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WEDNESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – April 22, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of April 22.
Published: 4/22/2015 10:16:00 AM
(Pictured: As part of the National Football Foundation Faculty Salutes, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, the NFF presented UTSA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Gregg Michel with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000 at UTSA’s Football Banquet on April 17. From L-R: NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd, 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nate Leonard, Dr. Michel and UTSA Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services Matt Leituala. Photo courtesy of Ozzy Jaime/Studio1u Photography.)

Ohio State to Be Presented with NFF MacArthur Bowl at College Football Hall of Fame

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will formally present Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer with the MacArthur Bowl, the organization’s national championship trophy for the Football Bowl Subdivision, during a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Sunday, April 26, beginning at Noon ET.

ESPN broadcaster Brad Nessler will emcee the event, which will include remarks from Coach Meyer, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO John Stephenson.

The NFF previously announced Ohio State (14-1) as the recipient of trophy following their 42-20 victory against Oregon (13-2) in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The ceremony will mark the official unveiling of the trophy with Ohio State’s name permanently etched on the fabled archways of the historic trophy, joining the previous 57 teams who have been recognized since the coveted honor was first bestowed in 1959. Members of the public with general admission tickets to the Hall may attend the event.

UTSA Recognized for Excellence in Promoting the Scholar-Athlete Ideal

As part of the National Football Foundation Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF honored University of Texas at San Antonio Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Gregg Michel with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000 on April 17. UTSA and Michel were recognized for the second consecutive year for their efforts in fostering excellence among the student-athletes as exemplified by 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nate Leonard. (Former UTSA quarterback Eric Soza was honored as a member of the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.) The presentation took place during UTSA’s Football Banquet at Pedrotti’s Ranch in Helotes, Texas.

A professor at UTSA since 2000, Michel became the chair of the Department of History in 2010. Serving as UTSA's faculty athletics representative since 2007, he works to support the academic progress and success of UTSA's student-athletes and helps monitor compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. Michel has served the university in a variety of capacities, including as chair of the Athletics Council and a member of the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee. UTSA Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services Matt Leituala and Leonard joined NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd on stage for the presentation to Dr. Michel. UTSA Athletics Director Lynn Hickey and head coach Larry Coker were also at the banquet, which saw Leonard honored for being named an NFF Scholar-Athlete and a First-Team Academic All-American. All 37 seniors on the football team were recognized for graduating.

2015 NFF Institutional Academic Membership is Now Open

Each year, the NFF invites universities, colleges, conferences and bowl games from across the country to provide support for the NFF programs through its Institutional Academic Membership Program. The 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 and conferences at every level of college football and all bowl games, and it reached new levels of support in 2014. Email Ron Dilatush at to learn about the benefits and how your institution can become a member.

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Members Arkansas, ACC, Clemson, Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, SEC, Sun Belt Conference and Tennessee, Founder Members Kansas and Temple, and Executive Members Cincinnati, Colorado State, Dartmouth, East Carolina, Houston Baptist, Louisiana-Lafayette and San Diego State. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is now officially part of CityPASS in Atlanta. The Hall joins the National Center for Civil and Human Rights as the newest attractions included in the CityPASS program joining the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and CNN Center.

On April 13, Fran Tarkenton, LLC., hosted an event in the UPS Temporary Exhibit Space. The event was led by College Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (Georgia).

On April 15, the Textile Rental Services Association hosted a kickoff tailgate event at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame hosted Pac-12 Day on April 18 for all fans of the conference. Guests wearing Pac-12 gear received $3 off of a regularly priced ticket from the box office.

The 14th annual Big South Conference Football Media Day will be held in part on July 29 at the College Football Hall of Fame. Events will include a free tour for media of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Big South’s Kickoff Dinner.


The College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors Aug. 23, 2014, in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the new Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. To plan your visit and purchase tickets, visit


NFF Board Member and CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee Scott Blackmun will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,000 students at Bentley University (Mass.)’s 96th annual undergraduate ceremony on May 16.

NFF Board Member and Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle was the keynote speaker for the annual J. Craig Smith Business Lecture at the University of Alabama on April 13. Battle spoke to a crowded room on the value of ethics to the university and to the world.

North Carolina State approved a two-year contract extension for director of athletics Debbie Yow, a member of the NFF Board of Directors, resulting in an agreement that now runs through July 2019.

