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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – Aug. 19, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 8/19/2013 3:00:00 PM

(Above: Lee "Bum" McClung (Yale) is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's 1963 induction class.)

Hall of Fame Flashback – 50-Year Anniversary Class

1963 inductees:
Alex Agase (Illinois, Purdue), George Connor (Holy Cross, Notre Dame), Edwin “Goat” Hale (Mississippi College), Ken Kavanaugh (Louisiana State), Lee “Bum” McClung (Yale), Cliff “Monty” Montgomery (Columbia), Peter “Peter the Great” Pund (Georgia Tech), Monk Simons (Tulane), Ed “Cannonball” Tryon (Colgate), Charles “Buck” Wharton (Pennsylvania) and coach George Woodruff (Pennsylvania, Illinois, Carlisle).

No Huddle

Learn more about the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductees with our no-huddle bios:

Bill McCartney
Coach, Colorado (1982-94)
· Led Colorado to the 1990 national title
· 1989 National Coach of the Year
· Won three Big Eight crowns and was a three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year
· Coached 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam

2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association Campaign Launched

The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced the 2013 launch of its highly successful annual campaign to support the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association. More than 100 former NFF National Scholar-Athletes have made donations during the past five years to support the association, raising more than $100,000.

Currently an $18,000 scholarship for postgraduate studies, each NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award is presented at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York City.  On average, 15 awards are presented each year, and accepting the honor has always proven to be a highly inspiring moment for each recipient. To learn more,
click here.

Several Major Articles Appear in the Media Defending Football

The Wall Street Journal
published an article by Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, titled “In Defense of Football,” which highlights the exaggerated risks cited by critics of the game. The article points out the contributions of the game and valuable life lessons it teaches the youngsters who play the sport. Click here to read the article.

The Los Angeles Times
published an op-ed by Daniel J. Flynn, the author of "The War on Football: Saving America's Game," that highlights that football has never been safer, and it continues to evolve to become even safer. The article cites a dramatic reduction in fatalities from 36 in 1968 to two last season, adding that California suffered seven times as many collision deaths from skateboarding last year as the entire United States did from football. Click here to read the op-ed.

The New York Post also ran an op-ed by
Daniel Flynn using the same headline as The Wall Street Journal story, “In Defense of Football,” providing context about the dangers and benefits of the game. To read the story, click here.

Center for BrainHealth Research Benefiting the Battlefield and the Playing Field

KERA Radio, the NPR station in North Texas,
profiled the work being done by the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas. The work is being partially funded by the Department of Defense to help treat concussions that might occur on the playing field or the battlefield. The research aims to speed recovery through high performance brain training that strengthens the connections critical to the functioning of the brain. The research stresses more abstract and analytical thinking rather than simple memory exercises. The article cites the following bullet points, provided by Dr. Sandra Chapman, the founder and director of the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas:

· The brain makes new cells every day.
· The brain can form complex synapses, or connections, no matter how old we are.
· The connections between neurons can be strengthened.
· There is no limit to brain repair. New research shows the brain can be repaired months and years after
injury if the correct intervention or treatment is applied.
· Active cognitive stimulation can help build new connections in the brain even after traumatic injury, stroke
and also in progressive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
· Advances in brain imaging show more activation in regions of the brain during learning as new connections
are developing, and less activation once the skill has been acquired.

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 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The event marks the first time that Atlanta will preside over the Enshrinement Ceremony. The celebration builds on the significant progress made on the construction of the new 94,256-square-foot home for the Hall, which will open in the fall of 2014. Tickets are available to the public, and they can be purchased by clicking here.

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).

Regions Bank and the College Football Hall of Fame
signed a sponsorship deal making Regions the Hall’s exclusive banking sponsor and a supporter of education initiatives.

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 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 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.

An NFF Big Thanks to the Sporting News

The National Football Foundation sends a big thanks 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


Chris Low profiled NFF board member and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (Navy) as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary quarterback’s 1963 Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Hall of Fame coach
Barry Switzer (Oklahoma) rescued a puppy from a hot car and found her a new home.

