Christina Foggie, the conference’s leading scorer, came back from a second-half injury and scored a game-high 19 points but Vanderbilt lost 53-43 to Georgia on Thursday in the SEC women’s tournament opener for both teams.
Foggie scored the game’s first six points on a pair of 3-pointers but the Commodores (18-12) trailed for the final 27:39.
It is the first time since 1999 they failed to win a game at the conference tournament.
“Georgia came ready to play and worked really hard, dominated us on the boards, was more physical, more aggressive, got a lot more shots,” Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. “They put up more shots. They got more second and third shots. They earned this victory. They did a great job.”
Foggie was injured with 6:40 to play but returned with just under two minutes left. She scored the game’s final points on a layup with 33 seconds remaining.
The senior guard made seven of 13 shots, including three of five 3-pointers. Kylee Smith, with 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for Vanderbilt, which made just six first-half field goals.
Georgia (20-10) advanced to the quarterfinals where it will face regular season champion South Carolina.
The Nashville Predators have made one first-round pick in the last three years of the NHL draft and things with many of their more recent first-rounders have not worked out as well as hoped.
That might explain why they continue to trade for players other franchises picked at the start of the draft.
Part of the compensation for all-time leading scorer and first draft pick in franchise history David Legwand in Wednesday’s deal with Detroit was 29-year-old forward Patrick Eaves, the 29th overall pick by Ottawa in the 2003 draft. Nashville also got forward prospect Calle Jarnkrok, who was a Red Wings’ second-round pick in 2010, and Detroit’s third-round pick this year.
That deal followed the January trades that brought defenseman Michael Del Zotto, the 20th overall pick in 2008, and goalie Devan Dubnyk, 14th overall in 2004. Last year at the deadline Nashville acquired Filip Forsberg, Washington’s first-round choice (10th overall) in 2012.
“I think you’re looking for players that are on the cusp,” general manager David Poile said. “One of the things that you always try to do is get guys before they’ve made it. … These are the type of deals that you like to make if you are going to make them or have to make them. I think these are decent deals.”
The Predators shipped Dubnyk to Montreal on Wednesday but their current roster includes six first-round picks – three of their own (Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones) and three by other teams (Eaves, Del Zotto and Eric Nystrom).
Of the 13 Nashville first-round picks still playing professionally, only four are in the organization, including Austin Watson (18th overall, 2010) who is currently at Milwaukee. A look at where the other nine have gone:
• Chet Pickard, goalie (18th overall, 2008): Was not offered a contract when his entry-level deal expired in 2012. Currently playing in the ECHL.
• Jonathon Blum, defense (23rd overall, 2007): Never played more than 35 NHL games in a season and was not offered a contract after 2012-13. Has spent almost all of this season with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate.
• Ryan Parent, defense (18th overall, 2005): Was in the organization twice but never appeared in a game for Nashville. Last NHL stint was four games with Vancouver in 2010-11.
• Alexander Radulov, forward (15th overall, 2004): No one doubts his offensive ability but Nashville’s coaches can’t fit him into their system, and he prefers to play in the KHL, where he has been a star since 2008-09 except for a brief return to North America two years ago.
• Ryan Suter (pictured), defense (seventh overall, 2003): One of the franchise’s all-time greats. Broke management’s heart when he accepted Minnesota’s free agent offer in July 2012.
• Scottie Upshall, forward (sixth overall, 2002): Has played 470 NHL games for five different teams. Just 77 of those games were for Nashville.
• Dan Hamhuis, defense (12th overall, 2001): Played his first five NHL seasons for Nashville then opted to leave in free agency. Has been with Vancouver four the last four.
• Scott Hartnell, forward (sixth overall, 2000): The first Nashville player to make the NHL as an 18-year-old. Traded to Philadelphia as part of 2007 salary dump and quickly became a star for that franchise.
• David Legwand, forward (second overall, 1998): The franchise’s all-time leader in all primary offensive categories. Traded Wednesday after 956 games.
Former University of Tennessee wide receivers Willie Gault and Larry Sievers and linebacker Jackie Walker are among the 75 former Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division) players on the 2014 ballot for induction in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Middle Tennessee State’s Joe Campbell, Don Griffin and Steve McAdoo as well as coach Charles Murphy are among the 86 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks also on the ballot.
The National Football Foundation released the complete list of potential inductees Thursday.
From the official release:
The ballot was mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. … To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Gault was a wide receiver/return specialist and a member of three bowl teams for the Volunteers during the early 1980s. He tied the NCAA record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season (three, 1980) and set 12 school punt/kickoff return records. He was a first-team All-American in 1982.
Sievers was a two-time consensus first-team All-American (1975 and 1976) who still is seventh in career receptions (117) and sixth in career receiving yards (1,924) at Tennessee.
Walker was a two-time first-team All-American (1970 and 1971) who set an NCAA record for career touchdowns on interception returns by a linebacker (five). He also was a part of the Volunteeers’ 1969 SEC championship team.
Campbell, a running back, led MTSU in rushing all four years of his college career, was a two-time All-American (1990 and 1991), a three-time All-OVC selection and the conference player of the year in 1990.
Griffin was an All-American (1985) and a three-time all-OVC safety.
McAdoo was an offensive lineman who was a first-team All-American twice (1991 and 92) and third team All-American once.
Murphy coached MTSU to 14 conference championships, seven in the Volunteer State Athletic Conference and seven in the Ohio Valley Conference, during his time in charge of the program (1947-68).
The complete list of 2014 College Football Hall of Fame candidates:
2014 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISON PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Trev Alberts, Nebraska-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-American and BIG-8 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993…Recipient of the 1993 Butkus Award and two-time First Team All-Conference pick…1993 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-American.
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado-Running Back- Played in two national championships, leading Buffs to 1990 national title…Unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in 1990 Heisman voting… Two-time All-Big Eight pick, still holding eight CU records.
Dre Bly, North Carolina-Defensive Back-Three-time First Team All-American, twice earning consensus honors…Three-time All-ACC pick who earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1996…Holds school records for career (20) and single-season (11) interceptions.
Tony Boselli, Southern California-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American in 1992 and 1994 (consensus-1994)…Named top offensive lineman in Pac-10 (1994)…1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Outland Trophy finalist.
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma-Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-America pick (1985-86)…Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and ’86…Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and ’85 national championship.
Bob Breunig, Arizona State-Linebacker-1974 First Team All-American and Silver Anniversary Butkus Award winner... Two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year who led ASU to consecutive WAC Championships and Fiesta Bowl wins... Finished career as school's all-time leader in both career and single-season tackles.
