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TUESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – May 5, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of May 5.
Published: 5/5/2015 1:45:00 PM

(Pictured: 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athletes Jordan Richards (Stanford) and Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) were both selected in the 80th NFL Draft. Richards was taken in the second round by the New England Patriots, while Lockett was taken early in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks. Seven other members of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class signed shortly afterward as free agents or earned tryouts.)

2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society Membership Announced

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2015 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. A total of 825 players from 280 schools qualified for membership in the society’s ninth year, setting a new record for the number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007. 

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The initiative has honored 5,752 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 280 schools represented in 2015 is a new high water mark, eclipsing the 267 schools in 2014. The total of 825 players in the 2015 class is the second-most in the program’s history, only 13 behind the 838 honored last year. Click here to see the complete list of 825 honorees.

NFF at 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, found themselves among the elite prospects under consideration during the 80th NFL Draft, which will took place April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Two of the 17 were taken in the draft, while seven signed shortly afterward as free agents or earned tryouts:

  • Jordan Richards (S, Stanford) – New England Patriots, second round
  • Tyler Lockett (WR, Kansas State) – Seattle Seahawks, third round
  • Campbell Trophy winner David Helton (LB, Duke) – New York Jets, undrafted free agent
  • Taylor Kelly (QB, Arizona State) – Arizona Cardinals, undrafted free agent
  • Kevin Rodgers (QB, Henderson State [Ark.]) – Houston Texans, undrafted free agent
  • Mike Sadler (P, Michigan State) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, undrafted free agent
  • Tyler Varga (RB, Yale) – Indianapolis Colts, undrafted free agent
  • Brandon Vitabile (C, Northwestern) – Indianapolis Colts, undrafted free agent
  • Zach Zenner (RB, South Dakota State) – Detroit Lions, undrafted free agent

This group of nine elite players will now vie to play in the NFL, joining 214 standouts recognized as NFF National Scholar-Athletes who have previously played in the NFL and 43 currently on an NFL Roster.

Four 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, were also selected in the draft: Chris Conley (Georgia – Kansas City Chiefs, third round), David Johnson (Northern Iowa – Arizona Cardinals, third round), Arie Kouandjio (Alabama – Washington Redskins, fourth round) and Eric Rowe (Utah – Philadelphia Eagles, second round). Other semifinalists who signed as undrafted free agents or earned tryouts include 2013 NFF Legacy Award recipient Nate Boyer (Texas – Seattle Seahawks), Corey Acosta (Southern Miss – Washington Redskins), Chris Bonner (Colorado State-Pueblo – Carolina Panthers), Damiere Byrd (South Carolina – Carolina Panthers), Garrett Frye (Georgia Southern – Kansas City Chiefs), Michael Kinville (Central Michigan – Atlanta Falcons), Josh Lambo (Texas A&M – San Diego Chargers), Greg Mancz (Toledo – Houston Texans), Josh Mann (Old Dominion – Jacksonville Jaguars), Bradley Marquez (Texas Tech – St. Louis Rams), Cam McDaniel (Notre Dame – Dallas Cowboys), Tom Obarski (Concordia-St. Paul [Minn.] – Cincinnati Bengals), Stephon Sanders (SMU – New Orleans Saints), Justin Sinz (Purdue – Indianapolis Colts) and Mark Weisman (Iowa – Cincinnati Bengals).

Members of the 2015 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, were also chosen, including Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska – Detroit Lions, second round), Henry Anderson (Stanford – Indianapolis Colts, third round), Michael Burton (Rutgers – Detroit Lions, fifth round), Kyle Emanuel (North Dakota State – San Diego Chargers, fifth round), Jordan Hicks (Texas – Philadelphia Eagles, third round), Eric Kendricks (UCLA – Minnesota Vikings, second round), Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington – New Orleans Saints, second round), Tyler Kroft (Rutgers – Cincinnati Bengals, third round), Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota (Oregon – Tennessee Titans, first round), Mitch Morse (Missouri – Kansas City Chiefs, second round), Mark Nzeocha (Wyoming – Dallas Cowboys, seventh round), David Parry (Stanford – Indianapolis Colts, fifth round), Bryce Petty (Baylor – New York Jets, fourth round), Danny Shelton (Washington – Cleveland Browns, first round) and Davis Tull (Tennessee-Chattanooga – New Orleans Saints, fifth round).

