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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – July 29, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 7/29/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Pictured: Hall of Fame inductee Tommie Frazier (Nebraska) is set to participate in the Nebraska Charity Challenge basketball game on Aug. 17)

Jerry Jones Named a Charter NFF Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee

The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced that
Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, has been named to the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame as a charter inductee. Jones will be honored Oct. 3 during an event at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

The NFF announced the creation of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame in May. The new platform provides the organization with a powerful vehicle for recognizing the country’s most influential individuals who have ascended to the highest levels of success and exhibited the critical leadership qualities that transcend ordinary enterprises. Each inductee’s accomplishments will be enshrined in an exhibit at the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta as role models for future generations to emulate.

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Former NFF Historian Pat Harmon Passes Away

Pat Harmon
, former historian for the National Football Foundation, passed away Aug. 28 at the age of 97. The legendary writer and sports editor for the Cincinnati Post served as NFF historian from 1986 until his retirement in 2005.

Harmon broke into journalism in 1933 as a 17 year old, writing for the
Freeport (Ill.) Journal Standard during the Great Depression. He studied at the University of Illinois where he was a reporter for the Champaign News-Gazette before spending four years at the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette. He began his 34-year stint with the Cincinnati Post in 1951. Harmon covered some of the greatest names in sports, including Vince Lombardi, Pete Rose, Bear Bryant, Jack Nicklaus and countless others.

Harmon received numerous accolades throughout his life. In 1998, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Journalism Hall of Fame, and in 2004, the Football Writers Association of America named Harmon a recipient of the Bert McGrane Award. The NFF also honored Harmon with the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award in 2004.

NFF Extends Partnership with Herff Jones

The National Football Foundation (NFF)
announced today its continued partnership with Herff Jones, Inc., an Indianapolis-based manufacturer of fine graduation, motivational and recognition products, professional sports championship rings (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), and the 2012 college football national championship ring. Since 1998, Herff Jones has provided the Foundation with the commemorative rings that are presented to inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Oklahoma Opens State-of-the-Art Housing Facility Headington Hall

Under the direction of 2013 NFF Toner Award recipient
Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma officially opened Headington Hall, a $75-million state-of-the-art housing center on the OU campus. The dorm is unlike any other in the country and creates a new standard of excellence with its amenities. The 380 students (49% student-athletes, 51% general students) have access to a game room, media lounge, common areas, study rooms and a 75-seat theater among other luxuries. The unique, first-class facility also houses the Sam Bradford Training table, providing world-class nutrition to its residents. Alumnus Tim Headington donated $10 million, while All-American running back Adrian Peterson and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford each contributed $500,000 towards the project.

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nominations Begin Tomorrow

Nomination forms for the NFF’s coveted National Scholar-Athlete Awards will be emailed to collegiate sports information directors tomorrow, July 30. Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 30.

Eligible candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility; have a cumulative 3.2 GPA (undergrad); be a starter or significant contributor; and have outstanding leadership and citizenship. Official transcripts as well as a head shot and action photo of the nominee are required.

Each member of the National Scholar-Athlete Class will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, while the winner of the NFF Campbell Trophy will have his earnings increased to $25,000. All members of the class will be honored guests at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Dec. 10. For any questions pertaining to the National Scholar-Athlete Awards, please email NFF Director of Special Projects
Hillary Jeffries at

Pac-12 Conference’s New Football Contact Policy for Student-Athlete Health Initiative

The Pac-12 Conference
announced a new contact policy that extends beyond those regulated by the NCAA as part of the Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Research Program and Head Trauma Task Force. The rules provide limitations on contact in practice, added time for players to recover following full-contact practices as well as the teaching of football fundamentals. The policy was designed to increase the safety and health of the student-athletes.

Big Ten and Ivy League Head Injury Summit

The Big Ten, the Ivy League and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation held the Big Ten-Ivy League Head Injury Summit July 18-19 in Park Ridge, Ill. Participants at the summit discussed the efforts member schools are currently implementing as well as short- and long-term issues and treatment of traumatic brain injury. To learn more about the meetings,
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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).

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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).


Sara Jo Emert Kramer
, wife of former SEC Commissioner and 1998 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Roy Kramer, passed away July 25. She was 84 years old.

Hall of Fame inductee
Tommie Frazier (Nebraska) and fellow Nebraska alums quarterback Eric Crouch and defensive back Keyuo Craver are among the former Huskers set to participate in the Nebraska Charity Challenge basketball game on Aug. 17 at Pershing Center. Proceeds will benefit youth nonprofit organizations in the area.