Jerome Brown, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle-1986 Unanimous First Team All-American and finalist for both the Outland and Lombardi trophies as senior…Helped Canes to four consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games…Ranks 10th in school history with 21 career sacks.
Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh-Offensive Tackle-1994 First Team All-American…Three-time All-Big East performer, earning unanimous first team honors in 1994…Named Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman.
Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End-First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection…Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974…Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.
Dave Butz, Purdue-Defensive Tackle-1972 consensus First Team All-American… Finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1972 and named First Team All-Conference…Named Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl.
Freddie Carr, Texas-El Paso-Linebacker-1967 First Team All-American who helped UTEP to two Sun Bowl victories…Named 1967 Sun Bowl MVP…Ranks in the top ten in numerous school records, including career tackles (410) and single-season tackles (148).
Mark Carrier, Southern California-Safety-Two-time First Team All-American (1988-89) – unanimous in 1989… 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner… Two-time First Team All-Conference selection… Led the Pac-10 in interceptions in 1989 with seven.
Wes Chandler, Florida-Split End-1977 First Team All American, finishing 10th in Heisman Trophy balloting…Two-time First Team All-SEC performer…1977 team captain who led Gators in receiving three consecutive seasons.
Shane Conlan, Penn State-Linebacker-1986 consensus First Team All-American and Butkus Award finalist…Led Lions to back-to-back national title appearances, winning championship in 1986…Led team in tackles twice and finished career ranked second in career tackles (274) at PSU.
Tim Couch, Kentucky-Quarterback-1998 consensus First Team All-American who finished fourth in Heisman voting in 1998 and ninth in 1997…1998 SEC Player of the Year who led Cats to first win over Alabama in 75 years…Set seven NCAA, 14 SEC, and 26 school records.
Tom Cousineau, Ohio State-Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer… Recorded 572 career tackles, ranking second all-time in OSU history… Held nine school records at career’s end, still holding six.
Bob Crable, Notre Dame-Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1980 and 1981… Set ND records for most career tackles (521), most tackles in a season (187), most tackles in a game (26)… Played in 1981 Hula Bowl.
Paul Crane, Alabama-Center/Linebacker-Two-way starter at center/linebacker, earning consensus First Team All-America honors…Member of back-to-back national championship teams…1965 SEC Lineman of the Year, helping ‘Bama to consecutive SEC championships.
Eric Crouch, Nebraska-Quarterback-2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O’Brien Award winner who led Huskers to 2001 national title game…Holds NCAA record for career rushing TDs by a quarterback (59)…Led team to 42-9 record and four bowl berths.
Randall Cunningham, UNLV-Punter-Named First Team All-American as a punter in 1983 and Second Team All-America as a punter and Honorable Mention as a quarterback in 1984…Led UNLV to their first-ever Bowl game…Broke 18 UNLV records.
Troy Davis, Iowa State-Tailback-Two-time consensus First Team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist…First player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons…1996 Big 12 Player of the Year who holds nearly every rushing record at Iowa State.
Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist-Running Back-Named unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982…Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).
Mike Dirks, Wyoming-Defensive Tackle-1967 First Team All-American who led Pokes to two bowl berths…Two-time First Team All-WAC selection and member of back-to-back WAC championship teams…Three-year starter who finished career with 210 tackles and 59 tackles for loss.
D.J. Dozier, Penn State-Running Back- Named 1986 consensus First Team All-American and led PSU to perfect 12-0 season and national championship (1986)… Finished eighth in 1986 Heisman voting… First PSU back to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.
Tim Dwight, Iowa-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1997… First Team All-Big Ten who placed seventh in 1997 Heisman Trophy voting…Finished career as Big Ten’s leader in punt return yardage (1,102).
Jumbo Elliott, Michigan-Offensive Tackle- Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-’87)… Two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and member of 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions…Paved the way for Jamie Morris, who had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.
William Fuller, North Carolina-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1983… Holds school record with 57 career TFL and broke Lawrence Taylor’s season record with 22 TFL in 1981…Three-time First Team All-ACC pick.
Thom Gatewood, Notre Dame-Split End-1970 consensus First Team All-American who finished in the top 12 of Heisman voting…First African-American captain in ND history and led team in receiving for three years and set numerous school records…1971 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-1982 First Team All-American…Led Vols to three bowl berths…Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records…Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.
Kirk Gibson, Michigan State-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-American, led Big Ten in receiving in league play and helped the Spartans to a Big Ten Co-Championship and a No.12 national ranking in 1978…Played MLB for 17 seasons.
Charlie Gogolak, Princeton-Placekicker-1965 First Team All-American…Set seven NCAA records and led Princeton to an 8-1 season (1965)… Two-time First Team All-Ivy…Holds four school records…Helped popularize the soccer-style technique in the kicking game.
Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech-Quarterback-1999 consensus First Team All-American and Davey O’Brien award winner… 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up and 1999 ACC Player of the Year… Led Tech to three bowl berths and share of 1998 ACC title… Set nine school records.
Al Harris, Arizona State-Defensive End-Named unanimous First Team All-American and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978…Named First Team All-Conference, he set an ASU record with 19 sacks in 1978.
Dana Howard, Illinois-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors as a senior…1994 Butkus Award winner and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year…School’s all-time leading tackler (595) who led team in tackles each year of career.
Randy Hughes, Oklahoma-Defensive Back-1974 First Team All-American and member of 1974 national championship team and three Big Eight championship teams…Finished fourth on OU’s career interceptions list (14)…1974 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Bobby Humphrey, Alabama-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1987…Led Tide to victories in Aloha Bowl and two Sun Bowls…Named UPI Offensive Player of the Year in 1987…Ended career with 4,958 all-purpose yards and 40 TDs.
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous laurels in 1990…Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990…Led ND to national championship at the Fiesta Bowl and two Orange Bowls.
Roy Jefferson, Utah-Split End-1964 First Team All-American who led Utes to Liberty Bowl win…Two-time First Team All-WAC performer, leading team to 1964 conference title…Twice led team in receiving and led WAC in receptions (29) and receiving yards (435) in 1963.
Ernie Jennings, Air Force-Wide Receiver-1970 consensus First Team All-American, finishing eighth in 1970 Heisman Trophy voting…Led Air Force to 1971 Sugar Bowl berth… Holds every single-season and career receiving record at Air Force.
Keyshawn Johnson, Southern California-Wide Receiver-1995 unanimous First Team All-American who ranked seventh in Heisman voting…1995 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year…Earned MVP honors in 1995 Cotton Bowl and 1996 Rose Bowl wins.
Clinton Jones, Michigan State-Halfback-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1966...Led Spartans to consecutive national championships…Two-time All-Big Ten performer who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1966.
