College Football Notes for Dec. 26-27

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2011

Relive the excitement of the outstanding careers of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductees. Learn about the stellar accomplishments of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Read about the extraordinary contributions of the 2011 NFF Major Award winners. The 184-page even ptogram features tons of color photos and feature stories on each honoree. A highly collectable publication, the exclusive program was distributed first to the sellout crowd at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6 at the famed Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Only a limited number of extra copies remain, and they can be obtained by sending a check for $20, plus $4.75 for shipping and handling to: NFF Annual Awards Dinner Program, 433 Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 1130, Irving, TX 75039.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Famers Clendon Thomas (Dec. 28), Mel Renfro and Barry Alvarez (Dec. 30), Ray Graves and Don James (Dec. 31), and Don Nehlen (Jan. 1)…

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some key birthdates in NFF College Football Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 27-Jan. 2 time period are Dec. 28 (1894) Ed Healey, Indian Orchard, Mass.; (1915) Vic Markov, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1935) 2011 inductee 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.; Dec. 31 (1875) Charles Rinehart, Uniontown, N.J.; (1918) Ray Graves, Knoxville, Tenn.; (1928) Hugh McElhenny, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1932) Don James, Massillon, Ohio; Jan. 1 (1901) Century Milstead, Rock Island, Ill.; (1901) Frank Sundstrom, Middleton, N.Y.; (1925) Jack Cloud, Britton, Okla.; (1927) Doak Walker, Dallas, Texas; (1936) Don Nehlen, Canton, Ohio; (1940) Mike McKeever, Cheyenne, Wyo.; (1962) Pierce Holt, Marlin, Texas; Jan. 2 (1930) Bob Williams, Cumberland, Md.
Anniversary death dates of Hall of Famers are Dec. 27 (1963) George Wilson, San Francisco, Calif.; (2007) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 28 (1956) Ed Hart, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; (1971) Joe Aillet, Ruston, La.; (1984) Ricky Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.; Dec. 31 (1967) Bishop Frank Juhan, Sewanee, Tenn.; Jan. 1 (1991) Edgar Miller, Annapolis, Md.; Jan. 2 (1977) Dale Van Sickel, Newport Beach, Calif.

More Notables from the BCS: -The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in BCS standings have met five times in regular season (2000 and ’01 – Nebraska-Oklahoma; 2006 Michigan-Ohio State; 2009 Alabama-Florida; and 2011 Alabama-LSU). The No. 2 team is 3-2 all-time, and the home squad won the first four meetings before LSU upended Alabama 9-6 in overtime at Tuscaloosa in Nov. 2011…The No. 1 team in final BCS standings is 7-6 (.538) in the first 13 contests since post-1998…-Texas and Virginia Tech have appeared in at least one BCS Standings every year since 1998. Florida was in at least one survey from 1998-2010. Michigan was represented annually from 1998-2007. Florida State made each year’s standings from 1998-2005 and 2008, ’10 and ’11. Texas was the first school to be included in 80 different surveys in 2009 and 90 times in 2011. UT now has appeared in 94 of the first 109 standings (86 percent). Virginia Tech (86), Florida and Oklahoma (85 each) are next through Dec. 3, 2011… Consecutive weeks in standings: 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); Oklahoma 39 (2000-04); Boise State 38 (2007-present); Alabama 32 (2008-present); Oklahoma State 32 (2008-present); 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 (Through Dec. 3, 2011): Boise State 38; Alabama, Oklahoma State, 32.

Rice will play at Notre Dame in 2014 (date to be determined) in a NBC national telecast…Kent State and LSU will host Towson for the first time in 2012 football… UMass is preparing to become the 121st member of NCAA FBS in 2012…Arkansas and Texas A&M are negotiating with the Dallas Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium officials to extend their series at the sparkling stadium in Arlington, Texas…West Virginia athletics recently moved into a new practice facility…Arkansas State, 8-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, is the third squad to finish unblemished in SBC play since conference football activity in 2002. Noted offensive mastermind Gus Malzahn will be ASU’s head coach in 2012…Louisiana Tech returned five of its 20 defensive pass interceptions for TDs in ’11…The City of Lexington, Ky., has approved downtown updates for Rupp Arena and a special entertainment district to accompany University of Kentucky athletics events and team rallies.

