Nov. 21 College Football Notes

by BoCarter | Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016
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College Football Notes
By Bo Carter
Veteran sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein will serve as the moderator for the NFF Annual Awards Press Conference from 9 a.m.-noon (EST) while College Football Hall of Famer Don McPherson (Syracuse) will emcee the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at 11:30 a.m. (EST). Both events will take place Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The press conference will be streamed live, and Bernstein will interview the NFF Major Award honorees, the College Football Hall of Fame inductees and the finalists for The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the event while moderating questions for the media in attendance. The press conference will also feature the announcements of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient, the 2016 MEAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and the finalists for the 2016 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Award-winning broadcaster Mike Tirico will emcee the 59th annual NFF Awards Dinner later Tuesday night.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 22-28 time period are Nov. 22 (1946) Mel Long, Toledo, Ohio; Nov. 23 (1916) Ken Kavanaugh, Little Rock, Ark.; (1930) Dick Kazmaier, Toledo, Ohio; (1937) Alex Kroll, Leechburg, Pa.; (1944) Gene Washington, La Porte, Texas; Nov. 24 (1893) Bob Higgins, Corning, N.Y.; (1905) Jack Mollenkopf, Convoy, Ohio; (1912) Dixie Howell, Hartford, Ala.; (1924) Dick Scott, Highland Falls, N.Y.; (1931) Stan Jones, Altoona, Pa.; (1935) Pervis Atkins, Ruston, La.; (1959) Terry Kinard, Bitburg, Germany; Nov. 25 (1904) Johnny Kitzmiller, Harrisburg, Pa.; (1945) George Webster, Anderson, S.C.; Nov. 26 (1892) Joe Guyon, White Earth, Minn.; (1898) Arnett “Ace” Mumford, Buckhannon, W.Va.; (1909) Ernie Smith, Spearfish, S.D.; (1947) Roger Wehrli, New Point, Mo.; (1953) Harry Carson, Florence, S.C.; Nov. 27 (1889) Dexter Very, Fairdale, Pa.; (1960) Ken O’Brien, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; (1963) Frank Sheptock, Shamokin, Pa.; Nov. 28 (1868) William Lewis, Portsmouth, Va.; (1939) Gene Carpenter, Cornwall, Pa.; (1948) Vern Den Herder, Sioux City, Iowa.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 23 Nov. 23 (2004) Harrison Stafford, Edenia, Texas; Nov. 24 (1977) Joe Utay, Dallas, Texas; Nov. 25 (1965) Joe Kendall, Owensboro, Ky.; Nov. 26 (1974) Tuss McLaughry, Norwich, Vt.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 23 Alex Kroll, Gene Washington, Nov. 24 Stan Jones, Pervis Atkins, Terry Kinard, Nov. 25 George Webster, Nov. 26 Roger Wehrli, Harry Carson, Nov. 27 Ken O’Brien, Frank Sheptock, Nov. 28 Gene Carpenter, Vern Den Herder…
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Alcorn State will travel to FIU for the first time in 2017. FIU and Miami (Fla.) have pushed their upcoming series back to the 2019 and ’21 seasons…Michigan will host Cincinnati Sept. 9, 2017. The Bearcats and UCLA also will play a two-game series in 2018 and ’19…Houston now has quality non-loop wins over both Louisville and Oklahoma in its quest to capture the American Athletic Conference and to make it to a New Year’s Six bowl or possibly the College Football Playoff semifinals…Kansas downed Texas for the first time since 1938 with a 24-21 overtime win last week in Lawrence, Kan….Iowa State set a Big 12 Conference game school record with 66 points against Texas Tech and rolled up 608 yards of total offense in the process…Texas A&M-Commerce captured its first Division II playoff victories since the 1991 season with a 34-23 home win over Colorado Mesa last week…Iowa’s defense did not allow homestanding Illinois inside the Hawkeyes’ 30-yard line during a 28-0 shutout triumph…Rice downed UTEP 344-24 at Rice Stadium for back-to-back victories for the first time since the 2014 season. Incidentally, five of the Owls 16 all-time bowl berths have occurred since 2006…Rice and Stanford meet in the Brain Bowl Saturday at Palo Alto, Calif., as the academic giants play for the first time since 1964, and the Owls have a 3-1 series lead over the Cardinal…Texas A&M has qualified for its 38th bowl game since the 1921 season and ’22 Dixie Classic and is going to postseason for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons…Navy enters Saturday’s game at SMU ranked No. 2 in NCAA FBS statistics in third down conversions (55.1 percent), No. 1 in fewest penalties per game (2.60) and No. 1 in fewest penalty yards per game (20.60)…A Texas second round high school playoff game between Mansfield Lake Ridge HS (87) and Dallas Samuell HS (58) netted 145 points, and 96 were scored in the first two quarters.
