Boone Pickens Stadium
Boone Pickens Stadium has been home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys football team in rudimentary form since 1913, and as a complete stadium since 1920. The facility is the oldest football stadium in the Big 12 Conference but was largely neglected and enjoyed only modest renovations throughout its near-century of existence. An ambitious fund-raising project for the renovation dubbed The Next Level became the flagship effort of the Oklahoma State athletic department, Oklahoma State, known as Oklahoma A&M, first began playing at the current site of Pickens Stadium in 1913. In addition to his duties as dean and instructor at OAMC, under his brief administration, OAMC established the first school of commerce and marketing in the nation and developed experimental stations around the state. In addition to naming the field after him, the students dedicated the 1914 yearbook, its first, the school built a permanent 8, 000-seat grandstand—roughly corresponding to the lower level of the current facilitys north grandstand—in 1920.
The stadium originally was positioned in the traditional north-south direction, but was reoriented east-west to avoid the prevailing winds. It remains one of a handful of stadiums in the United States with goals at the east and west ends. The university planned to build a stadium, similar to Ohio State Universitys Ohio Stadium. During the 1929–1930 seasons,8,000 permanent seats were built on the side for an overall capacity of 13,000. In 1947 the south stands were increased from 20 to 53 rows, for the first time, a permanent press box was added. Prior to the 1950 season,10,600 seats were added to the north stands, after the 1971 season the cinder track was removed, lowering the field 12 feet and making the space between the field and the stadium retaining walls among the smallest in college athletics. Twenty rows of permanent seats were added to both sides of the stadium. This expansion, including conversion to an artificial turf playing surface. Press box construction was completed in 1980 at a cost of $1.8 million, a lighting system for night games was installed in time for the 1985 season and cost approximately $750,000.
The all-time attendance record for Lewis Field is 51,458 for the Bedlam Series game in 1979, in a side note to history, the field hosted the Oklahoma Outlaws and the Houston Gamblers of the USFL professional football league in 1984. Due to a conflict at Tulsas Skelly Stadium, the Outlaws were forced to play their last Exhibition game in Stillwater, only 6,120 attended the cold February 19 game. Lewis Field was officially renamed Boone Pickens Stadium during a ceremony at the 2003 football game versus the University of Wyoming. The stadium’s name was changed to honor OSU alumnus T. Boone Pickens, the stadium turf was replaced in 2005
Big 12 Conference football
The Big 12 Conference is a conference of 10 universities which participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Associations Division I Football Bowl Subdivision football. The conference was formed in 1994 but did not begin play until the fall of 1996. The first game in play was the 1996 Texas Tech vs. Kansas State football game. No.21 Kansas State won by a score of 21–14, * Note the official capacities are listed on the respective schools websites. Due to temporary seating, the records are often more than the official capacity. When the league was formed, it was decided that the top team from the South Division would play the top team from the North Division at the end of the season to determine the conference champion. Until the 2011 season, teams played eight conference games a season, facing all five opponents within its own division and this format came under considerable criticism, especially from fans at Nebraska and Oklahoma, who were denied a yearly matchup between two of college footballs most storied programs.
The Oklahoma–Nebraska rivalry was one of the most intense rivalries in football history. The Championship game was removed from the schedule, the Big 12 Championship Game was held by the Big 12 Conference each year until 2010. The championship game pitted the Big 12 North Division champion against the Big 12 South Division champion in a game held after the season has been completed. The first championship game was held during the 1996 season in St. Louis, the 2009 and 2010 games were played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the loss of Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, Note, † Denotes team received BCS Bowl Berth or CFP playoff berth. Italicized= Shared title * = Former members Effective June 2015, the conference introduced tiebreaking procedures in the event of a tie between two or more teams, if two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the champion. If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 4 will be followed until a determination is made, once a team has been eliminated from a multi-team comparison, it is dropped from further comparisons.
