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News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 6/3/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Pictured above: Joe Micchia (Westminster [Pa.]) was named a 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame inductee.)

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione Named Recipient of 2013 NFF John L. Toner Award

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
announced that University of Oklahoma Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione has been named the 2013 recipient of the John L. Toner Award. The Toner Award is presented annually by the NFF to an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.

Castiglione will be honored at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Castiglione will accept his award alongside the 2013 FBS College Football Hall of Fame inductees, the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athletes and the recipients of the other NFF Major Award, including the NFF Gold Medal, Distinguished American Award, Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award, and the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting, which will all be announced in the coming weeks.

College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class Announced

The National Football Foundation announced the members of the 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class May 30. The class includes
Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.]), Joe Micchia (Westminster [Pa.]), Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore), and Jeff Wittman (Ithaca [N.Y.]) and coaches Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana University of Pennsylvania), James “Boots” Donnelly (Austin Peay State, Middle Tennessee State) and Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State).

The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction. The 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be honored this summer in Atlanta, Ga., during the Enshrinement ceremonies in August. To learn more about the class,
click here.

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Several College Football Hall of Fame inductees
will participate in the Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic presented by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which will take place June 12 at the Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Maryland. Inductees schedule to participate include Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Roger Brown (Maryland Eastern Shore), Lydell Mitchell (Penn State), Doug Williams (Grambling), Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore) and Bruce Taylor (Boston University).

2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
Nick Florence (Baylor) has been named a Big 12 2012-13 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, worth $9,000.

The Big Ten Conference, The New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the New York Yankees
announced that an eight-year commitment by the Big Ten to play in the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl from 2014 to 2021. The announcement of the deal included a quote from New York Yankees Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner on the pride his late father and NFF Board Member George Steinbrenner would have taken in seeing the Big Ten teams play in Yankee Stadium. Before his legendary leadership of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner was an assistant coach at Northwestern and Purdue.

The Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, will celebrate the 100
th Anniversary of the famous forward pass between Notre Dame QB Gus Dorais and end Knute Rockne that occurred on Nov. 1, 1913 in the Fighting Irish game against Army. Rockne and Dorais perfected their air attack on the Cedar Point Beach as lifeguards prior to the 1913 season. The park will commemorate the event June 27 with the grandsons of both Rockne and Dorais replicating the event. Both Dorais and Rockne subsequently earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame for their coaching accomplishments. Click here to watch a video about the famous 1913 pass.

1995 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Jim Brown (Syracuse) has joined the Cleveland Browns as a special advisor to the NFL franchise.

Hall of Fame coach
Willie Jeffries has worked to enrich the lives of more than 20 eighth grade students at William J. Clark Middle (Orangeburg, S.C.) by sharing life messages and encouraging the students to read more.

2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
Rex Burkhead (Nebraska) and Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs are among the 24 student-athletes named 2012-13 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners by the Big Ten.

Hall of Fame inductee
Chris Spielman (Ohio State), co-founder of the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund and ESPN College football analyst, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce's (Ohio) annual banquet set for 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at St. Florian Hall.

Hall of Famer
Steve Spurrier (Florida) was designated as a “Great Floridian” by Florida governor Rick Scott for Spurrier’s time as an athlete and coach with the Florida Gators.

The National Football Foundation's Play It Smart Program will help stage two camps for public high school student-athletes from the Northeast and North Texas in the coming weeks with the support of NFF Board Member and Dallas Cowboys Owner
Jerry Jones and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. The North Texas event will take place June 6 at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, and the 11th Annual Jason Garrett Starfish Charities Play It Smart Camp will take place June 15 in Princeton, N.J.

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The Rose Bowl Game
will host an NCAA Football Youth Clinic June 29 for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The free half-day clinic will be held at Robinson Park in Pasadena. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with college football coaches as well as former and current student-athletes from the Southern California area. The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Chapter will provide volunteers to assist with the staging of the event.

The NFF State of Maine Chapter and the Maine football coaching staff are conducting the fourth annual Youth and High School Coaches Clinic June 13 at Alfond Stadium on Maine’s campus, which is free to all participants. To register,
click here.

NFF Oklahoma Chapter
will honor 10 high school athletes at its 29th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on June 6… New Purdue coach Darrell Hazell and emeritus football coach Joe Tiller will attend the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter’s Student-Athlete Banquet June 10. Olympic gold medalist David Boudia, Miss Indiana MerrieBeth Cox and NFL Executive of the Year Ryan Grigson (Indianapolis Colts) are among those set to be honored. NFF National Scholar-Athlete (Purdue) and current New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will provide a video presentation.


