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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – June 17, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 6/17/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Above: The Associated Press profiled NFF Chairman Archie Manning (right) and the lessons he has learned from his sons, including Peyton (left), in a Father's Day tribute.)

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Associated Press profiled NFF Chairman Archie Manning and the lessons that he has learned from his sons as a Father’s Day tribute.

College Football Hall of Famers
Jim Daniell and coach John Cooper headline the 2013 inductees into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The event will take place Sept. 27 in Columbus. Daniell, who passed away in 1983, played for the Buckeyes from 1939-41, and Cooper headed the program from 1988-2000.

USA Today
profiled NFF Board Member Chuck Neinas and his role as one of the nation’s top consultants in the college sports executive search field.

College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Dan Marino (Pittsburgh) and music producer Emilio Estefan have teamed with AARP to launch a new public service campaign and online tool called "Life Reimagined."

College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Ty Detmer (BYU) accepted honorary citizenship from the Rotary Club of Cibola County in New Mexico at an event raising $18,000 for scholarships.

College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Darryl Talley (West Virginia) delivered the keynote speech at the Mid-Ohio Valley Leadership Dinner to support the Boy Scouts of America Allohak Council.


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

New Purdue coach
Darrell Hazell and emeritus football coach Joe Tiller attended the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter’s Student-Athlete Banquet June 10 at the Purdue Memorial Union. Olympic gold medalist David Boudia, Miss Indiana MerrieBeth Cox and NFL Executive of the Year Ryan Grigson (Indianapolis Colts) were among the honorees. NFF National Scholar-Athlete (Purdue) and current New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees provided a video presentation…

The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Chapter will provide volunteers to assist with the staging of an NCAA Football Youth Clinic,
hosted by the Rose Bowl Game, 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 Houston Touchdown Club Chapter annually
boasts one of the country’s most impressive speaker 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 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 Football Schools Update

announced its football stadium will be named Jerry Richardson Stadium, after the owner of the Carolina Panthers donated $10 million to name the stadium in perpetuity. Richardson also endowed a football scholarship in honor of his son, Jon


Arizona State and Notre Dame
will play at Sun Devil Stadium in 2014... New Mexico and Tulsa agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2015 and 2017 seasons… Hawaii added a game at UCLA to its 2017 schedule… North Dakota scheduled non-conference games with Utah (2017) and Washington (2018)…


The Mountain West Conference
announced the expansion of its video content and digital network for the fall… The Big Ten released additional games for Big Ten Network telecasts for the first three weeks of the season… FOX College Sports picked up 10 Conference USA games to air this fall… The Southland Conference released a 19-game broadcast schedule for the 2013 season… Houston alums Kevin Eschenfelder (play-by-play) and Jeremy Branham (sideline reporter) will join Ted Pardee (color analyst) in the booth this fall for Cougar football… The FWAA’s Best Writing Contest deadline has been extended to July 1…

Bowl Games

The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt
have started exploring possible locations for the creation of additional bowl games beginning with the 2014 season… Bryan Delgado has joined the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl staff as the bowl’s new event supervisor…

Community Service

will host its second annual Lift for Life on June 21, raising awareness for acoustic neuroma, a disease that forced former Illini offensive lineman Andrew Carter to end his career… Rutgers coach Kyle Flood joined the Honorary Board of Directors for Lauren’s First and Goal, which is dedicated to pediatric brain tumor research and patient services…


is naming its new Football Press and Skybox Complex at the McGuirk Alumni Stadium after Martin and Richard Jacobson. Martin, an alumnus, donated $2.5 million to the school on June 10… William College (Mass.) will begin a $22 million renovation on its Weston Field complex, including its football field and facilities, this fall… New Mexico’s new LED video display board on Branch Field at University Stadium will be the largest video board in the Mountain West when construction is complete in August…

Awards and Honors

The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
will announce preseason watch lists July 8-19… Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott was honored with the Americanism Award by the Anti-Defamation League on June 11… Former St. John’s (N.Y.) All-American defensive end Anthony Zito topped the list of individuals inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame June 11… Wisconsin associate athletic director Justin Doherty was inducted into the CoSIDA Sports Hall of Fame on June 14… Texas deep snapper Nate Boyer was named the male 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year for sportsmanship and community service throughout the year… The South Carolina and Tennessee football teams were honored as recipients of the 6th annual SEC Sportsmanship Award… South Dakota All-American linebacker Jim Glogowski headlines the 2013 Henry Heider Coyote Sports Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Oct. 12…


XOS Digital promoted
Matthew Bairos to President & CEO and made Ben Godwin vice president of licensing… A statue of former Alcorn State football player and civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers was unveiled during a dedication ceremony on the school’s campus…


Former Arizona State football player and assistant coach
Dick Mansperger passed away June 12. He was 80 years old… 1942 Georgia National Championship team member Joe Tereshinski, Sr., died June 9 at the age of 89…  Former Nebraska assistant coach John Melton died on June 8. He was 86… Former Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Wake Forest assistant coach Ted Guthard passed away June 8. He was 75… Former Buffalo football player Saron Hood died June 6 at the age of 22.


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

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