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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – July 15, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 7/15/2013 3:30:00 PM

(Pictured: Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan) will host a youth football clinic on July 20 in Coconut Grove, Fla.)

Record Number of Colleges Add NCAA Football Teams in 2013

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) highlighted 12 new college football teams that will take the field for the first time this season, including a record number of nine schools entering the NCAA in 2013. Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football has steadily increased by 160 schools, or an average increase of 4.7 schools per year.

“With more than one million high school students playing football and less than 70,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” said NFF Chairman
Archie Manning. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”

The 12 schools are Alderson Broaddus University (W.Va.), Berry College (Ga.), Florida Tech, Hendrix College (Ark.), Houston Baptist University, Mercer University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Reinhardt University (Ga.), Southwestern University (Texas), Stetson University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Warner University (Fla.). To read more about the growth of college football,
click here.

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).


NFF Chairman and Hall of Famer
Archie Manning (Mississippi), 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning and 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning hosted the Manning Passing Academy July 11-14 at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La. Run by the historic quarterback family, the camp also provided instruction for wide receivers, running backs and tight ends. Special evening guest speakers provided campers with insights on football at the college and professional levels, as well as character building. David Ash (Texas), Anthony Boone (Duke), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Kolton Browning (Louisiana-Monroe), Jeff Driskel (Florida), Cody Fajardo (Nevada), James Franklin (Missouri), Devin Gardner (Michgan), Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Taylor McHargue (Rice), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Nick Montana (Tulane), Stephen Morris (Miami [Fla.]), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Tanner Price (Wake Forest), Bryn Renner (North Carolina), Tyler Russell (Mississippi State), Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Brett Smith (Wyoming), Bo Wallace (Mississippi), D.J. Williams (Grambling), Justin Worley (Tennessee) and Scott Young (Louisiana Tech) were among the college players who participated in the camp.

Louisiana Governor
Bobby Jindal announced a $1.2-million plan to improve the 25 football fields at Nicholls State University, site of the Manning Passing Academy.

2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee
Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]) dominated football as a two-time All-American quarterback in the late 1980s, leading Westminster to back-to-back undefeated seasons, consecutive NAIA Division II national titles and posted a perfect 31-0 mark as a starter. Today, Micchia is a successful doctor at a primary care center he runs with his wife in Winston-Salem, N.C. To read more about Micchia's transition from the football field to the medical world, click here.

The TV show Jeopardy
featured “College Football Hall of Famer’s Schools” as a category July 8.

College Football Hall of Famer
Ray Childress (Texas A&M) will watch his son Ford compete to land the starting quarterback for West Virginia during the Mountaineers' fall camp.

Hall of Famer
Ron Pritchard (Arizona State) was named assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of Phoenix Scottsdale Christian Academy.

Hall of Fame coach and East Tennessee
State football consultant Phillip Fulmer will be part of the first annual Carl Torbush/ETSU Football Coaching Clinic on July 27 on the ETSU campus. All proceeds will benefit the ETSU Kickoff Fund, as the Bucs resume football beginning with the 2015 season.

2012 Campbell Trophy semifinalists
Ben Buchanan (Ohio State) and Adam Replogle (Indiana) were named 2012-13 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars.

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.

2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner
Danny Wuerffel appears in a series of commercials as a spokesperson for Tower Hill Insurance, based in Gainesville, Fla.

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.

College Football Hall of Famer
Rich Glover (Nebraska) held his 11th Annual “All Access to Life Foundation” football camp, free of charge, to youngsters interested in learning more about football in Jersey City, N.J.

College Football Hall of Famer
Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) will deliver the keynote speech Oct. 26 at the Cozad Hospital Foundation in Cozad, Nebraska.

Fairleigh Dickinson
, Furman and Salve Regina University (R.I.) 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 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 State of Maine Chapter’s Seventh Annual Kickoff Luncheon is scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Howard Johnson Conference Center. Head coaches from the six football colleges in Maine are scheduled to attend;
Dave Caputi (Bowdoin), Jack Cosgrove (Maine), Mark Harriman (Bates), Chris McKenney (Maine Maritime), Jon Michaeles (Colby) and Gabby Price (Husson). Contact Jack Flynn, 207.799.8441, for reservations and additional details.

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 Tennessee State Building Commission
approved the plans for a new football stadium for East Tennessee State University. The proposed $18-million facility will hold approximately 10,000 fans...