Lincoln Kennedy, Washington-Offensive Tackle-1992 unanimous First Team All-American who led Washington to 1991 national title…Led Huskies to three consecutive Pac-10 titles and three Rose Bowl berths…Twice won Morris Trophy as conference’s best offensive lineman.
Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin-Defensive Tackle-Named a consensus First Team All-American in 1981… Led Badgers to 1981 Garden State Bowl and earned Defensive MVP honors in 1982 Independence Bowl…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.
Greg Lewis, Washington-Running Back-1990 First Team All-American and Doak Walker award winner… Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1990, leading Huskies to 1990 conference title… Finished seventh in 1990 Heisman voting and recorded 15, 100-yard games.
Jess Lewis, Oregon State-Defensive Tackle-Named First Team All-American in 1967…Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967, 1969).
Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.)-Linebacker-1995 First Team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up…Led Canes to Fiesta and Orange bowl appearances and ranks sixth all-time at Miami with 388 career tackles…Two-time First Team All-Big East performer who twice led the league in tackles.
Robert Lytle, Michigan-Running Back-Named consensus All-American in 1976…Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting… Named Big Ten MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.
Bob McKay, Texas-Offensive Tackle-1969 consensus First Team All-American who helped Longhorns to national championship and unbeaten season at Cotton Bowl in senior season…Member of two SWC championship teams and 1969 all-conference selection.
Cade McNown, UCLA-Quarterback-1998 Consensus First Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient…1998 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-10 titles in 1997 (shared) and 1998…Holds numerous school records.
Mark Messner, Michigan-Defensive Lineman-1988 unanimous First Team All-American who was a Lombardi Award finalist…1988 Big Ten Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection…Led Wolverines to four bowl berths and named MVP of 1985 Fiesta Bowl.
Darrin Nelson, Stanford-Halfback-1981 First Team All-American who was the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season…Finished career as NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (6,885)… Four-time All-Pac-10 pick.
Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987 First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins… Member of the 1985 conference championship team… Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Tom Nowatzke, Indiana-Fullback-Named First Team All-American in 1964…A two-time All-Conference selection (1963-64), he led the Big Ten in rushing in 1963…Played in the East/West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and Coaches All-American Game.
Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback-Named consensus First Team All-American in 1969…Member of the 1968 National Championship team…Named First Team All-Big Ten conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles…Led the team in rushing three times.
Paul Palmer, Temple-Running Back-1986 unanimous First Team All-American…Led the nation in rushing yards (1,866), rushing yards per game (169.6) and all-purpose yards (2,633) in 1986… Set 23 school records and was named ECAC Player of the Year in 1986.
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana-Quarterback-2001 First Team consensus All-American…First player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career…Rushed for more yards than any QB in FBS history upon conclusion of career.
Simeon Rice, Illinois-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American and three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection…Holds conference and school record for career sacks (44.5) and Illini record for career tackles for loss (69)…Set school record for single-season sacks (16).
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983 consensus First Team All-American…Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player…Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983…Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech-Offensive Lineman-1992 consensus First Team All-American and finalist for Outland Trophy… Led team to 1990 Independence Bowl berth and two-time All-South Independent selection.
Mike Ruth, Boston College-Nose Guard-1985 consensus First Team All-American and Outland Trophy winner…Three-time All-East and All-ECAC selection…Member of three bowl teams and recorded 344 career tackles, including 29 sacks.
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado-Tailback-1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner…1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient… 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring, and all-purpose yards.
Warren Sapp, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle-1994 unanimous First Team All-American who finished sixth in Heisman voting… Recipient of the 1994 Lombardi and Nagurski awards and named Big East Defensive Player of the Year…Led Canes to national title game appearance in 1995.
John Sciarra, UCLA-Quarterback-1975 First Team All-American who placed seventh in Heisman voting…1976 Rose Bowl Player of the Game and two-time team MVP…1975 First Team All-Pac-8 selection and 1975 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976…Two-time First Team All-SEC selection…Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).
Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina-Wide Receiver-1987 First Team All-American…Two-time First Team All-Conference…Set nearly every school receiving record by career’s end, including career receptions (169), single-season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497).
Art Still, Kentucky-Defensive End-1977 unanimous First Team All-American…Two-time First Team All-SEC performer who led Cats to 1976 SEC Championship…1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year who set school record for 22 TFL in 1977 (still standing).
Derrick Thomas, Alabama-Linebacker-1988 unanimous First Team All-American and Butkus award winner… Led Tide to four consecutive bowl berths, earning 1988 SEC Defensive Player of the Year… Set NCAA career sack record (52) and finished career with 74 TFL.
Zach Thomas, Texas Tech-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1995…Two-time Consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 94) who led Red Raiders to 1994 SWC title…Ranks fifth all-time at Tech with 390 career tackles.
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU-Tailback-2000 Unanimous First Team All-American and 2000 Doak Walker Award winner…1999 WAC Offensive Player of the Year who led TCU to consecutive co-shares of WAC title… Holds 15 school records and is TCU’s all-time leading rusher.
Jackie Walker, Tennessee-Linebacker-1970 and ’71 First Team All-American…Set NCAA record for career interceptions returned for TD by a linebacker (5)… Two-time First Team All-SEC selection who helped Vols to 1969 SEC Championship.
Wesley Walls, Mississippi-Tight End-1988 First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection…Played as a two-way player his senior season (DE-TE)…Tallied 36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns in one season at tight end…1988 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Lorenzo White, Michigan State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous (’85) and consensus (’87) honors…Led State to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win…Led nation in rushing (1985), first MSU player to lead team in rushing four-straight seasons.
Clarence Williams, Washington State-Running Back-Named First Team All-American and All-Conference in 1964…Twice led the Cougars in rushing, scoring and kickoff returns…Played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine and All-West Coast All-Star Games in 1964.
Ricky Williams, Texas-Running Back-Two-time unanimous First Team All-American and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner…Finished career as NCAA’s all-time leading rusher and won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles…1998 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year who left Texas with 46 school records.
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard-1988 First Team All-American…Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team…Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.
2014 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Mike Bellotti-Chico State (Calif.) (1984-88), Oregon (1995-2008)-Winningest coach in Oregon football history, leading the Ducks to their first four ten-win seasons in school annals…Led Oregon to two Pac-10 titles and 12 bowl games…Led Ducks to 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl win in 2001,with a final ranking at No. 2.
Jim Carlen-West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981)-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach…1973 National Coach of the Year…Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year… Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.
Pete Cawthon Sr.-Texas Tech (1930-40)-Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm…Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance…Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.
