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News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 8/5/2013 3:30:00 PM

(Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (UCLA) enters his 13th season as part of FOX's NFL broadcast team this fall.) 

NFL and Roger Goodell to Receive NFF Gold Medal

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
announced that the National Football League (NFL) and Roger Goodell, the innovative and influential commissioner of the NFL, have been named the 2013 recipients of the NFF Gold Medal.

The highest and most prestigious award presented by the National Football Foundation, the Gold Medal recognizes an outstanding American who has demonstrated integrity and honesty, achieved significant career success, and has reflected the basic values of those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football. The award will be presented to Commissioner Goodell and the NFL on December 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

Former NFF President Dick Kazmaier Passes Away

Former NFF President
Dick Kazmaier, a 1966 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and the 1951 Heisman Trophy recipient from Princeton, passed away Aug. 1. He was 82. Kazmaier served as NFF President from 1974-86. He also served as chairman of the NFF Awards Committee from 1972-74, and the NFF presented him its Distinguished American Award in 1993.

Kazmaier’s exploits helped Princeton go undefeated in 1950 and 1951 while earning him All-America honors both seasons.  He led the nation in total offense (1,827 yards), touchdowns (22) and passing percentage (.626) in 1951, a performance which earned him the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp trophies. Kazmaier graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1952.  He turned down pro football offers, choosing instead to obtain his master's in business administration at Harvard.

Following Harvard and three years in the Navy, he went into the sports marketing and consulting business, serving as president or general manager of several different businesses during a 15-year period. In 1975, he founded Kazmaier Associates, a highly successful firm focused on sports marketing and sports product manufacturing.

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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Hall of Famer Harry “Blackjack” Smith Passes Away

College Football Hall of Famer and All-American offensive guard
Harry “Blackjack” Smith (Southern California) passed away July 30 in Columbia, Mo. He was 94.

A three-year starter at guard for USC, Smith anchored the line on the victorious Trojan Rose Bowl squads after the 1938 and 1939 seasons, earning All-America honors each year. Following graduation, Smith served as an assistant coach at Southern California and Missouri, under Hall of Fame coaches
Dan Devine and Don Faurot, before becoming head coach of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After retiring from football, Smith taught health and physical education at Mizzou and served as director of intramural sports until 1983. Over the past decade, Smith had become a mainstay on the sidelines during Tiger football practice.

NFF Named a Sponsor of the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum

The National Football Foundation
announced a partnership with Sports Business Daily/Global/Journal of the Street & Smith’s Sports Group to promote the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, which will take place Dec. 11-12 in New York City.

The 2013 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, now in its 12th year, will be held from Dec. 11-12 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square during “College Football Week” in New York City. The 2013 Forum will follow the 56
th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria on Tuesday, Dec. 10. For additional program details and registration information for the 2013 Forum, click here.

F.M. Kirby Foundation to Endow Lafayette Head Coaching Position

Lafayette College 
announced that The F.M. Kirby Foundation has provided $2 million to endow the Leopard's head coaching position in honor of the late NFF Board Member and 2000 NFF Gold Medal recipient F.M. Kirby II. The position will be known as the Fred M. Kirby ’42 Head Football Coach.

Kirby was a member of the school’s undefeated 1940 squad and was a lifelong supporter of the Leopard football program. Funds from the endowment will go towards coaches’ salaries, football operations and scholarships among other things.

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South Carolina and Georgia Southern Implement Concussion Technologies

South Carolina players
will wear Guardian Caps during their preseason football practices this year. Guardian Caps, padded shells made of polyurethane fabric, fit over helmets and are designed to reduce impacts to the head.

Georgia Southern is using new technology imbedded in football equipment that is designed to help protect against concussions. The Helmet Impact Telemetry System (HITS) measures and records each hit to the head a player sustains. Each helmet contains six sensors which transmit the impact of a hit to a computer monitored from the sidelines. The recorded information is also time stamped for use with game video. To learn more about this technology,
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An NFF Big Thanks to the Sporting News

The National Football Foundation sends a big thank you to the
Sporting News for running an NFF advertisement on its tablet application, which allows fans to create a personalized experience to track their favorite sports teams.

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nominations Open

Nomination forms for the NFF’s coveted National Scholar-Athlete Awards were emailed to collegiate sports information directors 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


The Allstate Sugar Bowl and Manning Award, named for the famed quarterback family of NFF Chairman and Hall of Famer
Archie (Mississippi), 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton (Tennessee) and 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning (Mississippi), announced its preseason watch list.

Hall of Famer
Troy Aikman (UCLA) joins Joe Buck and Pam Oliver for their 12th season as a broadcast team for the NFL on FOX, making them the NFL’s longest-running broadcast team. This year marks Aikman’s 13th season with FOX.

Hall of Famer
Curt Warner (Penn State) and his wife Ana delivered the closing keynote speech at the National Autism Conference on Aug. 1. The Warners’ twin teenage sons have autism.

Hall of Famer
Greg Myers (Colorado State) will be honored during halftime of the Rams’ home game against Cal Poly on Sept. 14.

NFF National Scholar-Athletes
Matt Barkley (2012), Tony Boselli (1994) and Pat Haden (1974) led a group of Southern California football players who provided surprise support for a 14-year-old girl during a traumatic experience involving brain surgery to combat a form of epilepsy.

2006 NFF National-Scholar Athlete
Chris Leak (Florida) was named an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater.

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.

Nick Batalis
(Butler), Thomas Burns (Virginia), Morgan Copeland (Texas), Greg Eslinger (Minnesota), Bobby Hoying (Ohio State), Jim Lynch (Notre Dame), Michael Perrin (Texas), Scott Reynolds (Hastings [Neb.]), John Richards (TCU), Michael Ryan (Washington), John Sciarra (UCLA), Leon Shadowen (Kentucky) and Robert Stebbins (Central Michigan) have joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). For more information on the NSAAA, click here.

The Ivy League
, San Diego State and Springfield College 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 State of Maine Chapter held its Seventh Annual Kickoff Luncheon Aug. 1 at the Howard Johnson Conference Center in Portland. Head coaches from the six football colleges in Maine attended the event;
Dave Caputi (Bowdoin), Jack Cosgrove (Maine), Mark Harriman (Bates), Chris McKenney (Maine Maritime), Jon Michaeles (Colby) and Gabby Price (Husson)…

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



BYU and Fresno State
agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2015 and 2017 seasons… Air Force added an Aug. 30, 2014 game against Abilene Christian to their schedule...


McMurry University (Texas)
will join the Lone Star Conference beginning in 2014 and will become an active Division II member in July 2015…


announced a slate of 69 weeknight football games scheduled to air this season… The Pac-12 Network will produce The Drive, a 14-episode docu-series following Arizona State and California on their quests for the conference title… The Ohio Valley Conference announced a nine-game football “Game of the Week” package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall… Georgia Tech announced a promotional and entertainment partnership with the Dickey Broadcasting Company... Brandon Gaudin has been named the "Voice of the Yellow Jackets”…


launched a new look for… South Carolina and Under Armour unveiled a new look for the Gamecocks' 2013 football season…

Community Service

Syracuse football players
Marcus Coleman, Dyshawn Davis and Terrel Hunt visited nearby Lincoln Middle School to participate in “Building Men,” a program that teaches 25 area boys how to be successful in life… LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and former Tiger running back Justin Vincent helped welcome 38 children to Camp Care, a weeklong camp for children with cancer and their siblings… Tennessee announced that its football players contributed 1,322 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year…

Awards and Honors

will honor its 1963, 1983, 1988 and 1993 football teams with anniversary recognitions during home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium… Football players Al Comer, Johnny Garnett and Kenny Reeder were inducted in the Virginia Military Institute’s 2013 Sports Hall of Fame class on Aug. 2… Former Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen will be inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 10 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome… Rutgers will retire Eric LeGrand’s No. 52, the school’s first raised number, in a ceremony on Sept. 14. LeGrand suffered a career-ending injury during a game in 2010…

Romeo Crennel
and James Edwards lead the list of 2013 Western Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inductees… Robert Morris head coach Joe Walton, the only coach in the program’s history, highlights the school’s 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class… Patrick Hall, a running back on Coastal Carolina’s first football team, headlines the school’s 2013 George F. “Buddy” Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame class… Washington State punter Kyle Basler and Navy running back Reggie Campbell were named to the San Diego Bowl Game Association’s Hall of Fame…


unveiled its new state-of-the-art Football Performance Center… Nevada’s locker room underwent a more than $100,000 renovation… Villanova opened a renovated weight room facility behind Villanova Stadium… Texas A&M-Commerce installed new turf at Memorial Stadium, with a field logo that spans 25-yard line to 25-yard line… Baylor gave a video update on the progress of its new football stadium… Eastern Kentucky’s Roy Kidd Stadium will have three new Daktronics LED video display boards this fall…

2013 Preview: Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference

SEC Non-Conference Schedules:
Eastern Division
Florida: 8/31 Toledo, 9/7 at Miami, 11/23 Georgia Southern, 11/30 Florida State
Georgia: 8/31 at Clemson, 9/21 North Texas, 11/9 Appalachian State, 11/30 at Georgia Tech
Kentucky: 8/31 Western Kentucky (in Nashville), 9/7 Miami-Ohio, 9/14 Louisville, 11/2 Alabama State
Missouri: 8/31 Murray State, 9/7 Toledo, 9/21 at Indiana, 9/28 Arkansas State
South Carolina: 8/29 North Carolina, 9/28 at UCF, 11/23 Coastal Carolina, 11/30 Clemson
Tennessee: 8/31 Austin Peay, 9/7 Western Kentucky, 9/14 at Oregon, 9/28 South Alabama
Vanderbilt: 9/7 Austin Peay, 9/21 Massachusetts, 9/28 UAB, 11/30 Wake Forest

Western Division
Alabama: 8/31 Virginia Tech (in Atlanta), 9/21 Colorado State, 10/5 Georgia State, 11/23 Chattanooga
Arkansas: 8/31 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9/7 Samford (in Little Rock, Ark.), 9/14 Southern Miss, 9/21 at Rutgers
Auburn: 8/31 Washington State, 9/7 Arkansas State, 10/12 Western Carolina, 10/26 Florida Atlantic
LSU: 8/31 TCU (in Arlington, Texas) 9/7 UAB, 9/14 Kent State, 10/26 Furman
Mississippi: 9/07 Southeast Missouri State, 9/14 at Texas, 10/26 Idaho, 11/16 Troy
Mississippi State: 8/31 Oklahoma State (in Houston), 9/7 Alcorn State, 9/21 Troy, 10/12 Bowling Green
Texas A&M: 8/31 Rice, 9/7 Sam Houston State, 9/21 SMU, 11/2 UTEP

SEC Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Arkansas: Arkansas has a new $40.31 million, 80,000 square-foot football operations center. The Fred W. Smith Football Center features all-new amenities for the program, including a recruiting reception area, a new locker room and a student-athlete lounge and study area.

Georgia: In May 2013, officials at Georgia approved $1.25 million worth of improvements for the school’s Sanford Stadium. Upgrades will include renovated premium seating areas, as well as a closed caption display board. A start date on the project has yet to be announced.

LSU: LSU’s $85 million expansion of Tiger Stadium’s south end zone is expected to be complete for kickoff of the 2014 season. The expansion will add 6,900 seats and bring the stadium’s capacity close to 100,000. The third expansion of Tiger Stadium since 2000, the project will also add 68 skyboxes, 3,000 stadium club seats and a standing-room only section.

Mississippi State: Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field has begun a $75 million expansion and renovation project that will increase stadium capacity to more than 61,000. A new west side concourse will be added, as well as additional premium seating, elevators, restrooms and concessions. The construction is expected to be completed by 2014.