2013 Hall of Fame inductee
Tommie Frazier is the keynote speaker at the Hershey (Pa.) TeamMates chapter school year kickoff tonight, Aug. 19. TeamMates was founded by Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy to support and encourage youth.

Hall of Famers
Donny “The Golden Palomino” Anderson (Texas Tech) and Bob Lilly (TCU) headlined the Texas Bowl’s 2013 class of Gridiron Legends who were inducted during halftime of the NFL’s Texans-Dolphins game Aug. 17 at Reliant Stadium. The other honorees included Abner Haynes (North Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M) and Judson [Texas] High School coach DW Rutledge.

Hall of Fame coach
Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama) served as the keynote speaker at SMU football’s Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 14.

2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
Nabal Jefferson (Northern Illinois) won 2013 MAC Bob James Memorial Award.

Hall of Famer
Johnny Majors (Tennessee) donated additional papers to the Tennessee State Library and Archives that allows game plans and other memorabilia from his career to be available for public viewing.

Hall of Famer
Jack Ham (Penn State) signed a three-year contract to join Steve Jones calling Nittany Lion football on the Penn State Sports Network.

Hall of Famers
Billy Cannon (LSU), coach Vince Dooley (Georgia), coach Pat Dye (East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn), coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jake Gibbs (Mississippi), George Rogers (South Carolina), coach R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), coach Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama), Jerry Stovall (LSU) and Herschel Walker (Georgia) were among the football legends who participated in the SEC BeachFest over the weekend.

2005 NFF National Scholar-Athlete
Tyler Emmert (Carroll [Mont.]) and former St. Francis (Ind.) coach Kevin Donley lead the 2013-14 NAIA Hall of Fame inductees.

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.

New Football Schools

Fox 26-Houston visited one Houston Baptist's team practices,
profiling the Huskies' addition of football and the upcoming season

NFF Program Updates

David Berardinelli
(Bucknell), George Kunz (Notre Dame), Craig Mahoney (Iowa State), John Sande (Stanford) and Randall Stockham (Utah State) have joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). For more information on the NSAAA, click here.

and Tulane 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.


Former Rice linebacker
O.J. Brigance was honored with the Houston Touchdown Club Chapter’s 47th Touchdowner of the Year award at a banquet Aug. 14 at the J.W. Marriott in Houston. Twenty-eight previous honorees are in the College Football Hall of Fame. Houston Texans Owner and last year's honoree Bob McNair presented OJ's father with the plaque and spoke to the high school football players being honored. Hall of Famers and previous honorees Jerry LeVias (SMU) and Chris Gilbert (Texas) were in attendance along with 2013 CHOF inductee Don Trull (Baylor), Houston Baptist director of athletics Steve Moniaci, Houston Baptist head coach Vic Shealy and Rice assistant director of athletics Chuck Pool

The 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 Little Rock Touchdown Club released its calendar of speakers for 2013-14, including Hall of Fame coaches
Tom Osborne (Sept. 9) and Lou Holtz (Jan. 2014). To see the complete list of featured guests, click here. The club also announced four new awards to be presented this year: the Cliff Harris Award – Small College Defensive Player of the Year, the Dan Hampton Award – Defensive Lineman of the Year, Willie Roaf Award – Offensive Lineman of the Year and the Sully Award – Best Broadcast Call of the Year.

The St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter’s 2013-14 luncheon series
begins Sept. 11 with St. Louis Ram general manager Les Snead. For a complete list of guest speakers, click here. In addition, the chapter will host its annual Paul Savage, Sr., Memorial Golf Tournament at the Columbia Golf Club (Ill.) Sept. 15.



