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Old 14.05.2017, 11:02 AM
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Day 3.20: Tulane Green Wave



Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Introduction: Started play in 1893, joined Division I as an Independent in 1902, in 1922 they joined the Southern (one year after it's founding), in 1933 they, along with 12 other Southern members would break away to form the Southeastern Conference. In 1966 they decided to de-emphasis student athletics, and left the SEC to become an Independent. They remained Independent until joining Conference USA in 1996, and joined the American in 2014.

Biggest achievement: 1939, they would go 8-1-1, to win their second SEC championship (shared with Tennessee and Georgia Tech), the only blemishes on their record being a tie vs North Carolina, and a 1 point defeat to national champions Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. The 8-1-1 record would be good enough for a #5 finish, their first and only top 5 finish, and their second time finishing ranked overall (#19 in 1938).

1949, they would win their 3rd and final SEC championship with a 501 conference record, they climbed to a high of #4 in the AP poll, although an embarrassing 46-7 loss @ Notre Dame would see them drop down to #20, and a narrow win over a poor Auburn side see them drop out altogether.

1998, after 9 consecutive losing seasons they decided in 1997 to hire Tommy Bowden (the son of Bobby Bowden), in his first season he would see them improve to 7-4, and in his second season he would take them to a 12-0 record (well technically 11-0, he left before the bowl game to become S̶t̶e̶v̶e̶ ̶S̶p̶u̶r̶r̶i̶e̶r̶'̶s̶ ̶b̶i̶t̶c̶h̶ HC at Clemson), their first undefeated season since 1929, and only their second top 10 finish in history.

Biggest failure: The last 9 years of their time in the SEC, 9 consecutive losing seasons, including a 0-10 season, for a 19-68-3 record.

1982-1996, 15 seasons with a best record of 6-6 (coached by future Texas coach, and worst commentator in America Mack Brown) for a 46-122 record.

I really wanted to put their decision to leave the SEC and lose out on $10millions each year, but I have a rule, don't punish yourself for decisions which were correct based upon the information you had at the time, and honestly their stated aim in leaving the SEC was to de-enthasis athletics, and no one can deny they were successful in doing that.

Rivals: LSU, "Battle for the Rag", with the two just over 80 miles apart, and members of the same conference from 1922-1966 a natural rivalry formed. The two first meet in 1893, and have a total of 98 meetings (including every year from 1919-1994). LSU leads 69-22-7. The two play for a flag, known as the Tiger Rag to LSU and the Victory Rag to Tulane



Head coach: Willie Fritz, former Pittsburg State DB, started coaching as a student assistant at Pittsburg State. He got his first HC job at Blinn Junior college (where Cam Newton spent a year after being kicked out of Florida, although not at the same time). His first FBS job was at Georgia Southern, where he spent two years, before leaving for Tulane. In his first year at Tulane he went 4-8.

Notable former players: Tanzel Smart, DL, 2016 All AAC, drafted in the 6th round by LA Rams.

Nico Marley, LB, 2016 All AAC, grandson of Bob Marley

Jerry Dalrymple, E, 1931 All American, college football HoF

Don Zimmerman, B, 1932 All American

Harley Mccollum, L, 1939 All American

Ernie Blandin, L, 1941 All American

Cairo Santos, K, 2012 All American, 2012 Lou Groza Award winner.

Tommy Mason, RB, number one overall selection in the 1961 NFL draft (#2 in the AFL draft), 1 time first team All Pro.

Stadium: Yulman Stadium, opened 2014, 30,000 capacity.

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Day 3.21: Cincinnati Bearcats



Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Introduction: Started play in 1885, joined Division I as an Independent in 1954, in 1957 they joined the Missouri Valley Conference, only to become an Independent again in 1970, in 1996 they joined CUSA, leaving for the Big East in 2005, and were one of the remnants that went on to form the American.

Why Bearcats: In a 1914 game against the Kentucky Wildcats Cincinnati had a player by the name of Baehr playing for them. A male cheerleader started a chant of "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side." and the name stuck.

Biggest achievement: 2007-2009, in the 52 years prior to 2007 Cincinnati had found themselves ranked twice, for a total of 4 weeks. In 2006 their HC Mark Dantonio was hired away by Michigan State, Cincinnati chose as his replacement then Central Michigan HC and future Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly. In his first year Kelly would take Cincinnati to a 10-3 record (their first 10 win season in their history), it would be good enough for a share of the Big East title. A victory in their bowl game would be good enough to finish the season ranked for the first time in their history.

