College Football Notes Oct. 27-Nov. 1

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2014

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There will be a national announcement from Irving, Texas, Thursday of the 54th annual 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. Some 167 elite scholar-athletes from all NCAA and NAIA divisions qualified as semifinalists. For the entire list of semifinalists, please access
http://www.footballfoundation.org/tabid/567/Article/54914/Best-of-the-Best-Announced-Semifinalists-for-2014-Campbell-Trophy-College-Football-s-Premier-Scholar-Athlete-Award.aspx.

The FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll released Oct. 26 has another solid NCAA FBS group as voted upon by an expert panel from the Football Writers Association of America…Three teams in NCAA FBS remain undefeated through games of Oct. 29 – Florida State, Marshall and Mississippi State…MSU was No. 1 in the FWAANFFGRP for the first time in school history on Oct. 12 and retained that location Oct. 19…Click here to see the complete rankings and here to see the individual ballots for this week.

NFF Board chairman and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning has resigned from the College Football Playoff selection committee because of travel, upcoming surgery and personal commitments. The first-ever CFP Top 25 standings will be released live on ESPN Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Oct. 28-Nov. 3 time period are Oct. 29 (1881) John DeWitt, Phillipsburg, N.J.; (1923) Barney Poole, Gloster, Miss.; Oct. 30 (1888) Leroy Mercer, Kennett Square, Pa.; (1931) Ad Rutschman, Hillsboro, Ore.; (1950) Jim LeClair, St. Paul, Minn.; (1958) Joe Delaney, Henderson, Texas; (1967) Ty Detmer, San Marcos, Texas; Oct. 31 (1880) Charlie Daly, Roxbury, Mass.; (1897) Wilbur Henry, Mansfield, Ohio; (1900) Cal Hubbard, Keytesville, Mo.; (1924) Marcelino Huerta, Tampa, Fla.; (1962) Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nov. 1 (1876) James Hogan, County Tipperary, Ireland; (1911) Slade Cutter, Oswego, Ill.; (1926) John Gagliardi, Trinidad, Colo.; (1947) Tom Curtis, Cleveland, Ohio; (1947) Ted Hendricks, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Nov. 2 (1903) Myles Lane, Melrose, Mass.; (1928) Leon Hart, Pittsburgh, Pa.; (1959) Mark May, Oneonta, N.Y.; Nov. 3 (1893) Charley Barrett, Bellevue, Pa.; (1908) Bronko Nagurski, Rainey River, Ontario, Canada; (1937) Jim Houston, Massillon, Ohio; (1967) Kirk Baumgartner, Colby, Wis.
Anniversary dates of death for key Hall of Fame members are Oct. 30 (1933) Charles Rinehart, Alliance, Neb.; (1998) Clyde “Bulldog” Turner, Gatesville, Texas; (2009) Forest Evashevski, Petoskey, Mich.; Nov. 1 (1957) Charley Caldwell, Princeton, N.J.; (1999) Walter Payton, So. Barrington, Ill.; Nov. 2 (1973) Greasy Neale, Lake Worth, Fla.
Notable: No NFF College Hall of Fame members either were born or passed away on the date of Oct. 28.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Oct. 30 Ad Rutschman, Jim LeClair, Ty Detmer, Oct. 31 Bill Fralic, Nov. 1 John Gagliardi (a spry 88), Tom Curtis, Ted Hendricks, Nov. 2 Mark May, Nov. 3 Jim Houston, Kirk Baumgartner…