If only two teams tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the Champion. If more than a tie exists among the next highest placed teams. Scoring differential among the tied teams, the team with the lowest difference between points scored and points allowed in games vs. the tied teams are eliminated from consideration. The representative will be chosen by draw, †The 2011–2012 football season was played with only 10 teams, following the departure of Colorado and Nebraska
2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The 2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Frank Solich and played their games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. After the Colorado game, Solich was fired as head coach, Bo Pelini served as interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl. Nebraska finished in 2nd place in the Big 12 North Division and tied for 4th conference-wide, prior to the season, Head Coach Frank Solich was feeling pressure to perform after a 7–7 record the previous year, and had significantly revamped his coaching staff for 2003. Despite the sweeping changes and the improvements they brought, which helped Nebraska to another 9-win season, defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini was named Interim Head Coach and led the Huskers to a 17–3 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State. When new Head Coach Bill Callahan was announced in weeks, Pelini would return as Callahans replacement in 2008. The following Nebraska players who participated in the 2003 season moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents
Greg Davis (American football coach)
Greg Davis is a former American college football coach. He served as coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team until announcing his retirement on January 6,2017. He served as coordinator for the 2005 Texas Longhorns national championship. Davis attended Port Neches–Groves High School and played quarterback at McNeese State University and he played in the Grantland Rice Bowl in 1971, losing to Tennessee State 26–23. He graduated from McNeese State in 1973, Davis started his coaching career as a quarterbacks/receivers coach at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He served two seasons there, and went on to become the coach for two seasons at Port Neches-Groves High School, his high school alma mater. He began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach under Tom Wilson. He was an assistant at A&M in 1978, and was named a full-time coach in 1979. He worked alongside Slocum, who served as the defensive coordinator. Davis became an assistant under Mack Brown at Tulane University, following stints at the University of Georgia and the University of Arkansas, Davis rejoined Browns coaching staff at North Carolina, before following him to Texas in 1998.
For the 2008 season, Daviss salary was raised to $425,000, making him the second highest-paid offensive coordinator in the nation, behind Florida States Jimbo Fisher. However, on December 6,2010, after the worst season in the Mack Brown era at the University of Texas, Greg Davis resigned as offensive coordinator of the Longhorns. The 2010 season was the first season in 13 years the Longhorns failed to make a game. After a year out of football, Davis was hired by the University of Iowa for the 2012 season, Greg Davis replaced Ken OKeefe as the offensive coordinator for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2012. Assistant coaches under Greg Davis who became NCAA head coaches, Everett Withers, North Carolina, James Madison, Texas State Lane, the 1982 Maroon Book, Texas Aggie Football. Iowa profile Greg Davis at the College Football Data Warehouse
NRG Stadium, formerly Reliant Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium, in Houston, United States. NRG Stadium has a capacity of 71,795, a total area of 1,900,000 square feet with a 97,000 sq ft playing surface. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1,2004, Super Bowl LI on February 5,2017, NRG Stadium is part of a collection of venues, which are collectively called NRG Park. The entire complex is named for NRG Energy under a 32-year, the stadium was constructed at the cost of $352 million. NRG Stadium is the first facility in the NFL to have a retractable roof, in February 2017, NRG Stadium hosted Super Bowl LI. It hosted all 10 of the University Interscholastic Leagues Texas high school championship games at the conclusion of the 2015 season. The Houston NFL Holdings group came to Populous to begin the design for the first-ever NFL retractable roof football stadium in 1997. The intention was to create a stadium to replace the Astrodome that would operate like an open-air facility but have the intimacy.
With the design for football and the square footage requirements of the rodeo, groundbreaking for the stadium was on March 9,2000 and the building was officially topped off in October 2001. The stadium opened on August 24,2002, with a game between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans which the Dolphins won 24–3. The stadium hosted its first regular season NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans on September 8,2002, construction was completed in 30 months. The first rodeo was held in the stadium in February 2003, during a Texans preseason game on August 30,2012, against the Minnesota Vikings, an intoxicated fan fell to his death from an escalator. On March 19,2014, the stadium was renamed NRG Stadium, after NRG Energy, during the 2015 season, a permanent artificial surface was installed at NRG Stadium. The Texans had used a natural surface since the stadium opened, in recent years, the stadium installed artificial turf to be used during high school and college games while keeping the grass for Texans games.
