College Football Notes – Aug. 31

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

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College Football’s 147th Season Has Started: The first college football contest of the NCAA FCS/FBS’ 147th intercollegiate season is in the books as four-time defending NCAA FCS champion North Dakota State and Montana on Saturday on ESPN, and No. 12 nationally UM upending then-No. 1 NDSU 38-35 with two seconds left in regulation. 2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Brent Musburger will handled play-by-play duties, and here are some additional notes about the 2015 intercollegiate lidlifter:
– North Dakota State still is the first school to capture four consecutive NCAA Division I football championships. Appalachian State won three in succession from 2005-07. Georgia Southern leads with six DI football championships between the years of 1985-2000 but never captured three in a row.
– Montana QB Brady Gustafson passed for 434 yards and three touchdowns. ESPN’s Musburger called it “The Game in the Smoky Mountains” as wildfires raged in several areas and created smoke and haze throughout the Northwest.
– Montana and NDSU now are tied in their eight-game series 4-4. Debuting UM head coach Bob Stitt pulled off one of his biggest career upsets over the No. 1-ranked Bison and now is 109-62 as a college head coach after 15 years at Colorado School of Mines. NDSU mentor Chris Klieman is 15-2 in his second season as head coach after going 15-1 for the NCAA DI champ Bison in 2014. Klieman is one of a handful of coaches on all levels to capture a national football title in his first year as a gridiron mentor.
– The Bison have been involved in nailbiters in each of their last two games. They edged fellow Missouri Valley Football Conference member Illinois State 29-27 for the 2014 NCAA crown at Frisco, Texas, and then fell 38-35 with two seconds remaining on the road at Missoula, Mont., last Saturday.
There were 24 games featuring NAIA teams on Aug. 27-29, and College of Idaho upended NAIA No. 13 nationally Eastern Oregon 40-28 last Sunday. The first intercollegiate contest on an level for 2015 was a 17-7 triumph by Dickinson State over Montana State-Northern on Saturday, Aug. 22, in NAIA activity.

Noting the Field:
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Sept. 1-7 time period are Sept. 1 (1904) Johnny Mack Brown, Dothan, Ala.; (1916) Ed Bock, Ft. Dodge, Iowa; (1950) Phillip Fulmer, Winchester, Tenn.; (1973) Zach Thomas, Pampa, Texas; Sept. 2 (1925) Eddie Price, New Orleans, La.; (1948) Terry Bradshaw, Shreveport, La.; (1960) Leonard Smith, New Orleans, La.; Sept. 3 (1930) Tom Scott, Baltimore, Md.; (1966) Bennie Blades, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Sept. 4 (1874) Clint Wyckoff, Elmira, N.Y.; (1894) Bart Macomber, Chicago, Ill.; (1916) Roland Young, Ponca City, Okla.; (1932) Vince Dooley, Mobile, Ala.; Sept. 5 (1873) Dave Campbell, Waltham, Mass.; (1909) Harry Newman, Detroit, Mich.; (1939) Billy Kilmer, Topeka, Kan.; (1946) Jerry LeVias, Beaumont, Texas; Sept. 6 (1879) Gordon Brown, New York City; (1890) Bill Sprackling, Cleveland, Ohio; (1901) George Wilson, Everett, Wash.; Sept. 7 (1883) Bob Maxwell, Chicago, Ill.; (1902) Mort Kaer, Omaha, Neb.; (1923) Emil “Red” Sitko, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Sept. 1 (1979) Aaron Rosenberg, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sept. 4 (1967) Chet Gladchuk, Northampton, Mass.; (1983) Buddy Young, Terrell, Texas; (2011) Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa, Fla.; Sept. 5 (1978) Arnold Galiffa, Glenview, Ill.; (2002) Frankie Albert, Palo Alto, Calif.; Sept. 7 (1954) Pop Warner, Palo Alto, Calif.; (1985) Bruiser Kinard, Jackson, Miss.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Sept. 1 Phillip Fulmer, Zach Thomas, Sept. 2 Terry Bradshaw, Leonard Smith, Sept. Tom Scott, Bennie Blades, Sept. 4 Vince Dooley, Sept. 5 Billy Kilmer…

Florida will host Colorado State in 2018, and notable is that current Gator head coach Jim McElwain came to Gainesville from CSU after the 2014 season…Northern Colorado will travel to Washington State in 2019…Chattanooga will trek to Alabama in 2016 and Kentucky in 2018…Missouri’s 2016 non-conference slate has been finalized with Delaware State, Middle Tennessee, West Virginia, and Eastern Michigan on the menu…Ohio State is the first school since the Associated Press preseason rankings began in 1950 to receive 100 percent (all 61 votes) in the initial survey…Washington State and Portland State have been eyeing wildfire and smoke conditions if a possible move of the 2015 opener for both teams has to be made to a safer site. Montana and North Dakota State had some pre-2015 practices affected by smoke from wildfires but not enough to warrant a site move for their game…Dallas (Texas) Skyline HS and Highland Park High School enter the season with two of the longest consecutive-year playoff runs in the state at 21 and 20 seasons, respectively.

Texas has joined at least 11 other collegiate football programs utilizing airborne drones to take overhead and end zone angle videos at football practices. The Texas University Interscholastic League has banned usage of drones for game and scrimmage activities.

