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By Bo Carter, NFF Correspondent, The Texas Sports Daily, Sports Page Dallas, NCBWA FORT WORTH, Texas – Marjorie Herrera Lewis, believed to be the only woman assistant football coach on any level in college football in 2017, definitely has earned her stripes. From fighting through a broken finger on her first day of spring practice to having cataract surgery just days before the start of the season to helping restart a football program at NAIA Texas Wesleyan University after a 76-year hiatus, her 2017 football coaching experience has been anything but boring. Added to the coaching staff by head coach Joe Prud’Homme in December 2016, the longtime sports journalist, Dallas Cowboys and college football beat writer, football observer, and gridiron expert was helping set up the ball machine the first day of spring drills when the ball took a wayward bounce. Lewis was standing at the 50-yard line facing the ball machine placed along the east sideline when the ball flew over another coach's head and ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 11/9/2017 10:42 AM By Alan Cox

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By Loran Smith, NFF Correspondent FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The speakers were several, but nobody preached—they simply said what should have been said in tribute to Frank Broyles: player, coach, athletic director and broadcaster. His up-tempo personality and demeanor stimulated signature accomplishments for his adopted school, which experienced hog heaven during his half-century watch at the University of Arkansas. Several vignettes flashed back as the service reminded us of what it takes to enjoy achievement in sport.  Broyles was a coach with a work ethic nonpareil, accented by a positive bent.  He was influenced by the man for whom he worked for years at Georgia Tech, Robert Lee Dodd, who was always accentuating the positive.  Organizers chose Frank Sinatra’s “Young at Heart,” and Satchmo’s “Wonderful World,” for the service, befitting the Broyles way.  A positive attitude must have been healthy.  Broyles lived for 92 years. &ldqu ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 9/22/2017 9:10 AM By Alan Cox

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TCU named its press box at Amon G. Carter Stadium for Dan Jenkins, a 1953 graduate of the school, during a dedication ceremony that took place May 30, 2017. After graduating from TCU, Jenkins went onto become one of the most esteemed sports writers of the 20th Century, working at the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest as well as penning numerous books and screenplays. Jenkins also served as the NFF Historian for more than a decade. By Loran Smith, NFF Correspondent            FT. WORTH, Tex. – When Texas Christian University named its press box at Amon G. Carter Stadium for alumnus Dan Jenkins recently, the honoree wouldn’t let on how proud he was, but those who have knowledge of his passion and love of alma mater would conclude it was a highlight not to be taken lightly. While Jenkins has always been able to invoke sarcasm and cynicism with a telling edge, he is a sentimentalist at heart.  He ju ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 9/20/2017 1:47 PM By Alan Cox

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By NFF Correspondent Bo Carter FORT WORTH, Texas -  It was a bit like the Carter household in past years on Christmas Eve when anticipation was building for a certain upcoming feast day and event. In this case on Aug. 16, though, it was head coach Joe Prud’Homme and the revitalized Texas Wesleyan Rams program chomping at the bit for the first preseason workout in pads Aug. 17 and the first TWU football contest in 76 years Sept. 2 when the Rams travel to McPherson (Kan.) prior to their Sept. 9 home opening celebration at Farrington Field against Southeastern power Millsaps (Miss.) at 2 p.m. (CDT). And Prud’Homme had the anticipation of a youngster as he prepared for his college head coaching debut after an ultra-successful coaching career at Nolan Catholic High School – some two miles north of the Wesleyan campus in Fort Worth. “There is just something about that pop when you hear pads hitting together,” he said with a smile. “It’s like the thump-thump ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 8/22/2017 3:02 PM By Alan Cox

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Dr. Arnold Scheller, the recipient of the NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter Distinguished American Award, delivered the following acceptance speech May 1, 2017 at the chapter’s annual scholar-athlete banquet. A former college football player at Boston University, Scheller served as a U.S. Army Ranger Medical Officer, and he received a Bronze Star for his valor in combat. When he was not serving his country, Scheller established himself as one of Boston’s most prominent orthopedic surgeons, including serving as the Boston Celtics team doctor and a team physician for the U.S. training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. I would like to first thank the Foundation, Emo Dinitto, Tom Shola and Dr. Bill Garrahan, my mentors in high school for this distinguished award. It is a true honor! I would also like to thank my family and friends who have always been there to support me. Sonia, my wife of 42 years, has always been there for me in all my endeavors and I am forever thankful. These fine youn ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 6/9/2017 12:53 PM By Alan Cox

