Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Nov., 26

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

RANK SCHOOL RATING
1 WISCONSIN 153.266
2 GEORGIA 146.278
3 ALABAMA 141.405
4 CLEMSON 137.361
5 PENN STATE 122.031
6 OHIO STATE 114.998
7 UCF 113.275
8 MIAMI FL 112.162
9 AUBURN 111.604
10 NOTRE DAME 101.339
11 OKLAHOMA 100.099
12 WASHINGTON 99.016
13 USC 90.704
14 TCU 90.297
15 VIRGINIA TECH 86.544
16 MICHIGAN STATE 78.751
17 LSU 76.594
18 STANFORD 75.707
19 NORTHWESTERN 69.767
20 MEMPHIS 68.954
21 WASHINGTON STATE 65.749
22 MICHIGAN 63.807
23 MISSISSIPPI STATE 63.360
24 OKLAHOMA STATE 59.478
25 BOISE STATE 54.450
26 FRESNO STATE 52.135
27 NC STATE 51.380
28 SOUTH FLORIDA 49.867
29 TOLEDO 49.557
30 SOUTH CAROLINA 48.871
31 IOWA 48.340
32 SAN DIEGO STATE 48.239
33 LOUISVILLE 48.222
34 BOSTON COLLEGE 43.799
35 WAKE FOREST 36.079
36 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 34.252
37 ARIZONA STATE 31.651
38 TROY 28.248
39 TEXAS A&M 23.967
40 ARMY 23.198
41 IOWA STATE 22.806
42 OREGON 21.601
43 PURDUE 20.171
44 HOUSTON 18.411
45 MISSOURI 17.657
46 KENTUCKY 15.327
47 ARIZONA 12.411
48 FLORIDA STATE 12.106
49 UCLA 11.476
50 GEORGIA TECH 10.000
51 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 9.744
52 NORTH TEXAS 9.370
53 WEST VIRGINIA 9.345
54 TEXAS 6.696
55 UTAH 6.465
56 SMU 5.261
57 DUKE 4.878
58 NAVY 3.295
59 MISSISSIPPI 1.068
60 OHIO 0.345
61 KANSAS STATE -0.533
62 ARKANSAS STATE -1.645
63 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -6.687
64 VIRGINIA -7.500
65 CALIFORNIA -8.042
66 MARSHALL -8.881
67 APPALACHIAN STATE -8.961
68 TEXAS TECH -9.639
69 COLORADO STATE -10.921
70 INDIANA -11.862
71 VANDERBILT -14.102
72 WYOMING -16.227
73 FLORIDA INTL -16.737
74 PITTSBURGH -17.815
75 UAB -18.709
76 SOUTHERN MISS -19.814
77 AKRON -19.816
78 FLORIDA -20.733
79 TEMPLE -21.795
80 MINNESOTA -21.845
81 UTAH STATE -23.057
82 SYRACUSE -26.773
83 COLORADO -28.513
84 WESTERN MICHIGAN -29.563
85 TULANE -30.782
86 NEBRASKA -32.259
87 MARYLAND -33.321
88 BUFFALO -37.925
89 GEORGIA STATE -38.657
90 LOUISIANA TECH -40.344
91 TENNESSEE -41.729
92 ARKANSAS -42.044
93 AIR FORCE -47.881
94 EASTERN MICHIGAN -47.925
95 RUTGERS -50.302
96 UTSA -50.663
97 UNLV -51.533
98 NEW MEXICO STATE -51.899
99 MIDDLE TENN STATE -52.663
100 MIAMI OH -58.798
101 WESTERN KENTUCKY -59.636
102 NORTH CAROLINA -60.839
103 ULL -64.353
104 ULM -64.897
105 MASSACHUSETTS -65.327
106 CINCINNATI -69.909
107 SOUTH ALABAMA -75.632
108 OLD DOMINION -77.926
109 BYU -79.560
110 NEVADA -79.673
111 CONNECTICUT -80.670
112 EAST CAROLINA -83.957
113 ILLINOIS -86.459
114 TULSA -86.513
115 IDAHO -100.014
116 NEW MEXICO -101.045
117 OREGON STATE -105.839
118 HAWAII -112.441
119 BAYLOR -113.731
120 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -115.000
121 BOWLING GREEN -117.602
122 COASTAL CAROLINA -131.416
123 KANSAS -131.476
124 TEXAS STATE -138.268
125 KENT -141.264
126 SAN JOSE STATE -141.336
127 RICE -149.427
128 BALL STATE -150.084
129 CHARLOTTE -176.925
130 UTEP -191.048
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Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Nov. 19

