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So what did we do on this day in College Football America Yearbook history?
2012: Navy (FBS) at Central Michigan (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb made his first visit to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to see the Navy Midshipmen visit the Central Michigan Chippewas at Kelly-Shorts Stadium. Did you know that Kelly/Shorts Stadium actually used to be Perry Shorts Stadium? The stadium’s original namesake was R. Perry Shorts, a local banker who graduated from CMU in 1990 and donated generously to his alma mater. In 1983 the school dropped the ‘Perry’ from the stadium name and added ‘Kelly,’ as in Kenneth ‘Bill’ Kelly, who was CMU’s head coach from 1951-66 and, before that, played both football and basketball for the Chips.
2013: Kansas (FBS) at TCU (FBS)
Our College Football America Yearbook editor Matthew Postins hit Amon G. Carter Stadium on this day to see the Kansas Jayhawks face the TCU Horne Frogs in Big 12 action. Amon G. Carter Stadium opened in 1930 as a 22,000-seat facility, and while the guts of the old stadium remain, the Horned Frogs have refurbished the stadium into a glistening palace that still retains an old school feel, thanks in part to a limestone façade on both sides of the stadium. TCU won the game, by the way, 27-17.
2013: Howard Payne (D3) at Hardin-Simmons (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox worked out a double-dip out in central Texas on this day in 2013 (not everything outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the Houston area is THAT spread out). First, in Abilene, Hardin-Simmons hosted Howard Payne in an American Southwest Conference showdown.
2013: West Texas A&M (D2) at Tarleton State (D2)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox then headed for the car and drove from Abilene to Stephenville, Texas (that’s just 97 miles, by the way), to catch some Lone Star Conference action between the West Texas A&M Buffaloes and the Tarleton State Texans.
2013: Rhodes (D3) at Sewanee (D3)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb loves heading over to Sewanee, or as some call it, The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, for some Division III football. On this day, the Tigers hosted the Rhodes Lynx in conference action. But if you’re going to Sewanee, go early and bring your walking shoes. Why? The campus is known to some as “The Domain,’ which is actually 13,000 acres of land atop the Cumberland Plateau, and provides some of the best views you’re going to see at any college campus.
2013: Furman (FCS) at Chattanooga (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb just can’t go a weekend without hitting two games. After spending some time with Sewanee and Rhodes, Webb had to get in the car and make the short, 50-mile drive down to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to see the Chattanooga Mocs host the Furman Paladins in Southern Conference action. Among the most famous alumni from Chattanooga are Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens and Dennis Haskins, who played Principal Belding on ‘Saved by the Bell.’
2019: Ottawa (AZ) (NAIA) at Texas College (NAIA)
Our College Football America Yearbook director of editorial content Chuck Cox made his home in Tyler by 2019, so a quick drive over to Tyler-based Texas College was bound to happen. On this day the Steers hosted the Ottawa (AZ) Spirit in Sooner Athletic Conference action.
2019: Murray State (FCS) at Tennessee State (FCS)
Our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb has plenty of chances to see great Ohio Valley Conference games, since his home base is in Tennessee. Well, on this day, he drove over to Nashville, Tennessee, to see the Tigers host the Murray State Racers in league action. Murray State has gotten more attention of late, but not necessarily for football. The Murray, Kentucky, based school produced NBA star Ja Morant.