College Football: This and That early Dec. 2020

Old Items You May Have Heard About: The reason Miami of Ohio, hardly a football factory now, is called the Cradle of Coaches is because of their rich history which includes big names such as Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Are Parseghian, Weeb Ewbank, and Jim Tressel!

According to an ESPN publication, Notre Dame volunteers use gold paint which contains some amount of actual gold dust, applying it to players’ helmets prior to every game.

Biggest point disparity ever in college football: way back on Oct. 7, 1916, Georgia Tech, under coach John Heisman, crushed Cumberland College, a small Tenn. school by a score of 222-0! Tech rambled for an unbelievable 978 yards on the ground and scored an amazing 32 TDs against a squad made up of just 13 players. Some background: the previous spring Cumberland’s semi-pro baseball team had embarrassed Tech, 22-0. The ESPN College Football Encyclopedia stated, “Moral: take Tech–give the points.”

That same publication stated that Washington State fans rattle their keys just before the opening kickoff of each home game. The story added, “Outside of Keith Jackson, the tradition is Pullman’s greatest contribution to the game.” Has there ever been anyone as good as Jackson when it came to college football broadcasts? I don’t think so. Guess that makes him the Ernie Harwell or Vin Scully of the NCAA gridiron.

One other entry from the ESPN book: In 1927, a student of Georgia Tech started a tradition when, for a joke, he created a mythical Tech student named George P. Burdell and it seems he had Burdell paged over the P.A. system. Somehow that caught on and for decades now the tradition is kept alive at home games and on the road as Tech students continue to have the imaginary Burdell paged. I love traditions in sports and college traditions may be the best of all.

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