Members invited to Coach of the Year reception


Kellner FBS computer rankings for week of Sept. 11

The Cody Kellner Points Index (CKPI) gives each team a rating that is reflective of their strength of schedule and the success they had within it.  This is accomplished by using a least squares regression model which recalculates each formula until all ratings stabilize by use of simultaneous equations.  These characteristics are what make the CKPI known as an “advanced ratings system.”

The results from the previous season will be weighted at a decreasing rate as the current season progresses.  Margin of victory is considered in the CKPI ratings and evaluated based on how much a team dominated a game in terms of the number of points they scored in comparison to their opponent.

Individual statistics, upcoming games, injuries, conference affiliation, and location of games are not considered in the CKPI ratings.

Please note:  The CKPI is based on the past and should never be used as a method of prediction.

1 ALABAMA 135.545
2 CLEMSON 121.181
3 USC 112.754
4 MICHIGAN 109.251
5 PENN STATE 103.908
6 COLORADO 96.311
8 OKLAHOMA 94.319
9 LSU 89.757
10 WISCONSIN 86.206
12 OHIO STATE 83.000
13 LOUISVILLE 75.061
14 IOWA 72.994
16 TENNESSEE 70.954
18 GEORGIA 67.794
19 MINNESOTA 66.882
20 UTAH 62.699
21 STANFORD 59.446
23 WAKE FOREST 54.005
25 KANSAS STATE 51.847
26 TCU 50.939
28 UCLA 50.017
29 MIAMI FL 49.504
30 FLORIDA 49.477
31 VANDERBILT 49.465
33 CALIFORNIA 48.449
34 HOUSTON 46.781
35 KENTUCKY 45.908
37 OREGON 44.543
38 AUBURN 44.204
39 MARYLAND 41.454
40 NAVY 39.513
41 NEBRASKA 39.355
43 AIR FORCE 37.044
45 DUKE 35.445
46 BOISE STATE 35.172
48 TOLEDO 32.487
49 ILLINOIS 32.088
50 GEORGIA TECH 31.815
51 MEMPHIS 31.631
52 OLD DOMINION 28.420
53 TULSA 24.853
54 TEXAS A&M 24.611
56 PITTSBURGH 20.868
57 SMU 20.595
58 UCF 20.309
60 NC STATE 19.341
61 ARMY 19.200
63 NOTRE DAME 18.670
64 INDIANA 16.961
66 TEXAS TECH 11.554
69 TEMPLE 9.873
70 TEXAS 8.628
71 ARKANSAS 8.479
73 UTSA 7.355
76 TROY 5.198
77 WYOMING 3.938
78 BYU 1.202
80 SYRACUSE -3.023
81 HAWAII -3.464
82 ARIZONA -3.550
83 PURDUE -3.755
84 NEW MEXICO -3.797
87 MISSOURI -6.382
90 OHIO -12.567
91 IDAHO -12.862
93 IOWA STATE -16.142
94 OREGON STATE -16.200
96 CINCINNATI -20.065
97 UTAH STATE -20.226
98 UNLV -20.258
99 TULANE -20.874
100 ULL -22.350
101 AKRON -23.026
102 CONNECTICUT -24.276
103 VIRGINIA -27.477
104 MIAMI OH -28.115
105 NORTH TEXAS -28.828
106 BAYLOR -30.692
107 NEW MEXICO STATE -31.527
108 KENT -32.416
109 RUTGERS -33.157
110 FRESNO STATE -34.689
111 KANSAS -35.950
112 MARSHALL -37.400
113 RICE -39.472
114 FLORIDA INTL -41.729
115 BALL STATE -43.643
116 SAN JOSE STATE -46.376
117 SOUTH ALABAMA -46.994
118 ULM -48.526
119 NEVADA -52.711
120 TEXAS STATE -53.416
123 EAST CAROLINA -63.529
124 CHARLOTTE -65.639
125 BOWLING GREEN -70.658
126 GEORGIA STATE -70.814
127 UTEP -73.005
129 BUFFALO -81.789
130 UAB -113.210

Broyles Award adds FWAA, Spurrier and Stoops to selection process

Little Rock, Ark. – The Broyles Award, established to honor college football’s assistant coach of the year, announced today that the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was added to their selection process. In addition, the Broyles Award added College Football Hall of Fame coach and player Steve Spurrier and Oklahoma’s all-time winningest coach Bob Stoops to its selection committee.

