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College Football Notebook – May 23, 2013

This will likely be a light notebook post today as I am working on some assignments and web site maintenance, but here we go.

Chris Ault honored by Nevada

Chris Ault will forever be  a Navada man. Photo: Getty Images

Chris Ault will forever be a Nevada man. Photo: Getty Images

As he should be, Chris Ault will be honored by the University of Nevada by having the football field named in his honor. For a guy to stick with a program like Nevada for as long as Ault did is truly remarkable. I would like to think that Ault had some opportunities to take on a higher profile job at some point during his 28-year coaching career, but he managed to make Nevada football something worth watching. A two-time WAC coach of the year and a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ault is also credited with the invention of the Pistol offense, which continues to create an impact not only at the college level but also in the NFL to this day.

On a related note, while looking up something on Ault’s career I was reminded that there was once a bowl game called the Salad Bowl. Nevada played in the 1948 Salad Bowl (during the 1947 season) and defeated Lone Star Conference champion North Texas State Teachers College, 13-6. You know North Texas State Teachers College today simply as North Texas. That was the first bowl game Nevada participated in, but they almost did not participate. The team voted not to play in the game for reasons I am unable to verify, but they ended up playing in the game after a threat of a lawsuit (at least according to Wikipedia). If there are any historians out there who can shed some light on this, I’m all ears.

Steven Bench to South Florida

Straight from the new bull’s mouth…

Bench decided to transfer from Penn State a few weeks back after a conversation with Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien led to the realization Bench may not be getting much of a chance to compete for a starting job this fall in State College. South Florida will be getting a quarterback who may not have a lot of experience right now, but he has four years to play out three years of remaining eligibility. I expected bench to stay a little closer to home with his transfer. The Georgia native had been choosing between Mississippi State and South Florida by most accounts. Willie Taggart is a good coach too and I expect him to do some good work at South Florida.

Oklahoma football schools come together

I'm getting one. Via Brett McMurphy.

Via Brett McMurphy.

The recent storms passing through Oklahoma have brought a tremendous amount of pain and suffering to those in the state. And as we typically see during times of need, sports teams and programs put aside their differences to come together for a worthy cause. That is exactly what Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have done with this shirt, with net proceeds being donated to United Way to help the victims.

Short-sleeve shirts are available for $19.95 and long-sleeve shirts are going for $24.95. Each school is selling them through their athletic websites.

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Kevin McGuire
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