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

RANK SCHOOL RATING
1 ALABAMA 180.085
2 WISCONSIN 161.427
3 GEORGIA 156.329
4 MIAMI FL 150.339
5 CLEMSON 148.526
6 PENN STATE 132.178
7 NOTRE DAME 130.363
8 OHIO STATE 128.935
9 UCF 120.183
10 AUBURN 115.976
11 OKLAHOMA 109.194
12 USC 109.009
13 WASHINGTON 106.176
14 TCU 105.031
15 WASHINGTON STATE 96.557
16 VIRGINIA TECH 95.400
17 MISSISSIPPI STATE 94.668
18 MICHIGAN 90.018
19 MICHIGAN STATE 89.314
20 BOISE STATE 86.892
21 LSU 86.522
22 STANFORD 80.673
23 NORTHWESTERN 80.358
24 MEMPHIS 78.197
25 SOUTH FLORIDA 76.967
26 OKLAHOMA STATE 72.599
27 SOUTH CAROLINA 70.968
28 WAKE FOREST 64.363
29 NC STATE 59.780
30 SAN DIEGO STATE 58.393
31 FRESNO STATE 57.689
32 TOLEDO 53.860
33 IOWA 52.104
34 LOUISVILLE 51.548
35 TEXAS A&M 50.865
36 BOSTON COLLEGE 49.832
37 IOWA STATE 45.476
38 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 45.441
39 TROY 42.772
40 KENTUCKY 40.216
41 ARMY 38.145
42 ARIZONA 37.842
43 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 36.694
44 ARIZONA STATE 36.550
45 GEORGIA TECH 35.804
46 OREGON 32.617
47 TEXAS 32.101
48 WEST VIRGINIA 30.517
49 OHIO 29.711
50 MISSOURI 27.759
51 PURDUE 26.183
52 NAVY 25.422
53 HOUSTON 22.980
54 NORTH TEXAS 19.745
55 VIRGINIA 18.730
56 CALIFORNIA 18.010
57 UCLA 17.679
58 FLORIDA STATE 17.171
59 WYOMING 16.507
60 INDIANA 16.116
61 MARSHALL 15.651
62 SMU 10.822
63 ARKANSAS STATE 10.085
64 DUKE 9.950
65 COLORADO STATE 8.463
66 MISSISSIPPI 7.749
67 UTAH 7.379
68 KANSAS STATE 7.277
69 UTAH STATE 6.407
70 FLORIDA 6.372
71 COLORADO 2.348
72 MINNESOTA 1.390
73 APPALACHIAN STATE -0.849
74 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -0.916
75 WESTERN MICHIGAN -1.104
76 SYRACUSE -3.157
77 TEXAS TECH -4.599
78 NEBRASKA -6.490
79 VANDERBILT -8.232
80 SOUTHERN MISS -8.748
81 TULANE -8.800
82 AKRON -9.001
83 MARYLAND -9.456
84 GEORGIA STATE -11.494
85 TENNESSEE -12.232
86 UAB -12.434
87 TEMPLE -13.213
88 FLORIDA INTL -14.610
89 ARKANSAS -16.816
90 PITTSBURGH -19.135
91 UTSA -21.041
92 RUTGERS -24.064
93 UNLV -24.734
94 WESTERN KENTUCKY -29.629
95 LOUISIANA TECH -35.141
96 ULL -35.297
97 NORTH CAROLINA -35.978
98 BUFFALO -36.198
99 AIR FORCE -36.642
100 EASTERN MICHIGAN -38.109
101 ULM -43.063
102 OLD DOMINION -44.960
103 MIDDLE TENN STATE -48.595
104 NEW MEXICO STATE -48.685
105 MASSACHUSETTS -48.977
106 MIAMI OH -52.370
107 CONNECTICUT -58.634
108 SOUTH ALABAMA -58.711
109 TULSA -60.593
110 EAST CAROLINA -61.609
111 CINCINNATI -62.375
112 ILLINOIS -62.812
113 IDAHO -69.816
114 BYU -72.376
115 NEVADA -74.478
116 NEW MEXICO -75.517
117 OREGON STATE -78.224
118 HAWAII -88.144
119 BAYLOR -93.287
120 BOWLING GREEN -96.367
121 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -110.742
122 KANSAS -111.190
123 TEXAS STATE -113.781
124 COASTAL CAROLINA -114.016
125 KENT -115.966
126 BALL STATE -120.345
127 RICE -129.359
128 SAN JOSE STATE -140.976
129 CHARLOTTE -153.204
130 UTEP -160.916