After the Texans home opener, complaints about the field conditions led to the installation of the artificial surface for Texans games. The surface brand is UBU Speed, which is part of Act Global, on the night of September 12–13,2008 the stadium sustained damage from Hurricane Ike forcing the Houston Texans home opener scheduled for September 14 to be postponed. Part of the roof cladding came off, and there was wind and that game was rescheduled to week 8, which was to have been the bye week for both the Texans and Bengals. The Bengals bye week was moved from October 26 to November 9, the stadium reopened on October 5,2008 when the Texans hosted the Indianapolis Colts and hosted three additional home games in October
Fox Sports Networks
At the dawn of the cable television era, many regional sports networks vied to compete with the largest national sports network, ESPN. That same year, Fox purchased SportSouth from Turner and rebranded that network as Fox Sports South, on July 11,2000, Comcast purchased a majority interest in the Minneapolis-based Midwest Sports Channel and Baltimore-based Home Team Sports from Viacom. News Corporation, a minority owner in both networks, wanted to acquire them outright and integrate the two networks into Fox Sports Net, the company filed a lawsuit against Comcast ten days on July 21, in an attempt to block the sale. Fox Sports Chicago ceased operations in June 2006, after losing the cable television rights to local professional teams two years earlier to the newly launched Comcast SportsNet Chicago. On May 4,2009, DirecTV Group Inc, despite Cablevisions sale of the networks, the channels continued to use Fox Sports Net/National Sports Partners in its copyright tag until 2008. On April 1,2011, DirecTV Sports Networks rebranded its FSN regional affiliates under the Root Sports brand, in 2012, FSN/Fox Sports Local relocated its headquarters from the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California to Houston, Texas.
It was in 2012 when FSN/Fox Sports Local was re-branded to its current branding, the FSN owned-and-operated networks were spun off along with most of News Corporations U. S. entertainment properties into 21st Century Fox on July 1,2013. FSN has often served as the ground for innovations in sports broadcast graphics developed by Fox. The Fox Sports Networks were the first U. S. sports channels to introduce a graphic to display the games score. Since FSN implemented with the banner graphic, many other major networks have abandoned the corner box graphic in favor of the bar. FSN first used the banner for most of its broadcasts beginning in 2001. For baseball broadcasts, a baseball diamond graphic was placed on the far left with the pitch count/speed on the right side. In mid-July 2003, Fox Sports Net adopted new graphics for its baseball broadcasts, Fox Sports Net would formally become known as FSN in September 2004. In mid-June 2005, the banner was given a cosmetic upgrade, the FSN logo at far right was rendered in a black ovular shape with the region name rendered in white.
It phased in a package designed by Troika Design Group – however, in-game graphics still used the previous. From September 2012 to September 2013, Fox syndicated select college football games produced by the Fox Sports regional networks to broadcast television stations in some of these markets. Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic resumed airing select Fox Sports-produced ACC games in 2013, however, as of 2015, most of Fox Sports Networks other programming is presently carried in the Baltimore and Washington, D. C. Fox College Sports broadcasts high school and Independent Womens Football League games, Fox College Sports formerly partnered with Big Ten Network to provide programming
Cotton Bowl (stadium)
Cotton Bowl Stadium is an outdoor stadium in Dallas, south central United States, opening in 1930 at the site of the State Fair of Texas. Concerts or other events using a stage allow the field to be used for additional spectators. The Cotton Bowl was the home of the annual college football post-season bowl game known as the Cotton Bowl Classic. Starting on New Years Day 1937, it hosted the first 63 editions of the game, through January 2009, the game was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington in January 2010. The stadium has been home to football teams over the years, including, SMU Mustangs, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Texans, Dallas Texans, and soccer teams, the Dallas Tornado. It was one of the nine venues used for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and it became known as The House That Doak Built, due to the immense crowds that SMU running back Doak Walker drew to the stadium during his college career in the late 1940s. In their seventh season, the Cowboys hosted the Green Bay Packers for the NFL championship at the Cotton Bowl on January 1,1967.
The college bowl game that year included SMU and was played the day before, New Years Eve, the two games were filled to the 75,504 capacity, but both local teams came up short. Artificial turf was installed in 1970 and removed in 1993 in preparation for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the elevation of the playing field is approximately 450 feet above sea level. Construction began on Fair Park Stadium in 1930 in Fair Park, completed that year, the first game in the stadium was between Dallas-area high schools in October 1930. Built for a cost of US$328,000, the stadium held 45,507 spectators, in 1936, the name officially changed to the Cotton Bowl. In 1948, the stadium was decked on the west side, the east side was decked the following year, increasing capacity to 75,504. These decks were added to respond to the demand for fans to watch SMU halfback Doak Walker, the superstructure was built at this time, creating the distinctive facade for the stadium. In 1968, chair-backs were installed, reducing capacity to 72,032, in 1970, the Cotton Bowl installed an AstroTurf surface, which remained until 1993.
