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MONDAY’s NFF CHALKTALK – Aug. 26, 2013
News and notes of interest for the college football community from the past week.
Published: 8/26/2013 3:30:00 PM
(Pictured: Hall of Famer Bo Jackson (Auburn) was honored for his civil rights work in Chicago prior to the Texas Rangers-White Sox baseball game on Aug. 24.)

Hall of Fame Flashback – 10-Year Anniversary Class

2003 inductees:
Ricky Bell (Southern California), Murry “The Reckless Rover” Bowden (Dartmouth), Tom “Rock of Gibralter” Brown (Minnesota), Brad Calip (East Central [Okla.]), coach Marino “The Godfather” Casem (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern), Jim “Jimbo” Covert (Pittsburgh), coach Doug Dickey (Tennessee, Florida), coach Hayden Fry (SMU, North Texas, Iowa), Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky), Jerry LeVias (SMU), Billy Neighbors (Alabama), Dwayne Nix (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Ron Pritchard (Arizona State), John Rauch (Georgia), coach Tubby Raymond (Delaware), Scott “Scooter” Reppert (Lawrence [Wisc.]), Willie “Wonderful Willie” Richardson (Jackson State), Calvin Roberts (Gustavus Adolphus [Minn.]), Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State), Ben “Big Ben” Stevenson (Tuskegee), Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) and Roger “Roger the Dodger” Wehrli (Missouri).

No Huddle

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

Ted Brown
Tailback, North Carolina State (1975-78)
· 1978 consensus First-Team All-American
· Holds ACC career records for rushing yards (4,602) and touchdowns (51)
· Had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and 27 career 100-yard games
· Played for Bo Rein and Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz

New Football Schools Season Openers

With the college football season starting this week, a record number of 12 new college football teams have started fall practice in anticipation of their season-opening games. The new programs have generated intense interest on campuses, and demand for the tickets has hit robust levels at many of the schools. Mercer University sold out its season opener in 27 minutes. Florida Tech completely sold out its premium tickets for the entire season, and similarly Reinhardt University (Ga.) sold out its reserved season tickets.  Southwestern University (Texas) has sold 1,200 season tickets, placing it in the top 5 for sales among Division III schools.

Alderson Broaddus University (W.Va.) reports that it is nearly sold out of tickets for its first home game as well as for season tickets. Kennesaw State, which will not play until 2015, recently announced that it surpassed 1,000 season ticket deposits or a nearly 33 percent of the available tickets for its first season.

2013 New Football School Season-Opening Games:
· Alderson Broaddus University (Philippi, W.Va.): Sept. 7 vs. Pace University [N.Y.]at 12 p.m. EST.
Battler’s complete schedule)
Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.): Sept. 7 vs. Maryville [Tenn.] at 6 p.m. EST. (Vikings’ complete schedule)
Florida Tech (Melbourne, Fla.): Sept. 7 vs. Stetson at 7 p.m. EST. (Panthers’ complete schedule)
· Hendrix College (Conway, Ark.): Sept. 7 vs. Westminster [Mo.] at 2 p.m. EST.
Warriors’ complete schedule)
Houston Baptist University (Houston, Texas): Aug. 31 at Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. EST.
Huskies’ complete schedule)
Mercer University (Macon, Ga.): Aug. 31 vs. Reinhardt University at 6 p.m. EST. (Bears’ complete schedule)
Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Okla.): Aug. 31 vs. Southwestern College [Kan.] at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Bisons' complete schedule)
Reinhardt University (Waleska, Ga.): Aug. 31 at Mercer University at 6 p.m. EST.
Eagles’ complete schedule)
Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas): Sept. 7 vs. Texas Lutheran at 8 p.m. EST.
Pirates’ complete schedule)
Stetson University (DeLand, Fla.): Aug. 31 vs. Warner University at 7 p.m. EST.
Hatters’ complete schedule)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.): Aug. 31 vs. Campbell at 12 p.m. EST.
49ers’ complete schedule)
Warner University (Lake Wales, Fla.): Aug. 31 at Stetson University at 7 p.m. EST.
Royals’ complete schedule)

General Raymond T. Odierno Named NFF Distinguished American Award Recipient

The National Football Foundation (NFF)
announced that the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army General Ray Odierno will be presented the organization’s 2013 Distinguished American Award during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 10.

One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the award recognizes an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States.

Odierno will be honored alongside the recipients of the other 2013 NFF Major Awards, including NFL commissioner
Roger Goodell (NFF Gold Medal), NCAA Vice President Dennie Poppe (NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award), Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration) and Florida State University broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting).

2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists Announced

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF)
announced the names of the 33 finalists for the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The five winners, who are now playing college football but are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of Oct. 9.

With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 4,800 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation’s top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships. From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the chapters have nominated 33 individuals in 2013 as finalists for the highly sought-after NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards. During the week of Oct. 9, a national committee will select and announce the five winners, one from each region, of the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The five winners will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria.  First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award has become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country.  Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.

Dick Weiss Named FWAA McGrane Award Recipient

Dick Weiss
, the influential and long-time sports writer with The New York Daily News, will be jointly honored Aug. 28 by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) when he is presented the FWAA’s Bert McGrane Award during the Annual Enshrinement Festival. The sold-out event will take place at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, and ESPN3 will carry the event live, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Weiss becomes the 40th recipient of the award, which is symbolic of the association's Hall of Fame and is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization and/or the writing profession. The announcement of Weiss being named the 2013 recipient occurred Jan. 7, 2013, at the association's annual awards breakfast in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., before the BCS National Championship. Weiss' name will join the names of the previous McGrane winners as part of a display at the new College Football Hall of Fame, which is being built in Atlanta and will open in the fall of 2014.