Bill Cubit has replaced Tim Beckman and has been named interim head coach at Illinois…New Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold reached 100 career wins (106th game) faster than any college head coach during the 2007-14 time frame at Wisconsin-Whitewater…Rutgers head coach Ryan Flood denied a report that he requested help from a professor to keep a leading Scarlet Knights’ football student-athlete academically eligible…Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian apologized for recent remarks at a USC season kickoff event and will seek professional evaluation for a behavioral problem…Running backs coach Bo Graham of Arizona State has left the program to seek other career avenues…The Texas Revolution of the Arena League named former Kansas State standout Victor Mann as head coach for the 2016 campaign…Contracts’ terms were made public for Texas Tech’s 2015 football coaching staff…Illinois named Adam Fletcher strength and conditioning coach.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Bucknell: Joe Susan, Newark, Del.; Buffalo: Lance Leipold, Whitewater, Wis.; Butler: Jeff Voris, Aurora, Ill.; California: Sonny Dykes, Big Spring, Texas; UCF: George O’Leary, West Islip, N.Y.

Mark Jackson was named director of athletics at Villanova, and Larry Williams has become AD at Akron…North Dakota AD Brian Faison commented on the challenges of NCAA cost-of-attendance regulations in 2015-16 and how UND will divide its COA funding among football and hockey student-athletes…Syracuse AD Mark Coyle threw out the first pitch at last Friday’s Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs’ minor league encounter to celebrate Syracuse Orange Night at the park and was asked about the possibility of the Orange bringing back varsity baseball for the first time since 1972…Stony Brook AD Sean Heilbron who graduated from SMU and worked at Texas, SMU and the Big 12 Conference before moving to UCLA athletics unveiled a $100 million capital funding campaign “Together We Build” for SBU…2015 NFF Toner Award recipient and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis appreciates the possible men’s basketball matchup at the original Olympic Stadium in Greece between the aptly-nicked Southern California Trojans and MSU Spartans…Georgia assistant AD for media relations Claude Felton was dubbed “best in the business” nationally last week by Sports Illustrated.

The Football Bowl Association is releasing a special Seven On Seven interview series with notables of the college football word such as ADs, journalists, conference commissioners, television executives, current and former players and coaches, and other key observers. The first installment features American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. The entire series will be archived on the new FootballBowlAssociation.com website…The Popeyes Bahama Bowl is increasing its presence on social media with fan-based places to visit and team amenities when they arrive in the Bahamas for the 2015 clash.

Fox College Sports will air the North Texas at Southern Miss contest on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. (CDT)…The University of North Carolina’s newly-named School of Media and Journalism celebrated its nomenclauture on campus and worldwide via the net to thousands of UNC alumni sports and media members last Saturday…CBS Sports has increased its Twitter feeds from the likes of award-winning writers Dennis Dodd and Jon Solomon as the 2015 season advances.

Southeastern Conference teams will have special Prostate Cancer Awareness events from Sept. 3-14 during and around football games to help raise funds for a cure and to honor prostate cancer survivor and retired SEC commissioner Mike Slive…Big 12 Conference administrators have imposed limits on teams accepting transfers who have a history of violent or threatening acts at previous schools…Network tentative airtimes and dates on ESPN have been set for the third annual Big 12/Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Challenge.

Several schools designated their preseason starting quarterbacks after recent scrimmages. Among the new undisputed Nos. 1 on the depth charts are Boise State’s Ryan Finley, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Texas A&M’s Kyler Allen, SMU’s Matt Davis, and Kansas’ Montell Mozart…Conference USA preseason players of the year are Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty (Offensive Player of the Year), FIU DB Richard Leonard (Defensive Player of the Year) and UTEP KR Autrey Golden (Special Teams Player of the Year)…TCU QB Trevone Boykin, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and OSU DB Vonn Bell head the 2015 ESPN Preseason All-America football squad…Former Vanderbilt defender Brandon Banks has transferred to Lane (Tenn.)…North Texas will utilize Jarrod Lynn at both fullback and tight end in ’15…Freshman TE DeAndre McNeal has jumped up the Texas depth chart and injuries and eligibility challenges prevailed in preseason drills. Orally committed for 2016 UT quarterback Shane Buechele (whose father is former Major League standout Steve Buechele of Stanford) led his Arlington (Texas) Lamar HS squad to 30-29 nailbiter over Richland (Texas) HS in the season opener. Lamar also is the alma mater of NFF COO Matthew Sign, who starred there before a stellar four-year career at Rice…Oklahoma has signed former Texas DT Du’Vonta Lampkin and is working on his eligibility possibilities for the coming campaign…SMU freshman WR James Proche’ will sit out the 2015 season.

2009 NFF William V. Campbell Award recipient Tim Tebow will be featured speaker on April 16, 2016, in Tupelo, Miss., at a fundraiser for nearby Blue Mountain (Miss.) College…Some of the regionally and nationally familiar nominees for the NFF’s 57th annual National Scholar-Athlete program are New Hampshire’s Daniel Rowe, Grinnell’s Jacob Beecher, TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom, and Ball State’s Jacob Richard, among others.

NFF corporate sponsor Under Armour is working with NASA to design a new space suit to allow better blood flow for astronauts in zero-gravity conditions…Illinois is naming the new court at the State Farm Center the Lou Henson Court in honor of the successful UI coach and administrator…Louisiana Tech dedicated its $22 million indoor practice and training facility last week…Miami (Fla.) will utilize refurbished Champions Suites for 2015 football contests at the UM home football stadium…Investment group Silver Lake Partners will invest $300 million in the website Fanatics.com.

The FWAA’s historic 75th anniversary Football Team was lauded for the selections of such luminaries as NFF Board member and Navy Heisman Trophy winner QB Roger Staubach and popular Mississippi Valley State WR Jerry Rice, among others.

2015-16 College Football Playoff Schedule
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Dec. 6, 2015 – CFP Bowls Selection Sunday, Time TBD
Dec. 31 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Host Bowl East, Noon
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game, 4 or 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., Host Bowl West, 1 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., Host Bowl, 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., Host Bowl, 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m.
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