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Bidding farewell to David Letterman

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Tonight marks the end of a truly remarkable run. David Letterman will air his final episode of The Late Show and will step aside from the late night talk gig for good. There is no question Letterman had quite the impact on the late night talk circuit over the years and he always ventured into the world of sports. So the folks across the SportsTalk sites decided to serve up some of our favorite moments and memories from Letterman’s run on late night.

Over the years Letterman offered plenty of air time to stars of the college football world, with the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York offering some of the best of the best to stop by for an interview or to read a top ten list. In 1997 Tennessee’s Peyton Manning made his first of many late night talk show appearances while in town for the Heisman Trophy festivities. Manning did not win the Heisman Trophy that season (that honor went to Michigan’s Charles Woodson), but the future all-pro and hall of fame lock did charm Letterman and participate in Letterman’s unorthodox skills competition.

You can see some of Letterman’s notable sports moments on the show as selected by the Sports Talk writers, and be sure to check out Joe Posnanski‘s terrific feature on Letterman, the five-tool host.

Now that Oregon has a Heisman winner, what power schools are still looking?

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The Oregon Ducks have risen as a football power over the last decade, and now the program has a Heisman Trophy winner to brag about. Quarterback Marcus Mariota brought an end to the Oregon Heisman drought. No longer in search of a Heisman Trophy to add to its football pedigree, Oregon now shifts its sights on winning its first national championship in the College Football Playoff.

The Heisman pursuit continues for 34 other programs from traditional power conferences. Some of the programs may be surprising at first glance. Among them, Tennessee, home to future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning came in second in the Heisman voting to Charles Woodson of Michigan in 1997.

Clemson, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and West Virginia are among the other notable programs without a Heisman Trophy.

Here is a list of schools from power conferences, listed by conference, still waiting for the first Heisman Trophy winner. Also included is a mention of the last Heisman Trophy winner from each power conference. The Big Ten has the longest Heisman drought going right now.

ACC: Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Last ACC Heisman Trophy winner: 2013, Florida State QB Jameis Winston

 

Big 12: Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Last Big 12 Heisman Trophy winner: 2011, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III

 

Big Ten: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

Last Big Ten Heisman Trophy winner: 2006, Ohio State QB Troy Smith

 

Pac-12: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Last Pac-12 Heisman Trophy winner: 2014, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

 

SEC: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Last SEC Heisman Trophy winner: 2012, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel