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News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 7/2/2013 11:00:00 AM

(Pictured: Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) performed a one-man show, “Terry Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde… A Life in Four Quarters” at the Mirage in Las Vegas on June 28-29.)

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Aug. 28

The National Football Foundation will enshrine the 2012 FBS College Football Hall of Fame Class as well as the 2013 Divisional Hall of Fame Class on Aug. 28 in Atlanta. A press event will be held at the construction site of the new Hall of Fame, with enshrinement at a dinner banquet that evening at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Inductees are
Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), coach Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana (PA), Ty Detmer (BYU), coach James “Boots” Donnelly (Middle Tennessee State), coach Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State), coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), coach Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami, Fla), Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.)), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gave Rivera (Texas Tech), Art Shell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), coach R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Scott Thomas (Air Force), Jeff Wittman (Ithaca College [N.Y.]) and John Wooten (Colorado).

Bloomberg Sports Business Summit Partnership

The NFF and Bloomberg
have partnered to promote the Second Annual Bloomberg Sports Business Summit on Sept. 10 in New York City, with a special discounted rate to attend. The program will cover stadium finance, broadcast rights, league strategy, and the politics behind bidding for a team.

Confirmed speakers include:
Bud Selig, Commissioner, Major League Baseball; Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Brett Yormark, CEO, Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center; Randy Freer, COO and President, Fox Sports; Joshua Harris, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Appollo Global Management; Managing Partner, Philadelphia '76ers; Mike Ford, Director of Football Operations, Chelsea Football Club; Andrew Messick, CEO, World Triathlon Corp.; former NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Virginia Tiki Barber, former player, New York Giants (NFL); and Michael Waltrip, Professional Race Car Driver, Co-Owner, Michael Waltrip Racing Holdings LLC.

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).


2013 Hall of Fame inductee
Danny Wuerffel and the Desire Street Ministries charity is hosting the Third Annual Desire Cup golf tournament Nov. 1 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Oak Marsh Golf Course in Florida. Proceeds will help rebuild Desire Street’s New Orleans location. Fellow Hall of Famers Kevin Butler (Georgia) and Emmitt Smith (Florida) are among those expected to compete. To register, click here.

College Football Hall of Famers coach
Phillip Fulmer, Dan Marino (Pittsburgh), Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech), Emmitt Smith (Florida) and Steve Spurrier (Florida) were among the numerous sports stars at the 2013 Niswonger Children’s Hospital Golf Classic held at The Virginian Golf Club June 24 in Bristol, Va. Other notable attendees include Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, former Virginia Tech linebacker Victor Jones, former Clemson defensive tackle Jim Stuckey, newly named East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush, and former Tennessee football players Bill Bates, Condredge Holloway and Jason Witten.

Northwestern State
profiled Hall of Fame halfback Joe Delaney, who passed away 30 years ago trying to save three children from drowning.

1996 Hall of Famer
Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) performed a one-man show, “Terry Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde… A Life in Four Quarters” featuring songs, storytelling and jokes, at the Mirage in Las Vegas on June 28-29.

Former NFF Scholar-Athletes
Billy Bajema (Oklahoma State), Jim Leonhard (Wisconsin) and Brad Smith (Missouri) are among the NFL players to host FUNdamentals camps this summer. The events are free, non-contact football camps for youth ages 5-18 that focus on teaching proper technique and sportsmanship. The National Football League Foundation has donated almost $700,000 to help fund the 221 camps.

2003 Hall of Fame inductee
Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame on June 27  in Denver.

Deseret News
interviewed 1996 Hall of Fame quarterback Marc Wilson (BYU) about his life now, his time in Provo and fellow Hall of Famer Jim McMahon (BYU).

2012 NFF Campbell Trophy semifinalist
Dustin Ebner (Colorado) is one of 44 student-athletes to receive a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Other football players to receive the award are John Bonano (Arizona), William Chandler (Washington), Brandon Johnson (Arizona State), Andrei Lintz (Washington State), Darren Markle (Washington State) and Andrew Stutz (Stanford).

2002 Hall of Fame coach
Chris Ault will receive Nevada’s Jake Lawlor Award, given to an individual who has “demonstrated substantial and exemplary support of Nevada’s intercollegiate athletics program.” Ault will be honored at the 45th annual Governor’s Dinner on July 12.

