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MONDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – May 18, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of May 18.
Published: 5/18/2015 4:29:00 PM

(Pictured: College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell graduated from the University of Minnesota at age 74, nearly 52 years after playing football for the Gophers and leaving to play pro football for the Kansas City Chiefs.)

Instant Replay: Reviewable Plays

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.

In the last column, we discussed that the fundamental purpose of Instant Replay is to correct those obvious incorrect rulings that can have a direct impact on the outcome of the game. In general, the situations that may not be reviewed are judgment calls that involve fouls. Examples include infractions such as holding, pass interference, personal fouls and formations. These are intentionally kept outside the regime of what the Instant Replay Official (IRO) is allowed to review, as they require somewhat more subjective judgment than whether a pass is complete or whether a ball carrier’s knee is on the ground before he loses possession of the ball.

Quite often a foul may depend on an action that is reviewable
. A good example is defensive pass interference. The Back Judge might have a flag for pass interference, but if the IRO sees, for example, that a defensive lineman tipped the pass, then the flag would be picked up and the penalty waved off. Although the foul itself is not reviewable, the IRO may review the play to see touching of the ball, which would negate the foul. 

There are a small number of fouls that can be created by Instant Replay
. These typically involve the ball being touched or a player or the ball in relation to a line on the field. The best example is a passer who is beyond the line of scrimmage when he throws a pass. If the officials on the field do not detect this, the IRO can create the foul.

A 2015 rule change adds another foul to the list of reviewables
. On kickoffs it is illegal for the kicking team to block an opponent before the ball goes ten yards or before the receivers touch it. In other words, they cannot block before they are eligible to touch the ball. The rule change allows the IRO to create the foul if his review shows that the kicking team blocked too soon and recovered the football. Again this is a reviewable play that involves a line on the field or players touching a ball.

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.

The Colonial Athletic Association joined this past week as an Executive Member. 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.

Tennessee’s Big Orange Caravan rolled into Atlanta on May 12 as head football coach Butch Jones and other Volunteer coaches met with fans and alumni at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Crawford & Company President & CEO Jeffrey Bowman is the first recipient of the Risk Science and Insurance Leadership Icon Award presented by the Georgia State University Risk Management Foundation. Bowman received the award at a dinner held at the College Football Hall of Fame on May 14. Other organizations staging events included the American Institute of Architects, which hosted an event May 15, and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, which held their Southern Evening of Hope May 16.

The College Hall of Fame participated in the Relay for Life for Dekalb County May 16. The relay was held at Hallford Stadium in Atlanta.

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 Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) recently caught up with Blue Devil Network to discuss the rise of Duke football, what it means for the Mannings to make a yearly trip to Durham and how Coach David Cutcliffe has impacted the Manning family.

The National Football Foundation and President & CEO Steve Hatchell are among those announced by NACDA as recipients of the 2015 Golden Anniversary Awards, which recognize those individuals, companies and organizations that have had significant impact on NACDA over its first 50 years. Other honorees include NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Fame coach Grant Teaff and the American Football Coaches Association, of which he is the executive director, and 2014 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Jim Host and Host Communications.

NFF Board Member and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was presented with the Distinguished American Sportsman Award by the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame at its 2015 induction ceremony on May 16 in Birmingham. The 2015 class included former football players Jay Barker (Alabama), Chris Gray (Auburn), Bobby Hunt (Auburn), Tom Neville (Mississippi State) and Tony Richardson (Auburn). Longtime Director of Broadcasting for the Crimson Tide Sports Network Tom Roberts received the Mel Allen Media Award. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF Board Members Bill Battle, the athletics director at Alabama, and Edgar Welden, the Chairman of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, were in attendance. Previous inductees in attendance included College Football Hall of Famers Tucker Frederickson (Auburn), Lee Roy Jordan (Alabama) and Ronald McKinnon (North Alabama), 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Gregg Carr (Auburn), former Auburn football player and recently retired Troy head coach Larry Blakeney, former Auburn kicker Al Del Greco, former Tennessee quarterback Condredge Holloway, former Alabama defensive back and West Alabama head coach Bobby Johns, former Auburn All-America safety Buddy McClinton, former Alabama running back Major Ogilvie and former Alabama A&M and NFL star John Stallworth.

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 General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt gave the address at Siena College (N.Y.)’s commencement ceremony on May 10.

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas is hosting a flag football game benefiting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and disabled Veteran initiatives on May 21 featuring many former football players, including NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (Navy) and College Football Hall of Famers Donny Anderson (Texas Tech), Tim Brown (Notre Dame), Charles Haley (James Madison), Chad Hennings (Air Force) and D.D. Lewis (Mississippi State).

College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell graduated from the University of Minnesota at age 74, nearly 52 years after playing football for the Gophers and leaving to play pro football for the Kansas City Chiefs. 

College Football Hall of Famer Harry Carson (South Carolina State) was the speaker at the NYU School of Professional Studies graduate Convocation ceremony on May 17 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

College Football Hall of Famers from Nebraska, Tommie Frazier and Coach Tom Osborne, will be on-hand to help celebrate the start of the college football season at the Third Annual Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Sept. 3.

College Football Hall of Famer Doug Williams (Grambling State) will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor during the Buccaneers game on Dec. 6.

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

Jarrett Payton
, the son of College Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton (Jackson State), has been hired by Chicago’s WGN-Channel 9 and its news department as a sports reporter and host of a new live sports show that will debut on sibling cable news channel CLTV in early June. Jarrett played college football at Miami (Fla.).

