to pediatric cancer research…Alabama QB Blake Sims honored Auburn student and neuroblastoma cancer patient Kayla Perry by wearing a purple bracelet with Kayla inscribed on it during the UA-Florida game for her recovery and family…Members of the Dallas Cowboys football squad served as wait staff at an area bistro for three hours last Monday to benefit local charities…All 13 coaches from Conference USA participated in the AFCA’s seventh annual Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy last weekend, and North Texas head coach Dan McCarney honored youngsters with pregame ceremonies on the field against Nicholls State on Sept. 20 since the Eagles had an open date Sept. 27…Air Force athletics helped with the campus-wide celebration in Colorado Springs, Colo., last Saturday to celebrate the 67th birthday of the U.S. Air Force (former the U.S. Army Air Corps).

Clint Bowen has taken over the Kansas program as interim head coaching while replacing former KU and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis…Former Texas standout and Longhorns’ assistant coach Major Applewhite has been mentioned as a candidate for the vacant SMU head football coaching position…Tennessee Tech head coach Watson Brown was featured in an Ivan Maisel column on and has reached a NCAA major college record of 200 all-time head coaching defeats after falling last Saturday to Northern Iowa. He broke the mark of 199 career losses by NFF College Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Watson and brother Mack Brown have combined for 372 collegiate head coaching triumphs – one of the highest figures in major college football behind the Stagg, Dooley and Paterno coaching brothers’ families…North Alabama head coach Bobby Wallace won his 100th game in 145 outings during two tenures at the university. He helped the Lions capture NCAA Division II crowns in 1993-95.
Homesteads: Hometowns of 2014 college head coaches – Arkansas State: Blake Anderson, Jonesboro, Ark.; Army: Jeff Monken, Peoria, Ill.; Auburn: Gus Malzahn, Irving, Texas; Ball State: Pete Lembo, Staten Island, N.Y.; Baylor: Art Briles, Rule, Texas.

North Dakota State named Matt Larsen director of athletics…The College of New Jersey named longtime NCAA championships’ official Wayne Burrow senior associate AD for external affairs…Manhattan chose Kevin Ross as associate AD for communications…Kelly Sharp was hired as life skills coordinator for East Carolina athletics…Minnesota State-Mankato named Karey Kalakian athletics academic advisor…Middle Tennessee selected Justin Morrison as assistant AD for development…Nebraska athletics tabbed veteran employee Boyd Epley as assistant AD for strength and conditioning…Winthrop athletics added J.D. Angel as director of video services.

For the first time since January 1942, the AT&T Cotton Bowl will not have at least one contracted conference as part of the new College Football Playoff format. The Classic was one of the first bowls to contract an annual champion (Southwest Conference) from 1942-95 and now is in the open bowl category…The procedure for CFP and partner bowl selections includes a Sunday, Dec. 7, College Football Playoff Selection Committee in Grapevine, Texas. The committee will announce the Playoff Semifinal pairings and bowl assignments for the Rose and Sugar Bowl live on ESPN at 11:45 a.m. (CST) on Dec. 7 before going back to deliberate invitations for the New Year’s Six bowl tilts. At 1:45 p.m. (CST), the CFP selection committee will denote the remaining bowl pairings and the final Top 25 CFP rankings. The committee will issue its first rankings Tuesday, Oct. 28 after the completion of the ninth week of the regular season. These rankings will be revealed on ESPN Tuesday evenings for six weeks prior to the Dec. 7 denotations. In past years team selection committees conferred with FBS conferences and television partners, but for the New Year’s Six in post-2014, the CFP selection committee will make all invitations and choose the four semifinalists leading up to the first College Football Playoff championship Jan. 12, 2015…The AT&T Cotton Bowl had added Taylor Stern, David Hooks Waller and Mackenzie the 2014-15 ticket office staff.

The Southeastern Conference opened the year at 27-2 against non-conference opposition with the lone losses coming to Oklahoma and Temple…Old Dominion hosted its first Conference USA contest in Norfolk, Va., last Friday night against Middle Tennessee on Fox Sports1 after upending defensive C-USA champ Rice at Houston in the Monarchs’ initial C-USA matchup. There are five C-USA seniors on the NFF National Scholar-Athletes semifinalists’ listing.