New Football Schools

unveiled its football uniforms for the program’s 2013 inaugural season…


Former Southwest Conference rivals Arkansas and Texas Tech
finalized a home-and-home series for the 2014 and 2015 seasons… The Big Ten announced its 2015 conference football schedule, with each team playing eight league games…


The Southern Conference
announced the addition of East Tennessee, Mercer and VMI beginning with the 2014 season… The Big Sky Conference is celebrating 50 years of men’s athletics by honoring the all-time best individuals, teams and moments with an interactive fan experience…


The Pac-12
released its early football television schedule, with coverage on ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks… CBS Sports Network and the Patriot League announced two games scheduled for national broadcast in 2013; Lehigh at Fordham (Oct. 5 at noon ET) and Colgate at Holy Cross (Oct. 19 at noon ET)… Western Michigan has launched a video series giving fans an inside look at coach P.J. Fleck and the Bronco football program… Miami’s (Fla.) “Mind Games” web series gives fans an inside look at the minds of Hurricane players, with a new episode debuting each day for 60 days…


The American Athletic Conference
unveiled its logo and marks…

Community Service

Oklahoma head coach
Bob Stoops helped with clean up after the tornadoes in Moore, Okla., last week, going unnoticed for a half hour… Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa have joined forces for an “OK Together” t-shirt, benefitting the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes… LSU coach Les Miles rappelled down a 24-story building in Baton Rouge to raise awareness for the “Over the Edge for Adoption” foundation… The Ohio State football team helped the Graham Expeditionary Middle School “Play it Forward” with the building, renovating and construction of a new playground at the school… Rutgers is hosting the third annual Eric LeGrand “A Walk to Believe” 5k on June 15, with proceeds going to the research and treatment of spinal cord injuries…


Ohio State
plans to add 2,500 seats to Ohio Stadium, expanding capacity to 104,829… Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium was named the 2012 College Football Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association… Oklahoma State is installing AstroTurf in the football’s new Sherman E. Smith Training indoor facility… Minot State (N.D.) is set to break ground on Phase II of the Herb Parker Stadium renovation, a three-story building housing a press box, suites and concessions as well as a Daktronics video scoreboard… Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) will break ground on the expansion and renovation of the Ryder Center, which will include a practice football field…

Awards and Honors

Former Ohio State Athletics Director and NACDA President
Jim Jones will accept the James J. Corbett Memorial Award during the NACDA Convention Awards Luncheon June 15 in Orlando, Fla… Duke announced that Wes Chesson, a wide receiver and punter for the Blue Devils from 1968-70, will be inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame on October 11… Georgia football player Aron White is one of 11 finalists for the 2013 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship, presented by NACDA… Former Northern Illinois football player Eddie Davis will be enshrined into the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Plaza of Honor on Sept. 20, 2013… Western Kentucky assistant coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm headlines the 2014 Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class… Former Miner football player Wayne Hansen will be honored posthumously as a member of the 2013 UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame Class…


UCLA Director of Executive Relations
Marc Dellins has announced that he will retire at the end of June after 37 years of working to promote Bruin Athletics… Former XOS Digital SVP Chris Kesicke has been named the Director of Sales and Retention at Experience (www., an Atlanta-based firm that enhances the digital fan experience at live events… 


The Pac-12 Conference
announced a comprehensive “Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative”… The NCAA invited close to 300 student-athletes to participate in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, June 8-11 in Indianapolis. The forum is designed to help student-athletes with career development and help transition into a career in intercollegiate athletics. To learn more about this program, click here


Former Florida State coach and LSU standout
Larry Jones passed away May 30. He was 79 years old… Bill Austin, a four-year letterman from 1946-49 at Oregon State, died May 30. He was 84…  Fresno State’s first two-time All-American, Jack Mulkey, passed away May 28 at the age of 95… Former Maine, Morehead State and Ohio football coach Tom Lichtenberg died on May 26 at the age of 72… Cullen Finnerty, who went 51-4 as the starting QB at Grand Valley State from 2003-06 and led the Lakers to three Division II national championships, passed away May 26. He was 30.


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Oct. 2, 2013 – 
Announcement of the Semifinalists for 2013 Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth – Dallas, Texas
Oct. 31, 2013 – Announcement of 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments – Dallas, Texas
Dec. 10, 2013 – 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel – New York City
Dec. 10, 2013 – 24th Presentation of Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation's top scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York City
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 –  Newport Beach, Calif.


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