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WEDNESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – June 10, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of June 10.
Published: 6/10/2015 12:50:00 PM

(Pictured: Last week, Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio announced the addition of a varsity football program to begin play in fall 2016, while UAB announced that it intends to reinstate football. There are now 773 schools who offer or will offer college football through the 2018 season.)

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 92 players and 27 coaches from the divisional ranks. Click here to see the complete list of names on the 2016 ballot.

The NFF is continuing with its electronic voting system for balloting that it unveiled last year. The ballot was 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 Courts, which deliberate and select the class. The 2016 voting deadline is June 20, only 10 days away. If you would like to become a member and receive this year’s ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at

The announcement of the 2016 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. The hotel is serving as the official media hotel for the College Football Playoff National Championship, which will be played Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The members elected as members of the 2016 class will be inducted during the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on Dec. 6, 2016, and their accomplishments will be permanently enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Dreams Realized! NFF Showcases Reached New Levels of Success in 2015

Under the leadership of two of its chapters, the NFF Showcases reached new levels of success in 2015. The events in Houston and Los Angeles provided more than 1,000 high school football players the unprecedented opportunity to earn academic and participation scholarships at divisional colleges.

The NFF showcases provide academically eligible high school seniors, who did not sign an NCAA Division I letter of intent, an opportunity to earn academic and participation scholarships at the NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA levels. The events, which are absolutely free to the participants and the college recruiters, attracted representatives from 100 colleges covering 25 states this year. Participants, who all have to meet minimum academic standards, compete in a series of athletic drills at the event. The event allows the schools a unique opportunity to evaluate a large number of qualified student-athletes in a short period of time while minimizing their travel costs.

Hall of Famer and University of Arkansas Legend Wayne Harris Passes Away

Wayne Harris, a 2004 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Arkansas, passed away June 4. He was 77 years old.

A supreme blocker on offense and a fierce tackler on defense, he earned the nickname "Thumper" for his punishing hits. A First Team All-America selection, Harris set an Arkansas single-season record for tackles with 174 in 1960, and he helped the Razorbacks win back-to-back Southwest Conference championships in 1959 and 1960 during College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles' second and third seasons as head coach.

A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, he was named Southwest Conference Player of the Year in 1960. A true scholar-athlete, Harris was named a First Team Academic All-American in 1959, and he twice earned First Team Academic All-Conference honors.

Harris had made Calgary his home in 1961 when he began playing in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played 12 seasons with the Stampeders, and he was an 11-time Western Conference All-Star. Harris was named MVP of the Grey Cup in the Stampeders' 14-11 victory over Toronto in 1971.

Click here to watch highlights from Harris’ induction into the Hall of Fame at the 47th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in 2004.

NAIA’s Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio to Add Football in 2016

Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio announced the addition of a varsity football program to begin play in fall 2016. The university also announced the appointment of David Fulcher, a former All-American Arizona State defensive back who appears on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, as the program’s first head coach.

Cincinnati Christian University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II, competing in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (KIAC). As CCU will be the first program in the KIAC to add varsity football, potential competition has yet to be determined. With the addition of Cincinnati Christian, there are now 773 schools who offer or will offer college football through 2018.

UAB Announces Planned Return of Football

The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced that it intends to reinstate football with new funding from private and public sectors.

Fundraising efforts led by a committee of the Athletics Assessment Task Force to fill the funding gap identified by the review brought pledges far exceeding historical financial support and significantly improved the Athletic Department’s financial picture, making the decision to reinstate possible. The Birmingham Business Journal took a look at how Birmingham’s business elite helped bring back UAB football.

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 to learn about the benefits and how your institution can become a member in 2015.

Those who have joined this week include Executive Members Case Western Reserve (Ohio), Montana, North Texas, Salve Regina (R.I.), Washington State and Wisconsin-Stout. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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The University of Pittsburgh will bring “Pitt on the Prowl” to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 10. The Panthers’ head football coach Pat Narduzzi will be in attendance and share expectations for the upcoming season. Coach Narduzzi will also place the new Pitt helmet decal on the Hall’s Helmet Wall. To register for the event, please visit  

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.

