The Osceola360 looks at the latest news and notes from around college football over the last week. This week’s edition includes updates on the whereabouts of former Seminole offensive line coach Greg Frey and former quarterback Deondre Francois, the timing of Clemson’s dominance in the league, where FSU might go bowling in 2019 and more:
Former FSU offensive line coach Greg Frey has joined Dan Mullen’s staff at Florida. Frey, who has also coached at Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and South Florida will be working as a football analyst on the defensive side of the ball for the Gators. I spoke with Coach Frey briefly last week and he says he expects the Seminoles to have a very successful 2019 campaign and his looking forward to getting back to work.
Another former Seminole is also back in the news cycle. It was announced earlier this year that quarterback Deondre Francois was no longer with the FSU football program and was transferring to FAU to play for Lane Kiffin. There were rumors floating around last week at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte that the Francois would not be playing for the Owls this season but instead would be transferring to Howard University or Alabama State although nothing has been announced officially. For more on Francois’ college football journey please click on the following link: https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/23/lane-kiffin-confirmed-ex-florida-state-qb-deondre-francois-wont-be-transferring-to-fau/
While most of its conference foes would probably disagree, Clemson’s dominance in the ACC and its success in winning two national championships over the last four seasons could not have come at a better time according to The Virginian-Pilot columnist and staff writer David Teel.
The veteran sportswriter looks at Clemson’s success during the Dabo Swinney era and how it has helped the reputation of the ACC and its impact on the success of the ACC Network as it gets ready to launch next month. Teel compares Clemson’s current run of superiority in the conference to the run FSU enjoyed from 1992-2000 when the Seminoles went 70-2 against its ACC opponents. Please click on the following link to see Teel’s article: https://pilotonline.com/sports/columnist/david-teel/article_f640f694-acaf-11e9-a439-a73db6a514c2.html.
The Orlando Sentinel is doing a series of articles on where it ranks all FBS teams heading into the 2019 season. The Seminoles’ first opponent, Boise State, is ranked 34th in the Sentinel’s preseason poll. For a closer look at what the Sentinel has to say about the Broncos please click on the following link: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/college-gridiron-365/os-sp-college-football-rankings-boise-state-0722-20190723-tkyltk6xfjem5eytpxa6kbpgna-story.html.
There are big expectations in Gainesville this season as Florida is predicted by many football prognosticators to challenge Georgia for the SEC East title and a spot the conference championship game in December. Brad Crawford of 247Sports.com takes a run through the Gators’ 2019 schedule and its safe to say he thinks Florida will live up to those expectations. Please click on the following link for a closer look at what Crawford sees in the Gators’ future: https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/Florida-Gators-2019-season-predictions-schedule-Dan-Mullen-133828385/.
It has been well-documented by the Osceola and other publications that attendance is down throughout college football. The College Football News ran an article recently that looks at the average attendance of all 130 FBS teams over the last five years and where they rank. The rankings are based off attendance over the last five years and include the percentage of capacity that is filled at each stadium along with last year’s ranking. The attendance numbers for some programs will surprise you. Here is a look at a few programs of interest:
Wake Forest-79th (five-year ranking), 27,123 (five-year average attendance) and 86.11% (five-year average capacity percentage)
Duke- rank 78th, attendance 27,411 and capacity 68.52%
Boston College-ranked 64th, attendance 34,035 and capacity 76.48%
Syracuse-ranked 62nd, attendance 35,265 and capacity 71.59%
Virginia-ranked 58th, attendance 40,327 and capacity 65.57%
Pitt-ranked 53rd, attendance 42,706 and capacity 62.44%
Georgia Tech-ranked 43rd, attendance 47,340 and capacity 86.07%
North Carolina-ranked 41st, attendance 49,650 and capacity 78.81%
Louisville-ranked 40th, attendance 50,503 and capacity 91.82%
Miami-ranked 35th, attendance 55,760 and capacity 86.09%
NC State-ranked 33rd, attendance 56,517 and capacity 98.12%
Virginia Tech-ranked 25th, attendance 61,562 and capacity 93.80%
FSU-ranked 18th, attendance 74,292 and capacity 93.38%
Clemson-ranked 14th, attendance 81,586 and capacity 100.11%
Florida-ranked 11th, attendance 86,557 and capacity 97.75%
The top five programs in attendance according to the CFN article are: 1) Michigan 2) Ohio State 3) Penn State 4) Texas A&M and 5) Alabama. Please click on the following link to see 5-year averages on all 130 FBS programs: https://collegefootballnews.com/2019/07/college-football-attendance-rankings-no-1-130-2019-cfn-five-year-program-analysis?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=home-hero.
Speaking of college football attendance, Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald is one coach who thinks he might have a bead on why there has been a steady decline in college football attendance. Fitzgerald thinks cell phones and man caves are two of the leading culprits in why people are not watching games in person. The longtime Northwestern head coach address the issue at Big Ten Media Days last week. Please click on the following link to hear more of what Fitzgerald had to say on the subject: https://wgntv.com/2019/07/20/pat-fitzgerald-weighs-in-on-college-football-attendance-decline/.
2020 pro-style quarterback prospect Gunnar Gundy from Stillwater, Okla., is reported to have several FBS offers (including Eastern Michigan and Toledo). He is also being recruited by the hometown Oklahoma State Cowboys who just happened to be coached by his father, Mike Gundy, who just happens to sport the most famous mullet west of the Mississippi. The longtime Cowboys head coach was asked recently if his son would be given any special treatment if he chose to play for his father. According to The Oklahoman the elder Gundy answered the question with the following quote:
“I told him, if you come to Oklahoma State, I’ll coach you like I do everybody else…. If you’re the best player, you’ll play. If not, you won’t play, even though I’m sleeping with you mom.”
Gundy, aka “The Mullet”, is arguably the second-best interview in college football after Mike “The Pirate” Leach at Washington State. For more on the Gundys please click on the following link: https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/07/22/mike-gundy-delivered-all-time-line-to-son-about-how-hell-be-coached-at-oklahoma-state/
College Football News has also released its preseason bowl predictions for 2019 and it looks like it could be a cold January for FSU again this year. The publication has the Seminoles’ heading to the Big Apple to play Nebraska in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. For a closer look at CFN’s bowl predictions please click on the following link: https://collegefootballnews.com/2019/06/bowl-projections-college-football-playoff-predictions-preview-2019.
There has never been a time in college football where offensive and defensive coordinators were more high-profile, as well-paid or under as much scrutiny as they are today. FootballScoop.com is running a series of articles that looks at the 19 most important assistant coach or coordinator hires over the off-season and what they mean to each program. The site will feature a different coach on its list each day and one name you will likely see near the top of this list is FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles. I am predicting he will be in the Scoop’s top-five. To take a look at coaches 17-19 please click on the following link: http://footballscoop.com/news/19-important-coaching-hires-2019-season-no-17-les-koenning-kansas/.
Please continue to check-in with the Osceola360 each week for more college football news and notes from around the country