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News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 7/9/2013 11:00:00 AM

(Pictured: Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden is returning to Florida State to help raise funds for the athletic department.)

College Football Continues to Make Progress on Player Safety

Administrators nationwide are focused on making football safer for student-athletes with a threefold approach to the concussion issue: 1. Rules to protect players; 2. Treatment of a concussion; and 3. Prevention against a concussion. A recent ESPN article features the promising work of Nebraska’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, which
has begun work on a device that would help medical staffs determine within 10 minutes if a player has sustained a concussion or if he is clear to safely return to play.

Other positive developments include efforts by the nation’s officials to discourage players from initiating head and neck contact. Below,
Rogers Redding, the National Coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about the latest rules changes to discourage the prohibited contact.

Targeting and Crown-of-Helmet: Guidelines

PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY to Tuesday's Chalktalk by Rogers Redding

With the 2013 rule change that makes disqualification from the game a part of the penalty for targeting fouls, coaches, players and officials need to have a clear understanding of Rules 9-1-3 and 9-1-4.   It is very important to understand that
these fouls have not changed from previous years, and officials should officiate these plays as in the past.  The characterization of defenseless players has been expanded (see below), but otherwise these rules for the fouls remain as they have been.  It is the penalty that has changed. 

These guidelines are intended to assist everyone involved in the game to understand these rules, which are so important in protecting the safety of the student-athlete.


Targeting and Initiating Contact with the Crown of the Helmet (Rule 9-1-3)
No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.

Targeting and Initiating Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player (Rule 9-1-4)
No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.  (Rule 2-27-14)

: Beginning in 2013, disqualification from the game is a part of the penalty for violation of both Rule 9-1-3 and Rule 9-1-4.


—to take aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with an apparent intent that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball.

Crown of the Helmet
—the top portion of the helmet.

Contact to the head or neck area
—not only with the helmet, but also with the forearm, fist, elbow, or shoulder—these can all lead to a foul.

Defenseless player
—a player not in position to defend himself.

(Rule 2-27-14):      
- A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass.
- A receiver attempting to catch a pass, or one who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect
  himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier.
- A kicker in the act of or just after kicking a ball, or during the kick or the return.
- A kick returner attempting to catch or recover a kick.
- A player on the ground.
- A player obviously out of the play.
- A player who receives a blind-side block.
- A ball carrier already in the grasp of an opponent and whose forward progress has been stopped.
- A quarterback any time after a change of possession.


Risk of a foul is high with one or more of these
- Launch — a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make
  contact in the head or neck area
- A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area—even
  though one or both feet are still on the ground
- Leading with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area
- Lowering the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet

These indicate less risk of a foul:
- Heads-up tackle in which the crown of the helmet does not strike above the shoulders.
- Wrap-up tackle
- Head is to the side rather than being used to initiate contact
- Incidental helmet contact that is not part of targeting but is due to the players changing position during the course of play

- Don’t lead with your head
- Lower your target--don’t go for the head or neck area with anything
- Tackle: Heads-up and wrap-up

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.

The Hall of Famers include
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), Gabe 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).

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 (Florida) and the Desire Street Ministries charity will host 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.

Hall of Fame coach
Bobby Bowden agreed to a marketing and promotions deal with Seminoles Boosters, Inc., to help the Florida State athletic department raise money.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees
Vince Dooley (Georgia), Pat Dye (Auburn), Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jake Gibbs (Ole Miss), R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama) and Jerry Stovall (LSU) will participate in the SEC BeachFest Aug. 15-18 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

College Football Hall of Famer
Tony Casillas (Oklahoma) joined Anthony Munoz (Southern California) in hosting an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last week. The camp attracted 300 players and was geared toward predominantly Hispanic youth, teaching players safe football fundamentals.

College Football Hall of Famer
Desmond Howard (Michigan) will host a football clinic for youth ages 6- 14 on July 20 at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
has 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 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

The NFF will release an article on new football schools later today, July 9…
Sporting Life Arkansas profiled the decisions by Lyon College and Hendrix College to add football programs...