Positive Athlete Georgia, founded by former Georgia wide receiver Hines Ward, hosted 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 were made to local collegiate and professional athletes, as well as coaches for their positive contributions to the community, including accolades for 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 was 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 hosted the Concierge Society of Atlanta at the Hall on June 4 and debuted the cover.

Chick-fil-A will host a Father-Son Campout on the playing field on June 19. The night will consist of fun programming and activities throughout the evening. This is the Hall’s second overnight event.

The University of Georgia will host UGA Day in Atlanta on July 27 at the Hall. UGA coaches and administrators will share the latest news on the upcoming athletic seasons. Coaches, who are schedule to speak, include head football coach Mark Richt and Men’s head basketball coach Mark Fox. The event is open to the public. To register, visit

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


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. The honorees will be recognized at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, in conjunction with NACDA’s 50th Anniversary Convention on June 16 in Orlando, Fla.

NFF Board Member and Founder of the Pilot Corporation James A. Haslam II donated $50 million in gift money to the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration.

NFF Board Member and Chairman & President of IMG College Ben Sutton Jr. has received the state of North Carolina’s top honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Sutton will also be inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Hall of Fame at the association's annual convention June 14-17 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla. Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis will also be inducted.

NFF Board Member and Under Armour CEO & Chairman Kevin Plank discussed the value of progress over perfection, the greatest trait of every successful person, and striking a balance between bringing in outside ideas and maintaining a strong culture in the latest edition of the SportsBusiness Journal’s “The Sit-Down.”

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.

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Moore will be inducted into the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 5 in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ 2015 football opener versus Howard. Other inductees will include former football standouts Armanti Edwards (the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award), Chip Hooks and Daniel Wilcox.

College Football Hall of Famers James Saxton (Texas) and Wilson Whitley (Houston) appear on the 2016 State of Texas Sports Hall of Fame Ballot. Also on the ballot are former players Larry Allen (Sonoma State [Calif.]), Donald Driver (Alcorn State), Ken Gray (Howard Payne [Texas]), Jacob Green (Texas A&M), Lester Hayes (Texas A&M), King Hill (Rice), Bill Howton (Rice) and Eric Metcalf (Texas), former Arkansas player and Wyoming, Texas and Purdue head football coach Fred Akers and current Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) head coach Pete Fredenburg.

College Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (James Madison) served as the honorary starter for the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway over the weekend.

College Football Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel has been elected to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, and he will be inducted at CoSIDA's annual convention in Orlando, Fla., on June 15. Former Denison (Ohio) football player Dr. Grant Jones will join him in the class.

1990 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Chris Howard was profiled with an extensive feature in Ozy Magazine. Howard, a two-year (1989-90) starting running back at Air Force who earned a Rhodes Scholarship, currently serves as one the youngest college presidents in America, heading Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mark Murphy (Indiana) is among 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners by the Big Ten Conference for the 2014-15 academic year. Other recipients include 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society Members Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) and Mark Weisman (Iowa) and football players Sal Conaboy (Maryland), Devin Gardner (Michigan), Reilly O’Toole (Illinois) and Cedric Thompson (Minnesota).

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mike Sadler was named Michigan State’s male recipient of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, which is presented to a male and female student-athlete at each conference institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.

Oliver Luck
, a 1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from West Virginia and the current NCAA Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, will address the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) membership as the closing keynote speaker on June 17, the final day of the 2015 CoSIDA Convention.

2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chase Daniel (Missouri)’s DFW Mizzou Golf Tournament will be held June 26 at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club in Keller, Texas. Proceeds from the event will support the Dallas-Fort Worth alumni chapter's scholarship endowment and the Chase Daniel Lone Star State Scholarship Fund.

2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient and CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist is the recipient of the 2015 CoSIDA Jake Wade Award, which annually recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics. He will be honored during the CoSIDA Hall of Fame luncheon on June 15 in Orlando, Fla.