College Football Hall of Famers Emerson Boozer (Maryland Eastern Shore), Dick Butkus (Illinois), Kenny Easley (UCLA), Charles Haley (James Madison) and Chris Spielman (Ohio State) and 2002 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia) were among the former NFL players in Chicago who announced picks in either the second or third round of the draft. NFF Board Member, NFL Commissioner and 2013 NFF Gold Medal recipient Roger Goodell oversaw the draft and announced the first round selections. College Football Hall of Famers Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) and LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) took part in NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft, as did Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, Stanford head coach David Shaw and Texas head coach Charlie Strong.

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 presented Duke University Faculty Athletics Representative Martha Putallaz with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000 on April 29. Duke and Putallaz were 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 NFF also presented Helton with his Campbell Trophy ring, designed by Herff Jones, at the event. NFF COO Matthew Sign presented Putallaz with her plaque while Fidelity Investments executive vice president Rick Mitchell presented Duke with the $5,000 check. Also in attendance were Duke President Dr. Richard H. Brodhead, 2014 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and Duke athletics director Dr. Kevin White, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, Fidelity Managing Director Bruce White, ACC Associate Commissioners Mike Finn and Michael Strickland and Fidelity VP Regional Manager Stacy Banner.

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 Member Stanford, Founder Member Northern Iowa and Executive Members Bowling Green, Florida Citrus Sports, Minnesota, Purdue, South Dakota, the Sun Bowl Association and Wagner. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK:
On May 6, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders will host their final round of tryouts for the 2015 season at the Hall.

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 College Football Hall of Fame participated in the inaugural Atlanta Museum Week. The Hall was one of 30 attractions in the metro Atlanta area offering a 2-for-1 ticket deal during the week of April 25-May 1. Other participating attractions included World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium and the High Museum of Art.

The American Alliance of Museums hosted its annual meeting and museum expo at the Hall on April 27.

The Hall of Fame was sold out on Saturday, May 2, as the Atlanta Falcons held a special event for season ticket holders as they made their fourth-seventh round NFL Draft picks from the Hall. The team’s first round pick Vic Beasley (Clemson) and second round pick Jalen Collins (LSU) were in attendance. College Football Hall of Famer Jessie Tuggle (Valdosta State [Ga.]) was on hand to announce the Falcons' fifth-round draft pick, which turned out to be his son, Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

LOOK AHEAD
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The 2015 All-Metro High School Track and Field Team will be honored at the College Football Hall of Fame on June 3.

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. Griffin also announced on that he will leave his post as president and CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association to work part time in fundraising for the school.

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 SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has been named the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished American Sportsman for 2015. He will be honored at the Hall’s 47th Annual Induction Ceremony on May 16 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. The University of Kentucky presented Slive with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 CATSPY Awards on April 27.

NFF Board Member and Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address May 17 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service.

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

NFF Board Member and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank will keynote the Austin Technology Council’s 2015 CEO Summit on May 28 in Austin, Texas.

NFF Board Member and outgoing University of Miami (Fla.) President Donna Shalala reflected on her 14-year tenure in an interview with the Associated Press.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Coach Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State), now the president at Youngstown State, will be the keynote speaker at the Bethany College (W.Va.) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Banquet on May 5 and will deliver the commencement speech at Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio, on May 9.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams (Texas) threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Houston Astros game on May 1.

College Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (James Madison) will be enshrined into the San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame at halftime of their season opener on Sept. 14.

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) participated in the 13-team field of college football head coaches and celebrity alumni at 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 Napoleon McCallum (Navy), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska) and Mike Rozier (Nebraska) are scheduled to attend A Level Playing Field’s third-annual golf tournament at Bear’s Best Las Vegas on May 9. The event helps raise money for the athletic departments at three local high schools.

College Football Hall of Famer Tony Boselli (Southern California)’s charity, the Boselli Foundation, will host the fifth-annual THE CUT on Friday, May 8, as part events surrounding the 2015 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass  in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Boselli Foundation provides educational and character development programs to at-risk children in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference inducted 25 in the inaugural class of the ECAC Hall of Fame on April 17, including College Football Hall of Famer Joe Dudek (Plymouth State [N.H.]); College Football Hall of Famer and 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Doug Flutie (Boston College); former NFF Vice Chairman, 1985 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient, 1997 NFF Toner Award recipient and former athletics director and head football coach at Connecticut John L. Toner; 1996 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient and former ECAC Commissioner Robert M. “Scotty” Whitelaw; former ECAC Commissioner Asa S. Bushnell; former Boston College athletics director Bill Flynn; and former LIU-Post (N.Y.) quarterback Tom Ehrhardt.