Eastern Washington
will play at Washington State on Sept. 3, 2016… Virginia Tech and West Virginia will renew their rivalry with a home-and-home series for the 2021 and 2022 seasons…


A complete college football Fall Camp Calendar can be found on… The Pac-12 Conference and NeuLion announced the launch of a unified network of digital properties as part of a coordinated effort to make the platforms more user-friendly and accessible on different devices such as tablets and smartphones…

Bowl Games

The American Athletic Conference and the ACC
agreed to a six-year deal to play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop, beginning in 2014…

Community Service

Ohio State coach
Urban Meyer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the first-ever OSU-NFL Moms Football Safety Clinic, which will take place at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at Ohio State University Aug.  1. The session will feature education on Heads Up Football tackling, concussion awareness, heat and hydration and proper equipment fitting… Members of the Wagner College football team are participating in internships this summer with several non-profits… More than 30 members of the Temple football team participated in a Habitat for Humanity in West Philadelphia…

Awards and Honors

The members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period beginning yesterday, July 8. The Maxwell Football Club kicked off the announcements with the watch lists for the 77th annual Maxwell Award and the 19th annual Bednarik Award. Today, the Mackey Award and Rimington Trophy watch lists were revealed…

The Sports Network
announced the 2013 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the top-FCS offensive player of the year… The Louisville Sports Commission announced the 2013 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which goes to college football’s most versatile player and is named for the College Football Hall of Famer from Notre Dame…

Former All-American
Harvey Summerhill headlines the 2013 North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame Class… Football players Wilson Groseclose, Bo Schobel and Bobby Stewart highlight the 2013 TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame inductees…


Missouri director of athletics
Mike Alden took cameras up a construction crane to show Mizzou facilities, including the East-side expansion of Memorial Stadium…

2013 Preview: Big Ten and Big 12

Big Ten Non-Conference Schedules:
Legends Division
Iowa: 8/31 Northern Illinois, 9/7 Missouri State, 9/14 at Iowa State, 9/21 Western Michigan
Michigan: 8/31 Central Michigan, 9/7 Notre Dame, 9/14 Akron, 9/21 at Connecticut
Michigan State: 8/30 Western Michigan, 9/7 USF, 9/14 Youngstown State, 9/21 at Notre Dame
Minnesota: 8/29 UNLV, 9/7 New Mexico State, 9/14 Western Illinois, 9/21 San Jose State
Nebraska: 8/31 Wyoming, 9/7 Southern Miss, 9/14 UCLA, 9/21 South Dakota State
Northwestern: 8/31 at California, 9/7 Syracuse, 9/14 Western Michigan, 9/21 Maine

Leaders Division
Illinois: 8/31 Southern Illinois, 9/7 Cincinnati, 9/14 Washington (at Soldier Field - Chicago), 9/28 Miami-Ohio
Indiana: 8/29 Indiana State, 9/7 Navy, 9/14 Bowling Green, 9/21 Missouri
Ohio State: 8/31 Buffalo, 9/7 San Diego State, 9/14 at California, 9/21 Florida A&M
Penn State: 8/31 Syracuse (at MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ), 9/7 Eastern Michigan, 9/14 UCF, 9/21 Kent State
Purdue: 8/31 Cincinnati, 9/7 Indiana State, 9/14 Notre Dame, 9/28 Northern Illinois
Wisconsin: 8/31 Massachusetts, 9/7 Tennessee Tech, 9/14 at Arizona State, 11/9 BYU

Big Ten Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Iowa: The new Hawkeye Football Operations Center, expected to be complete by the fall of 2014, includes a 4,500-square-foot locker room, a 185-seat meeting room, player recreation areas and a new indoor football field. The $55-million, 72,000-square-foot center is one of several projects the school has planned to upgrade facilities. Iowa is also installing $9 million in new scoreboards in Kinnick Stadium for the 2013 season.

Michigan’s Schembechler Hall is undergoing a $9-million renovation project that will add approximately 7,000 square feet to the football facility. The new addition will feature updates to the program’s museum space, as well as new football recruiting offices. Construction is expected to be complete by spring of 2014. 

Michigan State:
In June of 2013, Michigan State’s Board of Trustees approved a $24.5-million renovation of Spartan Stadium. The upgrade includes a two-level, 50,000-square-foot building at the north end of the stadium, which will have locker rooms for both teams and coaches, an equipment room and a media center. The stadium renovations are scheduled for completion in time for the 2014 season.

