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    Help Shape NCAA Football: Cannons

    The NCAA Football team is reaching out to the community once again and wants your help in gathering team reference details for an item that will be included in NCAA Football 12. After asking for info on Cheerleader Chants & Band Locations several months ago, they now want your help in acquiring more team specific info - cannon locations.

    The team is looking to find out what type of cannons a school uses at their home stadium (either the modern military style, or the classic “western” style), if the cannon is fired after every touchdown, and if the cannon is located inside the stadium (i.e. on the field).

    Share your team - or any team you know - info in this thread with a video or photo reference, if possible. A written description would also work, but obviously a photo reference would be more beneficial. Here is the message from the NCAA Football 12 dev team:

    We are looking to track down reference for cannon information for each school, so we would like to put it out to the community to help us track this info down to make sure we get everything as authentic as possible as we will be adding cannons into NCAA Football 12.

    We are looking to find out what type of cannons a school uses at their home stadium (either the modern military style, or the classic “western” style), if the cannon is fired after every touchdown, and if the cannon is located inside the stadium (i.e. on the field)..

    Hopefully we will get responses as quickly and as detailed as we did for the band locations. Thanks again, guys!


    Post your school's info - or any you know in this thread.
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    School Cannon (Yes/No) Cannon Type (Modern Military or Classic Western) Fired After Every Score (Yes/No) Inside Stadium (Yes/No)
    Air Force No
    Akron No
    Alabama No
    Arizona No
    Arizona State No Fireworks after score
    Arkansas No Fireworks after score
    Arkansas State No
    Army Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Auburn No
    Ball State No
    Baylor No
    Boise State Yes Classic Western Yes No
    Boston College No
    Bowling Green Yes ? Yes ?
    Buffalo
    BYU Yes Modern Military ? Yes
    Cal Yes Classic Western Yes No
    Central Michigan Yes Modern Military Yes No
    Cincinnati Yes Classic Western Yes Yes
    Clemson Yes Small Modern Military Yes Yes
    Colorado No
    Colorado State Yes Modern Military Yes No
    Connecticut No
    Duke No
    Eastern Michigan Yes Modern Military Yes Yes (NE corner, just outside track)
    ECU Yes Modern Military (Small Naval; See Link) Yes Yes
    FIU Yes Naval? Yes Yes
    Florida No
    Florida Atlantic Yes Small, non-standard Yes Yes
    Florida State No Fireworks after scores
    Fresno State No Fireworks after scores
    Georgia No
    Georgia State
    Georgia Tech
    Hawai'i Yes Yes (Next to Band)
    Houston No Oil field siren after scores
    Idaho No
    Illinois No Fireworks after scores
    Indiana Yes Modern Military Yes No
    Iowa No
    Iowa State Yes Classic Western Yes Yes
    Kansas Perhaps. Did for 2009 season (See link) Modern Military Yes No
    Kansas State No
    Kent State No
    Kentucky No Fireworks after scores
    Louisiana Tech No
    Louisville No Horn after scores
    LSU Yes Moden Military No (Only during pregame) No
    Marshall No
    Maryland Yes ? Yes No
    Memphis No
    Miami Yes ? Yes ?
    Miami University
    Michigan No
    Michigan State No
    Mid Tenn State No
    Minnesota Yes Small Naval (See Link) Yes Yes (Believe so.)
    Mississippi State Yes Modern Military Yes Yes (Army ROTC does pushups after TDs as well)
    Missouri Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Navy Yes Modern Military (See link) Yes Yes
    NC State Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Nebraska No
    Nevada Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    New Mexico No
    New Mexico State Yes Modern Military Yes No
    North Carolina No Fireworks after scores
    North Texas Yes Classic Western Yes Yes
    Northern Illinois Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Northwestern No
    Notre Dame No
    Ohio Yes Classic Western Yes ?
    Ohio State No
    Oklahoma No RUF/NEKS shoot guns
    Oklahoma State Yes Modern Military Yes No
    Old Dominion
    Ole Miss Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Oregon No
    Oregon State No Fireworks after TDs
    Penn State No
    Pittsburgh Hell No
    Purdue No
    Rice No
    Rutgers Yes Classic Western Yes Yes
    San Diego State Yes Classic Western Yes, plus fireworks Yes, SW Corner of Stadium
    San Jose State No
    SMU
    South Alabama
    South Carolina No Rooster crow after TDs
    Southern Miss Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Stanford Yes Boom Cannon (See link) Train whistle after scores Yes
    Syracuse No
    TCU No FrogHorn after scores (Airhorn from train)
    Temple No
    Tennessee No
    Texas Yes Classic Western Yes Yes
    Texas A&M Yes Classic Western (See Link) Yes No
    Texas State
    Texas Tech No Mascot fires shotgun after scores
    Toledo Yes Small Classic Western Yes No
    Troy Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Tulane
    Tulsa No Hurricane siren after scores
    UAB No
    UCF No
    UCLA No
    UL Lafayette No
    UL Monroe Yes Modern Military Yes No
    UMass
    UNC Charlotte
    UNLV No Fireworks after scores
    USC No