More College Football Notes
Clemson and Texas A&M will meet in 2018 and ’19. The Aggies’ future series with Oregon has been postponed indefinitely…Notre Dame will face Louisville in 2019 and Florida State in 2021 during Labor Day matchups ideal for national telecasts…Louisiana Tech scored a nation-leading 89 points off turnovers in the Bulldogs; first seven games…The Top 11 teams in last week’s NAIA Top 25 Coaches poll all were undefeated…TCU established eight school records, including 785 yards of total offense, 82 points and 10 touchdowns (tied existing mark) in last week’s victory over Texas Tech. The Frogs recorded 1,461 yards of total offense against Oklahoma State and Tech for a two-game all-time high…Memphis is off to a 4-3 start for the first time since 2008 when the Tigers were invited to the St. Petersburg (now Bitcoin St. Pete) Bowl…Boise State has started to make a midseason move with recent key verdicts over Fresno State and Brigham Young in recent days…Texas Tech is hoping to recuperate from several key injuries and mount a late-season push for its 17th bowl appearance in the last 20 years…SMU will not compete in its fifth bowl game in seven campaigns after falling last week to Memphis…Bethune-Cookman topped the National Black College poll with a 6-1 start.

Dallas Cowboys and former Oklahoma State standout RB Joseph Randle is donating $15,000 worth of clothing to underserved children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex…Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame executive director Rick Cleveland has penned a new, informative history book on the hall a its members called “Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes”…Coppell (Texas) athletics, St. Mary’s (Texas) athletics and hundreds of friends of volleyball standout Mikayla Bass are working to fund a trip and surgery in Russia for treatment of her myasthenia gravis…2014 consensus College Baseball Player of the Year and Dick Howser Trophy recipient AJ Reed of Kentucky was honored with a campus presentation of the trophy and special athletics tailgate reception before and during the Wildcats’ home game with No. 1 Mississippi State…Former Tennessee director of athletics Mike Hamilton is assisting with Nashville’s Blood Water Mission in battling AIDs and water shortages in Africa.

Successful Marshall head coach Doc Holliday has been named to the 2014 Paul W. (Bear) Bryant Coach of the Year watch list…Head coach Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State and assistant coach/brother Cale Gundy of Oklahoma remain as two of the most famous brothers’ coaching duos at major rival universities…Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood received recognition from director of athletics Julie Hermann for competitive solidity in the school’s first year in the Big ten Conference…Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino has been architect of Iowa State’s top performances on offense after taking over as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach…Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett has returned to full health after a recent hear episode. His son is West Virginia sterling QB Clint Trickett.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2014 college head coaches – Eastern Michigan: Chris Creighton, San Francisco, Calif; Florida: Will Muschamp, Rome, Ga.; Florida Atlantic: Charlie Partridge, Plantation, Fla.; FIU: Ron Turner, Martinez, Calif.; Florida State: Jimbo Fisher, Clarksburg, W. Va.

Texas director of athletics Steve Patterson and West Virginia AD Oliver Luck were featured in discussions about assisting NCAA FBS and Division I student-athletes with $5,000-10,000 annually to cover expenses not currently allocated to scholarships…Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski was highlighted in a story about head coach Paul Johnson…Troy AD John Hartwell noted extensive interest and applications in the head coaching post being vacated by the retirement of veteran coach Larry Blakeney at the end of the ’14 outing…Former Midwestern State assistant AD Bill Powers has accepted a position as assistant for communications at New Mexico State and will start his duties in Las Cruces Wednesday.

Zaxby’s is the new corporate sponsor for the Heart of Dallas Bowl…The record 40th bowl game to debut after the 2015 season is the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 19, 2015, with the American Athletic and Sun Belt Conferences competing and funds helping to go to research against breast cancer…There are now 34 NCAA FBS squads eligible for the record 78 postseason berths in 39 bowls, including the College Football Playoff’s three contests, in post-2014. Georgia Southern is bowl eligible at 6-2 in its first season in FBS, and Marshall leads all majors in victories at 8-0…College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly visited Jacksonville, Fla., and spoke to groups about the functions of the CFP…ESPN.com has projected a Marshall-Rutgers or Penn State-Rice matchup in the 2014 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Syracuse have discussed bringing back varsity baseball and other sports with the added revenue of ACC football and basketball in the Orange’s budget…The Pac-12 Conference and DirecTV have continued lengthy negotiations about getting Direct to utilize the Pac-12 Network…Cable News Network pulled its sports and news programming from Dish Network last weekend in a clash over fees and distribution.

