News and Notes From Around College Football

for Jan. 7, 2008

National Championship Trophy Presentations

National Football Foundation President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell will present the MacArthur Trophy Tuesday to the winner of tonight's Allstate BCS Championship Game between LSU and Ohio State in New Orleans. All five NCAA and NAIA championship squads will be highlighted in '08 as part of the National Champions Exhibit at the College Hall of Fame in South Bend, Inc. It's the 49th awarding of the MacArthur Trophy by the NFF since Syracuse received the initial national champs' hardware in 1959.

NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush is presenting the FCS, NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA championship trophies to the winning coaches at the American Football Coaches Association Awards Luncheon today in Anaheim, Calif. The trophies include: John F. Kennedy Trophy (FCS) - Appalachian State, Coach Jerry Moore; Asa S. Bushnell Trophy (Division II) - Valdosta State, Coach David Dean; Amos Alonzo Stagg Trophy (Division III) - Wisconsin-Whitewater, Coach Lance Leipold; and Dwight D. Eisenhower Trophy (NAIA) - Carroll (Mont.) College, Coach Mike Van Diest.

BCS Championship Notes

No. 1 Ohio State will play No. 2 LSU tonight (FOX, 7:00 p.m.) for the Allstate BCS National Championship at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. The winner will become the first school to garner two BCS titles since the Bowl Championship Series began in 1998.

Florida coach Urban Meyer will be working as a commentator for FOX during tonight's pregame and halftime shows with Chris Rose, Jimmy Johnson and Eddie George.

The following coaches and student-athletes from OSU and LSU have earned honors from The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

Ohio State College Football Hall of Fame Players (year inducted included): Chic Harley (1951); Wes Fesler (1954); Les Horvath (1969); Bill Willis (1971); Gaylord Stinchcomb (1973); Jim Parker (1974); Gust Zarnas (1975); Vic Janowicz (1976); Jim Daniell (1977); Gomer Jones (1978); Hopalong Cassady (1979); Warren Amling (1984); Archie Griffin (1986); Aurealius Thomas (1989); Jim Stillwagon (1991); Bob Ferguson (1996); Randy Gradishar (1998); John Hicks (2001); Jack Tatum (2004); Jim Houston (2005); and Rex Kern (2007).

Ohio State College Football Hall of Fame Coaches (year inducted included): Howard Jones (1951); John Wilce (1954); Francis Schmidt (1971); Woody Hayes (1983); and Earle Bruce (2002).

Ohio State National Scholar-Athletes (year honored included): Arnold Chonko (1964); Willard Sander (1965); David Foley (1968); Rex Kern (1970); Randy Gradishar (1973); Brian Baschnagel (1975); James Laughlin (1979); Joseph A. Smith (1982); John Frank (1983); David Crecelius (1984); Mike Lanese (1985); Joseph Staysniak (1989); Gregory Frey (1990); Gregory W. Smith (1992); Joey Galloway (1994); Bobby Hoying* (1995); Greg Bellisari (1996); Ahmed Plummer (1999); and Craig Krenzel* (2003).

LSU College Football Hall of Fame Players (year inducted included): Gaynell Tinsley (1956); Ken Kavanaugh (1963); Abe Mickal (1967); Doc Fenton (1971); and Tommy Casanova (1995).

LSU College Football Hall of Fame Coaches (year inducted included): Michael Donahue (1951); Lawrence Jones (1954); Bernie Moore (1954); Charlie McClendon (1986); and Joe Aillet (1989).

LSU National Scholar-Athletes (year honored included): Robert Dugas (1978); Ignazio Albergamo (1987); Solomon Graves (1990); Chad Kessler (1997); Bradie James (2002); Rodney Reed (2003); and Rudy Niswanger* (2005).

* Draddy Trophy recipient

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is the son of College Football Hall of Fame coach Lee Tressel (Baldwin Wallace).

NFF News

The College Football Hall of Fame is now displaying the "See You in the Funny Papers" exhibit, which shows the history of the comic strip, and how college football had a strong influence on what was actually portrayed in these humorous cartoons. This display shows the magnitude that college football has on all aspects of life, even your morning comic strip, and includes original artwork and clippings from some very familiar cartoons, including The Family Circle and Peanuts.

Since the earliest days of college football, many of America's favorite cartoonists and illustrators have chosen the fun of football as a recurring theme in their work. Presenting football's complexities and the average person's inability to understand them with wit and whimsy, they exploit the foibles of a tough game with nevertheless universal appeal.

Illinois head coach Ron Zook is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Chicago Metro Chapter banquet on Feb. 13. Also set to appear is NFF Board Member and Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany and 2007 College Football Hall of Famer Chris Zorich.