    USF Yes In RJS Pirate Ship Yes No
    Utah Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    Utah State Yes Modern Military Yes Yes
    UTEP No Fireworks after scores
    UTSA
    Vanderbilt No Loud foghorn after TDs
    Virginia
    Virginia Tech Yes Classic Western Yes No
    Wake Forest No
    Washington No Siren after scores
    Washington State Yes Modern Military Yes No
    West Virginia No
    Western Kentucky No
    Western Michigan Yes Modern Military Yes No
    Wisconsin No
    Wyoming Yes Modern Military Yes No (See Link)
    Alamo Bowl Alamo Dome Home Band: Front Half of Section 103, Away Band: Front Half of Section 125
    Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium Home Band: Front of Section S, Away Band: Front of Section X 2010 & 11 @ Gerald J. Ford Stadium (SMU) Home Band: Front of 121, Away Band Front of 126 or 127
    Army - Navy Lincoln Financial Field Home Band: Front of Sections 128 & 127, Away Band: 131 & 132
    AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Home Band: Section 20, Away Band: Section 27
    Beef O' Brady's Bowl Tropicana Field Home Band: Front of Sections 140 & 138, Away Band: Front of Sections 111 & 113
    Big 10 Championship Lucas Oil Stadium Band 1: Section 125, Band 2: Section 152 No Historical Data; Educated Guess Based on Similar Stadiums/Games
    Capital One Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl Home Band: 125-126, Away Band: Sections 101-103
    Champs Sports Bowl Florida Citrus Bowl Home Band: Sections 101-103, Away Band: Sections 125-126
    Chick-fil-A Bowl Georgia Dome Home Band: Section 123, Away Band: Section 108
    BBVA Compass Bowl Legion Field Home Band: Front of Section 39, Away Band: Front of Section 32
    AT&T Cotton Bowl Dallas Stadium Home Band: Section 145, Away Band: Section 120
    CU - CSU Invesco Field at Mile High Colorado Band: Section 132, Colorado State Band: Section 115
    Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium Home Band: Front of Section 138, Away Band: Front of Section 144
    Florida - Georgia Jacksonville Municipal Stadium Florida Band: Section 150, Georgia Band: 125
    Gator Bowl EverBank Field Home Band: Section 130, Away Band: Section 116
    GoDaddy.com Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium Home Band: At least part of Sec. D, Away Band: Front of Section O, Part of N
    Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium Home Band: Front of Section RR, Away Band: Front Half of Section R
    Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium Home: Section 45, Away: Section 56
    Humanitarian Bowl Bronco Stadium Bands on opposite side of bleachers in North endzone (Away: Left, Home: Right)
    Hyundai Sun Bowl Hyundai Sun Bowl Home Band: Front of Section 8, Away Band: Front of Section 19
    Independence Bowl Independence Stadium Home Band: Section 110, Away Band: Section 107
    Insight Bowl Sun Devil Stadium Home Band: Most of Section 24, Away Band: Most of Section 13
    Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl AT&T Park Home Band: Front of Section 137, Away Band: Front of Section 108
    Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium Home Band: Front half of Section 125, Away Band: Section 113
    Little Caesars Bowl Ford Field Home Band: Front Half of Section 118, Away Band: Front Half of Section 139
    MAC Championship Ford Field Home Band: Section 122, Away Band: Section 101
    Meineke Car Care Bowl Bank of America Stadium Home Band: Section 101, Away Band: Section 121
    Military Bowl RFK Stadium Home Band: Top of Section 128, Away Band: Top of Section 116 or 117
    Music City Bowl LP Field Home Band: Front 1/2 of Section 145, Away Band: Front 1/2 of Section 122
    New Mexico Bowl University Stadium Home: Front of Section C, Away: Front of Section GG
    New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Superdome Home Band: Section 145, Away Band: 117
    Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium Home: Front of Section 101, Away: Front of Section 129
    OU - Texas Cotton Bowl Texas: On-field Bleachers (Sec. 16-19), Oklahoma: On-field Bleachers (Sec. 29-32)
    Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium Home Band: Sections 118 & 115, Away Band: Sections 143 & 140
    Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium Home Band: Section 239, Away Band: Section 201
    Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium Home: Section 45, Away: Section 57
    Rose Bowl Rose Bowl Home Band: Front of Section 27, Away Band: Front of Section 14
    SEC Championship Georgia Dome Home Band: Section 103, Away Band: 128
    Sugar Bowl Louisiana Superdome Both Bands on Field Level, Opposite Sides
    Texas Bowl Reliant Stadium Home Band: Section 115, Away Band: Section 135
    TicketCity Bowl Cotton Bowl Home Band: Front half of Section 9, Away Band: Front Half of Section 28




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    Special thanks to Kotaku's Owen Good for helping to spread the word.
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    I expected a massive pirate ship-like silver cannon. But Little Joe, the cannon in the north end zone of Faurot Field, is actually a rather sleek, camouflage-painted artillery piece with a barrel just big enough to fit a canister the width of a jumbo can of soup.

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    Today, Skipper is fired outside Lane Stadium when the football team enters the field and when it scores.