Arkansas and Western Kentucky athletics helped collect items for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. UA football student-athletes also helped deliver holiday hams to underserved families at area apartment complexes…Kansas State athletics and the area Veterans of Foreign Wars are teaming to help honor returning veterans at K-State events…Hartford U’s Student-Athletes Advisory Committee hosted the third annual Howie’s Sportsmanship Academy for young athletes in the area…New York University student-athletes participated in several area community service and volunteer projects…UIC student-athletes adopted a single-mom family and presented much-needed gifts to an area family’s children during the holidays…Frostburg State student-athletes worked with campus leaders to collect shoes for the Shoes4Soles campaign for orphans of the world…Tailgate Town for the 2011 FCS championship in Frisco, Texas, will begin at 9 a.m. (CST) on game day – Saturday, Jan. 7. The contest is a hard sellout.

New head coaches named last week were Southern Miss’ Ellis Johnson, Houston’s Tony Levine, Hawai’i’s Norm Chow, Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst, Richmond’s Danny Rocco, South Dakota School of Mines’ Stacy Collins, Akron’s Terry Bowden, Southeastern Louisiana’s Ron Roberts (form 2011 NCAA DII runnerup Delta State), Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia, Incarnate Word’s Larry Kennan, and Jones County (Miss.) Alabama legend and former head coach Ray Perkins…Purdue lengthened the contract of head coach Danny Hope through 2016…Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes inked a contract extension last week after earning 2011 Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year laurels…Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen had his contract extended with the Cowboys…Texas A&M’s Board of Regents formally approved the new contract of head coach Kevin Sumlin…Jackson State has added years to head coach Rick Comegys’ contract through the 2014 season…Former North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers has become co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and Zach Smith is the new OSU receivers coach…Ole Miss assistant coach Gunter Brewer I returning to the North Carolina staff as an assistant…Jacksonville U. head coach and legendary UF quarterback Kerwin Bell has been interviewed for Florida’s 2012 offensive coordinator position while Jeff Blake has taken over as Gators’ quarterback coach…Yale and North Alabama have joined the ranks of schools seeking new head coaches in ’12…Alex Grinch has been tabbed as secondary coach at Missouri…Alabama assistant head coach Kirby Smart withdrew his name last week for the head coaching position at Southern Miss…Hometown hero and head coach Paul Winters of 2011 NCAA Division II runnerup Wayne State (Mich.) was a leading candidate for the same vacant at Akron before UNA’s Bowden accepted the post…New Pitt mentor Paul Chryst is one of the famed Chryst brothers, who were the sons of former UW Platteville coaching legend the late George Chryst. Paul Chryst’s brothers Geep (former Princeton student-athlete and now QB coach for the San Francisco 49ers) and Rick (former commissioner of the Mid-American Conference, assistant commissioner of the ACC, standout baseball student-athlete at Notre Dame, law degree holder from Duke, and intern at the Southwest Conference under NFF correspondent Bo Carter) have helped carry on the family legend…Iowa leads the nation in most FBS head coaches produced with 16 (virtually all playing under NFF College Hall of Fame retired coach Hayden Fry). Other top producers have Florida State 15, Auburn 15, Brigham Young 15, Colorado State 13, Florida 13, Hawai’i 13, Washington State 13, Kansas State 12, Miami (Fla.) 12, Michigan 12, Nebraska 12, and Ohio State 12.

Jeff Konin has been named director of athletics at Eastern Connecticut State…Corey Goff is the new AD at Muhlenberg…Terry Donovan has been chosen as senior associate AD/chief financial officer for Syracuse athletics…Mike Murray has been tapped as director of development at Illinois State athletics.

Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany has been appointed to the Board of Directors for USA Football…Pacific-12 commissioner Larry Scott recently returned from a goodwill and fac-finding tour of China…All Southeastern Conference members’ bowls will be contest between Friday, Dec. 30, and the BCS championship contest between two SEC teams – Alabama and LSU – for the first time in BCS annals. The SEC also had 23 first team All-America choices via 10 different selecting agencies…The Northeast Conference is hosting a new online streamed weekly highlights program…Three ACC squads began the bowl season with Top 25 rankings…The WAC missed by one victory (5-7 San Jose State, which had its best season since 2006) of having five bowl-eligible teams…The MWC completes its five-team run Wednrsday when Air Force tackles Toledo in the Military Bowl.

