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MONDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – April 27, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of April 27.
Published: 4/27/2015 3:55:00 PM

(Pictured: The NFF formally presented Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer with the MacArthur Bowl, the organization’s national championship trophy for the FBS, during a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on April 26. From L-R: College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO John Stephenson, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, Coach Meyer, ESPN broadcaster and event emcee Brad Nessler and NFF Board Member, outgoing Chick-fil-A Executive Vice President and Atlanta Hall Management Chairman Steve Robinson.)

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

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame  formally presented 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 April 26.

ESPN broadcaster Brad Nessler emceed the event, which included remarks from Coach Meyer, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO John Stephenson. Coach Meyer accepted the award on behalf of his Ohio State football team in front of an audience full of excited Buckeye fans.

“On behalf of the Ohio State University I want to thank Chick-fil-A…obviously the National Football Foundation and Steve [Hatchell] and then this beautiful Hall of Fame for having us here,” said Coach Meyer. “It should be a tradition for the head coach to come celebrate at this incredible facility with fans. I want to thank our players, we had an incredible group and they should be here. They are part of history. We really try to develop a program where the players love each other and it’s a family atmosphere…The 2014 Buckeyes, that was a real team. How did they overcome adversity? Because they cared for each other. I’m honored to be here and on behalf of Ohio State, my football players and coaching staff to accept this incredible award. It has incredible history and we’ll forever be grateful to be on the side of this beautiful trophy.”  

VIPS in attendance included NFF Board Member, outgoing Chick-fil-A Executive Vice President and Atlanta Hall Management Chairman Steve Robinson; Coach Meyer’s wife Shelley and family; and College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Georgia Kevin Butler.

The NFF previously announced Ohio State as the recipient of trophy following their 42-20 victory against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The ceremony marked 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.

NFF Produces Historic Video on the MacArthur Bowl

The National Football Foundation (NFF) released a video chronicling the history of the organization’s fabled MacArthur Bowl, which has been presented to every major college football national championship team since 1959. The video, produced by Business Media Group, Inc. (BMG) of Indianapolis, was shown for the first time April 26 at the College Football Hall of Fame during a special presentation to Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer, who claimed the trophy for the 2014 Buckeyes. The trophy, which is made of 400 ounces of silver, is named for NFF early leader General Douglas MacArthur, and it features his famous quote: “There Is No Substitute for Victory.” Click here to watch the video.

Duke Recognized for Excellence in Promoting the Scholar-Athlete Ideal

As part of the National Football Foundation Faculty Salutes, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, the NFF will present Duke University Faculty Athletics Representative Martha Putallaz with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000 on April 29. Duke and Putallaz are being recognized for the third consecutive year for their efforts in fostering excellence among the student-athletes as exemplified by 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient David Helton. (Former Duke quarterback Sean Renfree (2012) and offensive lineman Perry Simmons (2013) were previously honored as NFF National Scholar-Athletes.) The presentation will take place during a reception at Noon EST in the in Scharf Hall on campus.

Putallaz, a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, specializes in research in the field of children's social development and peer relationships with her most recent work focusing on aggression, victimization, and social rejection among middle childhood girls. She has served as Duke’s Faculty Athletics Representative since 2007, and she has served as a member of the university’s Athletics Council, Athletics Oversight and Compliance Committee and on multiple coach search committees, including the one that aided in hiring current Blue Devil football coach David Cutcliffe.

Duke was represented in the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class by David Helton, who maintained a 3.64 GPA as a psychology major and was named the recipient of the 25th William V. Campbell Trophy. A 2014 First Team Academic All-American and two-time First-Team Academic All-District selection, Helton became the fifth Blue Devil to become an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. His numerous ACC accolades include the 2014 Jim Tatum Award as the top senior football student-athlete in the conference, a three-time Academic All-ACC selection and a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. A finalist for the LOTT Impact Trophy, Helton has played a key role in Duke’s defense, collecting honors as a First Team All-ACC selection in 2014 and leading the conference in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons.

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Prepares for the NFL Draft

Having established themselves as the best of the best on the field and in the classroom, the 17 members of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, find themselves among the elite prospects under consideration during the 80th NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday-Saturday at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The NFL Draft will be televised live nationally by ESPN and the NFL Network, starting Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT, and continuing Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at Noon.

Four members of the class participated in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in February, including Tyler Lockett (WR, Kansas State), Jordan Richards (S, Stanford), Tyler Varga (RB, Yale) and Zach Zenner (RB, South Dakota State). The other members of the class, who each received a prestigious postgraduate scholarship, include 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient David Helton (LB, Duke), Terry Baggett (RB, Army West Point), Austin Damaschke (QB, Concordia Wisconsin), Austin Hasquet (LB, Northern Arizona), Taylor Kelly (QB, Arizona State), Nate Leonard (C, Texas at San Antonio), Mike Mancini (S, Trinity [Conn.]), Charles Moore (S, Tarleton State [Texas]), Mark Murphy (S, Indiana), Kevin Rodgers (QB, Henderson State [Ark.]), Mike Sadler (P, Michigan State), Caleb Schaffitzel (S, Missouri State) and Brandon Vitabile (C, Northwestern). The members of the group seek to join the 214 former NFF National Scholar-Athletes who previously played in the NFL, including 43 standouts currently on an NFL roster.