SEC Nation comes to Starkvegas: the popular SEC Network weekly program will precede the 11 a.m. (CDT) national telecast Saturday between Top 25 mainstays host Mississippi State and Texas A&M in Starkville, Miss., Saturday…ESPN’s prime time Saturday contest was the top ratings’ producer nationally for two weeks in succession among the 18-54 male demographic…ESP aired the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the national high school polls last week when St. John Bosco (Calif.) tussled with Bishop Gorman (Nev.).

Texas State soph QB Tyler Jones of Texas State passed for 845 yards and nine touchdowns (four at Illinois with 336 net yards) in his first three games…Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinecke is closing in on Top 10 career numbers for NCAA FBS with 12,000-plus passing yards and 116 TD passes. He threw for six scores and ran for another in his Conference USA debut at Rice…QB Blake Jurisch has moved up the San Jose State depth chart to the No. 1 post in a solid battle with early-season starter David Fales…Vanderbilt QB Stephen Rivers has been limited in recent days by concussion-like symptoms. He is the younger brother of former NC State and NFL San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers…Texas Tech freshman QB Patrick Mahomes II (Patrick) joins Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill (Ken) as sons of two retired baseball pitchers with a combined 27 seasons in Major League Baseball…Mississippi State OL Dillon Day will sit out the MSU at Texas A&M contest Saturday…OT Kennedy Estelle has left the Texas Longhorns program and hopes to transfer for 2015.

Former Tennessee Tech football standout and career Navy astronaut Barry Wilmore joined Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova last Thursday on a six-month voyage on the International Space Station. Wilmore is commander of the flight…Former Baylor standout QB Rev. Neal Jeffrey celebrated his 30th anniversary as a pastor at Dallas megachurch Prestonwood Baptist (his is pastor of the North Dallas Campus) with tributes from the congregation, NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Grant Teaff (who mentored Jeffrey at BU from 1971-74) and Baylor president Ken Starr. The church presented Jeffrey with a religion-based “Heisman Trophy” facsimile engraved with his many achievements, including leading the Bears to the 1974 Southwest Conference title…Former LSU star and Pro Football Hall of Fame player Y.A. Tittle was honored and moved visibly by the dedication of the Y.A. Tittle Fieldhouse on the Marshall (Texas) HS campus where he played from 1940-43 and graduated 70 years ago in 1944…NFF College Hall of Fame coach and current Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez has revealed his criteria as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee and does not take the AP and coaches’ polls into primary consideration…Colorado athletics, ESPN and ABC celebrated the 20-year anniversary of Kordell Stewart’s pass to Michael Westbrook to cap a 27-26 win at Ann Arbor, Mich., by the Buffaloes over Michigan…Dan Hawkins, former Boise State and Colorado head coach and media analyst, will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. senior national football team in the World Football Championships in Sweden in July…Former California head coach and NFL Tampa Bay Bucs’ offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has taken a leave of medical absence from the Tampa Bay…Former Notre Dame football wide receiver-pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Texas quarterback Adam Dunn (veteran of 14 MLB seasons) are making their first Major League Baseball postseason appearances this week as members of the Oakland Athletics…The alma mater of Texas football-baseball, MLB star and college broadcaster Keith Moreland – Carrollton (Texas) R.L. Turner HS – jumped out to a 3-0 start to equal its football win total for the last four years…NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Terry Bradshaw (spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company) of Louisiana Tech and NFF correspondent Bo Carter have issued cautions to persons susceptible to shingles after having had the malady in past years.

The IFRA correctly noted in a blog that NFF College Hall of Fame QB Sandy Stephens of Minnesota was the first African American quarterback to lead his team to a major college national title in 1960…IFRA research also discovered 13 games with 100 composite points between the competing teams during the first four weeks of ’14…Mississippi State was named the FWAA Team of the Week after its upset win at LSU… Ohio LB Quentin Poling was the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after making 14 tackles with three pass interceptions in the Bobcats’ victory over Idaho.

2014-15 Inaugural College Football Playoff Schedule (All Times EST)
Dec. 31, 2014 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, 1 p.m. – Host Bowl East, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 5 p.m. – Host Bowl West, ESPN
Dec. 31, 2014 – Discover Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC or Notre Dame, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – AT&T Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m. – Host Bowl, ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif. – CFP Semifinal, 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1, 2015 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m. – CFP Semifinal, ESPN
Jan. 12, 2015 – Inaugural College Football Championship Game – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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