Nebraska: Nebraska’s East Stadium expansion of Memorial Stadium will add approximately 6,000 new seats to the current 81,091-seat venue. The addition includes new east stands, new skyboxes, covered/heated club seating and new general admission seating. Work is slated to be complete by the 2013 season opener.

Northwestern: The Northwestern Board of Trustees approved a $250-million plan in September 2012 that will upgrade athletic facilities at the university. While the improvements will benefit all athletic teams, football will be one of the biggest beneficiaries. The planned upgrades include an on-campus football facility, among other improvements for the football program. The school is still finalizing construction plans.

Ohio State: Ohio State has announced a $9-million plan to expand Ohio Stadium by 2,500 seats in the South end zone for the 2014 season. The expansion would increase the official capacity of facility to 104,829, making it the third-largest college stadium in the country.

Purdue:  The Boilermakers have begun exploring plans to renovate the south end zone structure at Ross-Ade Stadium. The plans might include an indoor club with terrace seating for approximately 2,000 people. Giant video boards would be placed in both the north and south end zones.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin is currently in the first construction phase of the school’s new Student-Athlete Performance Center. The state-of-the-art facility will include an enhanced Student-Athlete Academic Center, a new strength and conditioning center, as well as an expanded football team suite. The school plans to have the project completed by the 2014 season.

Big 12 Non-Conference Schedules:
Baylor: 8/31 Wofford, 9/7 Buffalo, 9/21 Louisiana-Monroe
Iowa State: 8/31 Northern Iowa, 9/14 Iowa, 9/26 at Tulsa
Kansas: 9/7 South Dakota, 9/14 at Rice, 9/21 Louisiana Tech
Kansas State: 8/30 North Dakota State, 9/7 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9/14 Massachusetts
Oklahoma: 8/31 Louisiana-Monroe, 9/14 Tulsa, 9/28 at Notre Dame
Oklahoma State: 8/31 vs. Mississippi State (at Reliant Stadium - Houston), 9/7 at UTSA, 9/14 Lamar
Texas: 8/31 New Mexico State, 9/7 at BYU, 9/14 Mississippi
TCU: 8/31 vs. LSU (at Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, Texas), 9/7 Southeastern Louisiana, 9/28 SMU
Texas Tech: 8/31 at SMU, 9/7 Stephen F. Austin, 9/21 Texas State
West Virginia: 8/31 William & Mary, 9/14 Georgia State, 9/21 Maryland (M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore)

Big 12 Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Baylor: The new Baylor Stadium will seat 45,000 and include six founder’s suites, 39 suites, 79 loge boxes and multifunction rooms. The 93-acre site will be on campus, unlike Baylor’s current football venue, Floyd Casey Stadium.  The $250-million project will be completed by August of 2014 and include over 5,000-square-feet of scoreboards.

Kansas State:
Kansas State’s Bill Snyder Family Stadium is undergoing a number of renovations for the upcoming football season. The $75 million in upgrades includes a new press box, luxury suites, larger restrooms and more club-level seating.

Oklahoma State:
OSU’s Sherman E. Smith Training Center is expected to be complete for the 2013 football season. The $19-million, 92,000 square-foot indoor practice facility is located across the street from Boone Pickens Stadium and will have one indoor field and three outdoor fields.

Texas Tech:
Expansion of Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium began in January of 2013. Set to be complete by August 2013, the $5-million project will add approximately 358 seats and add an observation deck. The creation of a North end zone colonnade will also close off the north end of the stadium bowl.

West Virginia:
West Virginia’s 23,000-square-foot weight room was renovated over the summer. The $2.6-million project is scheduled to be completed by the 2013 season.


Navy will hold its annual Scout Day Nov. 16 with discounted tickets for Boy and Girl Scouts during its game against South Alabama… ESPN
profiled Georgia Tech punter Sean Poole and his efforts to balance his summer internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and his preparations for the upcoming football season…

Syracuse announced a $1 million gift from Syracuse Board of Trustees Chairman
Dick Thompson and his wife, Jean, to advance SU athletics and celebrate the school’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Jean Thompson’s father John F. Phelan played on the 1940 SU football team…


Former Fordham football player
Eric Dadd died July 6. He was 63 years old… Bud Asher, a former assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman and served as the mayor of Daytona Beach from 1995-2003, passed away July 5 at age 88... Mississippi offensive lineman Park Stevens passed away July 3. He was 20.


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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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