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MONDAY’s CHALKTALK – Jan. 28, 2013
Past week marked three exciting announcements from the National Football Foundation: National
Published: 1/28/2013 4:15:00 PM

Past week marked three exciting announcements from the National Football Foundation:

National Football Foundation and Pop Warner Announce Partnership

The National Football Foundation (NFF) and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football organization, announced a partnership to enhance the sport through a variety of initiatives and research projects that promote participation, health and safety, academic achievement, and the community involvement of the young athletes who play football. Spearheaded by Pop Warner, areas of collaboration will include coaches training, equipment changes, and the promotion of academic achievement and community leadership by those involved with the sport. Click here to read more.

College Football Hall of Fame Raises $16,599 for South Bend HS Football Programs

The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced that the College Football Hall of Fame attracted near record attendance its final two-days of operations in South Bend, Ind., raising $16,599 for the five local high school football programs. Attendance for the December 29-30 weekend approached 4,000 visitors. The NFF and the College Football Hall of Fame had previously announced that all proceeds from the final two days of operation would be equally donated to the football programs at the five South Bend city high schools (Adams, Clay, Riley, Saint Joseph and Washington). Located in South Bend, Ind. from 1995 to 2012, it will reopen in Atlanta in September 2014. Click here to read more in the South Bend Tribune


Football Officiating Coordinators to Meet at NFF Headquarters

The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced that the annual winter meetings of conference coordinators for football officials are taking place Jan. 28-29 at the NFF headquarters in Las Colinas, Texas. The meeting will be led by Rogers Redding, the College Football Officiating (CFO) National Coordinator. The CFO was formed in 2008 by the NCAA and the Collegiate Commissioners’ Association to ensure the consistent application of NCAA football playing rules and policies around the country. The officiating coordinators from all 24 NCAA Division I conferences will participate in the meeting. Click here for more information. 


The New York Times
profiled NFF Chairman Archie Manning in its Sunday, Jan. 26 edition with an article titled “A Saint in His City: Archie Manning in New Orleans.”

1974 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Pat Haden, the current athletics director at Southern California, was honored this month when the Trojans named the $4 million Patrick C. Haden Hall of Champions in the new Heritage Hall.

2007 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Johnnie Johnson (Texas) has launched a national program designed to help children and their families deal with the difficulties of moving.  Called the “Moving Families Initiative,” the program connects moving families with REALTORS to take a proactive approach on the physical and emotional strain children face when changing neighborhoods and schools. Click here for more information.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr (Michigan) will serve as a celebrity judge, alongside current Michigan coach Brady Hoke, in a Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium Feb. 23 to raise money for the Special Olympics of Michigan.

2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Ryan Nassib (Syracuse ) appeared in the 2013 Senior Bowl this past weeked, completing four passes for 44 yards.

2004 College Football Hall of Famer Tony Casillas (Oklahoma) and 1974 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Randy Hughes (Oklahoma) were inducted as part of the inaugural Tulsa Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame class Jan. 24. Other former college standouts among the inductees include Brent Blackman (Oklahoma State), Don Chandler (Florida), Reuben Gant (Oklahoma State), Gary Howard (Arkansas), and Spencer Tillman (Oklahoma).

As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame posts This Week in College Football History, which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 144 years. Click here to see this week’s featured video of  the Jan. 31, 2004 Villages Gridiron Classic that pitted College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) leading the North against Georgia coach Mark Richt and the South.


Two NFF chapters will hold free combines for high school student-athletes to showcase their skills and academic accomplishments for college coaches at the divisional level. The NFF TD Club of Houston Chapter will host the NFF Houston Showcase Feb. 9 at the Houston Texans’ practice facility. The NFF California Showcase, organized by College Football Hall of Fame coach Terry Donahue (UCLA), and hosted by The NFF Newport Beach Chapter will be take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Feb. 23. Click here to learn more.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will deliver the keynote speech at NFF Lehigh Valley Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet March 3 at the Northampton Community Center… Ohio State cornerback coach Kerry Coombs will deliver the keynote speech at the 46th NFF Cincinnati Chapter banquet Feb. 28 at the Westin Cincinnati. In addition to the high school scholar-athletes, the chapter will recognize Nick Gramke (Thomas More College), Tony Miliano (Cincinnati), Brian Pitzer (College of Mount St. Joseph) and Jason Semmes (Miami, Ohio)… The Western Massachusetts Chapter announced that Alex Rotsko, the former coach at Longmeadow HS (Springfield, Mass.) and the current coach at Marshwood HS (South Berwick, Maine) will be honored April 7 with the organization's Butova Award, presented annually to a member of the football community that has distinguished himself in later life.

The NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter will recognize Northern Arizona FB Jake Hess, Arizona State LB Brandon Johnson and CB Deveron Carr as College Scholar-Athletes at its 32nd annual awards banquet March 2 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort… The NFF S.M. McNaughton (Shreveport, La.) Chapter will honor Advocare President and CEO Richard Wright with its Distinguished American Award and Northwestern State director of athletics Greg Burke with its Contribution to Amateur Football Award Feb. 28 at East Ridge Country Club...

The NFF Tampa (Fla.) Chapter will stage a small college recruiting fair Feb. 16 and its 17th annual scholar-athlete banquet April 10… The NFF Minnesota Chapter announced that the Minnesota Vikings will be the presenting Sponsor of the 2013 "Honoring Legends-Inspiring Leaders" Awards event, which will be held at the University of St. Thomas April 28…

The NFF State of Maine Chapter held their annual scholar-athlete banquet Jan. 20 in Portland, Maine, presenting Donald Goodrich of Cheverus High School the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy as the top player in the state… The NFF Capital District (N.Y.) Chapter hosted its annual Clinic of Champions for football coaching staffs on Jan. 21 at the RPI Campus Athletic Village… The Colorado Chapter announced the 11 high school players who will be honored at its Feb. 18 banquet at the Marriott Denver West hotel… The Westchester (NY) Chapter will host their annual banquet Jan. 31, honoring its Golden Dozen Scholar-Athlete Team at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y...

The NFF Columbus (Ohio) Chapter will hold their 52nd Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Feb. 12 in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio State Union… The NFF Chicago Metro Chapter will honor Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas with its Distinguished American Award. The award will be presented Feb. 18 at the Westbrook Corporate Center, and the chapter will distribute $24,000 to local student-athletes at the event…

The NFF Greater Baltimore Chapter will hold their 50th annual banquet on March 6… The NFF NYC Chapter will host its “Elite Eleven” Dinner March 7. Buffalo Bills Head Football Coach Doug Marrone is on tap to deliver the keynote speech. Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer will speak at the 7th Annual NFF National Capital Region Chapter banquet April 7 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. 



Conference USA announced its home-and-away football opponents for the 2013 season… Purdue and Missouri have scheduled a 2017-18 home-and-home series... Oregon and Virginia have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2013 and 2016… Nevada finalized its 2013 non-conference, including hosting BYU… UCF and Penn State have scheduled a 2013-14 home-and-home series… Morehead State announced the schedule for its seven home games in 2013.


IMG College will be the new multimedia rights holder at West Virginia.

Community Service

Villanova Coach and NFF Philadelphia Chapter President Andy Talley will stage his 3rd Annual Bone Marrow BASH on March 2, which raises money to register potential bone marrow donors. 


The groundbreaking for the new University of Houston 40,000 seat football stadium, set to open in August of 2014, will take place Feb. 8… Two new twice-life-sized statues have been installed at the Charlotte 49ers new football stadium.

Awards and Honors

Akron will induct former football players Michael Andy and Russ Klaus into the Akron Varsity "A" Association Sports Hall of Fame Feb. 15… Former Angelo State (Texas) Athletics Director Kathleen Brasfield and Central Washington Athletics Director Jack Bishop were honored with the Division II Athletics Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award… The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame will induct former football player Josh Cain Feb. 22…

Florida State QB EJ Manuel was named the 2013 Senior Bowl MVP. BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah received Most Outstanding Player honors for the South while Purdue defensive lineman Kawann Short claimed recogniztion as top player for the North… The Davey O'Brien Foundation announced Pat Evans and Bobby McGee, two of the Foundation's past presidents, as co-recipients of the 2012 Charles Ringler Founder's Award… The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2013 induction class, including LSU OL Kevin Mawae and LSU QB Tommy Hodson.


A recent University of Tennessee study estimates the annual impact of UT Athletics to the state at $151 million a year and more than 2,900 jobs...  The SEC released its fall honor roll, including numerous football student-athletes at Georgia (38), Vanderbilt (36), Alabama (29), South Carolina (28), and Missouri (26)… Western Michigan unveiled a new helmet logo for 2013… Nebraska approved the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior as an interdisciplinary research center…  Zach Barnett of recently wrote about five assistant coaches at Sul Ross State (Texas) who have held the school's Division III football program together on a volunteer basis after the head coach took another job.


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Dec. 10, 2013 - 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner - Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York City

Dec. 10, 2013
- The 24th Presentation of Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation's top scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria - New York, N.Y.

Jan. 2, 2014
- National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl - New Orleans, La.

Jan. 7, 2014
- MacArthur Bowl Presentation to the BCS National Champion –  Pasadena, Calif.


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The 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at New York City's Waldorf=Astoria. For more ticket information, please contact NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd at 1-800-486-1865 or via email at


The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.

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