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Varga (Yale) was selected by the Calgary Stampeders with the 19th pick in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft. Varga has signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Zach Zenner (South Dakota State), who signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent, fielded questions in a video on the Lions website about trying to make the team, his studies at South Dakota State and applying to medical school.

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. Bodenheimer will be speaking and promoting the book at the New York Athletic Club Forum on May 29.

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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 State of Maine Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on June 10 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter is hosting a golf tournament on June 15.

The NFF Greater Austin [Texas] Chapter hosted its 23rd Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 12 at the Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus. Longtime Texas sports information director Bill Little and former Texas head coach and 2013 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient David McWilliams were co-recipients of the chapter’s Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Craig Way, the Voice of the Longhorns, emceed the event, and the night’s keynote speaker was former Texas fullback Ricky Brown, who for two years served as the leading blocker for 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams. Those in attendance included NFF Board Member and Texas Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky, College Football Hall of Famers Ty Detmer (BYU) and Roosevelt Leaks (Texas), 2006 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and former Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds and NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries.

One of the NFF’s oldest members, Vincent Aitro of the NFF Casey-O’Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter, passed away May 10 at the age of 103. Aitro had been a member of the chapter since its inception in 1960.


New Football Schools

The University of New England (Maine) appointed Jack McDonald as its new athletics director. The Nor'easters plan to add football by 2017…


The Big Ten has announced football homecoming kickoff times for the 2015 season… The ACC announced its early season game times and TV schedule for 2015… Boise State and Rice have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2023 and 2024…  Auburn completed its 2017 non-conference schedule, which includes games with Georgia Southern and Clemson… Nebraska will open its 2017 season against Arkansas State… The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played for a sixth straight year at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 5… The 38th annual Holiday Bowl will kick off Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 P.M. EST at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego…


ESPN and the Mountain West have reached an agreement for rights to the Conference’s annual football championship game…

Bowl Games and College Football Playoff

The Arizona Organizing Committee (AOC) and College Football Playoff (CFP) announced its signature fan events will take place in downtown Phoenix in the days leading up to the CFP National Championship on Jan. 11… The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl has been acquired by ESPN Events… Oklahoma State President V. Burns Hargis has been named to the Board of Managers of the College Football Playoff… Detroit has joined the bidding to host the 2018-20 College Football Playoff National Championships. Other cities vying to host the title games include Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Miami/South Florida; Minneapolis; San Antonio; and Santa Clara, Calif…


Angelo State (Texas) appointed James Reid as interim athletics director… Friends (Kan.) has named Carole Obermeyer its new athletics director… Oregon State athletics director Bob De Carolis announced he will step down from his position on June 30 after 17 years of service to the school…

Awards and Honors

NACDA announced the winners of the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award, which include Mitch Barnhart (Kentucky), Bob Corradi (Massachusetts Maritime), Chris Del Conte (TCU), Keith Gill (Richmond), Richard Johnson (Wofford), Bob King (Trinity [Texas]), Warde Manuel (Connecticut), Michael McBroom (West Texas A&M), Ian McCaw (Baylor), Eric Schoh (Winona State [Minn.]), Justin Sell (South Dakota State), Julie Soriero (MIT), Kevin Steele (MidAmerica Nazarene [Kan.]) and Tim Wabler (Dayton)… Former head football coach Pete Carroll received an honorary degree during the University of Southern California’s commencement exercises on May 15 and was officially inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame the next day…


Southern University held a ground breaking ceremony for its new Jaguar Park athletics facility, which will host a completely renovated football and practice field… UTEP is upgrading the turf playing surfaces in the Sun Bowl and its practice field… Kentucky has unveiled a new field design for the 2015 season… Clemson is building a new $63 million Football Operations Complex… Baylor approved $1.1 million for the design and construction of the Simpson Strength and Performance Center… Construction recently began in the Hale Center's equipment room at Rutgers, which is being refurbished to meet the needs for the football personnel staff… North Dakota’s High Performance Center, a more than $18 million facility, is expected to be ready by Aug. 1… Sioux Falls (S.D.) is replacing the football turf at Bob Young Field…


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 most recent installment is on John Mooney, former Salt Lake City Tribune sportswriter and 1983 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Additional News of Interest

UAB said it would announce its decision on whether to reinstate football by June 1… In an effort to develop and nurture the leadership skills necessary for achievement on and off the playing field, the Ohio State has initiated the Wolstein Leadership Academy…


U.S. Naval Academy Sprint football player Justin Zemser died May 12 in the Amtrak train derailment. He was 20… Former Columbia football player Charles Bettinelli Jr. died in a car crash May 4. He was 40… Former South Carolina State wide receiver Teddy Carter passed away May 7. He was 58… Former Thiel (Pa.) football player Dr. Alan McCartney passed away May 8. He was 67… Former Georgia football player Buddy Johnson passed away May 9. He was 70… Award-winning Delaware sports columnist Al Cartwright passed away May 10. He was 97… Greg Ploetz, a former All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle for Texas’ national championship team in 1969, passed away May 11… Former Georgia fullback Jimmy Womack died May 12. He was 56… Former Akron football player Al Kerkian passed away May 12. He was 69… Fran Fisher, the longtime radio voice of the Penn State Nittany Lions, passed away May 13. He was 91… Purdue senior associate director of sports performance Doug Davis died on May 13. He was 33… Former Temple defensive end and MAC defensive player of the year Adrian Robinson died May 16. He was 25… Eddie Foster, a former All American and team captain of the 1973 Oklahoma football team, passed away


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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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