College Football Notes – Nov. 27, 2016

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, November 27th, 2016
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By Bo Carter
The countdown is continuing for events surrounding the 59th annual NFF Awards Dinner. Besides the ever-popular Awards Dinner on the night of Dec. 6, other key events are the Dec. 5 announcement and presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League Football Players and Coach of the Year at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel (same location in New York City) – an event presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. The Dec. 6 NFF Annual Awards press conference, the Dec. 6 NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour, the Dec. 6 27th presentation of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC, to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete, and the Dec. 6 induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class during the Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Nov. 29-Dec. 4 time period are Nov. 29 (1907) Dale Van Sickel, Eatonton, Ga.; (1924) Dick Duden, Pottstown, Pa.; Nov. 30 (1927) Jim Butterfield, Tampa, Fla.; (1946) Art Shell, Charleston, S.C.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.; Dec. 1 (1892) Charlie Bachman, Chicago, Ill.; (1931) Steve Eisenhauer, Sheffield, Pa.; (1938) Mike McGee, Washington, D.C.; (1971) Rob Waldrop, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 2 (1901) George Owen, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; (1953) Randy Rhino, Atlanta, Ga.; (1974) Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.; Dec. 3 (1885) Francis Schmidt, Downs, Kan.; (1887) Bob Fisher, Boston, Mass.; (1894) Bert Baston, St. Louis Park, Minn.; (1923) Tom Fears, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1957) Keith Dorney, Allentown, Pa.; Dec. 4 (1901) Adam Walsh, Churchville, Iowa; (1908) Tommy Yarr, Dabob, Wash.; (1931) Roy Kidd, Corbin, Ky.; (1942) Frank Emanuel, Clio, S.C.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Nov. 29 (1996) Bob Steuber, St. Louis, Mo.; (2012) Merv Pregulman, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Nov. 30 (1991) David Nelson, Newark, Del.; Dec. 1 (1986) Bobby Layne, Lubbock, Texas; Dec. 2 (1997) Endicott Peabody, Hollis, N.H.; Dec. 3 (1982) Dutch Meyer, Fort Worth, Texas; (2014) Dr. Jim Swink, Fort Worth, Texas; Dec. 4 (1975) Jack Mollenkopf, West Lafayette, Ind.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Nov. 30 Art Shell, Charleston, S.C.; (1962) Bo Jackson, Bessemer, Ala.; Dec. 1 (1892) Charlie Bachman, Chicago, Ill.; (1931) Steve Eisenhauer, Sheffield, Pa.; (1938) Mike McGee, Washington, D.C.; (1971) Rob Waldrop, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 2 (1901) George Owen, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; (1953) Randy Rhino, Atlanta, Ga.; (1974) Pat Fitzgerald, Orland Park, Ill.; Dec. 3 (1885) Francis Schmidt, Downs, Kan.; (1887) Bob Fisher, Boston, Mass.; (1894) Bert Baston, St. Louis Park, Minn.; (1923) Tom Fears, Los Angeles, Calif.; (1957) Keith Dorney, Allentown, Pa.; Dec. 4 (1901) Adam Walsh, Churchville, Iowa; (1908) Tommy Yarr, Dabob, Wash.; (1931) Roy Kidd, Corbin, Ky.; (1942) Frank Emanuel, Clio, S.C.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game will have Alabama playing Duke in 2019 in a tussle of schools coached by NFF College Hall of Famer Wallace Wade…Miami (Ohio) is the first FBS team in history to start 0-6 and then win six consecutive contests to become bowl eligible at 6-6…Michigan State is working to try and reschedule non-conference opponents Bowling Green (Sept. 9), Western Michigan (Sept. 16) or Notre Dame (Sept. 23). In order not to start the season Sept. 9 and play 2017 contests for 12 consecutive weeks without a bye…Several rivalry contests ended in upsets last Friday as Memphis upended Houston 48-44 in a key American Athletic Conference clash, Missouri surprised Arkansas 28-24, Southern Miss topped Conference USA West Division winner Louisiana Tech, and Air Force upended Boise State to pave the way for a possible Wyoming Mountain Division title in the Mountain West Conference race…Florida State held Florida to 0-for-12 on third down conversions last week in Tallahassee for the first time since the Seminoles limited Louisville to 0-for-12 on third downs in 1980…Ohio State and Michigan drew an Ohio Stadium record turnout of 110,045 for their classic contest last week…Mississippi State and Ole Miss played before 66,038 in Oxford last Saturday – the largest crowd in the 113-game history of the Golden Egg Bowl…Temple enters the 2016 American Athletic Conference title game with six consecutive victories…Pittsburgh (76) and Syracuse (61) combined for a NCAA FBS-record 137 points. It broke the 2007 FBS mark of 136 aggregate points when Navy downed North Texas 74-62. The 76-point total was more than Pitt’s basketball squad scored in any of its three basketball contests against the Orange in 2015-16. The teams also combined for 20 touchdowns…Oregon State snapped an eight-game losing streak to Oregon with a 34-24 verdict…Alabama’s defense allowed four November opponents 18 total points as the Crimson Tide extended its overall winning streak to 24 games – third-longest skein in school history behind 28 consecutive wins in 1978-80 and 1991-93.