NFF Board Member and Apple CEO Tim Cook and 2014 NFF Gold Medal recipient Dr. Tom Catena were named to Time magazine’s 2015 list of “The 100 Most Influential People.”

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (UCLA) has donated $1 million to UCLA to be put towards the Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of his generosity, UCLA’s football-specific strength and conditioning facility within the new building will forever be known as The Troy Aikman Strength and Conditioning Center.

was among the presenters at the 50th Academy of Country Music awards show over the weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

For the tenth year, NFF Board Member and Under Armour Chairman & CEO Kevin Plank is partnering with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business to host the 2015 Cupid's Cup Business Competition on today at Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The competition is designed to foster interest in student entrepreneurship.

The NCAA Division I Council appointed its members for all sport oversight committees as part of the new governance structure. Members of the Division I Football Oversight Committee include NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who will serve as chair; NFF Board Member and Arizona State athletics director Ray Anderson; and NFF Board Member, College Football Hall of Fame coach and AFCA executive director Grant Teaff, who is a non-voting member. The rest of the voting members are Northern Arizona athletics director Lisa Campos, Colgate athletics director Vicky Chun, Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst, Miami (Fla.) athletics director Blake James, Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle Kallander, Georgia head coach Mark Richt, Central Florida athletics director Todd Stansbury, MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, Conference USA Senior Associate Commissioner Alfred White and a yet to be named student-athlete. Other non-voting members include Tennessee Tech athletics director Mark Wilson and yet to be named student-athlete and faculty athletics representative.

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin, College Football Hall of Famer Eddie George and former quarterback Troy Smith convened at Ohio State’s student union on April 17 for a forum discussing what it is like to play for the Buckeyes and bring home the Heisman Trophy.

In an hour-long sit down, NFF Board Member and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and his soon to be successor as commissioner Greg Sankey addressed a variety of issues facing the SEC and the NCAA, from cost-of-attendance, to off-field behavior of college athletes and the issue of football satellite camps.

NFF Board Member, former Yale football player and television broadcaster Jack Ford received the NFF New York City Chapter’s highest honor, “The Accorsi Award,” at its Third Annual “Elite Eleven” Scholar Athlete Award Dinner on April 16 at the New York Athletic Club. College Football Hall of Famer Don McPherson (Syracuse) emceed the event, and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell provided the opening remarks. Wagner athletics director and recently retired head coach Walt Hameline was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Ithaca College (N.Y.) head football coach Mike Welch. Also in attendance were Heisman Trophy Executive Director Rob Whalen and New York Yankees executive and New Era Pinstripe Bowl Executive Director Mark Holtzman.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Coach Jim Tressel will be the keynote speaker at the Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods’ 13th community fundraiser and banquet on Thursday at St. Michael Family Life Center in Canfield, Ohio.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) and 2004 NFF National Scholar-Athlete David Greene (Georgia) are among the speakers scheduled for the Peachtree Sports Festival, debuting in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre on Saturday.

The State sat down for an interview with College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier (Florida), now the head coach at South Carolina, in honor of his 70th birthday April 20.

College Football Hall of Famers from Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty, Clinton Jones, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster are the subjects of a new documentary directed by Washington’s daughter Maya, called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” In an effort to better understand the impact her father, his teammates and coaches had on the integration of Big Ten Football in the 1960s, Maya follows the Spartan football program on its path to becoming the 2013 Big Ten Champions and winners of the 2014 Rose Bowl, 50 years after her father enrolled at MSU.

College Football Hall of Famers Bo Jackson (Auburn), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina) and Steve Spurrier (Florida) and 1978 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Steve Fuller (Clemson) are among the participants in the 13-team field of college football head coaches and celebrity alumni set to compete in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament April 26-28 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

College Football Hall of Famers Dick Butkus (Illinois), Charles Haley (James Madison) and Chris Spielman (Ohio State) are among eight former NFL players scheduled to be in Chicago on May 1 to announce a pick in either the second or third round of the NFL Draft.

The 11th Annual Pat’s Run, honoring 2006 NFF Distinguished American and College Football Hall of Famer Pat Tillman (Arizona State), is scheduled for Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. The event raises scholarship funds for Tillman Scholars who, in Pat’s name, strive to make a significant impact for our country and communities.