Penn State
signed contracts to play San Diego State (2015) and Virginia Tech (2022, 2023)... Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky agreed to a three-game series running 2015-17… Newberry College (S.C.) and North Greenville (S.C.) have extended their football series through 2016…


The Big 12
has partnered with the Russell Athletic Bowl for the 2014-19 seasons… ESPN created the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., between the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences beginning in 2014…


FOX Sports 1
made its debut Aug. 17. The network will air FOX Football Daily (weekdays 6-7 p.m. EST), and will broadcast dozens of live college football games on Thursday nights and Saturdays… ESPN released the announcer pairing for the 2013 college football season... Bill Hazen Productions resumed its coverage of Conference USA sports programming today, now boasting 34 carrier stations… CBS Sports Network announced broadcast coverage of 51 college football games this fall... Numerous former players joined the CBS broadcast team including Adam Archuleta (Arizona State), Brian Jones (Texas), Corey Chavous (Vanderbilt) and Christian Fauria (Colorado) as well as former Penn State coach Tom Bradley… CBS Sports signed a multi-year deal to broadcast the Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game… The Northeast Conference (NEC) reached an agreement to make ESPN3 the exclusive home of Northeast Conference football…


has sold out of season football tickets for the 10th straight year… Lycoming (Pa.) College released new athletic logos... Tennessee unveiled the 2013 football uniforms for the Vols… North Texas unveiled new uniforms as part of the 100th anniversary of Mean Green football… South Carolina is partnering with Gamecock alumnus and country music singer Patrick Davis for “The Gamecock Alum,” featuring five South Carolina-themed songs… Texas A&M is auctioning seven seats in a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber for a flyover during its season opener Aug. 31…

Community Service

Oklahoma football
welcomed a group of Special Olympians to watch practice, and interact with players and coaches in a post-practice event Aug. 9… Habitat for Humanity dedicated a house built by the Tennessee football team and the Haslam Family Foundation at a ceremony featuring head coach Butch Jones and select players on Aug. 15… Arkansas State hosted Owen Church, an eight-year-old cancer survivor, at the team’s football practice on Aug. 16…

Awards and Honors

Miami (Fla.)
will honor its 1983 National Championship football team at halftime of the Canes’ season opener Aug. 30… Former Lumberjack football players James Noble and Joey Wylie headline the 2013 Stephen F. Austin Hall of Fame class… Former coach George Allen will be honored posthumously along with former defensive back Shawn Wilbourn will be inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 12… Shorter University (Ga.) named football player Zach Morrison to its 2013 Hall of Fame class…


opened its new Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center with a dedication ceremony on Aug. 15… Kansas State will dedicate the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Aug. 30, prior to the Wildcats’ season opener against North Dakota State… Stanford is installing two new Daktronics LED video displays at Stanford Stadium for the upcoming season… Colorado State’s Hughes Stadium is getting a new $574,000 video scoreboard for the fall… North Carolina State is planning a $14-million indoor practice facility set to open in spring 2015...


Mississippi State center Dillion Day hiked a bowling ball for a strike during a team bowling outing… 1998 Heisman Trophy Winner Ricky Williams (Texas)
accepted a position as the running backs coach at the University of the Incarnate Word... 


Former Nebraska football walk-on-turned-scholarship-player
Bill Ziegelbein died Aug. 15. He was 44… Dave Sitton, an Arizona alumnus and voice of Wildcat football since 1990, passed away Aug. 12. He was 58... Charles “Nels” Corey Jr., a Williamson All-American tackle at Bowdoin College (Maine) in the 1930s and the head coach of the Polar Bears from 1959-1964, passed away Aug. 11 at the age of 98.


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Aug. 28, 2013 –
College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center – Atlanta
Sept. 10, 2013 – Leadership Hall of Fame Dinner Honoring George Pyne at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel – New York City
Oct. 2, 2013 – Announcement of the Semifinalists for 2013 Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth – Dallas
Oct. 3, 2013 – Leadership Hall of Fame Dinner Honoring Jerry Jones at the Omni Dallas Hotel – 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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The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.

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