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MONDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – May 11, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of May 11.
Published: 5/11/2015 5:10:00 PM

(Pictured: The new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta is gearing up for its first summer tourist season.)

Arizona State Recognized for Excellence in Promoting the Scholar-Athlete Ideal

As part of the National Football Foundation (NFF) Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF presented Arizona State University Faculty Athletics Representative Jeffrey Wilson with a commemorative plaque and the school with $5,000 today. Arizona State and Wilson are being recognized for their efforts in fostering excellence among the student-athletes as exemplified by 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Taylor Kelly. The presentation took place during a reception in the Palm Room of the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Ariz.

A professor at Arizona State since 1985, Wilson has served as Arizona State’s faculty athletics representative since 2004. He has served the university in a variety of capacities, including as director of the Data Management and Biostatistics Core, and director of the School of Health Management and Policy for the W.P. Carey School of Business. Arizona State was represented in the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class by Taylor Kelly, who maintained a 3.31 GPA as an education major. A 2014 Academic All-District selection, Kelly became the fourth Sun Devil to become an NFF National Scholar-Athlete and was named the 2014 Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

NFF Board Member and former college athletics director and head football coach Jack Lengyel presented Wilson with his plaque. Scott Cadieux, the Branch Manager of the Fidelity Investments Investor Center in Chandler, Ariz., presented Arizona State with the $5,000 check.

Instant Replay: What May Be Reviewed?

Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level. 

Instant Replay has been a key feature on the landscape of college football for a number of years. First experimented by the Big Ten Conference in 2005, it has been used by all ten FBS conferences since 2006. Now several FCS conferences also have Instant Replay for many of their games.

The purpose of Instant Replay is to change or sustain officiating rulings that are critical to the outcome of the game---plays involving what we call “competitive impact” on the game. The obvious ones are scoring plays and changes of possession. Did the runner punch the ball across the plane of the goal line for a touchdown? When the ball came out of the quarterback’s hand, was it a pass or a fumble? These are the kinds of rulings that are the most difficult to officiate in today’s high-speed game, and the technology is now available to scrutinize them in the greater detail offered by high-definition television. Beyond these obvious ones, the question often arises: what else should be reviewable?

Other important reviewable plays are those that involve a receiver completing the process of catching a pass, and whether a runner’s knee or elbow touched the ground before he lost possession of the ball. These are just two examples of plays for which the Instant Replay official may stop the game to review.      

So far the NCAA football rules committee has resisted the occasional suggestion to allow the review of fouls that are judgment calls by the official—holding, pass interference, clipping, formations---to name a few. Most people feel that stopping the game to review holding fouls, for example, would turn the game into a farce. In general, the Instant Replay official may not interrupt the game to review fouls that involve officiating judgment.

The rules do allow the Instant Replay official to review a small class of fouls—those that involve either touching the ball or the location of the ball in relation to a line. In the next column in this series, we’ll look more closely at these kinds of reviews.

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.

Founder Member Arizona joined this past week. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

NFF Promotes

The NFF would like to highlight the newest stories on, a powerful new addition to the organization’s campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it. Recent headlines on the site include:

Click here to sign up to receive the eNewsletter from The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.

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.


The University of Tennessee is hosting an Alumni Event with Head Football Coach Butch Jones and Head Basketball Coach Rick Barnes.

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.

During the Atlanta Falcons’ Draft Celebration on May 2 at the College Football Hall of Fame, Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced a $2 million commitment to the attraction on behalf of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The funds will go toward the continued development of the new Hall of Fame, as well as to charitable and civic initiatives.

On May 6, the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders hosted their final round of tryouts for the 2015 season at the Hall.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital hosted a fundraiser at the Hall of Fame over the weekend.

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.



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 College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) stressed the importance of overcoming adversity and recovering from life’s fumbles during his address as commencement speaker to the 2015 Ohio State graduating class.

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.

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 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 Debbie Yow’s efforts as North Carolina State athletics director are discussed in an article by The News & Observer.

College Football Hall of Famer Bill Stromberg (Johns Hopkins [Md.]) has been named the new CEO of T. Rowe Price, starting on Jan. 1.

College Football Hall of Famer John Huard (Maine) will be inducted into the Maine Principals’ Association Hall of Excellence on May 21.

College Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary (Baylor) was officially inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame on May 9. Joining him in the 2015 class were former SMU defensive tackle Jerry Ball, former Kansas and TCU halfback Bert Coan, former Washington running back Junior Coffey, former Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson and former Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley.

The News & Observer
profiled 2014 Campbell Trophy winner David Helton in advance of his graduation from Duke.

1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) was in Indianapolis May 8 to support the annual St. Vincent Celebration of Caring Gala, which raises money for the children’s hospital that bears his name. The event’s goal is to provide a significant launch of an $8 million project on the city's north side.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Lockett was honored as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight year at Kansas State’s annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.