University of Rochester QB Daniel Bronson has been hailed by authorities as a hero after subduing a robbery suspect with a perfect form tackle…Several college football teams helped raise awareness for the Salvation Army Kettle campaign to help underserved families during the holiday season. The drive began on Nov. 18 nationwide, and the NFL Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will have a major celebration during their Thanksgiving Day game at Arlington, Texas…North Texas has a solid football presence at the recent UNT Denton County Alumni Mixer at Witherspoon Distillery in Lewisville, Texas…Vanderbilt’s recent Homecoming weekend activities and game against neighboring Tennessee State attracted a record 3,500 alumni and guests to campus…Notre Dame safety officials extinguished two fires in concession stands before last week’s home bout with Virginia Tech…Yale athletics introduced its new Handsome Dan XVII bulldog mascot.
NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder guided Kansas State to its seventh consecutive bowl bid (game to be determined) and won his 199th game in 23 seasons at Kansas State. He has guided the Wildcats to 18 of their previous 19 bowl berths since 1993…Butch Davis has been named head coach at FIU…Former offensive coordinator Mike Turner will replace the retiring legendary Ken Sparks (who won 388 games in 42 years as head coach at the university) s head coach at Carson-Newman…Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente now is tied for the second-most wins by a first-year mentor at Tech with eight alongside Henry B. Redd during the 1932 season…Texas head coach Charlie Strong will be reevaluated for his position by Texas director of athletics Mike Perrin at the end of the 2016 season. Strong enters Friday’s UT-TCU game with a 53-36 overall mark for seven seasons at Louisville (2010-13) and Texas (2014-16) and is completing the third year of his five-year original contract…Troy head coach Neal Brown is among the semifinalists for the prestigious 2016 George Munger Coach of the Year laurel…Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has refrained from discussing rumors about LSU’s interest in him as its new head coach…Veteran Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo welcomed the first official bowl invitation of post-2016 for his squad – the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Navy’s eighth postseason appearance in his nine seasons – and has changed agents…Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has been mentioned as a candidate for the LSU head coach’s post. Ironically, former LSU mentor Les Miles left OSU in 2004 to take over the LSU program. Miles has been mentioned as a possible successor to interim head coach Jim Grobe at Baylor along with Houston head coach Tom Herman who was hired at UH by current BU AD Mack Rhoades…Mike Nesbitt will not return as football coach at West Texas A&M in 2017.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Michigan State: Mark Dantonio, El Paso, Texas; Middle Tennessee: Rick Stockstill, Sidney, Ohio; Millsaps: Aaron Pelch, Salinas, Calif.; Minnesota: Tracy Claeys, Clay Center, Kan.; Minnesota State Mankato: Esmond, N.D.
Alabama director of athletics Bill Battle was saluted in a Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News story about his near-remarkable recovery from a long bout with cancer…New Mississippi State director of athletics John Cohen has several facilities’ updates on the docket in coming months at MSU… Former Southern California AD Pat Haden was hospitalized for dizziness last week but is recuperating well after the brief episode…New St. John’s (N.Y.) AD Anton Goff has plans to keep the school nationally competitive in football and all other sports…Liberty AD Jeff Barber has completed his tenure with the university…Ole Miss assistant AD for high school and junior college relations Barney Farrar is on administrative leave.
