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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – June 24, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 6/24/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Pictured: Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley, 80, went skydiving with his grandson, who has cerebral palsy, to help raise money for the Extra Special People Foundation, benefiting people with disabilities.)

NFF to Host NCFAA Board of Directors

The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) will hold its summer meeting at the National Football Foundation offices in Dallas on Tuesday, June 25. This will be the fourth consecutive year the group has met at the NFF. For more information on the NCFAA and its members, please visit

College Football Hall of Fame 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 with potential tax deductible benefits by visiting or calling 1-855-HOF-BRIX (463-2749).


1994 Hall of Fame coach inductee
Vince Dooley, 80, went skydiving with his grandson, who has cerebral palsy, to help raise $47,000 for the Extra Special People Foundation benefiting people with disabilities.

2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and NFF Board Member
Troy Aikman (UCLA) discussed the key influences in his success as part of the Sporting News video series "Behind the Legend."

2009 NFF Gold Medal recipient
Phil Knight has decorated his plane based on the design from the helmets of the Oregon Ducks.

2013 Hall of Fame honoree
Ted Brown (N.C. State) will be enshrined as part of the 2013 Guilford County (N.C.) Sports Hall of Fame Class on Sept. 16 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
published an article on 2013 NFF Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football award honoree Dennie Poppe, who is completing his last College World Series as NCAA vice president of championships and alliances.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
hosted an Appreciation Night for 2008 College Football Hall of Famer and former professional wrestler Ron Simmons (Florida State).

2012 Campbell Trophy semifinalist
Duron Harmon (Rutgers) was named the 2012-13 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award recipient.

Members of the college football community, including 2011 Hall of Famer
Doug English (Texas), helped former TCU running back Kent Waldrep get mobile again with a specially equipped van. Waldrep was paralyzed 39 years ago in a game against Alabama.

City Bank Texas in Lubbock
will honor 2013 College Football Hall of Famer Jerry Gray (Texas) with a reception on June 27. Gray is hosting his annual Jerry Gray Foundation Golf Tournament, benefitting youth in underserved communities, on June 29 at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech.

2012 Hall of Fame inductee
Art Monk (Syracuse) and former football player Craig Bingham headlines Syracuse’s 49th Annual LetterWinner of Distinction Awards Banquet to be held on Nov. 1 at Turning Stone Resort.

1961 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
George McAfee (Duke) will be honored along with Coy Bacon (Jackson State), Chad Bratzke (Eastern Kentucky), Irv Goode (Kentucky), Roman Oben (Louisville) and Otis Wilson (Louisville) as 2013 inductees to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Citadel
, Northwest Missouri State, Princeton and Valparaiso 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 June 10. Please return all nomination forms to
Ron Dilatush by Aug. 9

The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Chapter will provide volunteers at the 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...

The St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter
will host its annual Paul Savage, Sr., Memorial Golf Tournament at the Columbia Golf Club (Ill.) Sept. 15.


New Football Schools Update

East Tennessee State University
hired Carl Torbush as its new head coach when the school starts its football program again in 2015…


Georgia State
will play at Clemson during the 2014 season… Rutgers and Washington State announced a home-and-home football series for the 2014 and 2015 seasons… Washington State and Wisconsin agreed to push back their 2014-2015 home-and-home series to 2022-2023… North Dakota State finalized its 2013 slate by adding Ferris State (Mich.) as its home opener, scheduled for Sept. 7…


The American Athletic Conference
released kickoff times and television channels for select 2013 games…The Mountain West Conference added two games to its schedule of games on ESPN for 2013: Rutgers at Fresno State (Aug. 29) and Tennessee-Martin at Boise State (Sept. 7)…The FWAA’s Best Writing Contest deadline has been extended to July 1… Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said that the school likely will have three football games carried by the Longhorn Network in the 2013 season… Houston announced that its Oct. 12 game against Memphis will kickoff at 11 a.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium...

Bowl Games

The Big Ten
announced tie-in agreements with the Holiday Bowl and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to face Pac-12 opponents… The ACC announced a six-year tie-in agreement with the Pinstripe Bowl to play a Big Ten team starting in 2014…


Jeff Hurd
has been named commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference after serving in an interim capacity since March 2012… Conference USA unveiled a new look for its website


has started the installation of state-of-the-art artificial turf inside Nippert Stadium… The final phase of turf installation has begun at Southern Miss’ Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium…

Awards and Honors

South Carolina and Tennessee football teams
claimed the sixth annual SEC Sportsmanship Award for their collective response and concern when South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a severe knee injury… Former Boilermaker players Tony Butkovich and Matt Light join coaches Alpha Jamison and Joe Tiller as members of the school’s 2013 Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame class…. Georgia Director of Athletics Greg McGarity received the Tom Osborne award from the College and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) for achievement and contribution to sports nutrition… Vince Suriano, Cincinnati’s director of high school and player relations, will be inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 22… Former head coach George Chaump, and football players Chris Crocker and Cecil Fletcher lead the 2013 Marshall Hall of Fame Class to be inducted Sept. 6 in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall Memorial Student Union…

Cardinal alumnus and 1992 First Team All-American
Glyn Milburn headlines the 2013 Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame class that will be induced Oct. 4… Former Clemson coach Danny Ford will be inducted into the Clemson Athletics Ring of Honor in the fall…The Tigers also announced Clemson’s home radio booth at Clemson Memorial Stadium will be named in honor of the late Jim Phillips, who served as the “Voice of the Tigers” for 35 years… The members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) will unveil their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period beginning Monday, July 8…


elected new officers and board of director members for the 2013-14 year…


Dick Coffee
, an Alabama fan who attended a string of 781 consecutive Crimson Tide games and 51 bowl games dating back to 1946, passed away June 21. He was 91… Former St. Lawrence (N.Y.) punter Dave Jennings passed away June 19. He was 61… Jess Stiles, a former Texas Tech assistant coach and administrator who spent 42 years serving the school, died June 19 at the age of 83… An original 1963 member and recent chairman of the NFF Baltimore Chapter’s advisory committee, H. William “Flump” Bauersfeld, Jr., passed away June 18. He was 74… Former Purdue halfback Ed Ehlers passed away on June 17. He was 90 years old.


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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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