College Football, Bowl Notes Dec. 20-26

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter

Replays of the 58th annual 2015 NFF & College Hall of Fame Awards Dinner are available in the archives at and on the ESPN3 website. The 59th annual Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 22-28 time period are Dec. 22 (1949) Ray Guy, Swainsboro, Ga.; Dec. 23 (1871) Frank Hinkey, Tonawanda, N.Y.; (1892) Gus Welch, Spooner, Wis.; (1924) Dan Devine, Augusta, Wis.; (1935) Paul Hornung, Louisville, Ky.; (1948) Jack Ham, Johnstown, Pa.; Dec. 24 (1871) Charlie Gelber, Hawley, Pa.; (1919) Bill Dudley, Bluefield, Va.; (1924) Frank Broyles, Decatur, Ga.; Dec. 25 (1941) Dave Parks, Muenster, Texas; (1943) Howard Twilley, Houston, Texas; (1946) Larry Csonka, Stow, Ohio; Dec. 26 (1905) Tom Hamilton, Hoopeston, Ill.; (1924) Glenn Davis, Burbank, Calif.; (1927) Bill Yeoman, Elnora, Ind.; (1960) Scott Reppert, Appleton, Wis.; Dec. 28 (1894) Ed Healey, Indian Orchard, Mass.; (1915) Vic Markov, Chicago, Ill.; (1920) Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Ill.; (1935) Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. 22 (1957) Bob Zuppke, Champaign, Ill.; Dec. 23 (1948) Gil Dobie, Boston, Mass.; Dec. 24 (1970) Zora Clevenger, Bloomington, Ind.; Dec. 25 (1988) Eddie Cameron, Durham, N.C.; (1996) Clayton Tonnemaker, St. Paul, Minn.; Dec. 26 (1995) Al DeRogatis, Spring Lake, N.J.; (2004) Reggie White, Cornelius, N.C.; Dec. 27 (2007) Bill Willis, Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 28 (1971) Joe Aillet, Ruston, La.; (1984) Ricky Bell, Los Angeles, Calif.

Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 22 Ray Guy, Dec. 23 Howard Twilley, Larry Csonka, Dec. 24, Frank Broyles (a spry 91), Dec. 26 Bill Yeoman (a spry 88), Scott Reppert, Dec. 28 Clendon Thomas…

More College Football Notes:
Missouri has added Tennessee-Martin for 2018 and Central Arkansas for the 2020 season…Memphis and Mississippi State have renewed their 37-game all-time series with a pair of 2021 and ’22 outings…Army’s 2016 and ’17 slates are in the public eye, and tilts with Temple, Rice and Wake Forest in 2016 ..Coastal Carolina and Massachusetts have scheduled two encounters in 2017 and ’18…Virginia Tech registered a record nine mid-year signees this month for the 2016 season. VT also has graduated 100 percent of its senior classes since May 2012…Tulsa leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech prior to the Camping World Independence Bowl Saturday with a 3-1 advantage.

Clemson’s squad has helped complete its seconf Habitat for Humanity home in the Clemson area after starting the project late in summer 2015…Jacksonville State had seven seniors graduating in evening ceremonies last Friday prior to the Gamecocks’ 62-10 NCAA FCS semifinal win over Sam Houston State…Redlands (Calif.) athletics has been lauded by the NAIA Athletics Directors Association for hundreds of hours of community service. In 2015.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz captured the 2015 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award…Newly-named college head coaches nationally are Mike Norvell (Memphis – with a new five-year contract), Barry Odom (Missouri), Scottie Montgomery (East Carolina), Matt Viator (Louisiana-Monroe), Willie Fritz (Tulane), Rob Grande (Ferrum from Emory and Henry), Joe Harasymiak (Maine – from interm to permanent), and Mike Jinks (Bowling Geen), among others…USF head coach Willie Taggart had his contract extended and purchased 500 tickets for the Bulls student body for the Miami Beach Bowl Monday…Former Southern Miss offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has been selected for the same post at Arizona State…Georgia assistant coaches John Lilly (offense) and Kevin Sherrer (defense) will be making play calls for the Bulldogs in the upcoming Tax-Slayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla….Iowa State named Tom Manning offensive coordinator…Navy head coach Ken Niumalatalolo will emain with the Midshipmen after receiving overtures from BYU fo the same position…East Stroudsburg (Pa.) assistant coach Mike Terwilliger is the 2015 recipient of the AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award for coaches…Illinois offensive line coach Tom Brattan will not return for the 206 campaign.

Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2015 college head coaches – Maryville (Tenn.): Shaun Hayes, Rutledge, Tenn.; Massachusetts: Mark Whipple, Tarrytown, N.Y.; McNeese State: Matt Viator, Lake Charles, La.; Memphis: Mike Norvell, Conway, Ark.; Merchant Marine: Mike Toop, King’s Point, N.Y.

Mike Perrin has been named permanent director of athletics at Texas…Oklahoma AD and NFF board member Joe Castiglione has been hopping with Sooners’ preliminary plans for the Capital One Orange Bowl CFP semifinal game against Clemson on Dec. 31 and his responsibilities as head of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

The 2015-16 bowl season is underway, and comebacks such as BYU from a 35-0 deficit to a 35-28 loss to Pac-12 power Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl and outstanding halftime shows and concerts…Flipper the dolphin at the Miami (Fla.) Aquarium has picked Oklahoma to win the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl over Clemson after going 5-0 with predictions of winners over the last five COOB encounters by touching a logo of the victorious school…The Air Force-California rematch from the 2007 postseason contest is the first in the 13-year history of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and AFA’s fifth appearance in Fort Worth since ’07. The LMAFB will match teams from the America Athletic and Big 12 Conferences in 2016 and Army and a Big Ten Conference foe in 2017.

