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MONDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – June 1, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of June 1.
Published: 6/1/2015 6:17:00 PM

(Pictured: Syracuse football will restore jersey number 44, the number made famous by College Football Hall of Famers Ernie DavisFloyd Little and Jim Brown. The school also broke ground on Plaza 44 outside of the Ensley Athletic Center, which will eventually include bronze statues of the three legendary figures.)

NFF to Release 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot June 2

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will announce tomorrow (June 2) the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 2016 ballot will include 76 players and five coaches from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 92 players and 27 coaches from the NCAA divisional and NAIA ranks. The ballot will be emailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. The 2016 voting deadline is June 20. If you would like to become a member and receive this year’s ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at rdilatush@footballfoundation.com.

As part of a new tradition, the NFF has partnered with the College Football Playoff (CFP) to announce the new College Football Hall of Fame class the Friday before the National Championship in the host city. The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced on Jan. 8, 2016, at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. They will be inducted Dec. 6, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and subsequently immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

LSU Broadcaster Jim Hawthorne to Receive NFF Chris Schenkel Award

The NFF announced that LSU play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne will be the 2015 recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award. Presented annually since 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university.

Hawthorne begins his 33rd and final season as the play-by-play voice of LSU football this fall (1983-2015). During his three-decade career in Baton Rouge, Hawthorne has covered some of LSU’s greatest coaches and student-athletes, including NFF National Scholar-Athletes Ignazio Albergamo, Solomon Graves, Chad Kessler, Bradie James, Rodney Reed and 2005 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Rudy Niswanger. His time at LSU has included the 2003 and 2007 national championships, six SEC championships, two Heisman Trophy finalists and countless legendary calls.

Hawthorne will accept the Schenkel Award Dec. 8 at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the historic Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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 last year. Email Ron Dilatush at rdilatush@footballfoundation.com to learn about the benefits and how your institution can become a member in 2015.

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Members Southland Conference, Texas and Texas A&M-Commerce and Executive Members Ball State, Colgate, Nebraska, TCU, Utah and Valparaiso. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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Gene Stallings and His Hike-Away-Ranch

1994 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient Loran Smith from the NFF University of Georgia Chapter caught up with College Football Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings on the former Texas A&M and Alabama coach’s ranch in Powderly, Texas.

At last count, there were 185 residents in this settlement which is ten miles north of Paris, Texas, and about the same distance south of the Red River which has reached flood stage recently, owing to sodden rains which are complicating things for a populace which is, more often than not, affected by long dry spells.

One of Powderly’s residents is Gene “Bebes” Stallings, the one-time football coach who owns an 800 acre working ranch. The coach, his wife, Ruth Ann, and his foreman, Benje Faulker, tend to the 75 or so Bonsmara cows, the pastureland, fencing, garden and everything that grows, needs repair, fixing, mending or cultivating. The U.S. and Texas flags fly outside his rambling country style house. Stallings has always honored his favorite flags. There are a few mementos from his days coaching at his alma mater, Texas A&M, and Alabama; and the years he spent with Tom Landry and the Cowboys plus a four-year period with the St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals. Click here to read the rest of Smith’s article.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK:
Positive Athlete Georgia, founded by former Georgia wide receiver Hines Ward, will host its end of the year ceremony at the Hall of Fame to honor the 28 most positive high school male and female athletes in Georgia on June 2. These student-athletes were chosen from more than 2,000 nominations from more than 150 participating Georgia high schools. Other presentations will be made to local collegiate and professional athletes, as well as coaches for their positive contributions to the community, including former Richmond football player and MLB and NFL star Brian Jordan, former Cincinnati and Rice head coach and former North Carolina, Rice and Georgia Tech athletics director Dr. Homer Rice and outgoing Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett.

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

The College Football Hall of Fame is excited be featured on the cover issue of Where Magazine in June. Where Magazine will host the Concierge Society of Atlanta at the Hall this week and debut the cover.

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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Hall of Famer Dre Bly from North Carolina stopped by the Hall with his son’s youth baseball team. For his first visit, Fan Ambassador and former Florida quarterback Terry Lecount gave the team a warm welcome and a special VIP tour.

The Boy Scouts of America hosted their awards presentation on the playing field on May 21. College Football Hall of Fame inductee Coach Bobby Bowden from Florida State University delivered the keynote speech at the event.

The College Football Hall of Fame opened a new exhibit on May 23. “The Alternate Helmet — Modern Styles” is part of the Specialty Exhibit Delivered by UPS, and it features a selection of more than 50 alternate and throwback helmets from a number of college football programs. The Hall provided a sneak preview of the exhibit at its first Season Ticket holder only event on May 22.