During the 2008 season they would go one better 11-3, this time good enough for their first solo Big East title, and their first BCS bowl birth. Despite a loss in the bowl game they would once agin finished ranked, again at #17.

2009 would see them have their best season ever, 12-1, again good enough for a solo Big East title and a BCS bowl birth. Again they would lose their bowl game (51-24 to a Florida team which lost the National Championship semi final aka SEC championship game). In spite of the bowl lose the 12-1 record would be good enough for their first ever top 10 finish (#8).

Biggest failure: 1983-1992, 10 consecutive losing season for a 32-76-2 record.

Rivals: Miami (OH) "The Victory Bell", they first meet in 1888, in the first college game ever played in the state of Ohio. the rivalry is the 5th most played in college football history with 121 meetings. Miami leads 59-55-7, however Cincinnati have won the last 11.

Head coach: Luke Fickell, following the resignation of former Ole Miss, Auburn and Texas Tech HC Tommy Tuberville Luke Fickell was hired as his replacement. the former Ohio State DL started coaching as a GA at Ohio State, he coached on season as interim HC at Ohio State, 2017 will be his first season as a full time HC.

Notable former players: Jonathan Ruffin, K, 2000 All American, 2000 Lou Groza Award winner.

Kevin Huber, P, 2007 and 2008 All American.

Travis Kelce, TE, 2012 first team All Big East, one time first team All Pro.

Stadium: Nippert Stadium, opened 1915, 40,000 capacity.

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Day 3.22: SMU Mustangs

Go watch the 30 for 30 "Pony Excess" no but seriously there won't be any posts this week, too much on at work, I'll return on Friday.
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Day 3.22: Southern Methodist Mustangs



Location: Dallas, Texas

Introduction: Started play in 1915, played their first season as a member of division I in 1916, joined the Southwest Conference in 1918 (alongside Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Baylor) stayed in the SWC until it's collapse in 1995, they joined the WAC in 1996, conference USA in 2005 and the AAC in 2013.

Biggest achievement: 1923, played their first and only 1.000 season, going 9-0, claiming their first conference championship.

1940, they would go 8-1-1, with only a tie @ Pitt and a loss to TAMU against their record, they would become ranked for the 3rd time in their history, and finish ranked for the first time in their history (#16), they would also win their 5th SWC championship.

1947, they would go undefeated again, however they would tie two games, for a final 9-0-2 record. They would go to their first major bowl, the Cotton Bowl, which was responsible for one of their ties. They would finish the season #3 in the country.

1982, starting the season ranked #6 in the country they would more than live up to that ranking, carried by future pro football HoF Eric Dickerson they would go 11-0-1, with the only blemish on their record being a 17-17 tie with Arkansas (who finished the season #9). They would win their second Cotton Bowl and finish the season #2 in the AP poll, the Helms Athletic Foundation would have them #1 in their poll, and they would claim their 3rd National Championship.

All in SMU would have 11 season finished ranked, 6 in the top 10, and 3 in the top 5, they would win 11 conference championships (all SWC) and claim 3 NC (although none AP/BCS/CFP).

Biggest failure: In 1987 SMU received the first, and so far only, death penalty in NCAA football (Kentucky basketball, Louisiana-Lafayette basketball, Morehouse soccer, MacMurray tennis being the 4 others to receive the punishment). Resulting in the closing of the football program for one year due to endemic cheating dating back to the 70s. Since then they have had 4 winning seasons (although one of those was adjusted to 1-1 by the NCAA), with a best of 8-5 (2009 and 2011), and have an overall record of 102-222-3 (97-218-3 according to official records).

Rivals: TCU, with the schools located 41 miles away, one pretty central in Dallas, the other pretty central in Fort Worth, the two first meet in SMU's first season (1915) and have meet 96 times in total, missing a year here or there but never more than 2 consecutive years.

The two play for an Iron Skillet, theirs two stories of origin for the trophy, for the first one being that the student's governing bodies agreed on it. The second preferable story is that during the tailgate before a game a SMU student was seen cooking frog's legs, a TCU fan was enraged, and made the bet that the winner of the game should get to keep the skillet which was being used. SMU won the game, but the skillet was adopted as a result.

TCU leads 49–40–7 having won the last 5.

SMU and Rice also have a rivalry, dating back to the SWC days, but it's now defunct, of the 90 meetings SMU leads 48-41-1.