Nevada’s band accompanied the team to the Sheraton Aloha Bowl in Honolulu last week after the school received a price break on a charter aircraft…Wyoming’s most recent bowl win remains as the 2009 New Mexico Bowl in a 35-28 double overtime thriller over Fresno State…The old irresistible force vs. immovable object argument is pertinent when Houston (first nationally in passing with 443.8 yards a game, total offense with a 599 average and scoring with 50.8 points a game) meets a Penn State squad, which is fifth in FBS with 15.7 points allowed per game and 10th in total defense at 300.9 yards per game, in the second annual TicketCity Bowl at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 2…The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is unleashing its Green Team to protect the environment with area cleanup and lower the carbon footprint for the ninth annual postseason clash Friday at Gerald Ford Stadium on the SMU Dallas campus…For the third straight year, Collegepressbox.com is the official media website of the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO…The Cincinnati-Vanderbilt AutoZone Liberty Bowl matchup Saturday is the first between the schools on the gridiron since a 1980 Vandy triumph…Four UCLA student-athletes will miss Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in an Francisco vs. Illinois…Air Force exceeded 12,000 ticket sales from its allotment for the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Robert Griffin III has been selected as Associated Press 2011 College Player of the Year…Michigan State’s Arthur Ray Jr. is the winner of the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award. Ray, a senior offensive lineman from Chicago, returned to football this season, four years after bone cancer derailed his career. The award will be presented Jan. 3, 2012, at the AVMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon in Miami. Ray also will be honored Jan. 4 during the Discover Orange Bowl…Boise State standout QB Kellen Moore finished his sterling four-year career with 1,157-of-1,658 passing for 14,667 yards and 142 TDs after last Thursday’s MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. Moore also set a record with 50 career wins as a starting QB to topple Colt McCoy of Texas’ record of 49 victories as a FBS starter…Southern California safety T.J. McDonald will return as a senior in 2012…Southern California senior-to-be QB Matt Barkley is returning for the 2012 season…Tennessee returning football student-athletes Jonathan Brown and Shawn Bryson returned from 1994-98 tenures with the Volunteers to receive their degrees earlier this month. UT also signed Mississippi Gulf Coast CC DL Darrington Sentimore this month…Purdue signed community college DE Greg Latta from College of the Desert (Calif.)…Many religion historians note that TCU RB star Ed Wesley has an even more appropriate moniker for Metroplex neighbor SMU, which was established by the United Methodist Church. The principal founding Methodists in the 18th Century were brothers John and Charles Wesley.

ESPN Regional and the Mountain West Conference have signed a two-year partnership with the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl…Texas’ award-winning play-by-play man Craig Way, who broadcasts over 100 events annually from high school football to UT baseball in the spring, missed daughter Haley’s rehearsal dinner with FSN play-by-play duties for the Texas Class 5A football championship contests at Cowboys Stadium. He did attend his first married daughter’s wedding the next day in Austin…Bob Blum, 91-year-old radio broadcaster for UNLV athletics, has worked with UNLV and IMG College to obtain additional airtime and shows for the 2011-12 Runnin’ Rebels’ sports seasons…The Patriot League has relaunched its website as PatriotLeague.org with numerous improvements…The West Coast Conference offers TeamFanShop online for top WCC merchandize via internet…The BCS will not make a ruling on a MWC appeal to be added as a seventh BCS bowls’ automatic qualifier until January…Cleveland State has unveiled the web questionnaire, The Smartest Viking Fan Alive, on its official website…Dreams, Inc. and Indiana athletics have linked for online merchandising and sales…Ball State Sports Network, BSU Sports Link, SportsTime Ohio, and ESPNU have announced new telecast rights for Mid-American Conference events…Fox College Sports is adding winter and spring events for Boston area universities.

Former Auburn student-athlete Read Montague won the coveted 31st annual Walter Gilbert Award, named in memory of the 1956 NFF College Hall of Fame inductee and given to an Auburn athletics’ alumnus for leadership and accomplishments in his/her post-AU career…The 2012 NCAA Silver Anniversary Awards will go to football-connected New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton of Eastern Illinois, NFF College Hall of Famer and Notre Dame/Heisman Trophy standout Tim Brown, and longtime NCAA sports administrator and current executive director of the Knight Commission Amy Perko of Wake Forest.

Washington State alumnus Greg Rankich of Kirkland, Wash., has committed $3 million for the expansion of Martin Stadium…The James Madison athletics Duke Club raised a record $1.95 million for scholarships and operations in 2011…Northwestern athletics and Under Armour have connected in a multi-year equipment and marketing pact…Strategic Marketing Affiliates and the Atlantic Sun Conference have teamed for marketing and promotional purposes…Daktronics has installed new scoreboards and LED apparati for Brown athletics…Memphis athletics and Paciolan have extended their 28-year ticketing and marketing agreement…UMass Lowell athletics and Comcast have initiated UMass Lowell on demand via smart phones.

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