Several of the 2014 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists, who were nominated as the best scholar-athletes from their respective schools for an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, have also attracted attention as top NFL draft prospects this year, including Chris Conley (WR, Georgia), Sam Ficken (PK, Penn State), David Johnson (RB, Northern Iowa), Arie Kouandjio (OG, Alabama), Josh Lambo (PK, Texas A&M), Greg Mancz (C, Toledo) and Eric Rowe (CB, Utah).

2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society Announcement Wednesday

Wednesday, April 29, the NFF will announce the 2015 members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Entering its eighth year in 2014, the initiative has previously honored 4,089 student-athletes since its inception.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program, greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year.

Jon F. Hanson
, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies and NFF Chairman Emeritus, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007.

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 rdilatush@footballfoundation.com to learn about the benefits and how your institution can become a member.

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Members Auburn, Colorado, James Madison, Michigan and Troy, Founder Members Central Florida, Duke, Louisiana Tech, Pennsylvania and Towson, and Executive Members Delaware, Illinois State, Oregon State, the Patriot League, South Alabama, South Carolina, the Southern Conference, Tennessee State and William & Mary. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

NFF Promotes FootballMatters.org

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The site is the latest addition to the NFF’s #FootballMatters Campaign, which began in 2013 and provides people from border-to-border and coast-to-coast a voice in highlighting the positive impact that football has had on their lives. The campaign encourages participation via a series of national television spots with high-profile former players who subsequently achieved remarkable success later in life. The TV spots urge people to utilize social media platforms and the hashtag: #ImAFootballPlayer to share their football stories, which become part of the Twitter feed on the NFF website.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK:
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.

LAST WEEK
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The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame  formally presented 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 on April 26.

LOOK AHEAD
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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.

VISIT THE HALL

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 www.cfbhall.com.

THE BLITZ

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) will address more than 10,000 graduates and their families during Ohio State’s spring commencement on Sunday, May 10, at Ohio Stadium.

NFF Board Member T. Boone Pickens will speak at the Alternative Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo May 4-7 in Dallas.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) is scheduled to participate in fellow Hall of Famer Bo Jackson (Auburn)’s fourth annual Bo Bikes Bama tour, which raises money for the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund. The event starts Saturday in Auburn, Ala.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Coach Bill Snyder (Kansas State) will speak at a brunch at the Hereford House in Andover, Kan., on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will benefit Tri-County CASA volunteer work with abused and neglected children.

A fourth-grader at Briarwood Elementary in Kansas will likely remember a class assignment for a very long time because of the willing and kind participation of Coach Snyder.

In a moving keynote address on April 24 at the 25th Shaka Franklin Foundation Luncheon in Denver, 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams (Texas) stressed the importance of vision and finding one’s true path despite the expectations of others.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry will receive SMU’s inaugural Legends Award, presented by the SMU Lettermen's Association and the Department of Athletics, which recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the success and legacy of the SMU Athletics Program that fall outside of the realm of athletic success. Fry will be honored with the award at the SMU Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday.

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 Fame coach and 2000 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Frank Broyles will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Arkansas at the All-University Commencement ceremony on May 9.

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 Friday to announce a pick in either the second or third round of the NFL Draft.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick Strahm will be honored by the University of Findlay (Ohio) with an honorary doctorate at its commencement ceremony on Saturday.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry will join coaches from around the state of Colorado to headline the eighth annual Colorado Coaches for Charity on Friday at Coors Field in Denver. Participating head coaches include Colorado State’s Mike Bobo, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun, Northern Colorado’s Earnest Collins Jr., Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Colorado State-Pueblo’s John Wristen. Each coach will bring their supporters to Denver to help them raise money for their respective charities. Money is also raised during the evening to help sponsor single-parent children attend Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camps.

The 1974 and 1975 Texas A&M-Kingsville football teams, coached by College Football Hall of Famer Gil Steinke, will be inducted into the Javelina Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 11.

Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas is holding its “An Evening With Legends” dinner on Wednesday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to raise money for scholarships. Participants at the inaugural event include NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (Navy) and College Football Hall of Famers Joe Greene (North Texas), Bob Lilly (TCU) and John Wooten (Colorado).

1997 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, announced a $3 million leadership commitment to the University of Tennessee. This gift commitment will benefit both the Tennessee football program and the Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment.

2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nate Solder (Colorado), now playing for the New England Patriots, revealed he played the 2014 season after receiving cancer surgery last spring.

2012 NFF Distinguished American and former ESPN Executive Chairman and President George Bodenheimer will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony on May 5.


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 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Kevin Rodgers, the quarterback at Henderson State (Ark.) who graduated magna cum laude in December 2013 with a 3.82 GPA in business administration.

OVER THE MIDDLE

Longtime board member and past president of the Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter Dick Schromm passed away April 19.

The NFF Sunflower (Kan.) Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet tonight 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 tonight at Elon University in Elon, N.C.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday, 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 NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Wednesday, April 29, at Duke University in Durham.