The award is named after
Bert McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, sports writer, who was the executive secretary of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973. Current FWAA President and longtime Los Angeles Times columnist Chris Dufresne will present the award to Weiss.

Atlanta Hall of Fame Progress Update

SportsBusiness Journal spoke with John Stephenson, President and CEO of Atlanta Hall Management, about Atlanta’s first enshrinement ceremony and the progress on the building of the Hall. To read the interview, click here.

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Wednesday

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 Wednesday, 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.

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.

New Haven Using Head Impact Sensors

The University of New Haven (Conn.)
is using Smart Impact Monitors to document head trauma to its student-athletes. The technology is the most advanced impact sensor system and is designed to detect and record head impact as it happens. Trainers can then use the gathered data to decide a player’s status and prevent repeated issues.

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.

LAST WEEK for NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nominations

This is the
last week for the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Award nominations. Forms 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


kicked off its weekly “This Week in College Football History” series, with Aug. 26 – Sept. 1 games.

Check out the National Football Foundation's ad on page 20 of the Aug. 19-25 edition of the SportsBusiness Journal.

Hall of Famer
Bo Jackson (Auburn) spoke to the crowd and was honored for his civil rights work in Chicago prior to the Texas Rangers-White Sox baseball game Aug. 24.

named its Football Coach of the Year Award in honor of Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi (Carroll [Mont.], Saint John’s [Minn.]).

Hall of Famers
Aubrey Devine, Randy Duncan, Calvin Jones, Alex “Mad Duck” Karras, Nile Kinnick, Gordon Locke, Chuck Long, Duke Slater and Larry Station will be honored on Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor this fall.

Associated Press profiled small college who are using athletic programs to bring students to campus and increase enrollment.

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.

The Rose Bowl
launched a campaign allowing fans to purchase personalized pavers and bricks that will be installed as part of the Rose Bowl’s iconic logo at Gate A at the stadium’s main entrance. This opportunity coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Rose Bowl game in January.

2013 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

Lyon College (Ark.)
will join the Central States Football League (CSFL) as a provisional member in 2014, becoming a fully member when the team starts intercollegiate play in 2015.

Kennesaw State (Ga.)
is letting fans help decide the helmet design for the football team when the squad takes the field in 2015.

NFF Program Updates

Dave Casper
(Notre Dame), Andre Davis (Virginia Tech) and Charles Thomson (Indiana) have joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). For more information on the NSAAA, click here.

Carroll College (Mont.)
, Clemson, College of Mount Saint Joseph (Ohio), Georgia Southern, Pittsburgh and Tulsa 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.


Hall of Fame coach
Vince Dooley (Georgia) served as the guest speaker at the TD Club of Atlanta and the NFF Greater Atlanta Chapter merger kickoff Aug. 22 at the Capital City Club. President and CEO of Atlanta Hall Management John Stephenson provided an update of the progress on the new Hall of Fame in Atlanta…

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.



released its 2014 conference football schedule… Toledo will host New Hampshire to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30… Louisiana-Monroe finalized its 2014 non-conference slate… Louisiana Tech will play at Auburn on Sept. 27, 2014… San Jose State agreed to home-and-home football series with BYU (2015 and 2017) Oregon State (2015 and 2020) as well as two games at Auburn (2014 and 2015)… South Alabama moved its 2014 game with Navy to Nov. 28, and added games against Mississippi State (Sept. 13) and at South Carolina (Nov. 22)…


The Conference USA, the Sun Belt and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
extended their contract through the 2019 season… Conference USA also announced agreements with the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl and the Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank…


CBS Sports Network
acquired the rights to American Athletic Conference football coverage beginning this fall through the 2019 season… Stanford alumnus Scott Reiss was named the new voice of Cardinal football…


College Colors Day
is this Friday, Aug. 30… The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) renewed deals with 11 partner schools…

Community Service

Florida State and Pitt players
will wear “I Fight Fanconi” Kidz1stFund decals on their helmets during their Labor Day season opener. The foundation was started by Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher to aid Fanconi anemica awareness and research after Fischer’s son was diagnosed with the disease…

Awards and Honors

All-American running back
Mark Kacmarynski, and former defensive back and coach Brian O’Donnell headline Central College’s (Iowa) 2013 Athletics Hall of Honor inductees… Former football players Robert Bergman and Don Katzman lead Hanover College’s (Ind.) 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class… The 2013 Delaware State Athletic Hall of Fame class includes offensive lineman Stanley Burris, coach Al Lavan, receiver Shaheer McBride, receiver Pedro Swann, Sr., and defensive back Dwight Williams


Washington State’s Martin Stadium
will have a new state-of-the-art video board in the east end for the Cougars’ home opener Sept. 14…


Rice football
held Karaoke Week during its training camp dinners… In advance of the Aug. 31 opening game, Georgia and Clemson fans can read up on the storied rivalry in a new digital book, “Fighting Like Cats and Dogs,” by Kyle King and published by Clemson University Digital Press… The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) released a preview of the season for its 11 football-playing institutions…


James A. “Tank” Crawford
, a member of Mississippi’s first SEC championship team (1947) and 2011 recipient of the NFF Ole Miss Chapter’s Distinguished American Award, died Aug. 20 at the age of 86… Former Penn State assistant athletic director and NACDA Hall of Famer Della Durant passed away Aug. 20. She was 84… Former Bucknell head coach Bob Curtis, who led the Bison from 1975-85, passed away Aug. 18 at the age of 78.


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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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