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 Saturday, May 9.

College Football Hall of Famer Steve Meilinger (Kentucky) was recently profiled by The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va. He was in town to participate in the 12th Fork Union Military “Alumni for Scholarships Golf Tournament,” which also featured Hall of Famer Eddie George (Ohio State).

College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese (Purdue) was honored with a street naming April 27 by the Evansville, Ind., City Council.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden spoke at the Erin’s House for Grieving Children Common Bond Breakfast in Fort Wayne, Ind., on April 28. Bowden will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Lamar Football Banquet on Aug. 23 at Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, Texas.

College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Don McPherson (Syracuse) was the keynote speaker at the Center for Community Solutions’ “Tea and Tonic” event on April 24 at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mark Murphy was named Indiana’s male 2014-15 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.

Kansas State took a look back at 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Lockett’s college career as he prepared for the NFL Draft. Lockett was selected in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks.

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 Tuesday, May 5.

Bodenheimer
’s new book, titled “Every Town is a Sports Town,” will be available in stores and online starting today, May 5. The book is a frank and intriguing memoir illuminating his 33-year tenure at ESPN. Initially hired to work in the mailroom, one of Bodenheimer's first jobs was to pick up sportscaster Dick Vitale at the Hartford airport and drive him to ESPN’s main campus--a couple of trailers in a dirt parking lot. But as ESPN grew, so did his status in the company. In fact, Bodenheimer played a major part in making ESPN a daily presence not just here, but all over the world. All royalties will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Click here for list of retailers where the book can be purchased.

2014 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and Duke athletics director Dr. Kevin White has been named the recipient of the 2015 Carl Maddox Sport Management Award, given annually by the United States Sports Academy to an individual for his or her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices.


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 Sam Cowan, an offensive lineman at South Dakota School of Mines who  maintains a 3.92 GPA in mechanical engineering.

OVER THE MIDDLE
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The NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter hosted its Scholar-Athlete Banquet last night at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.

The NFF Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet May 5 at the Executive Court Banquet Hall in Manchester.

The NFF Philadelphia Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet is on May 6 at the Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University.

The NFF Greater Austin [Texas] Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 12 at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

The NFF Northern Connecticut Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 17 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The NFF Midlands (S.C.) Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet will be held on May 21 at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium. Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will be the guest speaker.

The Arizona Daily Star’s Greg Hansen penned a great column about the NFF Southern Arizona Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet and its impact on the community.

Four northern Indiana high school football players earned a total of $4,000 worth of renewable scholarship at the 42nd annual NFF Moose Krause (Ind.) Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 22. Former Notre Dame head football coach Terry Brennan was presented the Distinguished American Award, while Notre Dame’s current defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder delivered the keynote address.

The NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter held its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 29 at Duke University in Durham. 2014 Campbell Trophy winner David Helton received the chapter’s University Scholar-Athlete award.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter held 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 was the guest speaker and former Missouri offensive lineman and current Tigers radio analyst Howard Richards received the Don Faurot Distinguished American Award. College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Roland (Missouri) and St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams were in attendance. The chapter distributed $28,000 in scholarships.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

New Football Schools

East Tennessee State officially unveiled its new football uniforms it will wear as it takes the field this fall for the first time since 2003…

Conference Affiliation

NCAA Division II’s Lone Star Conference will add Western New Mexico in 2016…

Scheduling

Cincinnati’s 2015 matchup at BYU has been moved to Friday, Oct. 16, to accommodate a national-television broadcast on ESPN… Western Kentucky announced a three-game series with Indiana…  Florida Atlantic will play at Oklahoma in 2018 and at Illinois in 2020… BYU announced its 2015 football schedule… Baylor and Utah have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024… Cincinnati and UCLA have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019… Syracuse and Connecticut have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2016 and 2018… Army West Point has announced its kickoff times for home games during the 2015 season…

Media

The Mountain West released the remainder of its football national television package for the 2015 season… The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference unveiled a new look to its official website, www.MEACsports.com