The Big 12 Conference will play its next five championship games from 2017-21 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas…Upstart Old Dominion entered Nov. 17-19 games at 5-1 in Conference USA activity and with a chance to tie idle East Division leading WKU (8-3, 6-1) prior to the final determinations for the C-USA Dynacraft Championship contest on Dec. 3…Conference championship pairings certified or about to be set following Nov. 24-26 games are: American Athletic – Temple or USF (East) vs. Navy (West); ACC – Clemson or Louisville (Atlantic) vs. four possible teams (North Carolina and Virginia Tech are current co-leaders at 5-2, Coastal); Big Ten – Michigan-Ohio State-Penn State (East) vs. four possible teams (Nebraska and Wisconsin currently lead at 6-2); Conference USA – Old Dominion or WKU (East) vs. Louisiana Tech (West); Mid-American – Ohio or Miami (Ohio) (East) vs. Western Michigan (West); Mountain West – Boise State-New Mexico-Wyoming (Mountain) vs. San Diego State (West); SEC – Alabama (West) vs. Florida (East)…Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will duel for the Big 12 Conference crown in their round-robin finale on Dec. 3 at Norman, Okla….Grambling and Southern (Baton Rouge) will meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Saturday to determine the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division crown. The Tigers have won 16 consecutive divisional of SWAC championships from 2000-15…The Dec. 3 SEC crown contest between Florida and Alabama marks the record ninth time the teams have met in the 25th annual clash of East and West Division titans…Navy will meet Army after the AAC title tilt when the teams play their 117th annual game at Baltimore, Md., Dec. 10…The winner of Friday’s TCU at Texas bout will receive one of the Big 12’s seven contracted bowl bids at season’s end…The SEC has launched a series of studies and formulae on how to reschedule games such as the Florida-LSU game, which was postponed by a hurricane and flood threat.
There are now 66 bowl-eligible FBS teams and just two remaining undefeated squads (Alabama and Western Michigan) through games of Nov. 21 for 40 post-2016 NCAA FBS bowls plus the College Football Playoff national championship on Jan. 9, 2017, at Tampa, Fla….There are 17 additional schools with five victories – one off bowl berth status – to help fulfill the final, minimum 14 positions Last year Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State received bowl invitations with 5-7 records, and all three won their postseason tests after 77 FBS teams finished with six victories. If there are not enough 6-6 bowl qualifiers, 5-7 teams with the top Academic Progress Ratings for football are assigned to vacant positions…The Goodyear Cotton Bowl has begun sending tickets via UPS to 2017 purchasers…SB Nation’s Nov. 20 bowl projections show Texas facing a 5-7 or 6-6 Vanderbilt squad in the Cactus Bowl. The teams last played on the gridiron in 1928 at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Joe Thomas Sr. had one carry for three yards in South Carolina State’s 32-0 win over Savannah State last weekend. At 55, he is believed to be the oldest person to play in a NCAA Division I or FCS encounter. Thomas’ son Joe Thomas Jr. plays linebacker for the NFL Green Bay Packers after starring at SC State from 2010-13…Colorado QB Sifu Liufau is CBS Sports National Player of the Week after passing for 354 yards and rushing for 108 yards in the Buffaloes’ win over Washington State…The five finalists for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club, are Alabama end Jonathan Allen, Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster, Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Clemson end Christian Wilkins…The five finalists for the 71st Outland Trophy, voted upon by the FWAA, are (all offensive linemen in ‘16) are: Pat Elflein, Ohio State; Cody O’Connell, Washington State; Ethan Pocic, LSU; Cam Robinson, Alabama; and Connor Williams, Texas…The 10 semifinalists for the 2016 PwC Doak Walker Award are Aaron Jones (UTEP), Saquon Barkley (Penn State), Dalvin Cook (Florida State), D’Onta Foreman (Texas), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Brian Hill (Wyoming), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Jeremy McNichols (Boise State), Kamryn Pettway (Auburn), and Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State)…Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and kicker Tyler Davis have come up for All-Big Ten Conference and All-America consideration along with possible conference or national Coach of the Year candidate PSU’s James Franklin…San Diego State RB Donnel Pomphrey has passed NFF College Hall of Fame member and Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett for third place in NCAA FBS career rushing with 6,127 net yards…Memphis kicker Jake Elliott, a semifinalist for the 2016 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, now holds the Tigers’ career scoring record with 426 points. He also has connected on 192 consecutive extra-point kicks – tops in NCAA FBS active ladders – and a school-most 78 all-time field goals…USF QB Quinton Flowers is pushing 3,700 yards in 2016 after breaking the Bulls single-season total offense record…SMU soph wideout Courtland Sutton set a game record with 252 receiving yards against USF last weekend…Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine returned from injuries to rush for 160 yards and two TDs at then-No. 14 West Virginia in near-blizzard conditions and to keep the Sooners in first place in the Big 12 with a 8-0 league mark…Alabama transfer Alex Morris paced North Texas to a 29-23 win over Southern Miss in Denton, Texas, last week with 267 passing yards to keep the Eagles within reach of a possible sixth win at UTEP Saturday and bowl berth…Dalvin Cox rushed for 225 yards in Florida State’s victory at Syracuse…LSU standout Derrius Guice rushed for a career-high 252 yards in a win over Arkansas…Baylor senior QB Seth Russell has set a goal of getting back to 100 percent physically for the NFL Combine in February.
ESPN hosted Game Day presented by Home Depot for the first time on the campus of undefeated Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich., last weekend. WMU fans and students celebrated the life of late ESPN commentator and WMU grad John Saunders with signs and remembrances…Longtime Dallas-Fort Worth talk radio personality Greg Williams has launched a new all-sports and opinions Twitter account, and fellow DFW area Tweeter Matt Mosley has increased his online presence and knowledgeable sports opinions…SB Nation’s College Sports Weekly national radio broadcast features stories on new facilities in Tempe, Ariz., football stadium renditions by California artist Robert Redding and his Stadium Blueprint Company, and fan-friendly highlights at several of Atlanta’s sports facilities.
NFF College Hal of Fame coach and retired AFCA executive director Grant Teaff has ben chosen as recipient of the prestigious AFCA Tuss McLaughry Lidetime Achievemen Award for service to the American Football Coaches Association…Among the 26 semifinalists for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class (the list will be trimmed to 15 in January) are several NFF College Hall of Famers. The semifinalists include: Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli (NFF College Hall of Fame), Isaac Bruce, coach Don Coryell (NFF), Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Brian Dawkins, Alan Faneca, Chris Hinton, Torry Holt, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, coach Jimmy Johnson (NFF), Mike Kenn, Ty Law, John Lynch, Clay Matthews, Kevin Mawae, Karl Mecklenburg, Terrell Owens, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson (NFF), Hines Ward (NFF), Kurt Warner, and Darren Woodson (NFF)…Former Minnesota Golden Gophers and NFL standout Ben Utecht spoke about how his faith in God had motivated his career and about family and friends’ support in a recent issue of Guideposts magazine…Virginia volunteer football statistician John Risher is in his 54th season as a stat maven for UVa and a spry 106 years old – believed to be the oldest person ever to work college football contests in a media or communications’ capacity. His story was chronicled in the New York Times.