In 1950, as a way to break the Texas League record for attendance, Richard Burnett got permission to play in the Cotton Bowl. In order to draw a big crowd, he wanted a lineup of stars to don Dallas Eagles uniforms. Most of the stars were cool to the idea, except for then-current Dallas Eagles manager Charlie Grimm. When the legendary Ty Cobb agreed to come to Dallas, the others followed his lead, preceding the game was a parade through downtown Dallas
Dallas is a major city in the U. S. state of Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the citys population ranks ninth in the U. S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The citys prominence arose from its importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816, the United States Census Bureaus estimate for the citys population increased to 1,300,092 as of July 1,2015. In 2016 DFW ascended to the one spot in the nation in year-over-year population growth. In 2014, the metropolitan economy surpassed Washington, D. C. to become the fifth largest in the U. S. with a 2014 real GDP over $504 billion, as such, the metropolitan areas economy is the 10th largest in the world. As of January 2017, the job count has increased to 3,558,200 jobs.
The citys economy is based on banking, telecommunications, energy and medical research. The city is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Located in North Texas, Dallas is the core of the largest metropolitan area in the South. Dallas and nearby Fort Worth were developed due to the construction of railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle. Later, France claimed the area but never established much settlement, the area remained under Spanish rule until 1821, when Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the area was considered part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. In 1836, the Republic of Texas, with majority Anglo-American settlers, in 1839, Warren Angus Ferris surveyed the area around present-day Dallas. John Neely Bryan established a permanent settlement near the Trinity River named Dallas in 1841, the origin of the name is uncertain. The Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845, Dallas was formally incorporated as a city on February 2,1856.
With construction of railroads, Dallas became a business and trading center and it became an industrial city, attracting workers from Texas, the South and the Midwest. The Praetorian Building of 15 stories, built in 1909, was the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi and it marked the prominence of Dallas as a city
2003 NCAA Division I-A football season
The 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with an abundance of controversy, resulting in a split national championship. This was the first split title since the inception of the BCS, at seasons end, three major conference teams finished the regular season with one loss, with only two spots available in the BCS National Championship Game. Three non-BCS conference teams finished with one loss, TCU, Boise State and Miami. Meanwhile, when AP #1 USC beat Michigan in the 2004 Rose Bowl, the AP voters kept USC in the top spot, army became the first team in NCAA Division I-A football modern history to finish the season 0–13. The Orange Bowl game was noteworthy in that Miami and Florida State previously had scheduled to play each other on Labor Day in 2004, playing in the Orange Bowl ensured that their next meeting would be each of their very next games and their first of the 2004 season. Although USC, 11-1, finished ranked #1 in both the AP and Coaches Polls, with LSU ranked #2 and Oklahoma #3, Oklahoma surpassed both USC and LSU on several BCS computer factors, Oklahomas schedule strength was ranked 11th to LSUs 29th and USCs 37th.
Oklahomas schedule rank was 0.44 to LSUs 1.16, as such, despite the timing of Oklahomas loss affecting the human voters, the computers kept Oklahoma at #1 in the BCS poll. LSU was ranked #2 by the BCS based on its #2 ranking in the AP Poll, Coaches Poll,6 of 7 computer rankings, and strength of schedule calculations. USCs #3 BCS ranking resulted from it being ranked #1 the AP and Coaches Poll, ted Waitt, CEO of Gateway Computers, offered the NCAA $31 million for a national championship game between USC and Louisiana State. The NCAA Rules Committee adopted the rules changes for the 2003 season. The penalty for fair-catch interference remains at 15 yards if the returner is contacted before he has a chance to catch the punt/kick. Backs not positioned within the box are prohibited from blocking below the waist anywhere behind the scrimmage line. The game clock will start on all kickoffs once touched in the field of play, giving the offended team the option to enforce all personal fouls committed during and after a touchdown play either on the PAT or on the ensuing kickoff.
No teams upgraded from Division I-AA, leaving the number of Division I-A schools fixed at 117, two Independent schools joined conferences in 2003. South Florida left to join Conference USA as its 11th member, three coaches voted for USC as the #1 team, even though the polled coaches are required to vote the BCS champion as #1. Because the votes were not public, it is not known which three coaches placed those votes, however, it is known that USC coach Pete Carroll could not have voted for his own team since he was not a voting coach that season. The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding player of the year Winner, Jason White, QB, Ohio State Paul Bear Bryant Award, Nick Saban, LSU The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, Pete Carroll, USC