“We are thrilled to add the FWAA, an organization who has intensely covered college football for eight decades, to our selection process. The addition of Coach Spurrier and Coach Stoops, means we are committed to having the sport’s very best evaluating the invaluable work of assistant coaches each season.” said Molly Arnold, vice president of the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation and granddaughter of Frank Broyles. Since the creation of Broyles Award in 1996, 42 finalists and winners have become head coaches, with 28 currently holding that title in both college and the NFL.

“Coach Broyles was an outstanding coach and person during his career in the Southwest Conference and later in the Southeastern Conference”, said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. “The establishment of this award in 1996 has benefited in the promotion of assistant coaches. The FWAA is proud to be a part of it, simply because we share history with Coach Broyles and the winners of his award.”

The FWAA will announce the 10-12 members of the Broyles Award advisory panel later. The group will present a broad cross section of the organization’s members. There are several tie-ins between the Broyles Award and FWAA. In 1964 Broyles accepted the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy for the Arkansas Razorback’s national championship team. Additionally, the FWAA has selected a Coach of the Year since 1957. The FWAA Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has been presented in the name of the late Grambling State University Coach, Eddie Robinson for the past 20 seasons. The announcement of the winner is made in mid-December each year.

Coach Spurrier, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, won 228 games as a collegiate head coach including 6 SEC titles and a national championship for the Gators in 1996. Bob Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history with 190 victories.

Frank Broyles, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease on August 14 of this year. Coach Broyles, had a remarkable track record of recruiting, training and mentoring outstanding assistant coaches who would later become successful head coaches. His 27 assistants that became head coaches collectively won 6 Super Bowl titles in 14 years, 5 College National Football Championships, 40 conference titles and over 2000 victories. Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs, Johnny Majors, Hayden Fry, Raymond Berry and Jackie Sherrill represent a handful of successful head coaches who were assistants under Frank Broyles.

The winner of the 2017 Broyles Award will be announced at ceremony in Little Rock, Ark. on December 5. Proceeds from the Broyles Award support the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation and its mission of serving Alzheimer’s caregivers in crisis by providing resources, training and education, and counseling. Over 1 million copies of “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” have been distributed in 11 languages.

Shareable Facts

Broyles Award finalists and winners, who have become head coaches, have claimed the FWAA’s Coach of the Year Award 5 times and been finalists 18 times.

Members of the Broyles Award selection committee have won the FWAA’s Coach of the Year award 9 times and been finalists 12 times.

Dwayne Dixon, a wide receiver coach for Spurrier at Florida, was a Broyles Award finalist in 2001.

Coach Stoops served as a defensive coordinator on Spurrier’s staff from 1996-1998.

Bob Stoops was named head coach at Oklahoma in 1999 when he left Spurrier’s staff at the University of Florida and one year later captured the national championship.

Coach Stoops is the only head coach since the creation of the Broyles Award to have three of his assistants win the Broyles Award: Mark Mangino (2000), Kevin Wilson (2008) and Lincoln Riley (2015).

The Broyles Award selection committee is made of up of numerous College Football Hall of Fame coaches who have collectively won 15 national championships and 3654 games, made 294 bowl appearances and won 96 conference championships.

The Broyles Award selection committee members include Barry Switzer, Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, Johnny Majors, Vince Dooley, Hayden Fry, John Robinson, Lavell Edwards, Mack Brown, Grant Teaff, Pat Dye, Frank Beamer, Gary Pinkel, Mike Bellotti, Jim Donnan, Phillip Fulmer and R.C. Slocum, Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops.