The ABC Saturday Night Football telecast of No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Notre Dame averaged 13,251,000 viewers and a 7.9 household rating to make it the most-viewed college football game of 2014 season and to produce the highest-rated regular-season game on the ESPN/ABC platform since Nov. 24, 2012 (in No. 1 Notre Dame’s 22-13 victory over USC averaged with 16,059,000 viewers)…ESPN.com college ratings and CFP expert Brad Edwards noted a rise in the chances for Georgia and Oregon in the inaugural CFP field of four after a rash of recent upsets…North Texas athletics is adding live broadcasts of several upcoming events with KTXA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth…AL.com provided a feature and photo tour of the new SEC Network studios in Charlotte, N.C.

Houston’s new QB Greg Ward Jr. completed just under 82 percent of his passes (29-of-33) for 268 yards with no interceptions in the Cougars’ recent win over AAC opponent Temple…Kentucky QB standout Patrick Towles is the grandson of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and retired U.S. Sen. (D-Ky.) Jim Bunning…TCU QB Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs’ safety Sam Carter established school records with seven TDs passing in a game and 11 career interceptions, respectively, last week against Texas Tech…ESPN’s Top Five quarterbacks by the 1-100-point computer Quarterback Rating System are Blake Sims, Alabama, 90.8; Marcus Mariota, Oregon, 89.4; Deshaun Watson, Clemson, 88.5; Nick Marshall, Auburn, 86.8, and injured BYU standout Taysom Hill, 85.4…Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein at 6-8 and 333 pounds was featured for his size and talent in the latest issue of the FWAA Fifth Down publication…Oklahoma State QB Daxx Garman has friendly ample advice from former OSU QB and Cowboys’ head coach Mike Gundy about holding onto the ball too long and getting sacked in passing situations…Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes had the third-highest back-to-back games’ total offense with 800 net yards against Oklahoma and Iowa State in midseason contests…Baylor OG Desmine Hilliard injured his knee and will miss the rest of the season…Vanderbilt RB Brian Kimbrow and CB Paris Head have finished their association with the football program and are seeking new challenges.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has established a new Contributor to Pro Football category for admission with former general managers Bill Polian of Merchant Marine and NYU and Ron Wolf of numerous football teams as the nominees for the Class of 2015. Former Dallas Cowboys director of player personnel and 2014 NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas chapter Contribution to American Football Award regional winner also has received high future consideration for a future Pro Football HOF contributor’s nomination…UAB quarterback Sam Hunt was featured in People magazine about good ratings and sales of his first country music album entitled “Montevallo”…Former Air Force standout and current Ohio State athletics strength coach Anthony Schlegel still is receiving hundreds of social media acknowledgments and Tweets about his viral video of tackling student field invader Anthony Wunder at a OSU home game earlier this season…The late George Carter was honored in its 2014 Homecoming program by Sheffield (Ala.) High School for 75-plus years of support as football team captain in 1939 and longtime attendance and enthusiasm before he passed away in December 2013.

Syracuse’s new indoor football practice facility will be ready for use in early December…Marshall athletics recently dedicated new indoor and track facilities to longtime coach Jeff Small…Minnesota athletics new aquatics center will be named for longtime head coach Jean Edwards.

The NCAA has cleared Oklahoma State football of allegations made by Sports Illustrated in 2013…West Virginia captured the recent FWAA Big Game of the Week Award after downing previously-unbeaten and No. 4 nationally Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown, W.Va….Louisiana Tech LB Terrell Pinson was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after making seven tackles, intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ Conference USA win over UTSA…IFRA reports that No. 1 nationally NAIA power Morningside (Iowa) is on the verge of becoming the 545th college team (all divisions) to score 500 points in a season.

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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