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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – June 10, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 6/10/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Pictured above: 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Don Trull (Baylor) is one of several Hall of Fame players on the ballot for the 2014 Texas Sports Hall of Fame class.)

Dennie Poppe Named NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award Recipient

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
announced that NCAA Vice President of Championships and Alliances Dennie Poppe has been named recipient of the 2013 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award. After playing safety at Missouri for Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine, Poppe embarked a stellar 40-year career at the NCAA, which saw him widely recognized as one of the top athletics administrators in the country.

Poppe will be honored at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He will accept his award alongside the recipients of the other NFF Major Awards, including Oklahoma Athletics Director
Joe Castiglione (the recipient of the John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration), and the winners of the NFF Gold Medal, the NFF Distinguished American Award and the NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting, who will all be announced in the coming weeks.

College Football Hall of Fame Announces Legacy Brick Campaign

The new College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in the heart of Atlanta and scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, has announced a legacy brick campaign.  As part of this exclusive, limited-run opportunity, college football fans can purchase a commemorative brick with a personalized message that will forever be part of this historic 94,256-square-foot attraction.  Prices begin at $100, and individuals can learn more about the multiple purchase options by visiting or calling 1-855-HOF-BRIX (463-2749).

Dallas Cowboys U Football Camp a Success

The National Football Foundation's Play It Smart Program
helped stage the second annual Dallas Cowboys U, a football camp for public high school student-athletes from North Texas, on June 6 at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas. Cowboys players and staff provided coaching to the more than 160 student-athletes in attendance. NFF Board Member and Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett provided the key support for the event.

The 11th Annual Jason Garrett Starfish Charities Play It Smart Camp, for public high school students in the Northeast, will take place June 15 in Princeton, N.J.

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The Texas Sports Hall of Fame
announced the ballot for its 2014 class. College Football Hall of Fame inductees on the ballot for consideration include: Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M), Doug English (Texas), Charlie Krueger (Texas A&M), Don Trull (Baylor) and Wilson Whitley (Houston). Former Abilene [Texas] High School standout Jack Mildren (Oklahoma) joins Elmendorf and Trull, comprising the former NFF National Scholar-Athletes on the list. Other football players and coaches on the ballot include Fred Akers (Texas), Marty Akins (Texas), Bobby Cavazos (Texas Tech), Ken Gray (San Saba [Texas]), , Charlie Milstead (Texas A&M), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Gary Patterson (TCU) and Eddy Peach (Arlington Lamar High School [Texas]). Former Baylor athletics director Tom Stanton is also on the ballot.

Hall of Fame coach
Gene Stallings will serve as the keynote speaker at “A Legendary Kickoff: An Evening to Support Excellence” dinner benefitting the Lindale Independent School District Education Foundation on Sept. 12 in Tyler, Texas.

2012 Campbell Trophy semifinalist
Robert Maci (Purdue) and Penn State’s John Urschel, who the Nittnay Lions have touted as a Campbell Trophy candidate in 2013, claimed Big Ten 2013 Medal of Honor accolades.

1996 Hall of Fame inductee
Bob Ferguson (Ohio State), and football players Gordon Bell (Michigan), Ryan Brewer (South Carolina), Kris Dielman (Indiana), Tom Myers (Northwestern), Max Urick (Ohio Wesleyan), Tommy Vaughn (Iowa State) and Randy Walker (Miami [Fla.]) headline the inaugural Trojan Athletics Hall of Fame class for Troy [Ohio] High School.

2011 Hall of Fame inductee
Will Shields (Nebraska) will participate in a sports camp, presented by Mercy Regional Medical Center, at the Rival Sports facility in Lorain, Ohio.

1951 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Alvin “Bo” McMillin, the legendary quarterback at Centre College (Ky.) from 1917-21, will posthumously be honored June 13 as a member of the State of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Pittsburgh Court of Common Pleas Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, who played defensive back at Louisville from 1976-78, will also be inducted as a member of the class.

2012 Campbell Trophy semifinalist
Jake Hess (Northern Arizona), and football players Brett Cameron (North Dakota), Michael Clore (Southern Utah), Donovan Henley (Idaho State), Jeff Minnerly (Eastern Washington) were selected 2013 Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners.

Boston College
, Florida Atlantic, Mount Union (Ohio), Sam Houston State, the United States Naval Academy, West Alabama and Wisconsin-Whitewater have joined the NFF as an NFF Institutional Academic Member. Coming off an impressive year of support, the Institutional Academic Membership Program allows the NFF to greatly enhance the power of football's collective voice while actively building a stronger national platform for the game with community leaders, educators, and the media. The program is open to all football-playing institutions at every level of college football. Email Ron Dilatush at to learn how your school can get involved.