Outland Trophy semifinalists to be announced Thursday in Omaha

OMAHA — The Greater Omaha Sports Committee officially will announce six or seven 2017 Outland Trophy semifinalists on Thursday at The Old Mattress Factory, Downtown, 501 N 13th St. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The Outland Trophy Presentation Banquet emcee, Greg Sharpe, Voice of the Huskers, will double as the  master of ceremonies for the semifinalist reception. The Outland Trophy Presentation Banquet will be held in Omaha for the 21st straight year on Jan, 10.

A number of familiar faces from the Omaha sports community are expected to attend the semifinalist reception, including FWAA Past President Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald and members of the Outland Trophy Award Dinner Committee, Rotary Club of Omaha-Downtown and the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. Former Husker football greats  will also be in attendance, including Larry Jacobson, Calvin Jones and several others.

Tickets for the reception ($15.00) are on sale now and may be purchased on-line. Paste this link into your browser https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outland-trophy-semi-finalist-announcement-reception-tickets-38149269492?aff=eand.

The three Outland Trophy finalists will be announced on Nov. 22 (ESPNU), The winner of the 72nd Annual Outland Trophy will be revealed on the evening of Dec. 7 (ESPN).

Armed Forces Merit Award presentation at Kansas State

Kansas State President Richard Myers (center) hoists the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writer’s Association of America after receiving the honor Saturday from FWAA Past President Blair Kerkhoff (second from the right) and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler (right). Lieutenant Colonel John Meredith (left) from Fort Riley and Kansas State Athletics Director Gene Taylor look on during the presentation during the Wildcat’s game against West Virginia at Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

Kellner Computer Rankings for week of Nov. 12

The Cody Kellner Points Index gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  Results from last season are considered in the ratings, but diminish as a factor as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is also considered in the ratings.