Hall of Famer
Ronnie Lott (Southern California) headlines the Pac-12 Networks’ football analyst team this fall. Other former league standouts joining him include Rick Neuheisel (UCLA), Jeremy Bloom (Colorado), Glenn Parker (Arizona) and Curtis Conway (USC), as well as former USC assistant coach Yogi Roth.

College Football Hall of Famers
Jonathan Ogden (UCLA) and Dave Robinson (Penn State) will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 3.

1999 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
Dr. William Broussard (Northwestern State) was named the Director of Athletics at Southern University last year. With a year under his belt, Broussard is implementing programs to help his athletes succeed on the field and develop skills for life after sports. To read more about Broussard's time at Southern, click here.

Hall of Fame inductee
Danny Wuerffel 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.

Chris Howard
(Air Force) and David Wonderlick (Susquehanna [Pa.]) have joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). For more information on the NSAAA, click here.


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 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

Tickets for Mercer’s (Ga.) season opener
sold out in 27 minutes and the school has sold more than 5,000 season ticket packages in anticipation of the football program’s return for the first time in 70 years...


will host Troy Sept. 10, 2016 at Memorial Stadium…  Eastern Michigan finalized its 2014 non-conference slate with a home game against Morgan State and a trip to Old Dominion (at ODU, 2015), and also added a road contest at Army (2015) to its future schedules… Vanderbilt will play its entire 2014 non-conference schedule at home after adding games against Temple and Old Dominion… BYU and Utah State announced changes to their football schedule contract… Notre Dame and Temple moved their 2014 matchup to 2015…

Post Season Notes

The semifinal rotation for the College Football Playoff
will be called the “New Year’s Six,” featuring the Chick-fil-A (Atlanta), Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls…


The Big South Conference
launched a special logo to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2013-14… The USA South Athletic Conference released a 50th anniversary logo…


The Missouri Valley
released 50 games for broadcast during the 2013 season… San Jose State named alum Justin Allegri the new voice of Spartan football… North Dakota State announced all regular season football games this season will be televised in HD for the first time…


The Big 12 Conference
revealed a new logo set to take full effect for the 2014-15 school year…

Community Service

Memphis quarterback
Jacob Karam played piano and sang with a leukemia patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis… Louisiana Tech held its fourth annual Pigskins & Pearls event benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana… Memphis student-athletes volunteered to help build a playground at Hanley Elementary…

Awards and Honors

Kansas State alum
Collin Klein was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Year… The Central Florida football team earned the 2012-13 C-USA Sport Academic Award… Football players David Alpe and Travis Giles headline Southern Arkansas’ 2013 Sports Hall of Fame class, set for induction Nov. 1… Former football standout Robert D. Ebel leads the Oberlin College (Ohio) 2013 Hall of Fame Class that will be inducted Oct. 4… Former quarterback Russ Michna highlights Western Illinois’ 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class… Westfield State’s (Mass.) 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class features football players Robert Bogan and Josue Zamora… Kansas State’s 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class includes First-Team All-American Jaime Mendez


Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium is adding a $14.6 million, 50,000-square-foot media center to house the school’s media properties… Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) football has a new athletic facility, the Packard Athletic Center, which was the former home of the Cleveland Browns… Ohio Northern’s Dial-Roberson Stadium is installing new field turf for the upcoming season…

2013 Preview: Mountain West Conference and Pac-12 Conference

Mountain West Non-Conference Schedules:
Mountain Division
Air Force: 8/31 Colgate, 10/5 at Navy, 10/26 Notre Dame, 11/2 Army
Boise State: 8/31 at Washington, 9/7 Tennessee-Martin, 9/28 Southern Miss, 10/25 at BYU
Colorado State: 9/1 vs. Colorado (at Mile High – Denver), 9/7 at Tulsa, 9/14 at Cal Poly, 9/21 at Alabama, 9/28 UTEP
New Mexico: 8/31 UTSA, 9/7 UTEP, 9/14 Pittsburgh, 10/5 New Mexico State
Utah State: 8/29 at Utah, 9/14 Weber State, 9/21 at Southern California, 10/4 at BYU
Wyoming: 8/31 at Nebraska, 9/7 Idaho, 9/14 Northern Colorado, 9/28 at Texas State

West Division
Fresno State: 8/29 Rutgers, 9/7 Cal Poly, 9/14 at Colorado, 10/5 at Idaho
Hawaii: 8/29 Southern California, 9/7 at Oregon State, 11/9 at Navy, 11/30 Army
Nevada: 8/31 at UCLA, 9/7 UC-Davis, 9/14 at Florida State, 11/30 BYU
San Diego State: 8/31 Eastern Illinois, 9/7 at Ohio State, 9/21 Oregon State, 9/28 at New Mexico State
San Jose State: 8/29 Sacramento State, 9/7 at Stanford, 9/21 at Minnesota, 11/23 Navy
UNLV: 8/29 at Minnesota, 9/7 Arizona, 9/14 Central Michigan, 9/21 Western Illinois

Mountain West Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Boise State: Boise State has a new 70,000-square-foot football complex sitting at the north end zone of Bronco Stadium. The facility features all-new amenities for the team, including a football-only weight room, a recruiting lounge and a state-of-the-art locker room. The complex also houses new coaching offices, an academic computer lab and positional meeting rooms.