College Football Hall of Famer Tony Boselli (Southern California)’s son Andrew has committed to play football at Florida State.

College Football Hall of Famer and 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Doug Flutie (Boston College) was the analyst for NBC Sports Network’s coverage of Notre Dame’s 86th annual Blue-Gold Game on April 18.

2009 Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Florida) has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mike Sadler received Michigan State’s Scholar-Athlete Award, given to the player with the highest cumulative GPA, at the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala April 13. 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and current Washington Redskin Kirk Cousins served as the keynote speaker. Football player Keith Mumphery was the winner of the Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nate Leonard (Texas at San Antonio) earned one of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medals during the 2014-15 academic year. Medals are given to those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.

2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) will be on the broadcast team for the Spartans’ Spring Game on the Big Ten Network on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete J Leman (Illinois) was on the broadcast team for his alma mater’s Spring Game on the Big Ten Network on April 18.

The Big 12 Conference’s lineup for its third “State of College Athletics” Forum, which was held April 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., included NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Oklahoma football student-athlete Ty Darlington and FOX College Football analyst and former Tennessee football player Charles Davis.

Penn State announced it will co-sponsor the Athlete Well-Being Summit, set to take place April 23-25 at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel. NFF Board Member and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will be a keynote speaker.

NFF Program Updates

The NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day, presented by Fidelity Investments, is a daily segment honoring the 2014 National Scholar-Athlete Award candidates, who also comprise the list of semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. Today’s honoree is Bryan Thomson, a defensive lineman at East Stroudsburg (Pa.) who graduated in December 2014 with a 3.41 GPA in business management.


The NFF Western Massachusetts Chapter’s 53rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet was held April 12 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. UMass football coach Mark Whipple delivered the opening remarks. Other notable attendees included 2011 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient and 1964 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Columbia Dr. Archie Roberts, Holy Cross head football coach and 1985 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Penn Tom Gilmore, and United States Marshal and former American International College [Mass.] running back John Gibbons. Other head football coaches at the banquet included Mike DeLong (Springfield [Mass.]), Keith Emery (Western New England [Mass.]), Pete Kowalski (Westfield State [Mass.]), E.J. Mills (Amherst [Mass.]) and Art Wilkins (American International [Mass.]).

Two-time Super Bowl Champion coach and former University of Utah linebacker George Seifert and former University of Utah and current Minnesota Viking running back Matt Asiata headlined the 21st annual NFF Utah Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 14 on the campus of Utah Valley University.

The NFF University of Georgia Chapter held its Scholar-Athlete Banquet April 20 at the Athens Country Club. Current ESPN college football analyst and 1997 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brian Griese (Michigan) was the featured speaker, and he was introduced by his father, College Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese (Purdue). Georgia House of Representatives speaker David Ralston and University of Georgia D.W. Distinguished Professor Dr. Steve Stice received the Distinguished American Award. 2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist Chris Conley and fellow Georgia football player David Andrews were both awarded with the Jack Turner Award. Former Georgia defensive back and longtime SEC football official Bobby Towns received the Contribution to Amateur Football award posthumously. Georgia Director of Athletics Greg McGarity and Georgia head football coach Mark Richt presented the night’s scholar-athlete awards.

The NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl (La.) Chapter held its 2015 Awards Luncheon in the Bienville Club Room at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome yesterday. NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) recognized each of the 33 student-athletes at the event, while Carey Wicker, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee, recognized five of them as recipients of Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships worth $10,000 each. Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson was honored with the chapter’s Contribution to Amateur Football Award, and former Sugar Bowl Committee president Jack Laborde received the Distinguished American Award. Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan was also in attendance at the event.

The NFF Passaic County (N.J.) Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet was yesterday at the Mountainside Inn in Wayne, N.J.

The NFF Texas Tech Chapter will distribute $41,000 in scholarships at its Scholar-Athlete Banquet and Awards Program, presented by Germblast, today at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt and Texas Tech head coach and former NFF National Scholar-Athlete Kliff Kingsbury will again help the chapter pay tribute to the its scholar-athletes and award winners. College Football Hall of Famer Donny Anderson (Texas Tech) will also be in attendance.

The NFF Moose Krause (Ind.) Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Thursday at St. Hedwigs in Mishawaka, Ind.