Danny Ford-Clemson (1978-1989), Arkansas (1993-97)-Led Tigers to perfect 12-0 season and national title in 1981…Won five ACC championships and twice named conference coach of the year…Boasts four of the top five winningest seasons in school history and set Clemson record with 41 consecutive weeks in AP Top 20…Led Arkansas to first SEC West title in 1995.
Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis (1958-71)-All-time winningest coach in Memphis history…Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation…Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.
Darryl Rogers-Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)-Took Fresno State to two bowl games. Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State…Was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978…Won the Big Ten title in 1978.
2014 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Archie Amerson, Northern Arizona-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1996…Finished as school’s all-time career rushing leader despite only playing two seasons (3,196 yards)…1996 Walter Payton Award recipient as Division I-AA’s most outstanding offensive player… Led NAU to its first-ever I-AA playoff appearance.
Rennie Benn, Lehigh-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America in 1985…Currently ranks second in NCAA Division I-AA history in touchdown receptions (44), behind only Jerry Rice…Ranks seventh in Division I-AA history in career receiving yards (3,662).
Carl Boyd, Northern Iowa-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1987…Selected First Team All-Conference and Offensive Player of the Year in 1987…In 1987, he was Conference Player of the Week four times…Two-time team captain…Totaled 2,735 career rushing yards and 1,987 receiving yards.
Joe Campbell, Middle Tennessee State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1990-91)…A three-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990…Led the team in rushing all four years.
Bruce Collie, Texas-Arlington-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team All-America in 1984…Led UTA to 1981 Southland Conference title…Three-time All-SLC selection…Played six seasons in the NFL with San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Case deBruijn, Idaho State-Punter-Named First Team All-America in 1981…Twice led the nation in punting (1980-81) and was twice the runner up (1978-79)… Season average of 45.9 in 1981 is third all-time in I-AA.
John Dorsey, Connecticut-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America in 1983…Led the team in tackles from 1981-83…Two-time Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1982-83).
Tom Ehrhardt, Rhode Island-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America in 1985…Named Yankee Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and First Team All-New England in 1985…Member of the URI Hall of Fame.
Curtis Eller, Villanova-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92) and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1992…A three-time First Team All-Conference, he twice earned Yankee Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Richard Erenberg, Colgate-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1983…Broke 12 Division I-AA records…Selected as ECAC Player of the Year in 1983…All-time leading rusher in Colgate history…Two-time recipient of the Andy Kerr Award signifying Colgate’s MVP (1982-83).
Don Griffin, Middle Tennessee State-Safety-1985 First Team All-America and Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection…Recorded 210 tackles, 13 career interceptions, and held school record for interceptions in a game (3).
Don Hass, Montana State-Halfback-Two-time First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference selection (1966-67)…Set or matched seven conference records…Holds nine school single-season rushing records, including 1,460 yards in a season.
Conway Hayman, Delaware-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1970…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1969-70)…Led team to two conference titles and three Lambert Cup Eastern Championships.
John Hill, Lehigh-Center-Named First Team All-America in 1971…Recipient of Football Roundup Magazine’s College Division Exemplary Player Award…Named First Team All-ECAC and New York Times All-East in 1971.
John Huard, Maine-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference selection (1965-66)…Led Maine to its first postseason game, the Tangerine Bowl in 1964.
Rene Ingoglia, Massachusetts-Running Back-Finished career ranked second all-time in FCS history in TDs (54) and as school’s all-time leader in rushing (4,624) and carries (905) among others…First UMass player to average more than 100 ypg rushing in career.
Garry Kuhlman, Delaware-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America and All-ECAC selection (1980-81)…His 1979 team led all Division I-AA teams in scoring with 35.5 points and 405.5 yards total offense per game.
Steve McAdoo, Middle Tennessee State-Offensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92)…Earned Third Team All-America honors by the Associated Press in 1990…Three-time First Team All-Conference pick.
Bill McGovern, Holy Cross-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-America in 1984…Led the nation in interceptions (11) in 1984…Set Division I-AA career interception record with 24…Two-time All-ECAC performer (1983-84)…Named 1984 team captain.
Robert Morris, Georgetown-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1973-74)…Member of the Georgetown Hall of Fame and the National Slavic Honor Society.
John Ogles, Austin Peay State-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1966…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1965-66)…One of two players to have jersey retired at Austin Peay…Member of the Ohio Valley Conference and APSU Athletic Halls of Fame.
Chris Parker, Marshall-Running Back-1995 First Team All-America pick…Member of 1992 national championship team, leading MU back to national title game in 1993 and ’95 (national runner-up)…Recorded 31 games with at least 100 yards rushing en route to finishing career with 5,924 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns.
Michael Payton, Marshall-Quarterback-1992 First Team All-America selection and Walter Payton Award winner…Led Herd to 1992 National Championship and appearance in 1991 national title game…Two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year…Passed for over 10,000 yards in career.
Martin Peterson, Pennsylvania-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team All-America, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-ECAC in 1986…His teams won three conference titles.
Charlie Pierce, Central Florida-Punter / Placekicker-Named First Team All-America…Career record holder at UCF for punts (173), punt yardage (7,111) and points scored (297)… Helped UCF to FCS playoffs in 1993.
Michael Renna, Delaware-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America, All-Conference and All-ECAC selection (1988-89)…Delaware’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1990…Finished career as the 10th leading tackler in school history with 205.
Kirk Roach, Western Carolina-Placekicker-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1984-86)…Four-time First Team All-Conference pick…Holds five Division I-AA kicking records, 10 conference records and 18 school records…Missed only one extra point in four years.
Terry Schmidt, Ball State-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-America in 1973 when he set a single-season school record with 13 interceptions…Team MVP as a senior…Played in the Coaches All-America Game and the East-West Shrine Game.
Larry Schreiber, Tennessee Tech-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1969…Set an NCAA record for most career rushes with 877…Set six conference records…Currently ranks second on the conference all-time rushing list with 4,421 yards.
Steve Schubert, Massachusetts-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America in 1972…Averaged 81.9 yards receiving per game in 1972, which ranks fourth on the school record list…Holds school record for average yards per catch in a season in with 20.1 in 1972.
Joe Skladany, Lafayette-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America in 1981…Lettered four years and was named team Rookie of the Year in 1978…Twice named Lafayette Player of the Year…Member of the Lafayette Hall of Fame.
Leonard Smith, McNeese State-Cornerback-Named First Team All-America in 1982…Two-time All-Southland Conference selection…Named conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1982…Named McNeese MVP and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year in 1982.
Tom Stenglein, Colgate-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1984-85)…Two-time First Team All-ECAC, pick (1984-85)…Colgate’s all-time leader in receptions in a game (12), season (67) and career (144).