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The following speech was given by Captain Brent Blackmer of the U.S. Navy at the NFF State of Maine chapter dinner on May 24. He is a former chapter high school scholar-athlete from Deering High School and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Blackmer is currently one of the Navy's leading jet pilots with 4,000+ flight hours and 900+ carrier landings. There are three rules to public speaking: be interesting, be brief, be forgotten. I can guarantee the last two… In an attempt to be interesting I’ll relate a story about flying and Patriots football – two of my greatest passions. I had the honor of conducting the flyover of the AFC Divisional playoff after the 2004 season. We launched into a snowstorm and we flew well below Navy regulations to maintain sight of Gillette Stadium. We were slightly behind timeline and, to catch up, I went a bit faster than allowed by Navy regulations. So, when our two F/A-18 Hornets arrived overhead, in full afterburner, at 550mph and 200’ over the ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 6/6/2017 9:21 AM By Alan Cox

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Tight End Cameron MacPherson, who just finished his senior season at Syracuse, recently gave a speech at the NFF Central New York Chapter's Awards Banquet. A semifinalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, he is the grandson of College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick MacPherson. Click here for a story about Cameron on FootballMatters.org. Thank you. And on behalf of the High school scholar athletes assembled here, of which I am a proud alumnus, and the college athletes here, of which I am a humble representative, I want to thank you all for this wonderful event. Thank you to Ed Ferrante, Rick Rannucci, Barry, Howie, Rose, and everyone at the CNY National Football Foundation for making today possible. I know I speak for everyone here in saying that we are honored and very grateful to have a team so committed to the success of Central New York Football. And thank you to Tuxedo Junction for the most difficult task of all; making this gruff assortment of football players look dapper for the day. ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 2/2/2017 3:27 PM By Alan Cox

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By Loran Smith, an award-winning writer and a longtime staff member of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He has been a prolific author, penning a regular column that still appears in the Athens Banner Herald as well as several newspapers around the state, and he has written more than a dozen books. A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and president of the NFF University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter. The friendships among college coaches has always been an inspiration although it would not require a research expert to confirm that among the ole timers who won a lot of big games, there were more than a few accomplished carousers and hard core imbibers.   Nonetheless, they seemed to enjoy one another’s company and were not attracted to the game to get rich quick which seems to be driving coaching aspirants today.           As a matter of fact, there probably are more clean ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 1/17/2017 3:11 PM By Alan Cox

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By Loran Smith, an award-winning writer and a longtime staff member of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He has been a prolific author, penning a regular column that still appears in the Athens Banner Herald as well as several newspapers around the state, and he has written more than a dozen books. A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and president of the NFF University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter.  Following the Rose Bowl in 2006, Keith Jackson, the Georgian, who rode a mule to school as a boy, only to travel the world as a sportscaster for ABC television, retired to his home in the hills of Sherman Oaks, a neat suburb of Los Angeles, where he found unending peace and solace on his deck from where he can see in the smoggy distance the San Gabriel Mountains.           That deck has been very important in his life.  "Always will be," he intoned when I visited him earlier this ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 12/22/2016 9:35 AM By Alan Cox

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By Loran Smith, an award-winning writer and a longtime staff member of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He has been a prolific author, penning a regular column that still appears in the Athens Banner Herald as well as several newspapers around the state, and he has written more than a dozen books. A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and president of the NFF University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter. Living in a classic city, a university town means there is plenty of gown to enrich and reward your experience if you identify with the arts and the cultural opportunities which abound.           Seeing the Georgia Bulldogs flourish between the hedges is something I find uplifting and rewarding, but there is also a motivation to enjoy other options like the presentation Sunday after the Auburn game by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.    Guess who had a couple of extra tickets?& ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 12/22/2016 9:33 AM By Alan Cox

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