The TeamMates mentoring program to assist youngsters in staying in school and founded by NFF College Hall of Fame coach Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne celebrated its 25-year anniversary this month…UTEP provided free tickets for all public and private school elementary, middle and high school teachers for last week’s home finale against North Texas…West Virginia’s marching band was the first in line to open the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last Thursday…Ohio State athletics helped the letter M disappear from campus usage during the Rivalry Week game with Michigan…Nebraska’s Board of Regents discussed a program to honor those in the U.S. military at all NU home games.
Tom Herman was named head coach of the Texas Longhorns last Saturday…LSU promoted former interim head coach Ed Orgeron to permanent head coach…Ohio head coach Frank Solich has guided the Bobcats to seven bowl games in the last eight seasons and 12 teams to postseason play since 1998 at both Nebraska and Ohio…Kansas State’s NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder won his 200th game as the Wildcats mentor with a 36-19 victory over Kansas last Saturday…Presbyterian head coach Harold Nichols has resigned after eight seasons…Purdue is closing in on its head coaching hire for the 2017 campaign…Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is hoping for improved defense and a massive team attitude turnaround as the Red Raiders close the season…Texas head coach Charlie Strong prevented his players from a possible boycott of the UT-TCU game in a solid display of sportsmanship and class in his final game at UT…Former Missouri defensive line coach Jackie Shipp is looking for a new coaching assignment for the 2017 season… Houston Board of Regents chair Tillman Fertitta expressed a desire last week to do anything to accommodate the contract and continuation of the tenure of Tom Herman as UH head coach…Lamar coach Ray Woodward will not return for ’17 after seven years at the helm…Northwestern State head coach Jay Thomas will return for next season…Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell is considering retirement…UTEP head coach Sean Kugler and his staff have rededicated their efforts with a solid offseason conditioning program in the works and still is committed to turning UTEP around in 2017…Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez appears set for another year at the helm in 2017…Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has been mentioned among the possibilities for the Houston head coach’s post…Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is 6-1 all-time as a head coach against Florida…In a tussle of third generation football coaches, Mark Stoops of Kentucky outdueled Bobby Petrino of Louisville 41-38 in a Bluegrass State rivalry last Saturday…UCLA offensive coordinator/running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu will not return next season.
Homesteads: Hometowns of more 2016 college head coaches – Minnesota State Moorhead: Steve Laqua, Cavalier, N.D.; Mississippi College: John Bland, Knoxville, Tenn.; Mississippi State: Dan Mullen, Dan Mullen, Drexel Hill, Pa.; Mississippi Valley State: Rick Comegy, Chester, Pa.; Missouri: Barry Odom, Lawton, Okla.
Clemson director of athletics Dan Radakovich has received a contract extension through June 30, 2022…Duke named Mitch Moser deputy AD/resource for development and management…Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury officially started his duties today (Monday)…Former LaSalle AD Thomas Brennan was chosen as AD at Goldey-Beacom (N.C.)…Josh Brooks is returning to Georgia as executive associate AD for operations…Dennis Driscoll has been named director of athletics communications at the University of the Southwest (N.M.)…Louisiana-Lafayette AD Scott Farmer has completed his tenure at the university.