Freddie Thomas, Troy (formerly Troy State)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) and helped lead Troy State to the National Championship in 1987…A two-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named team captain in 1987.
Markus Thomas, Eastern Kentucky-Tailback-Finished career ranked third all-time in FCS history in rushing (5,149)…Two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year who led team to two conference titles…52 career rushing TDs.
Billy Thompson, Maryland Eastern Shore-Defensive Back-1968 First Team All-America selection…Four-year letterman, who was named team MVP as a senior…Three-time CIAA All-Conference selection…1984 UMES Hall of Fame inductee.
Lee White, Weber State-Fullback-Named First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference in 1967…Rushing and scoring champion of the Big Sky Conference in 1967…Member of the Big Sky Silver Anniversary Team.
John Zanieski, Yale-Middle Guard-Named First Team All-America and First Team All-Ivy League in 1984…Selected as the team’s MVP in 1984…Finished second on school’s quarterback sack list with 21.
2014 DIVISION II PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Anthony Aliucci, Indiana (Pa.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America and Harlon Hill Trophy runner-up in 1991…Named team MVP, he led the nation in pass efficiency in 1990…Guiding his team to three playoff appearances, he threw for over 7,300 career yards.
William Campbell, Western State (Colo.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-79)…Set school record for interceptions in a season with seven in 1979…Led the team in tackles his senior year with 84.
Peter Catan, Eastern Illinois-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)…Member of the 1978 Division II National Championship team…Holds school record for quarterback sacks in a game (six), season (21) and career (47).
Bruce Cerone, Emporia State (Kan.)-End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1968-69)…Ranks second in NCAA Division II history in career touchdown receptions (49), fourth in career receiving yards (4,354) and ninth in receptions (241).
Steve Cockerham, Akron-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1976-77)…Concluded career as the school’s all-time leader in tackles with 715…Led Akron to 1976 Division II Championship Game.
Tom Collins, Indianapolis (Ind.)-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-America in 1985…All-time college football leader in career interceptions (37), representing all levels of the NCAA.
William Dillon, Virginia Union-Free Safety-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1980-82)…Tallied 16 interceptions in 1983. 1983 Black College Player of the Year…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection and Player of the Year (1981-82).
Jim Ferge, North Dakota State-Linebacker / Def. Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1967-68)…Named conference Most Valuable Lineman in 1968…Selected as team captain and MVP in 1968.
Bernard Ford, Central Florida-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America and 1987 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist…Ranks in Top 10 of 14 UCF records, ranking first in receiving yards in a season (1,403), all-purpose yards per game (188) and average yards per catch in career (21.8).
Chris George, Glenville State (W.Va.)-Wide Receiver- Two-time First Team All-America selection and four-time WVIAC pick…Led GSC to Division II National Playoffs in 1993 and ‘94…Member of two conference championship teams and held nine national records by career’s end.
Darwin Gonnerman, South Dakota State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1967-68)…Led conference in scoring and rushing in 1967…Named conference Back of the Year in 1968…Set 13 school records during his career.
Don Greco, Western Illinois-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1980…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection – winning the conference’s Lineman of the Year award in 1980…A 1980 team captain, he was twice named Western Illinois’ MVP.
Pat Hauser, Cal State-Northridge-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1982-83)… Four-year starter and letterman.
Bobby Hedrick, Elon-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1980…Ranked second in NCAA history in career rushing yards (5,604), among all divisions, at career’s end (behind only Tony Dorsett).
Chris Hegg, Truman State (Mo.) (formerly Northeast Missouri State)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America and AFCA Division II Player of the Year in 1985…Two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year (1984-85)…Still holds eight conference records.
Louis Jackson, Cal Poly S.L.O.-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-80)…Member of the 1980 Division II National Championship team…Holds school records for yards rushing in a career (3,444), season (1,463) and game (267).
Gary McCauley, Clarion (Pa.)-Tight End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1980-81)…Member of two conference title teams…Holds school career receiving records for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,736)…Four-year starter.
Ed O’Brien, Central Florida-Placekicker-Named First Team All-America…UCF record holder for career field goals made (50), field goals attempted (77) and longest field goal made (55 yards)…Helped UCF to 1987 Division II Semifinals.
Gary Puetz, Valparaiso-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1971-72)…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection…Made first team All-Conference as a placekicker as well in 1972…Earned team’s MVP award.
Bill Royce, Ashland (Ohio)-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America…Two-time MWIFC Defensive Player of the Year…Recorded 366 career tackles, including 71 sacks… Helped Ashland to four-year team record 33-10-1.
Gary Wichard, LIU-C.W.Post (N.Y.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America, ECAC Player of the Year and team captain in 1971…Played in the 1972 Senior Bowl…Set school records in career passing yards (5,373), touchdown passes (41) and total offense (5,642).
Jerry Woods, Northern Michigan-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection and All-Conference pick (1987-88)… Returned 89 punts for 1,129 yards, a 12.6 yard average…Returned kickoffs for 1,475 yards, a 24.9 yard average and current school record.
2014 DIVISION III PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
John Bothe, Augustana (Ill.)-Center-Named First Team All-America in 1988…One of three finalists for the 1988 NCAA Division III Player of the Year Award…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1986-88)…Helped Augustana to a 45-3-1 record.
Sean Brewer, Millsaps (Miss.)-Defensive Lineman-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1990-92)…Set school record for most career tackles, currently ranks second.
Ray Condren, Gettysburg (Pa.)-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America, All-ECAC and All-Conference selection (1983-84)…Finished second in rushing in Division III in 1984…Named ECAC Division III Player of the Year in 1984.
Al Dorenkamp, Central (Iowa)-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America in 1974…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1973-74)…Captained Central to a perfect 11-0 mark and the Division III National Championship in 1974.
Chuck Downey, Stony Brook-Safety-1987 First Team All-America selection…Recorded 239 tackles and 13 interceptions on defense…First player in Division III history to achieve 1,000 yards on both punt and kickoff returns in a career…Currently holds 12 NCAA Division III records and 23 school records.
Blake Elliott, Saint John’s (Minn.)-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American and winner of the 2003 Gagliardi Trophy…Two-time MIAC Player of the Year… Led SJU to 2003 DIII national title and owns 29 school records.
Rick Fry, Occidental (Calif.)-End-Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1976-77)…Was the NCAA annual champion for receiving in 1976-77 and set four NCAA receiving records…Member of the Occidental Football Hall of Fame.
Ed Kelley, Hampden-Sydney (Va.)-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1974-75)…Three-time First Team All-Conference pick (1973-75)…Led the defensive unit that gave up only 10.8 points per game in 1975.