San Jose State
San Jose State’s $38.5 million stadium renovation was approved by school leaders in May 2013. The project includes plans to build the Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Complex in the north end zone of Spartan Stadium, which would house new locker rooms, staff offices and meeting rooms. The plan also calls for a new entry plaza on the west side of the stadium, as well as new ticket windows, restrooms and concession stands. Construction will begin by the end of 2013 and is expected to be complete in time for the 2015 football season.

Pac-12 Non-Conference Schedules:
North Division
California: 8/31 Northwestern, 9/7 Portland State, 9/14 Ohio State
Oregon: 8/31 Nicholls State, 9/7 at Virginia, 9/14 Tennessee
Oregon State: 8/31 Eastern Washington, 9/7 Hawaii, 9/21 at San Diego State
Stanford: 9/7 San Jose State, 9/14 at Army, 11/30 Notre Dame
Washington: 8/31 Boise State, 9/14 vs. Illinois (at Soldier Field – Chicago), 9/21 Idaho State
Washington State: 8/31 at Auburn, 9/14 Southern Utah, 9/21 Idaho

South Division
Arizona: 8/30 Northern Arizona, 9/7 at UNLV, 9/14 Texas-San Antonio
Arizona State: 9/7 Sacramento State, 9/14 Wisconsin, 10/5 Notre Dame (at AT&T Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, Texas)
Colorado: 9/1 Colorado State, 9/7 Central Arkansas, 9/14 Fresno State
Southern California: 8/29 at Hawaii, 9/14 Boston College, 9/21 Utah State, 10/19 at Notre Dame
UCLA: 8/31 Nevada, 9/14 at Nebraska, 9/21 New Mexico State
Utah: 8/29 Utah State, 9/7 Weber State, 9/21 at BYU

Pac-12 Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Arizona: Arizona’s new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility connects the east and west concourses on the north side and will turn Arizona Stadium into a full bowl. The new addition will house the school’s internal football program operations while also allowing for 5,000 upgraded seats.

Oregon: The Ducks football program will move into a new six-story, 130,000-square-foot operations center beginning with the 2013 season. The expansion includes a new enhanced grass football practice field, two new synthetic turf practice fields, a full-service dining facility and new football offices.

Southern California: In June 2013, the USC approved $70-million in renovations to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A start date on the 10-year renovation has not yet been announced.

UCLA: The three-year, $152-million project to update Rose Bowl Stadium began in January 2011. The renovations include an improved entry and exit plan, a new video board, an updated press box and new restrooms. The ongoing renovations will be made throughout the 2013 season, with the project scheduled for completion in early 2014.

Utah: The new football center at the University of Utah includes a practice field, football offices, locker room, a player study area, cafeteria and a 160-seat auditorium. The 120,000-square-foot facility will also include a new sports medicine and training facility.

Washington: Under renovation since 2011, improvements to Husky Stadium will be complete by August. The stadium will include a new premium seating program, a lowered field, a 200-stall parking garage below the south bowl, permanent east end zone seating and a reconstructed lower bowl. The project also includes a new football operations support building integrated into the west end zone. The facility will include locker rooms, weight rooms, recruiting lounges and offices.

Washington State: In November 2012, the WSU Board of Regents approved a $61-million football operation building that is set to be finished in June 2014. The 84,192-square-foot facility will boast a new locker and weight room, as well as position meeting rooms and offices for the football coaching staff. As part of the improvements made to Martin Stadium, the scoreboard will be relocated to the east concourse area for the start of the 2013 season.


Vanderbilt head coach
James Franklin went cliff diving while on a football staff retreat in Chattanooga… USC is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its athletics program during the 2013-14 school year…


Former NFF historian and longtime
Cincinnati Post columnist and sports editor Pat Harmon passed away July 28 at the age of 97... Jack Kelly, who was a member of the United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees and served on the Bluebonnet Bowl committee, died July 24. He was 68… Former Jamestown College (N.D.) director of athletics Mike Olson passed away July 19 at the age of 76… Nick Rahal, a member of Syracuse’s 1953 Orange Bowl team led by Hall of Fame coach Ben Schwartzwalder, died July 16. He was 82.


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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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