, Lafayette College, Mid-American Conference, Richmond, Southland Conference and Wayland Baptist University (Texas) 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 Greater Atlanta Chapter and the Touchdown Club of Atlanta
have merged to form the Touchdown Club of Atlanta-National Football Foundation Chapter…

The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Chapter provided 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 was held at Robinson Park in Pasadena. Participants had 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

Lyon College (Ark.) Board of Trustees
voted to reinstate football in 2015, following a 62-year absence from the school…


Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas State
signed a home-and-home series agreement for the 2014 and 2017 seasons… Arkansas State and USC will play one another for the first time in history during the 2015 season… USC also agreed to a three-game football series with BYU for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 seasons… The Trojans continued to secure future opponents with an extension of its series with Notre Dame through 2023…


A complete college football Fall Camp Calendar can be found on… ESPN and Kansas signed a seven-year deal, beginning this fall, where ESPN3 will carry a minimum of 70 live Jayhawk events annually, including one regular season game and the spring game...

Bowl Games

The ACC and New Era Pinstripe Bowl
agreed to a six-year deal to play in the annual bowl game from 2014-19… The Hyundai Sun Bowl and Pac-12 Conference extended their partnership with a six-year contract, beginning in 2014… Outback Steakhouse renewed its title sponsorship with the Outback Bowl through the 2020 game… The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl secured BYU for its 2015 bowl, provided the Cougars post a six-plus win season…


The American Athletic Conference officially
launched July 1…


has completed installation of the new FieldTurf Revolution playing surface at War Memorial Stadium… USC received approval to move forward with $70 in renovations plans for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum… Cincinnati formally approved the $80-85 million renovation and expansion of Nippert Stadium, with construction set to begin in December…

Community Service

The Temple football team
volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to make a home for a family in West Philadelphia…


named Brian Wickstrom as its new director of athletics…

Awards and Honors

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… Former Western Kentucky coach Jack Harbaugh and his family were honored by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame with the 2013 Blanton Collier Award… Pittsburgh announced the retirement of receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s No. 1 jersey… 

Arkansas director of athletics
Jeff Long was presented with the 2013 Arkansas Headliner of the Year award as the Arkansas Press Associations’ annual banquet June 28… Former Yellow Jacket football players Kelly Campbell and Billy Williamson headline the 2013 Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame class, set to be inducted Oct. 18… Former linebacker Andre Allen leads Northern Iowa’s 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class that will be inducted Nov. 8…

2013 Preview: AAC and ACC

AAC Non-Conference Schedules:
Central Florida: 8/29 Akron, 9/7 at Florida International, 9/14 at Penn State, 9/28 South Carolina
Cincinnati: 8/31 Purdue, 9/7 at Illinois, 9/14 Northwestern State, 9/21 at Miami-Ohio
Connecticut: 8/29 Towson, 9/14 Maryland, 9/21 Michigan, 9/28 at Buffalo
Houston: 8/30 Southern, 9/21 Rice at Reliant Stadium, 9/28 at Texas-San Antonio, 10/19 BYU
Louisville: 9/1 Ohio, 9/7 Eastern Kentucky, 9/14 at Kentucky, 9/21 Florida International
Memphis: 9/7 Duke, 9/14 at Middle Tennessee, 9/21 Arkansas State, 11/9 UT Martin
Rutgers: 8/29 at Fresno State, 9/07 Norfolk State, 9/14 Eastern Michigan, 9/21 Arkansas
SMU: 8/31 Texas Tech, 9/7, Montana State, 9/21 at Texas A&M, 9/28 at Texas Christian
South Florida: 8/31 McNeese State, 9/7 at Michigan State, Florida Atlantic, Miami
Temple: 8/31 at Notre Dame, 9/14 Fordham, 9/28 at Idaho, 10/19 Army

AAC Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Cincinnati: In June 2013, Cincinnati officials formally approved the $80-$85 million renovation of Nippert Stadium. The expansion, still under the design process, will increase the stadium’s capacity by 5,000. All improvements are scheduled to be complete by August of 2015. Nippert Stadium is currently in the process of installing a new state-of-the-art artificial surface for the 2013 football season...

Houston: Houston broke ground on its new football stadium in February of 2013, a project that will replace the Cougars’ old Robertson Stadium. The new facility will cost an estimated $105 million and will have 26 luxury suites, 5,000 premium seats, as well as home and visitor locker rooms. The project is expected to be complete by the 2014 season...

In February 2013, SMU announced that the school would add a new 233-seat Hall of Champions Club and seven new suites to Ford Stadium. The additions are scheduled for completion in August...