The NFF East Tennessee Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Saturday at the Foundry prior to Tennessee’s Spring Game in Knoxville. Volunteers head coach Butch Jones will be the guest speaker.

The NFF Southern Idaho Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet is on Saturday at the Riverside Hotel in Boise.

2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist Jared Tevis will be among 11 scholar-athletes honored by the NFF Southern Arizona Chapter at its 18th Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park. Former Arizona All-Pac-10 linebacker and former NFL player Spencer Larsen will be the keynote speaker.

The NFF Southeast Connecticut Chapter will hold its annual scholar-athlete banquet on Sunday at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Sixteen scholar-athletes will be honored.

The NFF Touchdown Club of Atlanta will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, adjacent to the College Football Hall of Fame. The chapter distribute 21 Scholar-Athlete Scholarships of $1,000 each, with the top honoree receiving $2,500. In addition the chapter will give out seven scholarships to the scholar student mangers of $1,000 each, resulting in a total $30,500 in scholarships distributed at the event. 2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient (as part of ESPN’s College GameDay) and former longtime college football coach Lee Corso will receive the Chapter Distinguished American Award, and he will be the featured speaker.

The NFF Brian Piccolo/Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Chapter will host its Golf Tournament on Sunday at the Colony West Country Club in Tamarac, Fla.

The NFF Vermont Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet is Sunday at Castleton College in Castleton, Vt.

The NFF Hawaii Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet Sunday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Monarch Room in Honolulu.

The NFF Sunflower (Kan.) Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 27 in Manhattan, Kan. Both 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Coach Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kansas State athletics director John Currie will speak at the event.

The NFF Corrigan-Faircloth (N.C.) Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet is on April 27 at Elon University in Elon, N.C.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter’s monthly luncheon on April 29 at Lombardo's Airport Restaurant is sold out. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel will be the guest speaker. The luncheons are an important part of the chapter’s fundraising goals.

The NFF Minnesota Chapter will hold the Eighth Annual Minnesota Football Honors on May 3 at the Hilton in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Vikings are once again the presenting sponsor. College Football Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi and his 1965 St. John’s (Minn.) NAIA national championship team will receive the 2015 Murray Warmath Legendary Team Award.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will hold its 23rd Annual Awards Banquet on May 3 at the Orlando Gardens Banquet Center. Retired Air Force officer and former Air Force football player Lt. General Glen W. Moorhead III will be the guest speaker, and the chapter will distribute $28,000 in scholarships.



Indiana and Virginia have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018… Clemson has added Akron to its 2020 football schedule… Central Florida and Georgia Tech have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2020… Fordham announced it will play at Charlotte in 2018 and at Hawaii in 2020… Kansas finalized its non-conference schedules for 2016 and 2017 with the additions of Rhode Island and Southeast Missouri State, respectively… Stephen F. Austin will now open the 2015 season hosting Northern Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 5…


The Mountain West announced its national Friday night football television package for 2015… Notre Dame announced kickoff times for its six home football games and its off-site home game against Boston College at Fenway Park this fall…


Mississippi and Athletics Director Ross Bjork have agreed in principle to a contract extension through 2019… Old Dominion announced head football coach Bobby Wilder has received a one year extension through 2019… Dr. Craig Poisson has been named director of athletics at Springfield College (Mass.)… Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 7…


A national spring game record crowd of 99,391 came out to see defending national champion Ohio State’s 2015 Spring Game…

Brain and Concussion Research

In a new study, University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting a statistically significant lower rate of concussion for players in its football program who received vision training…

Awards and Honors

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the recipient of the 85th AAU James E. Sullivan Award as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States, becoming the third football player in the last four years to take home the coveted award. The two previous college football players to win the Sullivan Award were Campbell Trophy winners Andrew Rodriguez (Army West Point) in 2011 and John Urschel (Penn State) in 2013… Grand Valley State (Mich.) announced its 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Class, which includes quarterback Cullen Finnerty and former head coach Chuck Martin, who is now the head coach at Miami (Ohio)…


Oregon State unveiled conceptual renderings and floor plans of the expanded Valley Football Center… New Hampshire held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the Watkins Center for Student-Athlete Excellence at the UNH Field House… Sam Houston State is getting new state-of-the-art video boards at its football stadium… Cincinnati football fans will have a new tailgate opportunity in 2015 as the department of athletics has added the rooftop tailgating area atop University Avenue Garage… Miami (Fla.) posted a comprehensive video showing the transformations happening at Sun Life Stadium, a renovation project that is expected to be fully completed by 2016, including new concourses and suite options…


