As yall know, I am always lookin for angles on National Champions,'s my latest--called FOOTBALL FACTORIES.

What I did was every time a school won a NC...then, listed coaches' alma mater and if he led his alma mater to #1 combined and got a total.

It will include all 1A, 1AA, II, III, College Division, HBCU, Mid Major, NAIA, NCCAA.

I broke it down by two eras: Historical 1899-2006 (where 1st poll) and 1936-2006 ("official era'')

Interested where you're alma mater (or favorite school) ranks....send it to me and I will reply with its ranking!

Here's the:

Historic Top 10 1899-2006

NC Schl Won Alma of Alum Led FB Factories=270
1 Yale 12 15 10 37
2 Notre Dame 14 11 9 34
3 Mount Union OH 9 9 9 27
4 Alabama 12 8 6 26
Army (NY) 9 10 7 26
6 Minnesota 6 12 5 23
7 Michigan 5 11 3 19
Texas A&I 7 6 6 19
9 Carson-Newman TN 5 7 5 17
10 Harvard 6 5 5 16
Westminster PA 6 5 5 16

Official Top 10 1936-2006

NC Schl Won Alma of Alum Led FB Factories=250
1 Mount Union OH 9 9 9 27
2 Texas A&I 7 6 7 20
3 Alabama 7 6 6 19
4 Notre Dame 9 4 4 17
5 Westminster PA 6 5 5 16
6 Carson-Newman TN 5 5 5 15
Minnesota 4 8 3 15
8 Florida A&M 13 1 14
Grambling 12 2 14
10 Geneva PA 4 5 4 13
Tennessee State 12 1 13

Out of Position Statistical Leaders
By Tex Noel/1st-N-Goal for Past Times Sports

June July Column 2007

Many times during a game because of a trick play or simply to fool the opposition, players will line-up at a position that he normally does not play.

While he may haul in a reception, run a reverse or what seems to be a forgotten play—the quick kick (surprising the defense with a punt on third down when the yardage seem to in surmounted able to make up.)

The accomplishments a part of his game/season or career statistics, but as a rule it is a one-time shot.

As with any rule, there is always an exception to it…here are some notable exceptions.

The following players won individual statistical titles, but were not normal to one who would normal play that position.

Ray Evans, Kansas, 1942, led nation in Passing and Interceptions
Passing (completion-attempts-interceptions) 101-200-9, 9 TDs, 50.5%*.
Interceptions: 10-76
*Passing leader was determined by player with most completions.

BobWaterfield, UCLA, 1944, 60 punts, 42.9 average
Zeke Bartkowski, Georgia Tech, 1953, 50-42.6
John Hadal, Kansas, 1959, 43-45.6
Tom Tupa, Ohio State, 1987, 63-47.0

(Other Positions)—
(RB) Charlie “Cho Cho” Justice, North Carolina, 1948, 62-44.0
(LB) Joe Don Looney, Oklahoma, 1962, 34-43.4

(QB) Stacey Robinson, Northern Illinois, 1990, 20 Tds-120 Points and 10.9 Points/Game

(TE) Mark Templeton, Long Beach State, 1986, 99 Receptions, 9.0 Receptions/Game

(LB) Kurt Lawson, Michigan State, 1988, 8 Interceptions, 0.73 Interceptions/Game

All-Purpose Yards
Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech, 1997, 2144 All-Purpose Yards, 194.9 AP Y/Game
Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech, 1998, 2784 All-Purpose Yards, 232.0 AP Y/Game
Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1999, 2176 All-Purpose Yards, 197.8 AP Y/Game

May-June Column 2007

History of Annual Association’s College Football Records Books
By Tex Noel/1st-N-Goal for Past Times Sports

For over 100 years, what his now Official College Football Records Book, has been a college tradition—off the field.

Down through the years this publication has seen many changes, all for the good.
Initially, it was just a rule book (written and edited by rules guru, Walter Camp in 1885, explaining the countless rules of the game—if this happens, do this or if this doesn’t happen, this is what to do.

Throughout the early years of college football, a number of companies would produce their version of a guide…a complete listing of these, can be found in Chapter 11 Bringing the Game to Life in the book, STARS of an EARLIER AUTUMN.

The first year with the name Guide on it came out 1891, which was published by Rogers and Sherwood for Spalding Company. This company annually published the Guide till through the 1940 season. Only two other companies have been responsible for the publishing of this outstanding source of college football information and statistics: Barnes assumed the rights for nine seasons, 1941-49 and since 1950, exclusively by the sport’s body, the NCAA.

When the 1893 edition came out, two additional features were added, scores from the previous season and pictures—often teams more so than players.

After several years of this, the 1912 Guide came-out with what has become a main stay of college football fans and researchers, statistics.

Parke H. Davis, the game’s early and most recognized expert on the formative falls of the sport, added the following: longest scoring plays from rushing, returns and passing plays from 1873 season through 1934.