2007 Dick Howser Trophy recipient David Price is making a $2.5 million donation to his alma mater – Vanderbilt athletics…Alternate plans are being formulated for a new football stadium in San Diego to serve as the home field for San Diego State and the San Diego Chargers after voters rejected a bond building proposal earlier this month. Arlington (Texas) voters approved a new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof for the MLB Texas Rangers and possibly area football contests…Missouri athletics has received a $3.1 million estate gift for facilities and the Tiger Scholarship Fund…Navy athletics has added live mascot goat Bill XXXVII added to the elite Annapolis mascot herd…Utah’s lawmakers have released an audit of Utah Ute athletics for fiscal responsibility purposes…Construction of Houston’s indoor football practice facility began last Friday…Auburn’s remodeling of the north concourse of Jordan-Hare Stadium has been approved by the AU Board of Trustees…South Dakota athletics continues to upgrade facilities and add amenities…Nevada and UNLV are having College Sports Solution Co. study their operations…New Mexico athletics is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the famed Pit arena…Syracuse football denoted price alterations for 2017 and updates for renewal dates.
Former Oklahoma City Oklahoman reporter Jason Kersey has been named the FWAA’s Beat Writer of the Year for the 2015 football season. Now writing for SEC Country editions, the 30-year veteran is a first-time winner of the honor…The NCAA Division II and DIII and NAIA football championships move into Week two Saturday, and for complete results, please access and, and please go to playoff links…College Sports Information Directors of America recently celebrated CoSIDA Membership Week to commemorate the 60th year of the organization. Recent contributors to the daily CoSIDA Open Forum have been Danny Kambell and Casey Grogan of Pacific (Ore.), Ray Fink of Oklahoma Baptist, Michael Bielak of Oswego State, Dave Winder of Murray State, and Kevin Gilmore of Cal State Monterey Bay…The latest CoSIDA 360 magazine includes discussions for cooperation among NCAA Division II and DIII schools, how outsiders view the role of college sports communication professionals, and features on the LSU women’s basketball team and its help for Baton Rouge area flood victims, Purdue’s Wendy Mayer, Guilford’s Dave Walters, North Central’s Clark Teuscher, the SCAC’s Katie Mucci, and John Kean of Missouri University of Science and Technology…The NCAA reported last week that graduation rates are up for African American men’s basketball players, and other minority groups have been making strides in recent years…The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award committee has honored Baseball Hall of Fame member Brooks Robinson (who serves on the Golden Arm Award advisory committee) of the Baltimore Orioles with the Books Robinson Golden Arm Lifetime Achievement Award.
Five-time NCAA FCS defending champion North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Jacksonville State, South Dakota State, the Citadel (first-ever FCS seeding), North Dakota, James Madison, and Eastern Washington have received the eight top seeds for the FCS title bracket, which begins Saturday with 24 entries. The first rounds of NCAA DII-III and NAIA were played last week, and complete results are available at and
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30 years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is part 11 of the 30-part series:
1996 – In a tussle between traditional powerhouses in the Southwest (Texas) and Big Eight (Nebraska) Conferences, Texas upended the then-No. 3 Huskers 37-27 in the inaugural Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship at St. Louis, Mo., and the then-TWA (now the Dome at America’s Center) Dome. Quarterback James Brown and RBs Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams helped the Longhorns overcome a 180-yards-plus rushing day by NU’s fabulous freshman DeAngelo Evans.
e 57th annual MacArthur Bowl to CFP champion – Tampa, Fla.
2016-17 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule With New Year’s Six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Saturday, Dec. 31 – Chick Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Dome (one semifinal game will be afternoon and the other will feature a primetime kickoff) – 3 or 7 p.m.), ESPN
Dec. 31 – Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., University of Phoenix Stadium, 3 or 7 p.m., ESPN
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 – CFP National Championship, Tampa, Fla., Raymond James Stadium, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (New Year’s Six Bowls)
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/Notre Dame, Orlando, Fla., Citrus Bowl
Stadium, 11 a.m., ABC
TaxSlayer Bowl, SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/Notre Dame, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m., ESPN2
Goodyear Cotton Bowl, At-Large vs. At-Large, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m., ESPN
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 – Outback Bowl, Big Ten vs. SEC, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla., 1 p.m., ABC
Rose Bowl, Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif., 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Big 12 vs. SEC, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La., 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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