The Sports Video Group kicked off their yearly conference at the Hall on May 27. The Hall’s Vice President of Content and Production, Mike Bilbow, sat on a panel to discuss trending video topics in sport along with fellow colleagues from ESPN and Learfield Sports.

LOOK AHEAD
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The University of Georgia is hitting the road to bring the Bulldog spirit to alumni, friends and fans around Southeast for UGA Day in Atlanta on July 27 at the Hall. UGA coaches and administrators will come to Atlanta and share the latest news on the upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news on campus. Some of the coaches include head football coach Mark Richt and Men’s head basketball coach Mark Fox. The event is open to the public. To register, visit www.alumni.uga.edu/ugaday.

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 is adding its new advertising campaign to the Coca-Cola Digital Network. The Hall’s tagline “Commit to Play Here” will be seen across the metro Atlanta area and other states including Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

HALL OF FAME IN THE HEADLINES:


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 Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) will be the featured speaker at the sixth-annual Independence Bowl Kickoff Luncheon on July 20 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

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

NFF Board Member and outgoing SEC Commissioner Mike Slive sat down for an interview with NOLA.com columnist Ron Higgins, discussing numerous issues, from his health, the College Football Playoff, the SEC Network and his plans for retirement. Greg Sankey will assume the role of SEC Commissioner effective today.

NFF Board Member and Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock, worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity.

The Newton (Kan.) Area Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Newton” program will kick off its new Leadership Luncheon series with 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Coach Bill Snyder (Kansas State) on June 12 at the Meridian Center.

Syracuse football will restore jersey number 44, the number made famous by College Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. The school also broke ground on Plaza 44 outside of the Ensley Athletic Center, which will eventually include bronze statues of the three legendary figures.

College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell (Minnesota) graduated from college last month at age 74, fulfilling a promise he made to his father when he first left home at 18. Bell was asked to write a graduation speech for Sports Illustrated’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” to impart wisdom to his classmates.

College Football Hall of Famer Freddie Scott (Amherst [Mass.]) was profiled by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The article features Scott’s role in helping economically disadvantaged students enroll in charter schools and his own path to college.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden will be inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 26, prior to the West Virginia-Maryland football game. Joining him in the class are former tight end and linebacker Ken Herock and former running back Amos Zereoue.

College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Reynolds (Nebraska) was elected to the inaugural Grand Island High School (Neb.) Football Hall of Fame Class.

1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) was prominently featured in the Top Ten list on the final Late Show with David Letterman. He also penned a tribute to the late night comedian.

2014 Campbell Trophy winner David Helton (Duke) was named the State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame’s Amateur Male Athlete of the Year. He will be recognized on June 6 at the Omni Hotel Nashville as part of the Hall of Fame’s 2015 induction class celebration.

Former NFF National Scholar-Athletes Joey Galloway (Ohio State, 1994) and Danny Kanell (Florida State, 1995) will be joining ESPN’s “College Football Final” as analysts beginning this fall.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Varga (Yale) was featured in an American Sports Network article discussing his and fellow Ivy Leaguer Zack Hodges (Harvard)’s signing with the Indianapolis Colts.

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.

OVER THE MIDDLE
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The NFF State of Maine Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet June 10 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The chapter will also host the 16th Annual Golf Tournament on July 6 at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. The chapter is also looking to form an “alumni” branch of the chapter.

College Football Hall of Famer Otis Armstrong (Purdue) will headline the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter Honors Dinner on June 10 at the Purdue Memorial Union. Armstrong will be inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame at the event while former Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton will receive the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award. Former Purdue quarterback and current Jimmy Johns COO Carl Buergler will receive the “He Played Football” Award.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host the inaugural M&M Celebrity Golf Classic on June 18 at The Legends Golf Club in Eureka, Mo. College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Roland (Missouri) and former California football player and NFL head coach Jim Hanifan will be the honorary co-chairs. FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll voter Phil Steele will also participate.

The NFF Northern Connecticut Chapter hosted its 49th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet May 17 at the Aqua-Turf Country Club in Plantsville, Conn. The chapter honored 17 scholar-athletes while recognizing several other individuals, including J. Patrick Dwyer (Worth Award); Robert Rubin of Prince Tech HS (Coach of the Year Award); Paul Zukis (Outstanding Official Award); and Pat Scelza (Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award). The chapter will host its annual golf tournament July 29 at the Manchester Country Club in Manchester, Conn.