College Football Playoff & Bowl Games

The College Football Playoff announced the schedule for its 2015 season rankings… BYU has accepted an invitation to play in either the Hawai’i Bowl or the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl following the 2015 season. The Cougars will play in the other bowl game in 2019… The Cactus Bowl will move back to Chase Field for at least the next three seasons…

People

Hunter Yurachek
has been named vice president for intercollegiate athletics and athletics director at Houston… Tommy Bell has been appointed athletics director at Southern Illinois… Western Illinois announced Matt Tanney will take over as interim athletics director… Obadiah Simmons Jr. has been named the interim athletics director at Grambling State… Kansas State athletics director John Currie has signed a restructured contract with an extension through 2020… UAB named former Tennessee football player Mark Ingram as its athletics director… The Pac-12 Conference has hired David Coleman to lead a new model for its officiating programs… Daryl Garvin was named executive director of the Hawai’i Bowl… Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will give the commencement address to MSU's College of Education on May 10… NACDA named Georgetown athletics director Lee Reed its third Vice President for the upcoming year. Other NACDA Executive Committee members for 205-16 include Mississippi athletics director Ross Bjork, Texas at San Antonio athletics director Lynn Hickey, Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard and Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris

Awards and Honors

2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist David Milewski was named the recipient of Rutgers’ Big Ten Medal of Honor… The Sports Video Group and NACDA announced that BYU is the recipient of the third annual SVG/NACDA Technology Leadership Award… Former football players Jamal Anderson and George Seifert have been named to Utah’s Crimson Club Athletics Fund Hall of Fame… Dr. Isabel Gauthier, the David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology and Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt, has been named the 2015 SEC Professor of the Year…

The Football Writers Association of America has selected its sixth "Super 11" group of sports information departments deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2014 season. The winners are: Auburn (led by Shelly Poe), Bowling Green (led by Scott Swegan), Colorado (led by David Plati), East Carolina (led by Tom McClellan), Iowa State (led by Mike Green), Nebraska (led by Keith Mann), Pittsburgh (led by E.J. Borghetti), Rice (led by Chuck Pool), Rutgers (led by Jason Baum), Southern California (led by Tim Tessalone) and UNLV (led by Mark Wallington)…

Facilities

Construction is officially underway on Louisiana-Monroe’s new end zone football facility… Middle Tennessee Statement began work on a one-month, $500,000 face lift to its weight room, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of May… Pace (N.Y.) announced that Joseph Ianniello, CBS Corporation's Chief Operating Officer, has made a $2 million commitment for the construction of a new athletics field house. Ianniello played for the Setters football team from 1988-89…

Donations & Sponsorships

Belk will be the title sponsor of the 2015 kickoff game between North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 3, in Charlotte, N.C… Michigan State unveiled a donor recognition wall during its spring game to honor individuals whose gifts of $50,000 or more (over five years) have funded a scholarship, program or coaching endowment during Empower Extraordinary… The Bobcat Club, Texas State’s fundraising arm, broke an all-time fundraising record at the 27th annual Bobcat Bonanza with $505,510 raised for student-athlete scholarships…

Marketing & Uniforms

Colorado unveiled new uniforms… UNLV unveiled new helmets and uniforms… Connecticut unveiled new uniforms and helmets… The interlocking “UK” that has been seen on every Kentucky uniform since 1997 has undergone a subtle change…

Community Service

Western Illinois linebacker Jordan Veloz will soon be donating bone marrow to an infant suffering from a rare immune disorder…

In Other News

At age 89, World War II veteran and former Kansas football player Bryan Sperry stole the show at a recent alumni flag football game… BYU will pay $4,500 per academic year for student-athlete cost of attendance, among the highest in country… Division I leaders will meet in Indianapolis this summer to decide how to address the most pressing challenges facing college sports…

Obituaries

Former Nebraska captain LaVerne Torczon passed away April 18. He was 79… Former Oklahoma linebacker Jamie Thomas died April 20… Former Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Bob Clark passed away April 25. He was 79… Former Nevada football player Mundrae Clifton died April 25. He was 28… Former Minnesota football player Verne Gagne passed away April 27. He was 89… Former Nebraska running back Scott Baldwin passed away April 29. He was 45…

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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. 7, 2016
– Leadership Hall of Fame Induction Dinner - Phoenix, Ariz.

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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