Mascot: Peruna, A black Shetland pony, named after a prohibition era tonic, the school is currently on their 9th incarnation of Peruna. Whilst "Mustang" brings up the image of a majestic horse, SMU instead decided to go with this:



Head coach: Chad Morris, former mathematics major at Texas A&M (as far as I can tell he didn't play football, but I could be mistaken) started coaching as a HC at a high school in Texas, eventually became OC at Clemson, and gained his first HC job at SMU in 2015, in two years he's taken them to a 7-17 record, he was given a 7 year contract extension in 2016.

Notable current players: Courtland Sutton, WR, 2016 All AAC.

Justin Lawler, DL, 2016 All AAC.

Notable former players: Doak Walker, 1948 Heisman winner, college and pro football HoF, gave his name to the Doak Walker award for the nation's top RB.

13 other All American selections:

Reggie Dupard, RB, 1985.
Russell Carter, DB, 1983
Eric Dickerson, RB, 1982, pro football HoF, most rushing yards in a single season, 3rd best Rams RB of all time.
John Simmons, DB, 1980
Emanuel Tolbert, WR, 1978
Louie Kelcher, DL, 1974
Robert Popelka, DB, 1972
Jerry Levias, E, 1968, college football HoF
John Lagrone, DL, 1966
Dick Hightower, L, 1951
Kyle Rote, B, 1950, college football HoF
Jc Wetsel, L, 1935
Bobby Wilson, B, 1935

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, opened 2000, 32,000 capacity.

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Dick Hightower, L, 1951
Great player from a great time in Texas football, When men were hard.
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Great player from a great time in Texas football, When men were hard.
I'm just amazed it wasn't censored whilst Sonny ***** still is.
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Happy College women's world series opening round day as well. Teams are both riding high so I'll see you in the finals.
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Happy College women's world series opening round day as well. Teams are both riding high so I'll see you in the finals.
Is it on BT? I cancelled the player after they cut out the final minute of OT of the Wisconsin March Madness game.
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Day 3.23: Central Florida Knights



Location: Orlando, Florida

Knights: The school was originally nicknamed "Citronauts" a Citronaut being a space travelling citrus, however after two seasons as the Citronauts the school decided to change their names to the "Knights of the Pegasus", which was eventually shortened to the "Golden Knights" and now "Knights"

Introduction: Started play in 1979, working their way from Division III to the FBS in 1996. They played as an Independent from 1996-2001. In 2002 they joined the MAC, but would only play 3 seasons, in 2005 they would join CUSA and the AAC in 2013.

Biggest achievement: 2010, they would post an 11-3 record, which would include a CUSA championship game (their second conference championship) as well as a bowl win over Georgia (their 4th bowl game, first win), the bowl win would see them finish the season ranked #21 in the country, their first season ranked.

2013, with 3 star junior QB Blake Bortles they would go 12-1, with their only defeat coming by 3 points to PS #4 South Carolina. They would go undefeated in the American, becoming their first ever champion. They would win their first BCS bowl, the Fiesta bowl, 52-42 over PS #13 Baylor. They would finish the season ranked #10, their second time ranked and highest ever.

Biggest failure: 2015, just two seasons after finishing ranked in the top 10 they would go an entire season without winning, including a loss to FCS Furman.

Rivals: Their most played opponents are East Carolina, who they shared CUSA and now the AAC with, the two have meet 12 times at the FBS level, with ECU leading 7-5. UCF won the 2016 meeting.

Head coach: Scott Frost, former Stanford and Nebraska QB. He started coaching as a GA at Nebraska. He spent 3 seasons as OC/QB coach at Oregon, working with future number 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota. UCF was his first HC job. In his one season he took a team which had gone 0-12 in the previous season to a 6-7 record, including a bowl loss.

Notable current players: Shaquem Griffin, LB, 2016 AAC defensive player of the year. At the age of 4 he had one of his hands amputated.

Notable former players: Shaquill Griffin, CB, Shaquem's twin brother, 2016 second team all AAC, 2017 3rd round draft pick.

Kevin Smith, RB, 2007 All American.

Brandon Marshall, WR, one time first team All Pro.

Asante Samuel, CB, first team All MAC, first team All Pro, New England Patriots All-2000s Team.

Blake Bortles, QB, 2013 AAC offensive player of the year, highest drafted player in UCF history.

Stadium: Spectrum Stadium, opened 2007, 44,000 capacity.

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I try not to give my opinion on these things, but I'd like to slap whoever decided to drop the Citronaut, try telling me that this wouldn't be the coolest mascot in NCAA.


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