Tell that to Florida State and Penn State, both of which found ways to alter their schedules practically overnight to allow them to enter conferences. Schools that want to play find a way. Truth is, the Blue Hens are—dare we say it?—chickens. Sure, we do. Cluck, cluck, Hens.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
The 100th anniversary of black college football was celebrated last Saturday in Salisbury, N.C. On the snowy day of Dec. 27, 1892, players from Biddle College, now Johnson C. Smith University, and Livingstone College screwed cleats into their street shoes and squared off in a cow pasture in Salisbury. Biddle won 5-0. On Saturday the two schools played again, with Biddle—uh, Smith—once again prevailing, this time 14-6. How much difference does a century make? In 1892 only a handful of fans attended the game. For last week's game between the Division 11 schools, there were al least that many zealous hawkers, offering everything from hot dogs to Malcolm X T-shirts to the crowd of 10,217.
With 175 yards rushing, Livingstone's Rob Clodfelter was his team's MVP. The MVP for Smith was linebacker Travis Manigault, who had 16 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Yet this was not a game for individual honors. "This is an important historical event," said Livingstone president Bernard Franklin. "We want people to remember that the first game was played here."
But the milestone was bittersweet. Sweet because it gave everyone who loves college football a chance to remember the players and teams from historically black colleges who have made such enormous contributions to the sport. Bitter because of the discouraging fact that of the 107 universities now playing Division I-A football, not one has a black head coach. And only a few have black offensive or defensive coordinators. Sad to say, in one important respect, college football hasn't come all that far since the men from Biddle and Livingstone butted heads in that North Carolina cow pasture.
With a 30-0 romp over Oregon Tech, Linfield (Ore.) College, ranked No. 2 among NAIA Division II schools, assured itself of its 37th consecutive winning season, the longest current streak in the NCAA or the NAIA....
Iowa State scored 40 unanswered points and racked up 516 yards in offense against Kansas—and lost. The Cyclones blew a 26-point lead before falling 50-47. Afterward Iowa State middle linebacker Malcolm Goodwin made this vow about Saturday's game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater: "If it's a loss, I'm not coming back on the plane. I'm going to walk home." That would be 450 miles....
Pacific's Aaron Turner caught three touchdown passes in a 49-17 victory over New Mexico State to break the NCAA career record for TD receptions with 39—one more than Clarkston Hines had at Duke between 1986 and '89....
The what-goes-around-comes-around award goes to Washington fullback Matt Jones, a junior from Portland, Ore., who caught a 19-yard pass to set up the Huskies' first touchdown in their 24-3 defeat of Oregon. While he was still in high school, Jones, who was being recruited by both Oregon and Washington, took his mother to see his brother Mark play for the Huskies against the Ducks in Eugene. After Oregon fans threw popcorn at his mom, and somebody even stole her purse, Jones decided to follow his brother to Washington. Before last week's game Husky coach Don James, no dummy, let Jones tell his teammates about what had happened to his mother. "I just laid my guts out," said Jones. "Everybody knows my mom. Everybody likes my mom."