RANK SCHOOL RATING
1 ALABAMA 186.45
2 CLEMSON 152.21
3 WISCONSIN 149.68
4 MIAMI FL 145.43
5 GEORGIA 144.66
6 OHIO STATE 129.47
7 PENN STATE 128.45
8 NOTRE DAME 122.42
9 UCF 112.07
10 AUBURN 110.89
11 OKLAHOMA 107.26
12 USC 106.92
13 WASHINGTON 103.05
14 MICHIGAN 101.73
15 WASHINGTON STATE 97.51
16 TCU 94.05
17 OKLAHOMA STATE 87.73
18 VIRGINIA TECH 86.15
19 MISSISSIPPI STATE 85.98
20 BOISE STATE 81.00
21 MICHIGAN STATE 79.20
22 LSU 77.71
23 STANFORD 75.21
24 SOUTH FLORIDA 75.16
25 MEMPHIS 72.31
26 NC STATE 71.51
27 SOUTH CAROLINA 68.71
28 IOWA 66.82
29 NORTHWESTERN 61.51
30 SAN DIEGO STATE 53.88
31 WAKE FOREST 53.73
32 ARIZONA 51.18
33 GEORGIA TECH 51.11
34 TOLEDO 50.01
35 KENTUCKY 48.35
36 ARMY 48.23
37 FRESNO STATE 44.93
38 WEST VIRGINIA 44.16
39 TEXAS A&M 42.77
40 TROY 41.99
41 BOSTON COLLEGE 41.84
42 LOUISVILLE 39.91
43 OHIO 39.83
44 IOWA STATE 38.87
45 HOUSTON 38.80
46 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 33.92
47 NAVY 33.87
48 WYOMING 32.13
49 ARIZONA STATE 30.63
50 MARSHALL 28.68
51 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 25.35
52 CALIFORNIA 25.04
53 OREGON 22.10
54 UCLA 21.51
55 VIRGINIA 19.81
56 SMU 18.97
57 MISSISSIPPI 17.85
58 TEXAS 17.05
59 MINNESOTA 16.00
60 MISSOURI 15.31
61 UTAH 13.75
62 FLORIDA STATE 12.58
63 PURDUE 9.94
64 WESTERN MICHIGAN 9.56
65 NORTH TEXAS 7.24
66 SYRACUSE 6.70
67 TEXAS TECH 6.65
68 COLORADO STATE 5.67
69 ARKANSAS STATE 5.10
70 VANDERBILT 4.23
71 FLORIDA 4.06
72 COLORADO 3.51
73 INDIANA 0.58
74 MARYLAND -1.05
75 NEBRASKA -2.18
76 APPALACHIAN STATE -2.54
77 TEMPLE -3.22
78 FLORIDA INTL -3.74
79 KANSAS STATE -4.07
80 TENNESSEE -5.24
81 UTAH STATE -6.81
82 CENTRAL MICHIGAN -6.84
83 DUKE -7.52
84 UAB -9.56
85 RUTGERS -10.01
86 ARKANSAS -10.38
87 GEORGIA STATE -11.61
88 PITTSBURGH -11.96
89 SOUTHERN MISS -14.81
90 AKRON -19.94
91 TULANE -21.19
92 AIR FORCE -26.71
93 UTSA -31.49
94 UNLV -33.13
95 SOUTH ALABAMA -34.16
96 WESTERN KENTUCKY -35.99
97 MIDDLE TENN STATE -38.38
98 NEW MEXICO STATE -39.91
99 ULM -40.62
100 LOUISIANA TECH -41.62
101 ULL -43.10
102 MIAMI OH -43.86
103 NORTH CAROLINA -44.05
104 EASTERN MICHIGAN -45.09
105 BUFFALO -45.56
106 CINCINNATI -48.15
107 OLD DOMINION -51.44
108 CONNECTICUT -53.50
109 TULSA -53.93
110 IDAHO -54.01
111 BYU -61.99
112 ILLINOIS -62.09
113 MASSACHUSETTS -64.06
114 NEW MEXICO -66.80
115 OREGON STATE -71.05
116 NEVADA -71.34
117 EAST CAROLINA -72.72
118 HAWAII -72.99
119 BAYLOR -86.53
120 BOWLING GREEN -94.16
121 TEXAS STATE -109.34
122 KENT -109.55
123 KANSAS -111.90
124 BALL STATE -113.46
125 RICE -125.86
126 COASTAL CAROLINA -130.22
127 GEORGIA SOUTHERN -131.78
128 SAN JOSE STATE -137.43
129 CHARLOTTE -147.57
130 UTEP -155.67

2017 Armed Forces Merit Award goes to Kansas State

Armed Forces Merit Award

FORT WORTH, Teas – Kansas State has been named the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).The partnership of the Kansas State football team with the Iron Rangers has created a bond between the university and the United States Army post at Fort Riley. Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.”

Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and David Jones, the FWAA’s president, announced here Thursday selection of the Kansas State football team as the 2017 recipient during an 11 a.m. (CT) teleconference. Ringler will also be present Saturday at the Wildcat’s game versus West Virginia in Manhattan to officially present the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA.

A seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials selected Kansas State from a list of 38 nominations for the 2017 award. U. S. Marine veteran Steven Rhodes, a defensive end at Middle Tennessee State University, was honored last November as the fifth recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was named the initial recipient of the award in 2012 followed by Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014 and Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015. All four individuals were U. S. Army veterans before playing college football.

“We are pleased to join with the Football Writers Association of America to honor the Kansas State football program as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award,” said Ringler. “We had a list of 38 outstanding nominations for this year’s award and it is difficult to honor only one each year when we have individuals and programs that are very deserving of the honor.”

Jones echoed Ringler’s sentiments along with adding that the FWAA is “pleased to team with Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to recognize Kansas State’s involvement with the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley. The FWAA also salutes the other 2017 nominations for their contributions on-and-off the field of play.”