Conference championship pairings for Dec. 1-3 contests to determine College Football Playoff pairings and league trophies are: Mid-American (Friday) – Ohio (East) vs. Western Michigan (West); American Athletic – Temple (East) vs. Navy (West); ACC – Clemson (Atlantic) vs. Virginia Tech (Coastal); Big Ten – Penn State (East) vs. Wisconsin (West); Conference USA –.Louisiana Tech (West) at WKU (East); Mountain West – Wyoming (Mountain) vs. San Diego State (West); Pac-12 – Washington (North) vs. Colorado (South); SEC – Alabama (West) vs. Florida (East)…SWAC – Alcorn State vs. Grambling…Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will square off for the Big 12 Conference title Saturday Norman, Okla. OU is seeking a Big 12-high ninth loop crown…The Central Collegiate Athletic Association named Suzette McQueen associate commissioner for external relations…The Sooner Athletic Conference is adding Central Christian (Kan.) and Oklahoma Panhandle State to full membership for the 2017-18 academic year. OPHSU will be leaving the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference to return to NAIA competition.
There are now 76 bowl-eligible FBS teams and just two remaining undefeated squads (Alabama and Western Michigan) through games of Nov. 30 for 40 post-2016 NCAA FBS bowls plus the College Football Playoff national championship on Jan. 9, 2017, at Tampa, Fla….Army can finish no worse than 6-6 with a loss to Navy Dec. 10 while Hawai’i closed at 6-7 for the latest team qualifications…There are 11 additional schools with five victories – one off bowl berth status – to help fulfill the remaining positions. South Alabama (5-6 with wins over San Diego State and Mississippi State) and Louisiana-Lafayette (5-6) played their final contests Saturday in pursuit of bowl bid status…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 bids…The top APR candidates for 5-7 berths if necessary in post-2016 are North Texas (984), Mississippi State (971), Texas (971), and Northern Illinois (970)…Navy has clinched a berth in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl but may step up in the bowl world with the AAC crown Saturday against Temple and a Dec. 10 win over Army at Baltimore, Md. The Midshipmen set a school record by scoring touchdowns 10 times on their first 10 possessions against SMU in a 75-31 win at Dallas with NFF College Hall of Fame QB and 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in attendance…Boston College, Idaho (third time in school history, actually with its seventh victory – sixth vs. a FBS opponent with a 38-31 win over South Alabama), Indiana, Maryland, Miami (Ohio), NC State, Northwestern, Southern Miss, UT San Antonio (probable first bowl bid in the sixth year of the Roadrunners football program), and Vanderbilt were among the final-weekend bowl qualifiers from Nov. 22-26 with their sixth victories of ’16…Lockheed Martin Armed Forces and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl executive director Brant Ringler met with Navy and SMU athletics officials at last Saturday’s tilt in Dallas…Some of NBC Sports Network’s early bowl projections outside the College Football Playoff and depending on several FBS conference championship encounters this week are – New Mexico Bowl: UTSA vs. New Mexico; Las Vegas Bowl: North Texas vs. San Diego State; Cure Bowl: Louisiana -Lafayette vs. UCF; Camellia Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Central Michigan; New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Appalachian State.
The College Football Playoff Foundation and the Cotton Bowl Foundation are making $100,000 in grants to Dallas Independent School District’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy with $50,000 by the CBF and a matching $50,000 from the CFPF. All students at the school will utilize the funding to visit colleges campuses prior to high school graduation, academic enrichment and exposure priorities. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company also will recognize Dallas-Fort Worth-area community members through a new contest, “Your Blimpworthy Story.” From Nov. 24-Dec. 4, fans in the DFW area, site of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium, can nominate a friend, family member, mentor or local community leader who demonstrates “Blimpworthy” attributes – hard work, determination and grit – that make their neighborhood a better place and receive national recognition.