Penn State and UCF
announced they will play one another to open the season in the 2014 Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland… The Big Ten revealed nine-game conference schedules for the 2016 and 2017 seasons…


updated its 2013 college football schedule for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3… The YES Network reached an agreement with Fox Sports Media Group to air up to 10 ACC football games this fall… The Sun Belt Conference released its initial broadcast schedule, with 29 games slated for TV including seven on the Sun Belt Network… Fox Sports South’s 2013 ACC broadcast team features Wes Durham (play-by-play), former Naval Academy All-American Brian Stann (color analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sidelines)…

Community Service

The Georgia football team
hosted its annual Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer Golf Tournament at the UGA Golf Course… Penn State student-athletes raised more than $130,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association as part of the school’s 11th Annual Uplifting Athletes “Lift for Life” campaign… South Carolina held its inaugural “Lift for Life” event to help raise awareness for Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease, an illness that affects the cousin of tailback Devin Potter… Syracuse will hold its first “Lift for Life” event during the week of July 22 to raise funds for brain cancer… The Gamecocks also attended Pigskin Poets at the Richland County (S.C.) Public Library to help highlight the importance of summer reading… Members of the Tulane football team visited the NFL Youth Education Town in New Orleans to speak and spend time with local youth…

Awards and Honors

The members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA)
are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period through, July 19. Today, the Butkus and Rotary Lombardi award watch lists were revealed. Other watch lists recently announced include the Lou Groza Award, the Ray Guy Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Outland Trophy, and the Rimington Trophy…  

Auburn head coach
Gus Malzahn was inducted into the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame on July 12… Former football players Mike Cloud, Stalin Colinet and Dick Cremin headline the Boston College 2013 Varsity Club Hall of Fame Class set for induction Oct.4… All-American football alums Rick Allen and Louis Hanna lead Slippery Rock University’s [Pa.] 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class… Former Rice quarterback Stahle Vincent headlines the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class, while linebacker O.J. Brigance and defensive end T. Jay Collins will be honored with the Distinguished R Award on Oct. 25…


Boise State
announced a timeline for the installation of its new video board at Bronco Stadium… Former Utah defensive tackle Paul Soliai donated $250,000 towards the Paul and LeTasha Soliai Player Lounge in the school’s new football center… Syracuse posted renderings of its new indoor practice facility, still in the design phase, on the athletic department’s website… Bobbi and Steve Sauder pledged more than $600,000 to Emporia State (Kan.) athletics which will help support the football program… Renderings for a proposed $50-million renovation to Air Force’s Falcon Stadium were revealed on Twitter… Auburn is installing new televisions on the Jordan-Hare Stadium concourse…

2013 Preview: Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference

Conference USA Non-Conference Schedules:
East Division
UAB: 8/31 at Troy, 9/7 at LSU, 9/21 Northwestern State, 9/28 at Vanderbilt
East Carolina: 8/31 Old Dominion, 9/14 Virginia Tech, 9/28 at North Carolina, 11/23 at NC State
FAU: 8/30 at Miami (Fla.), 9/14 at South Florida, 10/26 at Auburn, 11/23 New Mexico State
FIU: 8/31 at Maryland, 9/7 UCF, 9/14 Bethune-Cookman, 9/21 at Louisville
Marshall: 8/31 Miami (Ohio), 9/7 Gardner-Webb, 9/14 at Ohio, 9/21 at Virginia Tech
Middle Tennessee State: 8/29 Western Carolina, 9/7 at North Carolina, 9/14 Memphis, 9/27 at BYU
Southern Mississippi: 8/31 Texas State, 9/7 at Nebraska, 9/14 at Arkansas, 9/28 at Boise State

West Division
Louisiana Tech: 8/31 at NC State, 9/7 Lamar, 9/21 at Kansas, 9/28 vs. Army (at Cotton Bowl – Dallas)
North Texas: 8/31 Idaho, 9/7 at Ohio, 9/14 Ball State, 9/21 at Georgia
Rice: 8/31 at Texas A&M, 9/14 Kansas, 9/21 vs. Houston (at Reliant Stadium – Houston), 10/19 at New Mexico State
UTEP: 9/7 New Mexico, 9/14 at New Mexico State, 9/28 at Colorado State, 11/2 at Texas A&M
UTSA: 8/31 at New Mexico, 9/7 Oklahoma State, 9/14 at Arizona, 9/28 Houston
Tulane: 8/29 Jackson State, 9/7 South Alabama, 9/21 at Syracuse, 9/28 at Louisiana-Monroe
Tulsa: 8/29 at Bowling Green, 9/7 Colorado State, 9/14 at Oklahoma, 9/26 Iowa State

Conference USA Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Marshall: Marshall began renovating the Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium following the 2012 football season. Expected to be complete by August 2013, the expansion includes four new suites, a third elevator and restrooms on the Sky Deck level of the press box. The $2.3-million project will also include the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system.