Fran McDermott, St. Mary’s (Calif.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)…Played in the 1981 Japan Bowl. Four-year starter and letterman…Holds school records for most interceptions in a career (21), season (8) and game (4).
Kenneth Murawski, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America in 1981…Named First Team All-Conference in 1981 and Second Team in 1980…Two-time team defensive captain…Totaled 243 career tackles and nine interceptions.
Alonzo Patterson, Wagner -Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1981-82)…Finished fourth on the NCAA leading rusher list for all divisions in 1981, leading Division III with 1,487 yards…Three-time ECAC Player of the Year (1980-82).
Gerry Quinlivan, Buffalo-Linebacker-Named First Team All-America in 1984…Two-time First Team ECAC Upstate New York selection and team captain (1983-84)…Four-year starter and letterman…Two-time Most Outstanding Linebacker (1983-84).
2014 NAIA PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Marlin Briscoe, Nebraska-Omaha-Quarterback-1967 First Team NAIA All-American who ranks third all-time at UNO with 5,114 passing yards…Set 22 offensive records by career’s end… Three-time All-CIC selection.
Mark Cotney, Cameron (Okla.)-Defensive Back-Named First Team NAIA All-America and All-Conference in 1974…Amassed 132 career tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons at Cameron.
Karl Douglas, Texas A&M-Kingsville-Quarterback-Led Javalinas to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 1969-70 as well as four consecutive conference championships…First player to be named most valuable back in the NAIA game in consecutive years.
Duane Fritz, Chadron State (Neb.)-Punter-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1975…Led NAIA II and the conference in punting in 1975…Averaged 42.3 yards on 65 punts in 1975.
Ron Hausauer, Jamestown (N.D.)-Offensive Guard-Two-time First Team NAIA All-America and First Team All-Conference (1980-81)…Four-year letterman…Member of the Jamestown College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Lynn Hieber, Indiana (Pa.)-Quarterback-Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1974-75)…Won the Division II Total Offense crown in 1975…Selected as ECAC Division II Player of the Year, First Team All-East and First Team All-ECAC in 1975.
Terron Jackson, Missouri Southern State-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1972…Member of school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Randy Page, Central Oklahoma-Quarterback-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1983 and earned Second Team NAIA All-America honors in 1982…Led UCO to an NAIA National Championship in 1982…Broke 14 school records.
Dave Pomante, Whitworth (Wash.)-Defensive Lineman-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1981…Two-time All-District selection…Set school records with 20 sacks in a season and 35 in a career…Led team with 117 tackles as a senior.
Bobby Saiz, Adams State (Colo.)-Quarterback-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1989…Passed for 10,169 career yards and 87 touchdowns…Averaged 251 yards per game in total offense…Led team to No. 1 NAIA national ranking in 1989.
Ed Smith, Bethel (Kan.)-Wide Receiver-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1985…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1984-86)…Holds 13 school records…His 47 career touchdown receptions were two short of the national record.
Brad Tokar, Westminster (Pa.)-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1990…Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1988, 1990)…Led Westminster to two NAIA Division II National Championships…Westminster’s all-time leading rusher with 5,269 career yards.
Jay Wessler, Illinois College-Running Back-Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1979…Three-time member of the NAIA District All-Star Team…Three-time team MVP (1978-80) and Illinois Athlete of the Year (1979-81).
Mike Wiggins, Iowa Wesleyan-Punter-Named First Team All-America in 1987 and NAIA All-America in 1986 and 1987…Named National Punting Champion for the NAIA in 1987.
2014 DIVISIONAL COACHES CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Bill Bowes-New Hampshire (1972-98)-Won more games than any coach in Yankee Conference history…Claimed 11 conference titles and was a multiple winner of the District I Coach of the Year award…He was the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Football Award by the New Hampshire Chapter of the NFF.
Paul Durham-Linfield (Ore.) (1948-67)-His team won seven conference championships…Named 1962 NAIA Coach of the Year…Was the athletics director at Linfield while coaching…Member of the Oregon Sports, Helms Athletic and NAIA Football Coaches Halls of Fame.
Jim Feix-Western Kentucky (1968-83)-Named Kodak College Coach of the Year for Division IV in 1973 and 1975…Won or shared six conference titles…Three-time conference Coach of the Year (1973, 1978, 1980)…The winningest coach in school history…Charter member of the school Athletic Hall of Fame.
Howard Fletcher-Northern Illinois (1956-68)-Coached unbeaten NCAA College Division and NAIA National Championship team in 1963…Led NIU to three conference titles (1963-65)…Inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame…Was the runner-up as Kodak College Division Coach of the Year in 1963…Made three appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl.
Ross Fortier-Minnesota Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State) (1970-92)-School's all-time winningest coach…Led his team to seven postseason playoffs and nine conference championships…Led 1981 team to unbeaten regular season and number one ranking in the final regular season poll…Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Morley Fraser-Albion (Mich.) (1954-68)-Led Albion to five conference championship and was named the Small College Coach of the Year in 1964…Coached one All-America, five conference Players of the Year and 65 first team All-Conference selections…Was a Commander in the U.S. Navy during WWII…Received the Distinguished American Award from the Michigan Chapter of the NFF.
Frank Girardi-Lycoming (Pa.) (1972-2007)-Led Lyco to two national championship appearances and led team to 13 Middle Atlantic Conference championships…Boasts 11 Division III playoff appearances and is one of only 15 coaches to ever win 250 games at one institution…12-time MAC Coach of the Year who coached 10 First Team All-Americans and 217 First Team All-Conference players.
Rudy Hubbard-Florida A&M (1974-85)-Captured back-to-back national championships, 1977 and 1978, including the inaugural NCAA Division I-AA National Title in 1978… Led A&M to back-to-back SIAC championships.
Art Keller-Carthage (Wis.) (1952-82)-Named FWAA College Division Distinguished Coach in 1982 and four-time NAIA District Coach of the Year…Member of the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame…Won eight conference titles and compiled three 14-game winning streaks…Member of the Carthage Hall of Fame and received the President's Medal of Honor.
Glenn Killinger-Dickinson (Pa.) (1922), Rensselaer (N.Y.) (1927-32), Moravian (Pa.) (1933), West Chester (Pa.) (1934-41, 45-59)-Winningest coach in West Chester history…Member of the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame…Had only one losing season in 37 years as a head coach.
Larry Korver-Northwestern College (Iowa) (1967-94)-Led Northwestern to two National Championships, 14 playoff appearances and 212 victories in 28 seasons on the sidelines…Twice named NAIA National Coach of the Year, he has coached 32 players to All-America status.