The 1934 edition was Davis’ last season to include these compilations, as he passed away soon after he made the final edit of it. Through the 1937 edition, these compilations were included under Davis’ byline.

His compilation, dating from 1873 forward included the longest plays…in composite form…rushing, punt and kickoff returns and interceptions. After the forward pass was legalized in1906, these stats were also included.

The early publications were on a regional basis. The East edition from 1906-18, 1920-25 and 1929-32, covered teams from New York, New England, Middle Atlantic states and the Southeast. The Western editions cover the Midwest and other parts of the country but not the Pacific Coast, which has its own edition in 1920-25 and 1930-32.

In 1937, college football statistics became official.

Homer Cooke, Jr., in a private, establishes the first national clearinghouse for college football statistics. His publishes the first national rankings, covering the 1937 season.

That season, one player dominated official statistics as few have since.

Colorado’s Byron “Whizzer” White led the nation in rushing, scoring, total offense, all-purpose running yardage.

Other player stats included receiving, punting and passing. Between 1938-58 interceptions, punt returns, kickoff returns and field goals were add to the list

Team leaders that first season include offensively, Colorado in rushing, total and scoring and Arkansas in passing. Leaders on the defensive side of the ball Santa Clara (in rushing, total and scoring) and Harvard in pass defense.

As part of the 50th Anniversary of official statistics, the NCAA highlighted several areas of this part of the game in the NCAA College Football 1987 Press Kit.

David Nelson, at the time Secretary of the Rules Committee stated in the seventh part of the rules that have affected the game:

Statistics (trends) are the gage, the barometer for stabilizing the game…They are absolutely critical and essential for the rules committee for stabilizing the game and have served us well for the past half-century.

Over the years, the guides/record books have increased in size with the amount of information within its covers and such an expansion in 2004 warranted another change and a split.

The change was to split the guide in half. In one book covers the stathistory of divisions 1A and 1AA (and starting with 2007 known as Bowl Subdivision and Championship Subdivision, respectively). The other covers divisions II and III.

Since 1979 the NAIA has its annual guide for its teams. In what was originally just a schedule book and review and preview publication, it now contains both team and player annual statistical leaders—since 1952 and a composite record of teams that have participated in the annual playoffs (since 1956) to highlight this publication.

While on the subject of statistics, why not include the initial season for each respective level—also in what season a National Championship was first named.

The first year for official statistics:
Major College began in 1937-77
Small Colleges, 1948-57; College Division, 1958-72
California Community Colleges, 1947
NAIA 1956; again since 1997; Division I, 1970-96 and Division II, 1983-96
NJCAA, 1970
NCAA II, 1973
NCAA III, 1973
NCAA 1A, 1978; Bowl Subdivision, 2006
NCAA 1-AA, 1978; Championship Subdivision, 2006
NCCAA, 2004

From 1937-2001 the NCAA kept season and bowl stats separate. Beginning in 2002 all stats compiled includes every game a team or player participated in.

The first year for official NC:
Years before the AP began as the official source, a number of other sources were utilized. Ray Bryne, 1925-49; Dickinson Football Ratings, 1926-40; Deke Houlgate’s Football Thesaurus, 1927-58; Dunkel Football Index, 1929-c/2006; William Boand’s Azzi-Ratem, 1930-60; Paul Williamson, 1931-63; Frank Litkenhous, 1934-84 and Poling’s Football Ratings, 1935-84.

Major College, 1936-1977 [AP, 1936-c/2006; UP 1950-57, became UPI 1958-95;
FWAA, 1954; NFFHF, 1959; CNN/USATODAY, 1982-96; ESPN/USA TODAY, 1997-c/2006*…For 1A (1978-2005), besides the sources above (BCS, 1998); HARRIS INTERACTIVE and MASTER COACHES POLL, since 2005 are a part of the “official selection process…Starting in 2006, called the Football Bowl Subdivision, using the same selectors.

*Bowl Coalition 1992-94…Bowl Alliance, 1995-97; Bowl Championship Series, 1998-c/2006

California Community Colleges, 1947 (J.C. GRIDWIRE)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)…Pittsburgh Courier, 1920-80; Sheridan Broadcasting Network, 1981-c/2006; Paul W.L. Jones, 1921-49; Atlanta Daily World, 1948-67; American Sports Wire, 1990-2005; Black College Sports Page, 1994-c/2006.

COLLEGE DIVISION: UPI, 1958-74; AP, 1960-74

NAIA, 1956-69; since 1997; Divisions I and II, 1970
NJCAA, 1970
NCAA II, 1973
NCAA III, 1973
NCAA 1AA, 1978-2005; Football Championship Subdivision, 2006.
NCCAA, 2003
Mid-Major, 2001; 2005 Gridiron Classic


April Column 2007

Dynasties - College Football’s Champions of Champions
By Tex Noel/1st-N-Goal ™ for Past Times Sports

When college football fans think of dynasties that have been a part of their sport many of the great teams of the past pop into the memory banks.