Nomination forms for the 2013 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete program were sent to chapter contacts today, June 10. Please return all nomination forms to
Ron Dilatush by Aug. 9…

The Colorado Chapter elected
Dick Dewire as its new President & CEO, replacing Keith Jensen who is retiring and moving to Arizona. Dewire is an original member of the Colorado Chapter and was a scholar-athlete at Phillipsburg (N.J.) High School. We would like to thank Jensen for his dedicated service and congratulate Dewire on his new post…

College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Joe Washington (Oklahoma) delivered the keynote speech at the NFF Oklahoma Chapter’s 29th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on June 6. Ten high school athletes were honored along with college players Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) and Daytawion Lowe (Oklahoma State). Other award winners recognized include 2013 NFF Toner Award recipient and Oklahoma director of athletics Joe Castiglione, and longtime OU assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright

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 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, in conjunction with NCAA Football,
held a free NCAA Football Youth Clinic for children ages 5 to 13 on June 8 at Independence Stadium. Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry served as the event’s keynote speaker…

The NFF Houston Touchdown Club Chapter annually
boasts one of the country’s most impressive speaker’s series during eight scheduled luncheons. LSU’s Les Miles and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin have already appeared this year. Remaining speakers include Baylor's Art Briles (July 17), Texas' Mack Brown (July 24), Texas Southern's Darrell Asbury (Aug. 28) and Prairie View A&M's Heishma Northern (Aug. 28), and Rice’s David Bailiff and Houston’s Tony Levine (Sept. 18). The chapter also recently announced its spring scholar-athletes…

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…

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.


New Football Schools Update

The College of Idaho, which is launching a new football program in 2014,
has eight players on its roster who were honored as NFF National Scholar-Athletes by the NFF Southern Idaho Chapter in April…


released a 12-year rotating crossover conference football schedule that goes into effect for the 2013 season… Hawaii and Kansas signed a home-and-home contract for 2016 and 2017… Texas-San Antonio and Texas A&M announced a two-year football series agreement for 2016 and 2019, with both games to be played in College Station… Arizona and Houston have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2017 and 2018 seasons…


The Big 12
announced television designations and times for the first three weeks of the season as well as select dates… ESPN added seven early-season Big Ten conference games to its television slate… The UCF/FIU matchup has been moved to Friday, Sept. 6 to accommodate for an 8 p.m. ET kick on CBS Sports Network… CBS named David Berson president of CBS Sports…

Bowl Games

The Valero Alamo Bowl
announced a six-year agreement with the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, pitting the top team from each conference (outside of the College Football Playoff group) against each other…

Community Service

The Iowa and Oklahoma football teams
worked together to deliver food and goods to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma which is aiding in Oklahoma tornado relief… The New Haven (Conn.) football coaching staff volunteered at the Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp, benefiting brain tumor research and cancer services… Nearly 30 members of the Penn State football team volunteered for the opening ceremonies and worked events at 44th Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games June 6-8…

The Rutgers football team
participated in the opening ceremonies of the New Jersey Special Olympics and head coach Kyle Flood served as an honorary coach on June 7 at the College of New Jersey… In memory of former player Harry Galbreath, Tennessee is hosting a reception benefiting the Camp 76 Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students from Clarksville, Tenn., on June 14… Former Delaware standouts Mike Adams, Gino Gradkowski and Pat Devlin will visit the Delaware Youth Football Camp to talk to the campers and participate in drills the week of July 8…


Baylor alumnus
Paul L. Foster donated $35 million to the school, part of which will support the construction of the new Baylor Stadium, set to open in 2014… Georgia Southern broke ground on the program’s new Football Operations Center and Paulson Stadium Expansion project, both slated for completion in 2014…

Awards and Honors

Football players
Brentson Buckner, Terrence Flagler and Ray Williams headline Clemson’s 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class… The 2013 Washington State Athletic Hall of Fame Class is led by former football players Bernard Jackson and Rien Long as well as the 1997 football team, the first Cougar squad to play in the Rose Bowl since 1931…  NACDA announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award (ADOY), including Jeff Compher (Northern Illinois), John Currie (Kansas State), Jeff Long (Arkansas) and Kevin White (Duke) from the Football Bowl Subdivision and Bill Chaves (Eastern Washington), Bruce McCutcheon (Lafayette College), Mario Moccia (Southern Illinois) and Mark Wilson (Tennessee Tech) from the Football Championship Subdivision...


Times-Picayune reporter
Jim Kleinpeter wrote an extensive piece on LSU athletics director Joe Alleva, who recently eclipsed the five-year mark in the top administration job in Baton Rouge… Northwestern State’s 13th Scholarship Auction will be held Aug. 24 in Prather Coliseum, with proceeds going to NSU’s student-athletes… The Indiana football team unveiled five new helmets for the 2013 season… The Stanford football sports performance coordinator position has been endowed by alumni John and Kathy Kissick


Joe Rector
, a starting end, 1958 co-captain and Academic All-American at Oklahoma under Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson, died June 6. He was 76 years old… Former Wabash football player Hubert Griffith, Jr., passed away June 4 at the age of 76… Deacon Jones, a defensive end in the late 1950s at South Carolina State and Mississippi Vocational College (now Mississippi Valley State), passed away June 3. He was 74... Dr. Ed Billings, Houston Baptist’s first director of athletics (1966-90), died on June 2 at the age of 84…


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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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