The Pac-12 (2-0 with wins by Arizona and Utah and Conference USA (1-0 with a Louisiana Tech triumph) are off to undefeated starts in 2015-16 postseason…Appalachian State won its first bowl game as a member of NCAA FBS and Sun Belt Conference with a 31-29, last-second field goal triumph over Ohio…San Jose State raised its all-time postseason mark to 5-3 (.625 winning percentage) all-time after upending Georgia State of the Sun Belt Conference 27-16 in the inaugural Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

The 75th annual AutoNation FAWW All-America team for NCAA FCS includes a star-studded backfield with Alabama Heisman Trophy RB Derrick Henry, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, and LSU RB Leonard Fournette…The 2015 Rimington Awards were denoted for NCAA FCS (Bruce Johnson, Maine), NCAA Division II (Derek Evans, Carson-Newman) NCAA Division III Mitch Doraty (Mount Union), and NAIA (Zachary Mitchell, Marian, Ind.)…New Mexico QB James Jordan nearly led a historic comeback with individual totals of California QB Jard Goff has set 26 school records prior to the Dec. 30 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl matchup with Air Force. He is the son of former Cal football-baseball and Major League Baseball performer Jerry Goff…Texas A&M freshman QB Kyler Murray has been granted a scholarship release and will transfer to a favored school outside the Southeastern Conference or the University of Texas per release stipulations…Biletnikoff Award winner and national receiving touchdowns’ leader Corey Coleman of Baylor will miss the Russell Athletic Bowl with a sports hernia while teammates RB Shock Linwood and QB Jarrett Stidham also are out of action due to injuries…Arizona QB Anu Solomon passed for 329 yards and scored a rushing TD in the Wildcats’ 45-37 Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory over host New Mexico. It marked UA’s school-record fourth consecutive bowl appearance and UNM’s first postseason test since 2007…Gildan New Mexico Bowl Defensivve MVP Scooby Wright of Arizona eill edclare for the NFL draft in January…OT Kenyon Frison has left the Oklahoma football team and will seek a 2016 transfer. 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl MVP on Offense and Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight will open the Capital One Orange Bowl as a backup signal caller for OU and may request a release and transfer for ;16…North Texas beefed up its offensive line with the signing of community college transfer T.J. Henson…Southern California LB Su’a Cravens will skip his 2016 senior season and enter the draft…Duke All-Ameriica safety Jeremy Cash will miss the New Era Pinstripe Bowl after undergoing wrist surgery…Former Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill is set for 2016 spring workouts with TCU…Morningside senior QB Ryan Kasdorf is the 2015 Rawlings-NAIA National Football Player of the Year…Two standouts from relatively-new and rejuvenated NAIA football programs have been tabbed for the 2015 AFCA NAIA All-America team. They are OL Jeff Lindenmoyer of Ave Maria (Fla.) and LB Alden Mann of Wayland Baptist.

Winners of last week’s non-FBS title games were NCAA Division II – Northwest Missouri State 34-7 over Shepherd; Division III – Mt. Union (NCAA-most 12 championships in this division) 49-35 over St. Thomas (Minn.); and NAIA – Marian (Ind.) 31-14 over Southern Oregon…Four-time NCAA FCS defending winner North Dakota State and Jacksonville State (former NCAA DII champ making its first visit to FCS championship contest) will meet in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. (CST) for the FCS crown…Jacksonville State interim AD Greg Seitz has worked in game operations the last five NCAA FCS championship contests in Frisco and will be accompanied by his JSU squad this season…CBS Sportsline previewed all 40 NCAA FBS bowls leading up to the College Football Playoff title contest. CBS also has outlined its coverage for historic Super Bowl L at Santa Clara, Calif…The Ohio State at Michigan ESPN/ABC telecast has been the highest-rated telecast of the 2015 college football season…The ESPN family of networks had a four percent rise in viewership during the ’15 outing compared to the 2014 regular campaign…The Big Red of the Rockies Club in Estes Park, Colo., will host a 20-year celebration of Nebraska’s 1995 football national title on May 7 at the scenic outpost…ESPN had the highest number of captured video streams in the network’s history in ’15.

Dignitaries such as Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA; Tom McMillen, president & CEO, Division 1A Athletic Directors Association; Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State; Mike Slive, retired Southeastern Conference commissioner; and David Stern, retired commissioner of the National Basketball Association; highlighted the speakers’ dais at the 14th annual IMG College Sports Marketing Forum in New York City Dec. 9-10…Longtime Missouri State athletics media relations director/asst. AD Mark Stillwell will enter the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2016…CoSIDA Hall of Fame member Jack Neumann of the University of Calgary (Canada) has completed his third year on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and is on several other Canadian sports and honorary boards in his retirement years.

The NCAA FCS, DII, DIII, and NAIA postseason playoffs have been completed except for the NCAA FCS title game in Frisco, Texas, at Toyota Stadium for the sixth straight season on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016…The IFRA has compiled a list of 41 teams with 500-plus points scored in 2015 football. All six teams in NCAA Divisions II-III and NAIA hit the magic 500-plus mark this season. The collegiate record for 500-plus scoring teams is 53 in 2013, according to IFRA records.

2015-16 College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six Bowl Schedule
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Dec. 31 – Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Florida State vs. Houston, Noon
Dec. 31 – Capital One Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., CFP Semifinal Game, 4 p.m., Clemson vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 31 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, CFP Semifinal Game, 8 p.m., Alabama vs. Michigan State
Jan. 1, 2016 – VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 1 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
Jan. 1 – Rose Bowl presented by Northwest Mutual, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m., Iowa vs. Stanford
Jan. 1 – Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
Jan. 11- College Football Championship Game, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m., semifinals winners from Capital One Orange and Goodyear Cotton Bowls.

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