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    Go to :17 sec mark

    Added (cdj) - Fired After Scores it seems

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    Akron

    http://www.armyrotc.com/edu/akron/events.htm


    UPDATE:

    From Quest4Gold:

    This is what my brother told me about Akron...

    They actually stopped using the cannon since they moved to the Info. The National Guard used to do it, but they haven’t found an area that would be safe to use it. Now when they score the Cheerleaders run the flags through the endzone and they play an AC/DC song (which I doubt EA would be able to use for the game but I digress)

    The biggest thing is that they have fireworks every game when the team is introduced (that would be nice to see) and Zippy leads the team out onto the field. Also after the alma mater and national anthem, they play an intro video showing various spots in Akron and highlights of the team while playing a newer version of “In the air tonight” (again music that EA probably won’t add in)

    After first downs the announcer does the “…for another ZIPS FIRSTDOWN!!!”, they also some distinctive animations on the scoreboard and jumbotron

    There is the info he told me, hope this helps with anything. The fireworks is awesome on their entrance.
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    Oklahoma State doesn't have a cannon, but Pistol Pete fires his pistol after the team scores. Same goes for Texas tech

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    The cannon, operated by members of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, is traditionally fired after every Cyclone touchdown or field goal. Additionally, it has been fired on kickoffs and was formerly fired during the Cyclone Marching Band’s playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” - Link

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    Texas Longhorns -- Smokey the Cannon



    http://www.thefullwiki.org/Smokey_the_cannon



    Smokey the Cannon is an artillery piece used as part of the pageantry of college football games of The University of Texas Longhorns. Smokey is operated and cared for by the Texas Cowboys, a University student organization. Smokey is fired each time the Longhorns score, at every kick-off, and at the end of each quarter. The cannon is present for all home games, and for some away games when not prohibited by local rules.

    The current version of the cannon, Smokey III, weighs 1,200 pounds and fires up to four blank 10-gauge shells at a time. The cannon was built in 1988 by Lupton Machinery of Austin out of the trunk of an oak tree. Alumni donations were raised to cover the cannon's $25,000 cost.

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    what about the Texas Tech bell ringer?


    I'm actually not sure where/if TTU even has a cannon? I can't recall ever seeing one on TV(it's been a long time since I was last in Lubbock to see a game)

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    No cannon for WVU, but the Mountaineer shoots his gun when the XP is kicked through and they started doing pushups a few years ago for whatever WVU's score is at the time of the TD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gschwendt View Post

    North Texas
    Per this on their main website

    Boomer

    The Talons began the Fall 1970 football season with a blast as they introduced their newest spirit project, a muzzleloader cannon. The cannon was fired by the Talons cannon crew to signal UNT touchdowns, kick-off, half-time, and the end of home football games as well as special occasions such as University Day. Boomer is a Civil War replica, about two-thirds to scale of a six-pound cannon. It was modeled after cannons originally used as light horse battery by confederate cavalry. Talons worked for more than three years to gild the cannon, receiving donations from many campus organizations to help complete the project. The cannon barrel was cast in Dallas, and Crawford Sloan of the physics shop helped build its carriage. The carriage was built on a trailer and equipped for highway travel so the Talons could take it on road trips. Although Boomer did go to some away games, many stadiums will not allow it because it fires gun powder rather than blank cartridges.




    Boomer was originally fired using wadded newspapers. Because the paper occasionally started small fires, the cannon was not allowed on the Fouts Field's artificial turf. Talons cannon crew members now have an option of three firing methods. After the black powder charge is loaded and pierced, the battery unit, a firing squad of the cannon crew can fire electronically, with a live flame, or with the most frequently used brass cap and trigger hammer. A spark is created causing the black powder to explode and results in Boomerís famous boom.

    The 1989 Boomer was also featured in Paramountís 1991 film, Necessary Roughness. After the film crew saw and heard Boomer fire, they wrote an extra part in the film just for Boomerís appearance.

    In fall 1996, a safety inspector deemed Boomer unsafe due to the deterioration of the combustion chamber. The Talons acted quickly with help from Gus Myers, Chuck Fuller, and Eagle's Nest, and purchased a new 250-pound, 43-inch steel-lined barrel from Dixie Gun Works.

    Years later, UNT President Norval Pohl remarked that Boomer would look even more authentic with a limber. After hearing this, the Talons knew Boomer was still not complete and in fall 2007 the limber was introduced. Handcrafted of solid oak, the limber now carries all essentials for firing Boomer and also serves as a seat for Scrappy in parades.

    Other cannons have come to UNT and been removed due to safety concerns. Boomer is the only remaining cannon allowed on campus.
    Looks like it's fired after every TD as well as on Kickoffs, End of Half, and End of Game.

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    I graduated from Southern Miss in 2001 so this may not ring true anymore since I haven't been able to attend a game since then but if I'm correct, we have the new military style cannon that's fired after every TD (and after the XP if I remember correctly), and it was on the field, fieldhouse endzone, visitor's side, in the corner of the field.

    Edit:

    This first video is the corner of the endzone where the cannon is. You can see the cadets in this video even though you don't hear the cannon.


    This video, you can hear the cannon go off after the touchdown.
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