The NFF Minnesota Chapter will hold the Eighth Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Sunday, 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 Sunday, 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.

The NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 3, at the Boston/Newton Marriott in Boston.

The NFF Tacoma/Pierce County (Wash.) Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet is on Sunday, May 3, at Curtis High School in Tacoma.

The NFF Joe Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 3, at the Courtyard Marriott in Marlborough.

The NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 4 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.

The NFF East Tennessee Chapter hosted its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 25 at the Foundry prior to Tennessee’s Spring Game in Knoxville. College Football Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Moore received the Robert R. Neyland Trophy and 2013 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Florida State radio broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff was honored with the Lindsey Nelson Award. Volunteers head coach Butch Jones was the guest speaker.

The NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet took place April 19 at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. William & Mary head football coach Jimmye Laycock delivered the keynote address. The chapter honored 25 high school student-athletes, providing five $1,000 scholarships as well as an additional $1,000 scholarship to Gallaudet University (D.C.) fullback BJ Flores.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

Scheduling

Clemson announced its non-conference football schedule through 2020, which includes games with Akron (2020), Auburn (2016-17), Charlotte (2019), Georgia Southern (2018), Kent State (2017), Notre Dame (2020), Texas A&M (2018-19) and Troy (2016)… Florida International and Indiana have extended their series with the addition of a pair of games in 2017 and 2018… Charlotte, who is moving up to the FBS in 2015 as a member of Conference USA, has completed its non-conference schedules through the 2018 season, adding games with North Carolina A&T in 2017 and Fordham and Tennessee in 2018. The 49ers will also play Clemson in 2019…

Media

Big Ten schools announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season… Four opening-week games featuring American Athletic Conference teams will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network…

Bowl Games

The 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is set to kickoff at 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 23…

People

Scott Barnes
has been named the new athletics director at Pittsburgh… Missouri approved an amended contract for head football coach Gary Pinkel that will keep him on the sideline through 2021… UCLA announced that Bill Roth has been hired as the Bruins’ new play-by-play announcer for football radio broadcasts…

Awards and Honors

Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame… Former All-America halfback Dick Christy was named to the North Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame… Former football players Chris Deaton, Johnathan Goddard, Chris Massey and Tim Openlander have been elected to the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame… Former football players Ray Simms and Stephan Swentkowsky have been elected to the Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) Athletic Hall of Fame… Ohio State’s Mickey Marotti has been named the Football Bowl Subdivision’s strength and conditioning coach of the year… At the 24th annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon on April 15, Commissioner John Swofford and the ACC recognized 53 student-athletes, including six football players: 2014 NFF Campbell Trophy recipient David Helton (Duke), Matt Connors (Georgia Tech), Grant Donovan (Louisville), Nantambu-Akil Fentress (Miami [Fla.]), Cameron Lynch (Syracuse) and Sam Rodgers (Syracuse)…

Economic Impact

Virginia Tech’s home football games bring $69 million in economic impact and 300 jobs to the region…

Facilities

East Carolina will be involving fans in its Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium feasibility study to determine possible renovations to the 52-year-old facility… Tier II of Louisiana-Lafayette’s athletic facilities master plan was approved, officially putting in motion the beginnings of a revamped Cajun Field… Averett (Va.) will break ground on its $3.5 million stadium complex on Nov. 2, following the conclusion of the 2015 football season…

Donations & Partnerships

Miami (Ohio) and Mercy Health - Cincinnati have formed an affiliation to collaborate on academic initiatives while Mercy Health will also provide $10 million to support the construction of the Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center beyond Yager Stadium's north end zone, scheduled to open in 2017… Miami (Ohio) also announced the Graduating Champions Campaign, an $80 million capital campaign focused on improving Miami's intercollegiate athletics facilities and increasing private support for scholarships…

Marketing & Uniforms

Michigan State unveiled new uniforms… Shenandoah (Va.) unveiled new logos…

In Other News

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who played defensive back at Miami (Ohio) before his college and NFL coaching career, penned an impressive column about Why Football Matters. Harbaugh coached in college at Western Michigan, Pittsburgh, Morehead State, Cincinnati and Indiana before his NFL career… Former Texas head coach Mack Brown recently led a University of Texas contingent in the Middle Eastern state of Dubai that hopes to build an “international brand” for the school… Years after becoming an inspiration to the Southern California football team, blind long snapper Jake Olson will officially become a member of the squad and coach Steve Sarkisian fully intends to get him into a game… Penn State head football coach James Franklin will throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium tomorrow…

Obituaries

Former Notre Dame lineman Bob Toneff passed away March 15. He was 84… Former Illinois quarterback Donald Engels, who threw the first nationally televised forward pass against Stanford in the 1952 Rose Bowl, passed away April 15. He was 84… Former Texas A&M football player George Spicer Jr. passed away April 16. He was 89… Former Oklahoma State offensive lineman Tom Wilson passed away April 18. He was 78… Former Oklahoma football player Walter Wilhite passed away April 18. He was 77… Former SMU letterman John Knee passed away at age 72… Longtime board member and past president of the Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter Dick Schromm passed away April 19.

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NFF KEY DATES

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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