Prospective high schools for 2008-09 may apply for the highly acclaimed Play It Smart program through the NFF office. For more information, please go to

Two-Minute Drill

West Virginia promoted interim head coach Bill Stewart to fulltime mentor... June Jones was named the new head coach at SMU... Joe Taylor was named head coach at Florida A&M... Hampton chose Jerry Holmes as its new head coach... Beau Baldwin has been tabbed as head coach at Eastern Washington... Dale Lennon is Southern Illinois' new head coach... Jim Collins is Saginaw Valley State's new head coach... Central Michigan's Butch Jones had his contract extended through the 2012 season... Blake Anderson was hired as offensive coordinator at Southern Miss... Ellis Johnson was hired as defensive coordinator at Arkansas... Louisville has chosen Ron English as defensive coordinator and Ted Roof as linebackers coach. Joe Kenn has become the Cardinals' strength and conditioning coach... Georgia Tech named Dave Wommack defensive coordinator... Texas hired Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator... Mike MacIntyre has been named defensive coordinator at Duke, while Kurt Roper was tabbed as offensive coordinator... Derrick Nix has been chosen as an assistant coach at Ole Miss... South Carolina's new defensive coordinator is Brian VanGorder. The school's new special teams coordinator is Ray Rychleski... Texas A&M hired Reggie Herring as defensive coordinator and Dave Kennedy as strength and conditioning coach... Mississippi State promoted Charlie Harbison to defensive coordinator... Troy promoted Neal Brown to offensive coordinator... Lycoming head coach Frank Girardi has retired after 36 seasons at the school and a 257-97-4 overall record. He ranks 15th all-time in total victories among Division III coaches.

The Big East Conference has the longest current winning streak of any league in BCS matchups with three in a row after West Virginia's FedEx Orange Bowl verdict... The Southwestern Athletic Conference has named Duer Sharp as new commissioner... Kansas (12-2) and Missouri (12-1) are the Big 12 Conference's first pair of 12-victory teams in the same season... The Mid-America Athletics Association introduced new league logos for 2008... The Sun Belt Conference is 8-7 overall and 3-3 in bowls against opponents from Conference USA since Aug. 2006... Bill Land, the longtime voice of "Big 12 Showcase" will retire after 12 years.

Retiring Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr won the 2008 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award... Kansas' Mark Mangino captured the FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year trophy... 2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jacob Tamme of Kentucky won the fifth annual Bobby Bowden Award given by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... The Texas Gridiron Legends inducted TCU's Mike Renfro, Houston's Bill Yeoman, Texas' Corby Robertson, Longhorns' Chris Gilbert, Texas A&M's Ray Childress, and legendary Waco sportswriter Dave Campbell into its 2008 ranks... Former Nebraska All-America Neil Smith, Missouri Southern State's Rod Smith and Missouri receiver Earl Denny are among the newest inductees of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame... Georgia sports information director Claude Felton was named the 2008 recipient of the Football Writers Association of America's Bert McGrane Award... 2006 College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Ward of Florida State was selected as the recipient of the Tradition of Excellence Award at the annual Humanitarian Bowl Awards Dinner.

2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Paul Smith of Tulsa set a FBS individual record with his 14th consecutive 300-yard passing game vs. Bowling Green in the GMAC Bowl Sunday night. The Golden Hurricane (63-7 victory) also eclipsed Alabama's largest bowl victory margin (55 points, 61-6) in the 1953 Orange Bowl... The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl honored the members of the 1951 San Francisco Dons' football squad, which finished 9- 0 and averaged a 33-8 score, the best of any team in the nation at that time. They received a bowl bid but were told they would have to play without their African- American teammates, Ollie Matson and Burl Toler. The team promptly declined the bid. The team received a standing ovation for defining team spirit... The PetroSun Independence Bowl between Alabama and Colorado drew 47,043, the largest turnout for the Shreveport, La., encounter since 2003... The Armed Forces Bell Helicopter Bowl attracted a record 40,905 turnout at TCU's Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas... The 2nd Texas vs. The World college all-star game will be played on Feb. 2 in El Paso.

Mary D. Scovell, 96, wife of "Mr. Cotton Bowl" the late Field Scovell, died on Dec. 27 in Dallas... Dennis Roland, 51, who was head coach at five colleges and interim AD at Southeastern Louisiana, died of cancer in Georgia... Former North Texas noseguard Tony Elliott passed away at 48.

Key NFF Dates

Jan. 8: Presentation of the MacArthur Trophy to BCS National Champion
Dec. 9: NFF Annual NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria.

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