Jack Bogaczyk named to Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 1


Jack Bogaczyk

PORTSMOUTH, VA – FWAA member Jack Bogaczyk, an award-winning sports reporter and columnist in Roanoke, has been named to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Bogaczyk spent 28 years in the sports media business in Roanoke, nearly 27 of those in the newspaper business, first at The World-News and then The Roanoke Times after the merger of the two daily papers. At the Roanoke newspaper, Bogaczyk was a beat reporter, general assignment reporter, senior writer and lead columnist. He also wrote the newspaper’s Sports TV/Radio column for 19 years — one of the first in the nation to do that on a weekly basis. Bogaczyk won 13 national writing awards and 35 state honors in a daily newspaper career that started in 1966 while he was in high school.

While in Roanoke, Bogaczyk’s work focused mostly on major college athletics, and he was the beat reporter covering Virginia Military Institute and then Virginia Tech in a period from 1979 to 1988. His award-winning, 35-part series on Hokies athletics in 1985 contributed to administrative and culture changes in the Tech program.

That same year, he won the Virginia Horse Council’s media award for a series on the equine business in the Commonwealth. In his career, Bogaczyk covered the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Super Bowl, the World Series, multiple Daytona 500s, 11 NCAA Final Fours, 28 NCAA basketball tournaments and 15 different college bowl games (31 total). The conference basketball tournaments he has covered include the ACC, Big East, Metro, Colonial, Southern, Atlantic 10, Big South, ODAC and WVIAC.

virginia-sports-hall-of-fameOther members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, as chosen by the statewide Honors Court committee, were:

  • Beth Anders, a former field hockey coach who spent 30 years at Old Dominion University and led them to 28 NCAA tournament appearances.
  • Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection.
  • Bimbo Coles, a former Virginia Tech basketball standout who enjoyed a 14-year NBA career.
  • Kim Hamilton Anthony, a former gymnast on the U.S. National Team, who was a six-time All-America selection at UCLA.
  • Claudio Reyna, a three-time All-American soccer player at the University of Virginia and captain of the U.S. National Team.
  • C.J. Woollum, a former Director of Athletics at Christopher Newport University and basketball coach who transformed CNU into a Division III powerhouse.

The 46th Annual Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29 at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth as the headline event of Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit

About the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum:

Since 1972, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum has been proud to honor Virginia’s contributions to the world of sports. The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is the Commonwealth’s official hall of fame, and one of only 16 throughout the nation. Their mission is to honor athletic excellence and serve as a nonprofit educational resource centered on health, math, science and character development programs, while inspiring visitors through sports history and interactive entertainment.

Pillars of the FWAA: Orville Henry (1925-2002), Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

ffaw_redesignThe Football Writers Association of America is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1941, the FWAA has served the writing profession and college football during a time when the world has changed greatly and the sport of football has along with it. In an effort to tell the stories of the members of the organization, we will publish sketches of the FWAA’s most important leaders — all Bert McGrane Award winners.

The Bert McGrane Award, symbolic of the association’s Hall of Fame, is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization and/or the writing profession. It is named after McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, writer who was the executive secretary of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973. The McGrane Award was first bestowed on an FWAA member in 1974.

For a list of all the winners go to:

The following is the 23rd installment of the Pillars of the FWAA series. Orville Henry was the 2002 winner of the Bert McGrane Award. Thanks to FWAA member Gene Duffey for writing and researching this sketch.

By Gene Duffey

Even the toughest of times seemed to work out the best for Orville Henry.

With World War II raging in Europe and the Pacific, and many newspapermen serving overseas, Henry was named sports editor of the Arkansas Gazette in October 1943 at age 18 for the sum of $32 a week.

Orville Henry, 2002 winner of the Bert McGrane Award

Orville Henry, 2002 winner of the Bert McGrane Award

Butch Henry, the oldest of Orville’s four sons, said his father suffered from a stomach deficiency that made him 4F, ineligible to serve in the military. Orville couldn’t eat regular bread or gluten.