Southern Miss:
Southern Miss’ Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium is in the final phases of receiving new turf for the 2013 season. The upgrade will include contrasting color (light and dark green) every five yards with the Southern Miss logo displayed at center field.

Tulane’s new on-campus football facility, Yulman Stadium, is on schedule to open for the 2014 season. The $55-million facility will have a capacity of 30,000, replacing the Green Wave’s current locale, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  

MAC Non-Conference Schedules:
East Division
Akron: 8/29 at UCF, 9/7 James Madison, 9/14 at Michigan, 9/21 Louisiana-Lafayette
Bowling Green: 8/29 Tulsa, 9/14 at Indiana, 9/21 Murray State, 10/12 at Mississippi State
Buffalo: 8/31 at Ohio State, 9/7 at Baylor, 9/14 Stony Brook, 9/28 Connecticut 
Kent State: 8/29 Liberty, 9/14 at LSU, 9/21 at Penn State, 10/19 at South Alabama
Massachusetts: 8/31 at Wisconsin, 9/7 Maine, 9/14 at Kansas State, 9/21 Vanderbilt
Miami-Ohio: 8/31 at Marshall, 9/7 at Kentucky, 9/21 Cincinnati, 9/28 at Illinois
Ohio: 9/01 at Louisville, 9/7 North Texas, 9/14 Marshall, 9/21 Austin Peay

West Division
Ball State: 8/29 Illinois State, 9/7 Army, 9/14 at North Texas, 10/5 at Virginia
Central Michigan: 8/31 at Michigan, 9/7 New Hampshire, 9/14 at UNLV, 9/28 at N.C. State
Eastern Michigan: 8/31 Howard, 9/7 at Penn State, 9/14 at Rutgers, 10/12 at Army
Northern Illinois: 8/31 at Iowa, 9/14 at Idaho, 9/21 Eastern Illinois, 9/28 at Purdue
Toledo: 8/31 at Florida, 9/7 at Missouri, 9/14 Eastern Washington, 10/19 Navy
Western Michigan: 8/30 at Michigan State, 9/7 Nicholls State, 9/14 at Northwestern, 9/21 at Iowa

MAC Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Ohio: Ohio’s Peden Stadium is in the process of receiving a new AstroTurf Gameday 3D X52 turf system for the 2013 season. The upgraded playing surface features a two-inch pile height, an artificial root zone and a mixture of rubber and sand infill.

Northern Illinois University: The school’s new Chessick Center will open in August of 2013. The 80,000-plus square foot facility will be used by all of NIU’s athletic teams and includes a regulation sized football field.

Western Michigan:
Over the summer of 2013, Western Michigan replaced the playing surface of Waldo Stadium, as well the surface in the Seelye Athletic Center. The field within Seelye includes FieldTurf Revolution, a state-of-the-art system that replicates grass-like performance and safety.


Mike Flacco
, brother of Super Bowl champ and former Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, has enrolled at the University of New Haven (Conn.) to play tight end for the football team after retiring from professional baseball five months ago… Coaches Mack Brown (Texas), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), James Franklin (Vanderbilt), Gary Patterson (TCU) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) are among the featured speakers at the 2013 Texas High School Coaches Association Convention & Coaching School July 28-31 at the Fort Worth Convention Center…

Louisiana Tech
unveiled a special helmet design for its Heart of Dallas Classic game against Army on Sept. 28 in the Cotton Bowl… The Sports Business Journal reported that the SEC has hired Now What, a New York-based market research firm, to study fan habits and behavior on game day, providing recommendations on stadium connectivity, parking, pricing, scheduling and the full in-venue experience…


Former Cincinnati standout
Nick Shundich, who captained the team to a 10-1 mark as a senior in 1951, passed away July 12 at the age of 82… Don V. Ruck, a former NHL vice president who subsequently founded his own marketing firm that published the NFF Annual Awards Dinner program for many years, passed away July 7. He was 84.. Dan Creedon, former editor of the award-winning Daily Camera (Colorado) sports section, died July 3 at the age of 75. His long tenure included covering coaches Eddie Crowder, Bill Mallory and 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill McCartney, as well as Hall of Fame players Bobby and Dick Anderson… Former Texas A&M and Trinity [Texas] football player Tom Daniel passed away July 2. Daniel coached high school football in Kerrville, Texas for a decade before entering the insurance business in Wimberley, Texas. He was 85.


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Aug. 28, 2013
College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement – Atlanta
Oct. 2, 2013 – Announcement of the Semifinalists for 2013 Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth – Dallas 
Oct. 31, 2013 – Announcement of 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments – Dallas 
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
Jan. 7, 2014 – MacArthur Bowl Presentation to the BCS National Champion –  Newport Beach, Calif.


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