A nominee for the Armed Forces Merit Award since 2013, the Kansas State football team has been a finalist for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and FWAA recognition the past two years. The Kansas State relationship with Fort Riley started in 2006 when Lt. Col. Patrick Frank approached former Wildcat coach Ron Prince about partnering his soldiers with the Kansas State student-athletes. The partnership has continued with legendary Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.

“We are so very honored to receive the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA in recognition of our passionate, long and on-going relationship with For. Riley and the Big Red 1,” said Snyder. “We have such great respect for our armed services and the amazing sacrifices they make for all of us and are so fortunate to live in this country. The interaction Sean, I and our players have with the men of Fort Riley has left a lasting impact on our lives.”

Kansas State Athletics Director Gene Taylor added that “the partnerships that each of our athletic teams have with Fort Riley, including our football team, are a special and unique component of the experience that we provide all of our student-athletes at our school. Both groups have an immense respect for what each does, and it is a tremendous honor for our student-athletes to build relationships and greater understanding of the work and lifestyles of our service men and women, all whom have sacrificed so much for our country.”

In addition to hosting joint workouts, Snyder and his son, associate head coach Sean Snyder, have attended deployment and return ceremonies for the troops at Fort Riley, and they post newsletters from the regiment in the locker room. For each home game, Wildcat team captains carry the Iron Rangers and Big Red Ones Flags out onto the field as two members of the Iron Rangers bring the flags each week and watch the game from the sideline.

“Our guys – and I didn’t realize this at first – they carried names and faces of those guys around. When the Fort Riley troops were over in Afghanistan, the players were looking at the newsletters, and they were concerned about the soldiers’ well-being,” Sean Snyder said.

While many college football teams have a military appreciation day with an appearance by the color guard and a section of soldiers in the stands, K-State takes the tribute game to a higher level. At Kansas State’s annual “Fort Riley Day” game, more than 1,000 soldiers and family members have been treated to a pregame tailgate party with free food and beer and donated tickets.

The school’s football team also has attended physical training and spent a day in the life of a soldier. The Wildcats have recorded numerous videos and written cards to be shared with the unit through their deployments. The Fort Riley troops in return spend personal time with K-State coaching and support staffs.

The partnership between Fort Riley and the football team also has impacted other sports on the Manhattan campus. Each of the university’s sports have paired with a designated unit on campus to begin their own partnerships and support systems.

In an extensive 2013 article in the Kansas City Star Magazine, titled “K-State athletes and Fort Riley soldiers join forces,” Cindy Hoedel wrote that “the football partnership helped start a bigger relationship between the university and Fort Riley in 2008. What separates the K-State/Fort Riley partnership from military outreach programs at other universities is support from the top leaders of each institution.”

Hoedel’s article mentioned a visit to troops in Iraq in 2010 by Kansas State President Kirk Schulz and three faculty members. The group flew by Black Hawk helicopters and traveled by mine-resistant vehicles as they lived in troop housing for five days to see what the soldiers were experiencing.

“I don’t know how many university presidents have flown to Iraq,” said former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers, a Kansas State alum, current university president and a retired four-star general in the Air Force. “That speaks volumes.”

The Star Magazine article noted that other universities and colleges near military bases, Louisville, Texas-San Antonio, Syracuse and San Diego State, have approached Kansas State to learn how its military partnership works. Interest is also on the military side.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Texas Bowl (Houston); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

Media Contacts

Tim Simmons, Armed Forces Merit Award Coordinator at 720/244-650 or bfishinc@aol.com

Steve Richardson, Football Writers Association of America at 214/870-6516 or tiger@fwaa.com

Bryan Delgado, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 817/810-0266 or bryan.delgado@espn.com

Kenny Lannou, Senior Associate A.D. for Communications and Public Relations, K-State Athletics, 785/532-7977 (office), 785/587-7867 (mobile), klannou@kstatesports.com

Anna Negron, ESPN Media, 860-766-2233, anna.m.negron@espn.com

Broyles Award announces 2017 nominees

Football Writers Association of America Strengthens Award Selection Process

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — (Nov. 8, 2017) – The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coaches.

The 56 nominees in this year’s class were selected from approximately 1500 assistant coaches representing 129 Division One programs across the country. For the first time in the award’s 22-year history, a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was also included in the Broyles Award selection process.