The NFF Fairfield (Conn.) Chapter hosted its annual scholar-athlete banquet May 17, honoring 37 scholar-athletes and distributing $5,000 in scholarships. The chapter presented Outstanding Official Awards to William Merritt and Glen Anderson; the Coach of the Year Award to Joe Della Vecchia; the Contribution to Amateur Football Award to Rob Santo; the Chapter Service Award to Dave Johnson; and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Pete Tucci. Central Connecticut State head coach Pete Rossomondo delivered the keynote speech, and Zack Allen of New Canaan HS, who will play at Boston College in the fall, responded on behalf of the scholar-athletes.

On May 29, The NFF Miami Touchdown Club Chapter presented its annual Miami-Dade High School Player of the Year award to Mark Walton of Booker T. Washington in Miami, Fla.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

Scheduling

The American Athletic Conference announced that its first American Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at noon ET and will be televised nationally on either ABC or ESPN… The American Athletic Conference has also announced the start times and television networks for a number of football games for the 2015 season… The Big 12 Conference announced start times and television networks for the first three weeks of the 2015 football season and special dates… Conference USA has announced its preliminary television schedule for the 2015 football season… The Pac-12 released football details for the first three weeks of the season, including 17 games on the Pac-12 Networks…

The 2015 game between Arkansas and Missouri has been moved to Friday, Nov. 27, and will air on CBS… Tulane has scheduled a three-game series with Oklahoma and has added an additional game in its series with Mississippi… Connecticut and Syracuse have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2018… Louisiana Tech announced changes to its 2016 non-conference schedule, finalizing games with Arkansas, Texas Tech and UMass and altering previously scheduled dates against Mississippi State and Texas A&M… Charlotte announced a four-game non-conference series with Georgia State… Army and Navy do not plan to change the date of their traditional end-of-season meeting to accommodate the final College Football Playoff rankings…

Academics

With a notable increase in football, student-athletes continue to improve in the classroom, earning record-high marks as measured by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. In 2013-14, the overall four-year rate increased two points, in part due to the five point jump by football. Wisconsin’s multiyear Academic Progress Rate of 998 is the top mark of all FBS football teams, followed by Northwestern (992), Duke (992), Michigan (990) and Stanford (987)… The NCAA has honored more than 1,100 Division I sports teams for top scores in the classroom. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The football teams from Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Dayton, Duke, Pennsylvania and Yale have earned awards each of the ten years they have been presented…

Media

CBS Sports expanded its SEC ON CBS schedule with the addition of two early-season match-ups for the 2015 season: Louisville vs. Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 5 and Georgia at Vanderbilt on Sept. 12. In addition, the “SEC Game of the Week” on CBS features Auburn at LSU on Saturday, Sept. 19. Verne Lundquist, 2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient, will call the games while 2012 NFF Legacy Award recipient Craig Silver continues as coordinating producer… FOX Sports released its preliminary 2015 college football TV schedule for all of its networks, featuring nearly 100 games…

The season-opener between Alabama and Wisconsin has been selected as ABC’s first Saturday Night Football broadcast of the college football season and will kick off at 8 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… Northern Iowa announced the signing of a statewide television broadcast partner, WHO-HD, which will televise four football games in the 2015 season… Navy launched a new design for NavySports.com…

Bowl Games and College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff (CFP) was named Sports Event of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal… Nine communities have submitted bids to host the CFP National Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The three host communities will be selected this fall… The 2015 edition of the Hawai'i Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN… The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET… The 2015 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will kick off on Monday, Dec. 28, at 2:30 p.m. ET at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., and will be televised on ESPN...

The second annual Miami Beach Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m. ET at Marlins Park in Miami (Fla.) and will be televised on ESPN… The sixth annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 26… The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will host a free Youth Football Clinic at AT&T Stadium on June 23 for kids ages 9-14. The event will feature a special guest panel, including College Football Hall of Famer Russell Maryland (Miami [Fla.]) and Dallas Cowboys broadcaster Brad Sham… The 40th playing of the Independence Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 26, at 5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN… The 2015 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC…

High School

The Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic, one of the oldest all-star games in the country, will hold its 78th edition on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas…

People

Temple announced Dr. Patrick M. Kraft as its new athletics director…  Jana Doggett has been appointed interim athletics director at Utah State… West Liberty (W.Va.) athletics director Jim Watson announced his retirement. Dr. Aaron Huffman will serve as interim athletics director… Trish O’Brien will be appointed as acting director of athletics at Massachusetts Maritime… Rob Mallory has been appointed director of athletics at Kentucky Wesleyan… Dickinson College (Pa.) announced the hiring of Joe Giunta as its next director of athletics… Chapman (Calif.) announced Terry Boesel as its next director of athletics… Jamestown (N.D.) has named Sean Johnson as its new athletics director… Kim Graham has been named the new director of athletics at Shorter (Ga.)… Gregg Kaye has been named Commissioner of the New England Football Conference (Division III)… The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association elected Mario Moccia, director of athletics at New Mexico State, as President of the Association…