1998 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete and former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson was profiled in depth by Bleacher Report. Henson’s football and baseball careers, as well as his current job as an MLB scout, are all featured.

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. 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.

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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 Oklahoma Chapter-sponsored All Sports and Scholar-Athletes Awards Luncheon will take place June 16 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame/Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. Many with local football ties will be honored, including the chapter’s College Players of the Year: Landon Chappell (Central Oklahoma), Ty Darlington (Oklahoma), Chace Green (Langston), Tanner Hallford (Oklahoma Panhandle), William House (Southern Nazarene), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Justin Schanbacher (Northwestern Oklahoma State), Garrett Stafford (Tulsa), Ty Watkins (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) and Cole Weber (East Central).

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 19th Sunshine Football Classic all-star game, sponsored by the NFF Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter, will take place July 1 at The College of New Jersey.

The NFF Northern Connecticut Chapter will host its annual golf tournament July 29 at the Manchester Country Club in Manchester, Conn.


New Football Schools

Kennesaw State and WUPA-TV (Atlanta’s CW69) announced a partnership to televise the Owls’ inaugural home football game against Edward Waters (Fla.) on Sept. 12… Kennesaw State engineering students have developed an Unmanned Aerial System shaped like the university's owl mascot that will fly at athletic events. It will make its debut at the inaugural home football game on Sept. 12 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium… Members of the East Tennessee State football team spent time assisting with Habitat for Humanity last week…


Georgia Tech and Boston College will open the 2016 football season in Dublin, Ireland, for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. The game will be held Sept. 3, 2016, at Aviva Stadium, and it is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2… Illinois and Duke have finalized a home-and-home series for 2025 and 2026… Southern Miss and Kentucky have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017… Texas Tech and UTEP have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2019 and 2020… UMass and Mississippi State announced a three-game series in 2016, 2017 and 2020… UMass also announced future home-and-home series with Louisiana Tech and Tulane… Arkansas State and SMU have added a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2019…


The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced its complete coverage for the first three weeks of the 2015 college football season as well as game times for the conference’s previously released midweek package… CBS Sports Network has reached a multi-year deal to televise college football games from the Mid-American Conference… Charlotte’s FBS debut at Georgia State will air nationally on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 4… Arizona launched a new athletics website… Kansas State will launch a new full digital platform on July 1…

Bowl Games and College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff and ESPN announced the start times for the New Year’s bowl games. On Dec. 31, the playoff semifinals at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl will begin at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, while the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will begin at Noon. On Jan. 1, the Fiesta Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at 5 p.m. and the Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m…

The 2015-16 College Football Bowl Schedule has officially been released by the Football Bowl Association… The 10th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the Bowl season on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN… The 2015 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN… The annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and will air on ESPN… The 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 11 a.m. ET and will be nationally televised on ESPN… The Fiesta Bowl introduced five new board members…

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…


Utah State named John Hartwell as its new director of athletics… Western Illinois will retain interim athletics director Matt Tanney into 2016… The Patriot League named Jennifer Heppel as its fifth Executive Director… The Lone Star Conference selected Jay Poerner to lead the league as its new commissioner… Stonehill College (Mass.) announced Dean O’Keefe as its director of athletics… MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher signed a three-year contract extension… North Dakota State president Dean L. Bresciani has been selected to serve on the newly formed NCAA Division I Presidential Forum… A.J. Grube, Western Carolina’s faculty athletics representative, was elected president of the Southern Conference… Dr. Frank Bonner, President of Gardner-Webb University, has been re-elected President of the Big South Conference…