The nominees include:

Alabama – Brian Daboll, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Arizona – Rod Smith, Co–Offensive Coordinator

Arizona State – Phil Bennett, Defensive Coordinator

Arkansas State – Brian Early, Defensive Line Coach

Auburn – Kevin Steele, Defensive Coordinator

Boise State – Andy Avalos, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Bowling Green State – Matt Brock, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

California – Beau Baldwin, Offensive Coordinator

Central Florida – Troy Walters, Offensive Coordinator

Clemson – Tony Elliot, Co–Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs

Eastern Michigan – Neal Neathery, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

FAU – Chris Kiffin, Defensive Coordinator

FIU – Brent Guy, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Fresno State – Orlondo Steinauer, Defensive Coordinator

Georgia – Mel Tucker, Defensive Coordinator

Georgia State – Nate Fuqua, Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Iowa State – Jon Heacock, Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

Kansas State – Sean Snyder, Special Teams Coordinator

LSU – Dave Aranda, Defensive Coordinator

Memphis – Joe Lorig, Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers

Miami – Manny Diaz, Defensive Coordinator

Michigan – Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Michigan State – Harlon Barnett, Co–Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Coach

Mississippi State – Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Missouri – Josh Heupel, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

NC State – Dwayne Ledford, Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator

North Texas – Graham Harrell, Offensive Coordinator

Northwestern – Mike Hankwitz, Defensive Coordinator

Notre Dame – Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator

Ohio State – Larry Johnson, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach

Oklahoma – Bill Bedenbaugh, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Oklahoma State – Mike Yurcich, Offensive Coordinator/QBs

Ole Miss – Derrick Nix, Running Backs Coach

Oregon – Jim Leavitt, Defensive Coordinator

Penn State – Brent Pry, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

San José State – Bojay Filimoeatu, Linebackers Coach

SMU – Joe Craddock, Offensive Coordinator

South Carolina – Coleman Hutzler, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

Southern Miss – Tony Pecoraro, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

Stanford – Mike Bloomgren, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Syracuse – Brian Ward, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

TCU – Chad Glasgow, Defensive Coordinator

Temple – Jim Panagos, Defensive Line

Texas – Todd Orlando, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Toledo – Brian Wright, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

Troy – Vic Koenning, Defensive Coordinator

U.S. Military Academy – Brent Davis, Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

USC – Tee Martin, Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach

Utah State – Mark Tommerdahl, Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

Virginia Tech – Bud Foster, Defensive Coordinator

Wake Forest – Warren Ruggiero, Offensive Coordinator

Washington – Pete Kwiatkowski, Defensive Coordinator

Washington State – Alex Grinch, Defensive Coordinator / Secondary

West Virginia – Tony Gibson, Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Western Kentucky – Clayton White, Defensive Coordinator

Wisconsin – Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator

An 18-member selection committee of distinguished former head coaches, along with a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America will select 15 semi-finalists and five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark. where the 2017 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 5th at the Marriott Hotel. For more information about the award, download the official Broyles Award brochure here.

The winner of the 2016 Broyles Award was Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator. Winners from the past five seasons are not eligible to be nominated for the Broyles Award. For a list of all previous winners and finalists, visit the Broyles Award website.

This year marks the second time the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation has presented the award. Proceeds from the 2017 Broyles Award support the mission of the Broyles Foundation; to provide education, support, and resources to Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Broyles Foundation can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Broyles Award

The Broyles Award was created in 1996 recognizing Coach Frank Broyles’ legacy of selecting and developing great assistants during his almost two decades as head coach at Arkansas. You can follow the Broyles Award on Facebook and Twitter.

About the National College Football Awards Association

The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

About the Football Writers Association of America

The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com

 

Finalists for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award revealed

Fort Worth, Texas, November 7 — Led by the Kansas State football  program, the finalists have been named for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit  Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

A nominee for the Armed Forces Merit Award since 2013, the Kansas  State football team has been a finalist for the  Lockheed Martin Armed  Forces Bowl and FWAA recognition the past two years.

The Kansas State relationship with Fort Riley started in 2006 when Lt. Col. Patrick Frank approached former Wildcat coach Ron Prince about partnering his  soldiers with the Kansas State student-athletes.  The partnership has  continued with legendary Wildcat coach Bill Snyder.