Awards and Honors

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney received the 2015 Gene Stallings Award, which honors college football head coaches who are also humanitarians and strive to promote healthy, vibrant communities through charitable and community service efforts. The award is named for the College Football Hall of Fame coach… Former football players Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Clarence Scott and Darren Sproles will comprise the third class inducted into the Kansas State Football Ring of Honor… Former football player Danny Farmer has been elected to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame… 2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist Rob Sterling received Northern Illinois’ MAC Medal of Excellence… Former football player Dave Pitzer, former football coach Mike Welch and the 1965 football team have been elected to the Ithaca College (N.Y.) Hall of Fame…

Facilities

Site preparation began this week for the new stadium on Colorado State’s campus… Minnesota says it plans to break ground on its $150 million athletic village in mid-August… Weber State athletics will soon break ground on a new 4,000 square-foot student-athlete academic center… Kansas State announced details for the new “Wabash Landing,” a premium group area in the northwest corner of Bill Snyder Family Stadium… Auburn is exploring plans for a future football-only complex on campus…

Donations & Distribution

Minnesota alumni John and Nancy Lindahl have committed $17 million to the university, part of which will help fund the new Athletics Village… The University of Georgia Athletic Association will establish a $1 million endowment to support the university's new experiential learning initiative… SEC schools will split an NCAA-record $455.8 million in revenue for 2014-15 school year… The Big 12 announced a conference-record revenue distribution of $252 million…

Marketing and Uniforms

Northern Colorado unveiled new logos… Baylor unveiled new alternate silver uniforms for 2015…

Community Service

Members of the Rice Football team recently helped residents clean out houses that were damaged in the recent flooding in Houston…

FWAA

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 installments are on Murray Olderman, former editor at the Newspaper Enterprise Association and the 1991 winner of the Bert McGrane Award, and the Chicago Tribune’s Wilfrid Smith, the 1975 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Additional News of Interest

Last week, 57 companies, businesses and organizations sent recruiters and human resource representatives to Ohio Stadium to meet with members of the Ohio State football team as part of the third annual Ohio State Football Job Fair. The previous week, 14 members of the Ohio State football team visited the offices of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and spent about four hours with some of its recruiters and representatives learning what it takes to land a job with the company… Brevard (N.C.) announced its intention to reclassify as an NCAA Division III institution. The Tornados will continue to compete as members of the South Atlantic Conference and Division II for the next two academic years… The athletics directors of the American Athletic Conference unanimously approved the adoption of a new Concussion Management Policy…

College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock is re-releasing Riding with the Blue Moth, a poignant tribute that chronicles his cross country bike ride after the tragic death of his son, Will, in a 2001 airplane crash that took the lives of ten members of the Oklahoma State basketball team and support staff… At 100 years old, Arizona State’s oldest living alumnus Greg Rappaport shared some stories from a very different era in Sun Devils football… ESPN President John Skipper will be one of NACDA’s keynote speakers at its Annual Convention on June 16 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla…

Obituaries

Walter Byers
, the first executive director of the NCAA who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization, passed away May 26. He was 93… Former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley, the first black football player in the record-keeping era at Colorado State, passed away May 22. He was 93… Bobby Frazier, a former All-SEC defensive end at Tennessee, passed away May 11. He was 72… Former Harvard running back Joe Pusateri died May 11. He was 51… Former Georgia Tech football player Joe Perdoni passed away May 13. He was 38… Former Clemson Academic All-American Ben Anderson passed away May 16. He was 63… Former Army defensive back and retired Colonel Jim Bryan passed away May 18. He was 63… Former LSU football great Billy Baggett passed away May 20. He was 85… Steve Snapp, a member of the Ohio State Department of Athletics for 38 years, passed away May 21. He was 69… Former Loras (Iowa) defensive lineman Kyle Kirchhoff died May 23. He was 24… Former Wesleyan (Conn.) quarterback Peter Panciera passed away May 23. He was 66…

Legendary Tennessee Marching Band Director W.J. Julian, who introduced “Rocky Top” among many other traditions, passed away May 26. He was 92… Longtime Wilkes (Pa.) head football coach Rollie Schmidt passed away May 28. He was 82… Former Maryland football player Ed Fullerton passed away May 28. He was 84… Longtime college football assistant coach Bud Casey, who had stints with Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, Auburn and TCU, passed away May 28… Former Florida football player Mike Kelly passed away May 29. He was 66… Renowned Kentucky athletics historian Russell Rice passed away May 29. He was 90… Former Columbia football player John Siegal passed away early last week. He was 97…

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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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The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.

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