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Good evening ladies and gentleman. My name is Andrew Brown and I am a senior at East Lyme High School. I have the distinct privilege of representing my fellow players and I who have been recognized for both our excellence in the classroom, and on the football field. It’s startling to remember it has been nearly half of a year since we competed on the football field. Then, we were rivals clawing at each other’s throats, but tonight, we stand together as brothers; brothers who have been given the gift to compete every Friday Night on the gridiron. Coaches, parents, players, and anyone else given the privilege of suiting up on Friday night, can you remember the butterflies fluttering through your stomach before the game? Can you remember the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you stormed the field? Can you remember being in the huddle surrounded by your teammates who have became your family? Finally, can you remember the highest of highs that came after victory, tempered only by the sorrow o ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 4/27/2016 12:00 PM By Alan Cox

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1994 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient Loran Smith from the University of Georgia Chapter caught up with College Football Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings on the former Texas A&M and Alabama coach's ranch in Powderly, Texas.
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Yanni Halkiadakis, the top scholar-athlete at the NFF Joe Mewhiney (Central Mass.) Chapter, gave a memorable speech at the chapter's Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 3, 2015, at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough, Mass. Halkiadakis was a standout guard and defensive tackle at North Middlesex Regional High School. Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 5/15/2015 8:15 AM By Alan Cox

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level. 

Instant Replay has been a key feature on the landscape of college football for a number of years. First experimented by the Big Ten Conference in 2005, it has been used by all ten FBS conferences since 2006. Now several FCS conferences also have Instant Replay for many of their games. Read the rest of entry »

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level. 

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) has given final approval to rules changes for 2015. The rules committee proposals were discussed here in the most recent column, and of these PROP approved all except one. The change for ineligible receivers downfield was not approved. Below are descriptions of several of the changes. Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 3/30/2015 1:55 PM By anonymous

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

As the playoffs in Divisions II and III and in the Football Championship Subdivision move toward their final games, and with the bowl games beginning very soon, this is a good time to take stock of the rules for targeting and their impact on the game.
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Posted on 12/15/2014 9:36 AM By anonymous

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

The number of officials working a college football game has changed many times over the years.  In the earliest days of the game, there was only one, the referee. As the nature of the game changed over time officials were gradually added.  Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 7/7/2014 1:47 PM By anonymous

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

In last week’s column we looked at the history and purpose of Instant Replay. This week we will see how it really works and who is involved in making it happen.

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Posted on 6/2/2014 12:45 PM By anonymous

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Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

Since its inception in 2005, Instant Replay (IR) has become an important part of the game in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 5/27/2014 10:06 AM By anonymous

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Zane Cooke, the valedictorian and a starting offensive lineman on the football team at Killingley High School in Dayville, Conn., delivered a memorable speech on behalf of the scholar-athlete class at the NFF Southeastern Connecticut Annual Awards Dinner on April 27. Cooke plans to attend UConn in the fall and major in biomedical engineering. Here is a transcript of his speech. Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 4/29/2014 1:30 PM By Alan Cox

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