Dick Lowry-Wayne State (Mich.) (1974-79), Hillsdale (Mich.) (1980-96)-Won seven conference championships at both schools and earned five births in the NAIA national playoffs winning the National Championship in 1985…He was voted NAIA Coach of the Year in 1982 and was conference Coach of the Year six times.
James Malosky-Minnesota Duluth (1958-97)-Winningest coach in Division II history at time of retirement…Led teams to nine conference championships…Named NSIC, MIAC and/or NAIA Coach of the Year 13 times…Produced 33 winning seasons in 40 years at UMD.
Don Miller-Trinity (Conn.) (1967-98)-Recorded 28 winning seasons out of 32…Retired as the all-time winningest Division III football coach in New England history (now second)…Four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year and 1993 New England Division II/III Coach of the Year…Team recorded best record in NESCAC seven times.
Charles Murphy-Middle Tennessee State (1947-68)-Captured seven Volunteer State Athletic Conference Championships…Won seven Ohio Valley Conference Championships…Named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1965.
Jim Ostendarp-Amherst (Mass.) (1959-91)-Named UPI Small College Coach of the Year in 1964…Selected as the New York Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year in 1984…Captured 13 Little Three titles…Named AFCA/Kodak New England Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1964.
Forrest Perkins-Wisconsin-Whitewater (1956-84)-At the time of his retirement, he ranked second on the active wins list on the Division III level…Named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1966…The all-time winningest coach in conference and school history. Captured 11 Conference titles.
Bill Ramseyer-Wilmington (Ohio) (1972-90), Virginia’s College at Wise (1991-2001)-Three-time District Coach of the Year…Seven Hall of Fame inductions, including NAIA Hall of Fame (1997)…Coached his teams to a winning season in 24-of-30 seasons…Coached Wilmington to an NAIA National Runner-Up in 1980…Coached 70 All-Americans.
Dwight Reed-Lincoln (Mo.) (1949-71)-Teams won three conference titles…Coached 93 All-Americans in four sports…The football stadium at Lincoln University was named for him.
Pete Schmidt-Albion (Mich.) (1983-96)-Teams won nine MIAA championships (seven outright), five NCAA Division III playoff appearances and the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship… 1994 AFCA National Coach of the Year.
Clyde “Buck” Starbeck-Northern Iowa (1936-42, 1945-57)-Captured seven conference championships in 10 years…Went 31 consecutive conference games without a defeat…Member of the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame.
Jim Tressel-Youngstown State (1986-2000), Ohio State (2001-2010)-Led teams to nine national title game appearances, winning four FCS championships with Youngstown State and one BCS championship with Ohio State…Led Buckeyes to six Big Ten titles and coached 73 First Team All-Americans during career…Two-time Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, winning one at the FBS and one at FCS level.
John Whitehead-Lehigh (1976-86)-Named Division II Coach of the Year in 1977 and Division I-AA Coach of the Year in 1979…Captured the 1977 Division II National Championship…Runner-up in the 1979 Division I-AA National Championship.
Alex Yunevich-Alfred (N.Y.) (1937-41, 1946-76)-Had six undefeated teams…His team was 1971 Lambert Bowl Division III champions of the East…Named Small College Coach of the Year in 1956 by the Washington Touchdown Club and same in 1971 by the NY Football Writers.
Allen Zikmund-Nebraska-Kearney (formerly Kearney State) (1955-71)-His teams won 11 conference titles…Nine of his players were named NAIA All-Americas and 67 made All-Conference…Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
The Tennessee Titans won’t get a head start in their efforts to reshape their defense, after all.
Free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson visited with the Titans last week, days after the Cleveland Browns released him, but he agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, who announced the deal Thursday morning.
From the Colts’ official release:
“He is a team-first guy that has been a very consistent producer on the field,’ general manager Ryan Grigson said. “The tempo, energy and determination he plays with are right up there with the best in this league.
“He brings a welcomed element of experience and natural leadership to our team and we are excited to add him to the strong nucleus of linebackers we currently have on our roster.”
The release did not include any mention of Grigson thumbing his nose at the Titans, although it's safe to say that was implied.
Jackson has started 96 of 97 games in his career, including all 48 over the past three seasons and looked like an ideal candidate for the scheme defensive coordinator Ray Horton plans to install. After all, Jackson played for Horton last season at Cleveland and registered 143 tackles, the third highest total of his career.
Teams may begin to negotiate with 2014 free agents beginning Saturday and officially sign them as early as next Tuesday.
Jackson was available immediately based on his experience and the fact that the Browns waived him rather than allowed his current contract to expire.
The Titans drafted four linebackers (Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy, Zach Brown and Zaviar Gooden) in the fourth round or higher over the last three seasons and added free agent Moise Fokou through free agency.
How – or if – those players fit into Horton’s scheme is unclear at the moment but the team’s interest in Jackson suggests the new staff is not completely satisfied with what the current group offers.
Vanderbilt’s basketball team has shown it can handle defeat.
Regardless of their personnel shortcomings, the Commodores never let losing become a habit. They have not lost more than two in a row at any point, and in the last six weeks have dropped back-to-back games just twice.
They will have to prove their resolve again Thursday when they host LSU (6 p.m., ESPN2) in the final home game of the regular season.
Not only has Vanderbilt (15-13, 7-9 in the SEC) lost its last two – against Florida and Tennessee – but the second of those, Saturday’s 76-38 loss Saturday at Knoxville, was the rare occasion this season when Kevin Stallings’ squad simply had no chance.
It was just the third of 13 losses by a margin of 10 or more. One of the other two was back on Jan . 18 … at LSU.
A look at the Vanderbilt’s largest margins of defeat this season:
• 38 points – at Tennessee, 76-38 (March 1)
• 23 points – at LSU, 81-58 (Jan. 18)
• 11 points – vs. Ole Miss, 63-52 (Jan. 22)
• 9 points – vs. Kentucky, 71-62 (Jan. 11)
• 8 points – at Butler, 85-77 OT (Nov. 19)
• 8 points – vs. St. Louis, 57-49 (Dec. 30)
“We had a difficult game against LSU the first time and we got whipped pretty good,” Stallings said earlier this week. “We’ll certainly have to make some adjustments and play better this time around. They’ve got a very, very talented team and a very good team.
“We look forward to the week and hope we can play better than we did last week, certainly.”
Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball coach Rick Insell won his 1,000th career game Wednesday as the Lady Raiders wrapped up their regular season with a 64-52 victory at Tulane.
Insell has won 225 games, including 26 thus far this season, in nine years at MTSU after a 28-year run at Shelbyville Central High School, where he had 775 victories.
Already the winningest coach in program history, his current team (26-4, 15-1 in conference) is ranked No. 22 in the nation and is the regular season champion in its first season in Conference USA. That follows six Sun Belt Conference regular season titles in the previous eight years.