Teams like Notre Dame in the 1940’s with titles in 1943-46-47-49; or a decade later it would be the Oklahoma Sooners (1950-55-56). As college football entered the 1960’s Alabama (1961-64-65) was named champion more than any other major college football…continuing into the 1970’s where the Tide (1973-78-79) tied USC (1972-74-78) for the most seasons of consensus national championships.

Miami FL became the newest team to claim the most titles with a single decade—the 1980’s—(decade defined as one that begins with “0” and ends with “9”!)—winning titles it 1983-97-89); while Nebraska staked its claim title dominance by winning in 1994-95-97 titles.

The current era, 2000-06, USC returns as the top team, with two titles (2003-04)—with 3 seasons left in this period.

As we all know, if USC would have defeated Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, the Trojans would have made major college national championship history—since 1936—with three consecutive No.1 finishes in the AP Poll.

Before the AP began naming a national champion in 1936, several colleges were always among the elite.

Interested? The answers are in my book, Stars of an Earlier Autumn a Pre-1937 college football records book. If you would like information on it, email me at and I will be happy to send you it to you.

So, above we covered the “Big Boys of College Football” what about the smaller colleges ones that play in levels below NCAA 1-A or as it’s now called, Division I Bowl Subdivision.

Glad you asked.

Several schools have built-up small colleges dynasties over the —schools from NCAA 1-AA, II, III; NAIA, HBCU and College Division.

5 or more titles over a time span
Mount Union OH NCAA III 8 14 1993-2006
Texas A&I NAIA 6 11 1969-79
Georgia Southern NCAA 1-AA 6 16 1985-2000
Carson-Newman TN NAIA I 5 7 1983-89
North Dakota State NCAA II 5 8 1983-90
The following is a listing of champions, by divisions, that have won at least three consecutive National Championships.

1924-27 Tuskegee
1948-50 Southern
1964-66 Tennessee State
1986-90 Central State OH
1994-97 Hampton

1983-86 Augustana IL
1996-98 Mount Union OH
2002-04 Mount Union OH

1974-76 Texas A&I
2002-05 Carroll MT

1993-95 North Alabama

1966-68 San Diego State

Most National Championships in a Decade [That begins with “0” and ends in “9”]

5 HBCU Tuskegee 1924-25-26-27-29
5 HBCU Florida A&M 1950-52-54-57-59
5 NAIA I Texas A&I 1970-74-75-76-79
4 NAIA Carroll MT 2002-03-04-05
4 HBCU Morgan State 1943-44-46-49
4 HBCU Prairie View 1953-54-58-59
4 HBCU Grambling 1972-74-75-79
4 HBCU Tennessee State 1970-71-73-79
4 NAIA I Carson-Newman TN 1983-84-86-89
4 NCAA III Augustana IL 1983-84-85-86
4 NCAA II North Dakota State 1983-85-86-89
4 HBCU Central State OH 1986-87-88-89
4 NCAA 1-AA Youngstown State OH 1991-93-94-97
4 NCAA III Mount Union OH 1993-96-97-98
4 HBCU Hampton 1994-95-96-97
4 NCAA II Grand Valley State 2002-03-05-06

Column for March 2007

Accomplishments of Autumn© first of Tex Noels columns
By Tex Noel/1st-N-Goal™ for Past Time Sports

With the NFL Draft around approaching, I think it would be interesting to see which college has been represented the most with an overall No.1 draft choices. I really was not very surprised when I saw the findings of which colleges had the most players selected first overall. Two of college football's most historic teams hold the distinction of having the most players so selected. Inter-State Rivals Notre Dame and Southern California each have had five of its star-studded history of players being the top choice.
These two teams first met in 1926, 10 years before the initial NFL Draft.

Irish quarterback, Angelo Bertelli--taken by the Boston Yanks--was the first player from the two powers; separated by just 15 wins over the last 72 seasons (1936-2006).

Notre Dame would have three more players taken No.1 before the first USC player would have the honor. Offensive tackle Ron Yary, in the 1967 draft, became the first Trojan to go No. 1 overall.

In pro football history, there have been six leagues conducting a draft of college players.

Besides the NFL the old All-American Football Conference, 1947-49; the AFL, 1961-66; World Football League, 1974; USFL, 1983-86 and Canadian Football
League (only when a player from an American college was selected)—Brian Sopatyk a guard out of Boise State was granted this honor.

Of the Top 25 teams with the most wins, since 1936 just 14 have had a player selected as the top choice.

Here is the complete listing.

Rank/ Wins Overall
Wins Team #1 Draft
7 Notre Dame 547 5
10 USC 532 5
3 Texas 555 3
5 Ohio State 550 3
8 Nebraska 546 3
11 Georgia 520 3
14 Auburn 488 3
1 Oklahoma 585 2
2 Alabama 558 2
4 Tennessee 555 2
6 Penn State 549 2
9 Michigan 545 2
12 Miami-Florida 501 2
13 Louisiana State 495 1

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