Awards and Honors

Former Princeton quarterback and current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was the recipient of the Class of 1967 PVC Citizen-Athlete Award, an award presented by the Princeton Class of 1967 for noble and selfless contributions to society and sport… Twenty Big 12 student-athletes have been selected to receive 2014-15 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, including football players Troy Baker (Baylor), Zach Nemechek (Kansas State) and Jared Weaver (Iowa State)… Former Kansas linebacker Terry Beeson, former Kansas State tight end Paul Coffman, former Pittsburg State (Kan.) player Brian Moorman and former Wichita State quarterback and defensive back Dick Sanders were named to the 2015 State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction class… Former Memphis wide receiver Isaac Bruce, former Tennessee football players Jimmy England and Jamie Rotella, former Vanderbilt, Duke, Mississippi and Texas Tech assistant coach John Cropp and former Appalachian State, Tulane, North Carolina and Texas head coach Mack Brown were officially inducted into the State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend…

The Southwestern Athletic Conference recognized Alabama State as the winner of the James Frank Commissioner’s Cup for the 2014-15 academic year, while Texas Southern received the C.D. Henry Award for the top men’s athletics program in the conference… The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) announced Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (N.Y.) interim athletics director Lee McElroy as the 2015 MOAA Distinguished Service Award recipient…


Virginia Tech’s new indoor practice facility is the largest of its kind in the country… Work is under way on new facilities at Bryant University, including a new 78,000-square-foot indoor practice facility and a 10,000-square-foot Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center in the end zone…


Two gifts totaling $35 million from Notre Dame alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium and endow the head football coaching position… Miami (Fla.)’s Hurricane Club announced it has surpassed its annual fundraising goal of $9.9 million to the Student-Athlete Excellence Fund… Alumnus John Luth, the founder & CEO of the aviation consulting group Seabury Group LLC, along with his wife Joanne Chouinard-Luth, announced a donation of $32.5 million to Holy Cross for athletics facilities renovations… Villanova received a $1 million commitment from alumni Diane and Howie Long, the former football players and current FOX Sports analyst. In recognition of their gift, the University will name a new weight room in Villanova Stadium The Howie Long Strength Training Center…

Community Service

The Michigan football program announced a commitment to a Youth Impact Program that will benefit and assist at-risk boys from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city of Detroit…


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 the Minneapolis Tribune’s Dick Cullum, the 1977 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Additional News of Interest

Maryland has launched the “InTERPship Academy,” a new initiative for current Maryland student-athletes to develop and gain experience in the workplace… Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will release a book on leadership and team building in October… Campus Insiders' Bonnie Bernstein and ESPN's Shannon Spake have been selected to emcee the luncheons at the 2015 NACDA Convention June 16 and 17 in Orlando, Fla… The goal of the Morgan Academic Support Center at Penn State is to graduate every student-athlete… Pac-12 football teams will have injury spotters present at all games this coming season… College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock continued with his book tour, promoting the re-release of 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. Stops have included Oxford, Miss, New Orleans and Birmingham. The tour continues in Mobile, Ala., at The Battle House and the Athelstan Club…


Former Brown tight end Bob Priestley passed away May 20. He was 95… Former Doane (Neb.) football player Kevin Hunt passed away May 22. He was 66… Jack Williams, former sports information director at North Carolina and Virginia Tech, passed away May 26. He was 85… Former Boston College football player John Miller Jr. passed away May 27. He was 81… Former Appalachian State football player Bill Bradley passed away May 30. He was 75… Former Miami (Ohio) football player James W. Phillips passed away May 31. He was 73… Former Northwestern football player and Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient Bud Melvin passed away June 2. He was 77… Former Arizona football player John Mellekas passed away June 2. He was 81… Former Alabama football player Bill Sanford passed away June 4. He was 73… Former UAB football player Greg Maclin died June 5 after a car accident. He was 19… Former New York University end Irving Mondschein passed away June 5. He was 91… Former Tulane defensive lineman Jay Rink died from ALS complications on June 6. He was 47… Former Mississippi halfback Farley Salmon passed away June 7. He was 88. Salmon received the NFF Ole Miss Chapter’s Distinguished American Award in 1996… Ron Douglas, believed to have been the oldest Nebraska football letterman, passed away June 7. He was 100… Henry Carr, a defensive back and halfback at Arizona State in 1963 who also won two gold medals at the 1964 Olympics, passed away May 29. He was 73…


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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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