His record at MTSU is 225-66, a 77.3 winning percentage that puts him in the top 10 among active Division I coaches.
At Shelbyville he won 10 TSSAA Class 3A championships and two USA Today national crowns. His record there was 775-148, an 84.0 winning percentage.
MTSU’s next game is Thursday in the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament at El Paso.
Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata pleaded guilty to driving under the influence Wednesday morning and, consequently, the university formally suspended him for the entire 2014 season, The Tennessean reported.
“In effect he’s manned up,” Tata’s attorney Roger May said, according to the paper. “He wants to apologize to the Vanderbilt community; he wants to apologize to the athletic department. He’s very embarrassed by this situation, and I can assure you I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”
In related news, the Salt Lake Tribune reported late last week that Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason hired Frank Maile from Utah State to coach the Commodores’ defensive line in Tata’s absence.
Tata was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, the second of which was dismissed Wednesday. The university suspended him indefinitely on Feb. 18.
From The Tennessean:
A Davidson County affidavit states that Tata … blew a .18 percent on a breathalyzer test, more than twice legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent.
Tata was also convicted of DUI in 2000 stemming from a 1997 incident when he was a football player at UCLA, according to Los Angeles Superior Court records.
The 37-year-old came to Vanderbilt from Stanford, where he was a defensive line assistant under Mason for the past two seasons.
When the NHL trade deadline passed Wednesday and the dust settled on 20 transactions that involved 38 players (both four-year highs) it was clear what most teams wanted to accomplish.
Some fortified themselves for what they hope is a run at the Stanley Cup. Others set their focus for future seasons with the realization that there is little left to do in the current one.
The impact of the Nashville Predators’ trade that sent center David Legwand to Detroit for two players and a draft pick was not so clear. Even general manager David Poile, the man who made the deal, could not say with any certainty whether he made his team better or worse at present.
“I’ve been wrestling with that [question] for the last two for the last two weeks when I knew this day was coming and whether we were going to be able to make a deal, and whether Leggy was going to allow us trade him or what have you,” Poile said. “It’s not a perfect situation for us. It’s not a perfect situation for David. But I think, in time, this will play out to be the right thing for us to have done.”
The easy conclusion was that the decision to trade Legwand effectively was a concession speech. After all, the Predators – already on the outside looking in – have lost ground in the Western Conference playoff chase since the Olympic break and now they no longer have their highest scoring forward, a veteran presence tied with defenseman Shea Weber for the team scoring lead.
The reality, though, is that Legwand’s 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) are not the product of high-end offensive skill. They have more to do with opportunity.
Prior to the trade he averaged 17:12 of ice time per game, second among all Predators’ forwards. He had more ice time and points on the power play than any other forward and had assists on two of the team’s four empty-net goals.
Now someone else gets those opportunities. According to Poile it will be Colin Wilson, at least until there comes a point he shows he does not deserve them.
At the same time, though, Legwand was the best skater among the Predators centers and a consistently reliable defensive presence. That made him the first choice on most nights to match up against the opponents’ top line. He also was one of the primary faceoff men, having taken 24.6 percent of all draws and having won 51.1 percent.
Those are skills he developed over time and it’s not likely any one player will be as proficient at both. In that regard, the trade almost certainly has weakened the lineup.
The bottom lime is that the deal is not likely to have a dramatic impact either way. Nashville still will struggle to score goals, will rely on its system rather than any single player to take care of business at both ends and, with Paul Gaustad and Mike Fisher, will be good in the faceoff circle. Most important, they remain every bit the longshot to make the postseason that they were a day earlier.
Since no one can say for sure, though, time will tell.
“I think it potentially could be better, and I’m saying this more in a challenging way to our forwards,” Poile said. “… It was necessary to find out if we’re going to be better or worse without David Legwand. I think it was time to do that.”
Cortland Finnegan never is at a loss for words.
So it likely comes as no surprise to Tennessee Titans fans that the feisty cornerback took to Twitter on Wednesday to spread the word that the St. Louis Rams plan to release him.
“St.Louis thank you for your letting me play for a classy franchise and coach fish nothing but love thank you all. #Motivation,” he wrote.
Finnegan signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Rams in March 2012 after the Titans declined to offer him a new contract. He was due a $3 million roster bonus next week and was scheduled to count $10 million against the salary cap this season.
The Titans drafted him in the seventh round in 2006. He was a five-year starter and 2008 Pro Bowler for Tennessee. Injuries and inconsistency limited him to seven games (five starts) in 2013, his second – now last – season with St. Louis.
He joins an already deep pool of cornerbacks available in free agency that likely will include Alterraun Verner, who replaced Finnegan as a Titans starter and made the Pro Bowl last season.
According to NFL.com, the Rams won't officially make the move until Tuesday because of salary cap considerations. Finnegan will be free to sign with another team at that time.
UPDATED (4:25 p.m.): The Predators released the following statement from general manager David Poile regarding Wednesday trade that sent center David Legwand to the Detroit Red Wings:
“We thank David Legwand for being a pillar of this organization since he became our first ever draft pick in 1998. David has been a part of some of the greatest moments in our franchise’s history since he made his NHL debut in April of 1999. He has scored big goals, played an integral part in all our playoff series and helped lead the franchise through our greatest triumphs and trials. While today we say goodbye to one of this club’s most unforgettable players, we wish him the best in his career going forward and all of his future endeavors.”
ORIGINAL ITEM: The first draft pick in franchise history has played his last game for the Nashville Predators.
David Legwand accepted a move to the Detroit Red Wings in the final moments prior to Wednesday’s 2 p.m. (CST) NHL trade deadline, according to multiple reports. Reports indicate the Predators receive 29-year-old winger Patrick Eaves, prospect Calle Jarnkrok and Detroit's third-round pick in July's entry draft.
The 33-year-old center and the franchise’s career record holder in all primary offensive statistics had a no-trade clause in his contract, which runs out at the end of the season. As such, he had to agree to any deal before it could be completed.
The Detroit native accepted a move home and to a team that typically has seen his best. In 63 games against the Red Wings prior to this season, he had 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists). Two years ago, he had three assists in a game against the Red Wings.
At the time of the trade Legwand was tied with defenseman Shea Weber for the team scoring lead at 40 points and his 30 assists already were the fourth-highest total of his career.
Nashville took Legwand with the second overall pick in the 1998 draft and he made his NHL debut in the final game of the 1998-99 season. He has played 956 career games – all for the Predators. He scored 210 goals, had 356 assists and developed a reputation as a versatile and reliable – albeit unspectacular – player.