Other finalists for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA, are Jose Renderoskeiffer, a Navy veteran and a graduate  linebacker at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rory Coleman, an Army veteran and senior defensive lineman at the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Chris Howard, a retired Air Force reserve lieutenant  colonel and the President at Robert Morris University.  Dr. Howard  also serves as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college  football.”

With 38 nominations considered this fall, the award’s  selection committee of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will determine the 2017  recipient.

Marine veteran Steven Rhodes, a defensive end at Middle Tennessee  State University where he competed four seasons for the Blue Raiders, was honored last November as the fifth recipient of Armed Forces Merit  Award presented by the FWAA.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was named the initial recipient of the award in 2012 followed by Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014 and Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015.  All four individuals were U. S. Army veterans before playing college
football.

President’s column: A toast to one of the few

By David Jones/2017 FWAA President

A dirty little secret only seasoned scribes would know and that most fans probably don’t is that the new wave of brand-building college football coaches, so loquacious in public, are not always very personable in private. I’m not saying they’re necessarily frauds, but I won’t credit them with an overabundance of genuineness, either.

David Jones, 2017 FWAA President

We know this because we have finely tuned BS detectors.

Today’s coaches are products of their age. For a few, selling the program seems to be a more important part of their jobs than teaching the game. The money in the gig is too crazy. The sales job to recruits and parents and alumni and donors and fans bleeds into interaction with us.

I’m old enough to know that wasn’t always true.

Think about how quickly everything has changed in three programs around which I’ve spent my entire life — Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

It used to be the same guy stuck around a school if he won. He not only became an institution and the face of a school, he became comfortable enough in his own skin and with his employment prospects that he got to know those around him — including reporters — not just as promotional targets or BS dispensers but as people. You didn’t have to particularly like them all the time to be able to access them, receive no-nonsense answers and feel like you were talking to humans rather than promoters.

So it was with Bo Schembechler (21 seasons at Michigan), Woody Hayes (28 at Ohio State) and Joe Paterno (62 at Penn State, 46 as head coach). If you were a major writer on any of these beats, you could get these guys pretty much whenever you really needed them, one-on-one.

And they would pretty much tell you exactly what they thought and how they felt. They didn’t know any other way. Unfiltered as Camel squares.

There were others, even some the last few decades — Joe Tiller at Purdue, Hayden Fry at Iowa, Gerry DiNardo at Indiana, Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin. In basketball, Jud Heathcote and now Tom Izzo at Michigan State, Gene Keady at Purdue, Lou Henson at Illinois. Did they always try to spin the story their way a little? Sure. But they were also unafraid of showing their true selves.

I feel fortunate to recognize a few familiar faces in the current coaching racket who remember that time, too. And one of them did something along these lines a few weeks ago that I feel deserves recognition.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz  was the FWAA’s Eddie
Robinson Coach of the Year, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, in
2015.

When the Penn State media contingent, which rivals the old UConn basketball “Husky Horde” for numbers, was preparing for Iowa week, we were informed that the dean of Big Ten football coaches, Fry’s protégé Kirk Ferentz, would be available to visiting media alone for a special conference call.

What? True fact. It happened. At a Power Five school that’s a traditional power in football.

I believe there were five of us on the call, arranged by Iowa associate athletic director Steve Roe and football SID Matt Weitzel. And each of us individually thanked Ferentz before asking our questions, so rare was such an occurrence anymore.

The kicker: Ferentz broke in, as I was the fourth one up thanking him. And then he thanked us, the PSU beat writers, for the show of gratitude.

Maybe I’m imagining it, but I think the fact that only a handful of reporters were on the call and that Ferentz could see our appreciation made his answers better, more insightful. When I wrote that day’s column on him and his team, not only did he come off as something more than a cheap salesman, I reflected that smidge of humanity in what I wrote about him and Iowa football.

Maybe some teenager or some parent somewhere saw it and thought, “That’s the kind of man you’d want to play for, isn’t it?” OK, well, it’s possible.

There used to be a lot of such guys sprinkled around major-college “revenue sports,” flesh-and-blood men who you wouldn’t mind having a beer with after work — and actually just might on occasion. I’m glad there are still a few.