Missouri: April 2013 marked the groundbreaking of Faurot Field renovations at the University of Missouri. Upgrades to the stadium will include a renovated west side press box, premium seating, an expanded north concourse, and an upper bowl on the east side of the stadium. The iconic “Rock M” will also be moved closer to the north end zone. Renovations will be completed by the 2014 season.

Texas A&M: Texas A&M’s Board of Regents approved a $450 million renovation project of Kyle Field, which is expected to begin following the 2013 season. The stadium will have a new limestone exterior and a lower field. The school also plans to expand Kyle Field by adding 20,000 seats to the stadium. The project, expected to be complete by 2015, will bring the stadium’s capacity to 102,500, making it the largest stadium in the state of Texas and in the SEC, and will be the third-largest college stadium in the country.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt’s new $31 million indoor practice facility will open in October 2013. The project features a 120-yard artificial turf football field surrounded by an eight-lane 300-meter track.

Sun Belt Non-Conference Schedules:
Arkansas State: 8/31 Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9/7 at Auburn, 9/21 at Memphis, 9/28 at Missouri, 10/12 Idaho
Georgia State: 8/30 Samford, 9/7 Chattanooga, 9/14 at West Virginia, 9/21 Jacksonville State, 10/5 at Alabama
Louisiana-Lafayette: 8/31 at Arkansas, 9/7 at Kansas State, 9/14 Nicholls State, 9/21 at Akron, 11/2 New Mexico State
Louisiana-Monroe: 8/31 at Oklahoma, 9/7 Grambling State, 9/14 at Wake Forest, 9/21 at Baylor, 9/28 Tulane
South Alabama: 8/29 Southern Utah, 9/7 at Tulane, 9/28 at Tennessee, 10/19 Kent State, 11/16 at Navy
Texas State: 8/31 at Southern Miss, 9/7 Prairie View A&M, 9/21 at Texas Tech, 9/28 Wyoming, 11/2 at Idaho
Troy: 8/31 UAB, 9/7 Savannah State, 9/21 at Mississippi State, 9/28 at Duke, 11/16 at Mississippi
Western Kentucky: 8/31 Kentucky (in Nashville), 9/7 at Tennessee, 9/21 Morgan State, 9/28 Navy, 11/9 at Army

Sun Belt Stadium/Facility Renovations:
Arkansas State: At the beginning of the 2012 football season, Arkansas State announced a $22 million football facility project. The new center will include a two-level football operations building as well as a 76,000 square-foot indoor practice facility. The building will also include a new locker room, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning and sports medicine center, as well as a player’s lounge and equipment room. A start date for the project has not been set, but the school has announced that the upgrades will take about two years to complete.

Georgia Tech announced celebration plans for the 100th anniversary of Historic Grant Field this fall… Northwestern announced that it has surpassed the school's modern-era record for largest football season ticket sales base… Mississippi State announced it sold out its season football tickets for the fourth-consecutive year...

Former Boston College defensive tackle Art Donovan, who went onto become a Pro Football Hall of Fame player for the Baltimore Colts, died Aug. 4. He was 88... Former Purdue fullback and linebacker Dick Dauch, who became a major benefactor at his alma mater, passed away Aug. 2. He was 71 years old and had enjoyed a highly successful career as an executive in the automotive industry… All-America Arizona State running back Wilford “Whizzer” White, who finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rusher, passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 84. White’s son Danny, who also played for the Sun Devils, earned induction into the College Football Hall in 1997…

Former Jackson State head coach
Robert “Judge” Hughes died July 31 at the age of 68… Utah freshman defensive tackle Gaius “Keio” Vaenuku passed away July 30. He was 18… Texas A&M redshirt freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu died July 30 at the age of 19… Former Arkansas Tech All-American football player and eventual head coach Don Dempsey died July 29. He was 83.


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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
Dec. 11-12, 2013 – 12th Annual IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum at the New York Marriott Marquis – 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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