Construction of a new indoor practice facility for the Temple Owls will be complete by the start of the 2013 football season. The building will contain a synthetic-surface field and a small practice area...

ACC Non-Conference Schedules:
Atlantic Division
Boston College: 8/31 Villanova, 9/14 at Southern California, 10/5 Army, 11/9 at New Mexico State
Clemson: 8/31 Georgia, 9/7 South Carolina State, 11/23 The Citadel, 11/30 at South Carolina
Florida State: 9/14 Nevada, 9/21 Bethune-Cookman, 11/23 Idaho, 11/30 at Florida
Maryland: 8/31 Florida International, 9/7 Old Dominion, 9/14 at Connecticut, 9/21 West Virginia in Baltimore
North Carolina State: 8/31 Louisiana Tech, 9/7 Richmond, 9/28 Central Michigan, 11/23 East Carolina
Syracuse: 8/31 Penn State in East Rutherford, NJ, 9/07 at Northwestern, 9/14 Wagner, 9/21 Tulane
Wake Forest: 8/29 Presbyterian, 9/14 Louisiana-Monroe, 9/21 at Army, 11/30 at Vanderbilt

Coastal Division
Duke: 8/31 North Carolina Central, 9/7 at Memphis, 9/28 Troy, 10/12 Navy
Georgia Tech: 8/31 Elon, 10/12 at Brigham Young, 11/23 Alabama A&M, 11/30 Georgia
Miami: 8/30 Florida Atlantic, 9/7 Florida, 9/21 Savannah State, 9/28 at South Florida
North Carolina: 8/29 at South Carolina, 9/7 Middle Tennessee, 9/28 East Carolina, 11/23 Old Dominion
Pittsburgh: 9/14 New Mexico, 10/19 Old Dominion, 10/26 at Navy, 11/9 Notre Dame
Virginia: 8/31 Brigham Young, 9/7 Oregon, 9/21 Virginia Military, 10/5 Ball State
Virginia Tech: 8/31 Alabama in Atlanta, 9/7 Western Carolina, 9/14 at East Carolina, 9/21 Marshall

ACC Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Clemson: The Clemson Tigers opened a new indoor practice facility in late December 2012, prior to Clemson’s bowl game against LSU. The 80,000 square-foot, $10 million structure includes a regulation size artificial turf field, a coach’s tower and video platforms. The upcoming season will be the Tigers’ first full season in the new practice facility...

Duke: At the end of 2012, Duke announced renovations to Wallace Wade Stadium that are scheduled to begin at the end of the 2013 season. Duke plans to remove the track from the stadium and lower the field, increasing the stadium’s capacity to over 43,000. Completion is slated for 2014...

Florida State: Florida State’s new Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility is scheduled to be finished by August 1. The $15 million facility includes training rooms, overhead video platforms and a regulation-size artificial turf field that will resemble Bobby Bowden Field...

Miami (Fla.): Phase I has been completed on the new 30,000 square-foot Schwartz Center for Athletics Excellence at the University of Miami. The center includes brand new football locker rooms, a player lounge and a new academic center for student-athletes. The main lobby of the center is still under construction...

Syracuse: In February 2013, Syracuse announced that the school would start construction on a $17 million, 87,000 square-foot indoor football practice facility in the fall. A completion date for the project has not been announced...

Virginia: Virginia’s new 80,000 square-foot, $13 million George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility opened in spring of 2013. The center features a full-sized football field, as well as viewing platforms for coaches...


The South Dakota Corn Utilization
announced the inaugural “South Dakota Showdown Series,” a yearlong athletic and academic competition between South Dakota and South Dakota State… Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is slated to perform prior to Buffalo’s Oct. 19 football game against Massachusetts…


Longtime Youngstown State equipment manager
Carmine Cassese passed away June 28 at the age of 57… Former Texas defensive back and member of the Longhorns’ 1963 national championship team Jim Hudson passed away June 25. He was 70… William “Bill” Johnson, who played for Missouri Valley College and was inducted into the state of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, died June 24. He was 90 years old… 

Former Valparaiso player and 1966 Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-American Award recipient
Paul Walter Eggers died June 21 at the age of 94… Bill Wyman, an All-American center at Texas under Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal, passed away June 19 at the age of 61… Former Razorback center Elbert Crawford, who was a member of Arkansas’ 1988 and 1989 Southwest Conference championship teams, died May 2. He was 46.


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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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