Orville grew up on the edge of Little Rock, the fourth of nine children and the son of a traveling salesman. He began working for the school paper in ninth grade at Pulaski Heights Junior High. His school ran a program that allowed students to volunteer at the Gazette. He finished high school at 16 in January 1942 and went to work as a copy boy at the Gazette, filling in at the switchboard.

Henry worked at the newspaper full time while continuing his education at Little Rock Junior College, which is now Arkansas-Little Rock. He graduated from the junior college at 18.

Butch remembered his father coming home for dinner, then returning to the office to put out the next morning’s newspaper, often not getting home again until 2 a.m. But Orville was up at 7, cooking breakfast for his four boys, often his special apple pancakes.


Iowa’s Ferentz wins 2015 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

ffaw_redesignDALLAS – Kirk Ferentz, whose Iowa Hawkeyes won 12 games in a season for the first time in school history, has been named the first University of Iowa coach to win the 59th FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, it was announced on Wednesday by the Football Writers Association of America.

Presented for a second straight year by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award honors the top coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision as selected by the membership of the 75-year-old organization.

“It is rewarding to see the hard work of our entire coaching staff and every member of our football program being recognized on the national level,” Ferentz said. “I appreciate the acknowledgement of our accomplishments. I am honored to share this recognition with our staff, our players, and our great fans, and I am grateful to the University of Iowa for providing the necessary support for our success.”

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

Ferentz’s team had a 7-6 record in 2014 and was selected fourth in a preseason 2015 Big Ten West Division media poll. But the Hawkeyes won their first 12 games in 2015 before falling to Michigan State, 16-13, in the Big Ten championship game. For the first time since the 1990 season, the Hawkeyes will play in the Rose Bowl and face Pac-12 champion Stanford.

The FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be highlighted during a reception on Jan. 9, 2016, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. Ferentz will accept the Eddie Robinson Award bust at the College Football Playoff National Championship media hotel.

Ferentz, 60, is in his 17th year at Iowa and has a 127-86 overall record in Iowa City. The dean of the current Big Ten coaches trails only Hayden Fry in terms of longevity as the Iowa head football coach. He has guided Iowa to 13 bowl games in 17 seasons.

Ferentz has twice before been a finalist for the FWAA coaching award, in 2002 and ’04. But the last Big Ten Conference coach to win it was Ohio State’s Jim Tressel in 2002, the year the Buckeyes won the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl with an overtime victory over Miami.

Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

What they are saying about Coach Ferentz:

“On behalf of the Eddie Robinson family, I want to extend congratulations to coach Kirk Ferentz, his family and the Iowa Hawkeyes’ football program on him becoming the 2015 Eddie Robinson Award winner,” said Eddie Robinson III. “This is so special to me because my grandfather, coach Eddie Robinson, was an Iowa Hawkeye (obtaining a master’s degree from the school). Coach Ferentz is well deserving of this award and is an institution at Iowa.”

“Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes, in a preseason poll of writers compiled by, were picked to finish fourth in the seven-team Big Ten West Division,” said 2015 FWAA President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. “They garnered zero first-place votes. By the end of the regular season, Iowa was 12-0, ranked nationally in the Top 5 and was the undisputed West champion. Ferentz’s success in retooling his program after a 7-6 season has earned him the FWAA’s national coaching honor.”


Dufresne leaving LA Times

2013 FWAA President Chris Dufresne

2013 FWAA President Chris Dufresne

All the news that’s fit to print — in 140 characters.  Chris Dufresne, president of the Football Writers Association of America in 2013, announced on Twitter this week that he is leaving the Los Angeles Times.

“News that will thrill some, sadden others: Buyout application accepted today from L.A. Times. Sorry, 140 characters can’t wrap up 40 years.”

Dufresne, a long-time national football and basketball reporter, started at the paper when he was 18 years old. His departure will come within the next couple of months.