LSU RB Derrius Guice had a school-record 285 yards rushing in a 54-39 nationally-televised win at Texas A&M. Guice earlier rushed for 252 yards against Arkansas while subbing for preseason All-America and Heisman Trophy candidate the injured Leonard Fournette…Zach Paschall has become Old Dominion’s career pass receptions’ recordholder with 231…Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans set a school record with his 26th touchdown pass in a season…UTEP’s Aaron Jones leads Conference USA in individual rushing through games of Dec. 2 with 1,773 net yards and 17 TDs after carrying for 303 yards in a win over North Texas. That was the second-highest individual game rushing tally in UTEP history, and the 1,773 yards represents the fifth-highest single player rushing number in league annals. C-USA passing leader prior to Saturday’s championship outing is Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Higgins with 3,706 yards and 34 aerial TDs…Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey rushed for 204 yards to lead the Cardinal past Rice last week…California quarterback David Webb became the second Golden Bears QB to pass for 4,000-plus yards in one season…Former Purdue quarterbacks Austin Appleby of Florida and Danny Etling of LSU paced their squads to bow berths and sound, late-season finishes…QB Kyle Shurmur threw for a career-best 416 yards in Vanderbilt’s 45-24 upset over then-No. 17 nationally Tennessee in Nashville…Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. returned from an ankle injury to lead the Huskers against Iowa in their regular-season finales…Florida’s injured starting quarterback Luke Del Rio may be available for limited duty against Alabama in the SEC championship Saturday…Missouri freshman standout Damarea Crockett seeks full reinstatement to the team in coming days…Oklahoma State student-athlete Cole Walterscheid of German heritage-famed Muenster, Texas, hopes to gain eligibility restoration before the Cowboys’ Big 12 showdown with Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series.
ESPN research and production teams are believed to have devoted more time and background preparation for the Michigan-Ohio State game last Saturday than any regular-season contest in college annals…Virginia Tech is adding new social media and streaming links for its game day football experience – especially after the Hokies were making a run at the 2016 ACC Coastal Division title.
NFF College Hall of Fame coach and retiree Bobby Bowden continues to go on the speakers’ trail and to watch his sons and grandchildren in numerous sporting events…1999 NFF Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Chuck Neinas was featured in a recent column about the practices of hiring coaches by Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News…Former Syracuse and NFL standout is the subject of a Goodyear Cotton Bowl program feature by CBAA VP Charlie Fiss and a new book through the Newhouse Foundation by longtime college publicist and Jim Thorpe historian Bob Wheeler…Football historian Mike Burrows of Denver recalled national wins by smalltown Nebraska standouts Dean Sukup (later Nebraska Cornhusker standout) of Cozad, Neb., and Tom Kropp of Aurora, Neb., in the National Ford Punt, Pass and Kick age group competition in the 1960s…Former head coach at South Carolina State and West Virginia State Oree Banks has been named the American Football Coaches Association’s recipient of the 2016 Trailblazer Award created in 2004 to honor early leaders in the football coaching profession who coached at historically black colleges and universities. Several NFF College Hall of Fame coaches have been honored since ’04.
Rutgers athletics has embarked on a $100 million capital fundraising campaign…Virginia athletics is updating spring sports and practice facilities…Rutgers and Princeton athletics were commended for their Battle at the Birthplace outdoor wrestling match and historic 57th football meeting of the schools (first since 1980) on the same day…Fresno State and AT&T have boosted WiFi network capacity within Bulldog Stadium.
The FWAA website posted a story about Atlanta kicker Chloe Robinson, the only girl on Metro Atlanta public high school football rosters and the great-granddaughter of the late NFF Hall of Fame coach and Grambling legend Eddie Robinson. Her Mays HS team has made the quarterfinals of the Georgia Class 5A playoffs…Jon Wallin of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Brent Harris of Wabash College, Nick Askew (how to be a sports communications director with eight children) of Northwest Christian, Dave and Joan Wrath (for research for the last 60 years of the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams) of Augustana, Darren Miller of Iowa, and Michelle Van Dorn of Northern Iowa were featured in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions and advice…Notre Dame is appealing the NCAA Infraction Committee’s forfeiture rulings for 21 victories in 2012 and ’13.
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 are the eight top seeds and drew byes into the second week of the NCAA FCS title bracket, which began Saturday with 24 of the 32 entries competing. The first three rounds of NCAA DII-III and NAIA have been contested, and complete results are available at and…Laval edged the University of Calgary 31-26 to win the Vanier Cup for the national collegiate football championship for Canada in a contested played in Hamilton, Ontario.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls 30 years of covering football in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986, and here is part 12 of the 30-part series:
1997 – The Dr Pepper Big 12 Conference Championship came to Texas for the first time in December 1997 and eventual national champion Nebraska (post-1997 Coaches Top 25 Poll in the final year before the Bowl Championship Series became the determinant for the NCAA I-A, later NCAA FBS, national title) upended Texas A&M 54-15 at the San Antonio Alamodome. The Huskers defeated Tennessee 42-17 in the 1998 Orange Bowl to close 13-0 and claim the national title in the final game for NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Dr. Tom Osborne before his retirement from coaching.
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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