The Cincinnati Bengals delivered a check to the University of Cincinnati for $172,617.17, following through on their commitment to make a donation back to the university after hosting the 2014 Bearcats football season at Paul Brown Stadium… The estate of the late B.M. “Doc” Stevenson, a longtime Kearney physician, civic leader and philanthropist, has bequeathed $2.75 million to University of Nebraska at Kearney athletics… The San Jose State athletic department will receive an additional $1.6 million from the university in 2015-16 to cover expenses related to changes in NCAA legislation…

Marketing & Uniforms

Army West Point Athletics introduced a new brand and identity system… North Carolina refreshed its brand identity… Saint Vincent (Pa.) unveiled a new athletics logo…

Community Service

The Memphis football team will train to become volunteers at American Red Cross emergency shelters… On April 11, the San José State football team participated in its annual Field Day community service activity, hosting 32 local boys and girls and their families that deal with autism on a daily basis… The Delaware football team will host the seventh annual Be the Match bone marrow registry drive on Friday… On April 15, the Wagner football program supported the National Bone Marrow Donor Program’s “Be The Match” initiative by hosting its annual Bone Marrow Registration Drive, collecting a record number of samples… Former Minnesota wide receiver Connor Cosgrove has been cancer free for more than a year now, but he continues to battle the ugly disease with a new creative clothing line to help others going through the similar battle… Over the weekend, the Northern Illinois football team helped clean up debris from a tornado that ripped through Fairdale, Ill., on April 9…


The College Football Playoff Champion Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to Washington D.C. April 20 to meet President Barack Obama, after receiving their championship rings last week… East Carolina released its intent to implement a two-year plan that would allow student-athletes to be provided the full cost-of-attendance as part of their athletic scholarships… Liberty has announced beginning with the 2015-16 academic year its commitment to cover the full cost of attendance for all of its student-athletes… Georgia Tech held a football clinic for international students, with more than 80 Tech students from countries around the world mostly unfamiliar with the sport of American football listening to a tutorial from head coach Paul Johnson and touring the locker room, among other activities…


Former Penn football player Gerald McGinley, the son of College Football Hall of Famer Edward McGinley Jr. and brother of NFF Director Emeritus Edward F. McGinley III, passed away Feb. 23. He was 85… Nebraska’s first out-of-state, modern walk-on, former defensive end Langston “Trey” Coleman, passed away March 7. He was 71… Former Penn center Sam Greenawalt passed away March 25. He was 85… Former North Carolina A&T football player Lorenzo Stanford passed away April 2. He was 77… Former Harvard All-Ivy League kicker Rich Szaro passed away April 7. He was 67… Buddy Lee, who played quarterback for LSU from 1968-70, passed away April 10. He was 67… Former Arizona State football player Raul H. Castro, who became Arizona’s first and only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three Latin American countries, passed away April 10. He was 98… Former Southern California consensus All-America defensive end Jimmy Gunn passed away April 11. He was 66…

Ellsworth Kissinger
, a quarterback who co-captained the 1956 Southern California football team, passed away April 12. He was 79… Former Nebraska football player and radio broadcaster Adrian Fiala passed away April 13. He was 67… Former Fresno State football player Bill Musick passed away April 15. He was 77… Ron McCrone, whose assistant coaching stops included stints at Auburn, Central Florida, Duke, Florida, Mississippi, Southern Miss, Temple and Vanderbilt, passed away April 18. He was 71… Former Louisville linebacker and center Doug Buffone passed away April 20. He was 71… Former University of San Francisco and Tulsa football player Bob St. Clair passed away April 20. He was 84…


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Sept. 24, 2015 – Announcement of the 2015 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy – Irving, Texas

Oct. 29, 2015
– Announcement of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments – Irving, Texas

Dec. 7, 2015
– Presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League Football Players of the Year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New  York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
 – 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– 26th presentation of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC, to the nation's top football scholar-athlete at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– Induction of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Jan. 8, 2016
– Announcement of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class – Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jan. 11, 2016
–College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz. 


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