2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete John Carlson (Notre Dame) announced his retirement from the NFL.

2012 NFF Distinguished American and former ESPN Executive Chairman and President George Bodenheimer’s new book, titled “Every Town is a Sports Town,” is now available in stores and online. 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 a list of retailers where the book can be purchased.

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 Charles Moore, a safety at Tarleton State (Texas) who graduated in December 2014 with a 3.83 GPA in kinesiology.

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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 NFF Mountain Empire (Tenn.) Chapter held its inaugural Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 11 at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City, Tenn. The chapter awarded scholarships to three football players. East Tennessee State senior associate athletics director Scott Carter, a former ETSU fullback, was the guest speaker.

The NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter hosted its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 3 at the Boston/Newton Marriott in Boston. NFF Board Member and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft attended the event, witnessing the recognition of his grandson Harry, who is headed to Dartmouth in the fall, as one of the chapter’s scholar-athletes.

The NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter hosted its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 4 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick. The chapter announced that its namesake Emo DiNitto will become president emeritus, and Tom Centore will become the acting new president.

The NFF Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet was on May 5 at the Executive Court Banquet Hall in Manchester. The Andy Mooradian Contribution to Amateur Football Award was presented to Plymouth State (N.H.) head football coach Paul Castonia.



Stanford and San Diego State agreed to a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018… UTEP and Boise State have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022…

Bowl Games and College Football Playoff

The NCAA certified three new bowls to push the total number of postseason games in major college football to a new high of 42. Debuting this season will be the previously announced AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and as yet unnamed games in Tucson, Ariz., and Austin, Texas… Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced an organized campaign to pursue the 2020 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Game to be played in the new Vikings stadium…

Brain and Concussion Research

In the fall, Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will be the only facility in the world equipped with the capability to detect the mechanism of a concussion in athletes in real time…


Michael Williams
, who has overseen California’s athletics department on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named the school’s fulltime athletics director… Sacramento State appointed Bill Macriss as athletics director… Kimberly King was named Ave Maria (Fla.)’s next athletics director… Mike Wagner has been named athletics director at Illinois Wesleyan…

Awards and Honors

2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist Chris Conley (Georgia) was named one of the two 2014-15 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Leaders of the Year… Former football player Joseph Artiglere has been elected to The College of New Jersey Athletics Hall of Fame… 


Missouri Western broke ground on the planned $6.9 million renovation to 36-year-old Spratt Stadium… Quincy (Ill.) received a $500,000 grant from an anonymous foundation in support of its ongoing QU Stadium renovation project…


The Nebraska-Kearney football program raised $170,000 at its annual Loper Football Backers Club dinner and scholarship fundraiser… The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl donated $100,000 to Georgia Tech charities in recognition of Team Georgia Tech’s first-place finish at last week’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament…

Marketing & Uniforms

Wake Forest unveiled new football uniforms… North Dakota’s nickname committee begins to sift through submissions prior to public vote…


As part of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2015, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is highlighting one of its most important leaders each week for the next four months. The first installment is on Fred Russell, former Sports Editor of the Nashville Banner and 1981 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Additional News of Interest

The UAB Athletics Task Force updated supporters on fundraising efforts to reinstate the football program. Pledges from the corporate community and individuals have already hit the $6 million mark. The task force is asking pledges to make a five-year commitment in order to truly establish the program again… The Big 12 Conference announced its new tiebreaker system to determine its conference champion in the event of a tie… The New York Times chronicled the famous photo taken of a burning building while fans continued to watch a prep school football game in 1965. Click here to see the photo and read the full story… Georgia has signed into law a bill making it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison to entice student athletes to break NCAA rules for money…


Former Carson-Newman (Tenn.) football player Nelson Ross passed away April 30. He was 78… Former Livingstone (N.C.) football player Nelson Pharr passed away May 1. He was 77… Terry Warren, a former honorable mention All-America linebacker and senior captain at Florida State, passed away May 2. He was 51… Rich Stotter, the first consensus All-American in Houston history, passed away May 4. He was 70… Former Colgate fullback Marv Hubbard passed away May 4. He was 68… Former Texas quarterback and longtime high school football coach Joe Clements passed away May 4. He was 78… Former Oklahoma fullback and longtime high school football coah Ronnie Hartline passed away May 4. He was 76… Former Big Eight football official John Keck passed away May 5. He was 83… Current Morehead State and former Georgetown (Ky.) offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Craig Mullins died May 11. He was 45… Former University of Denver football player Edward Estlow passed away. He was 95… John Rollins, the first star African-American football player at Rhode Island, passed away. He was 77…


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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. 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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