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MONDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – July 13, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of July 13.
Published: 7/13/2015 5:50:00 PM

(Pictured: College Football Hall of Famer Chris Zorich (Notre Dame) was named director of athletics at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.)

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to Host 11th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced that the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host the 11th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute on Thursday, Dec. 31. The event, which will take place at the Georgia Dome and just steps from the new College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta, will utilize the Bowl to showcase the Hall’s newest inductees between the third and fourth quarters. The game, which will be nationally telecast on ESPN, will kick off at noon ET.

Prior to the game, a multi-day celebration for the inductees will take place in Atlanta, including several unique events and a special public ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame where the inductees will see their legendary accomplishments permanently immortalized for the first time.

The 11th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 15 All-America players and two legendary coaches who established themselves among the greatest to ever set foot on the college gridiron. The group was announced on Jan. 9, and they will formally be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. They will also be honored on the field at their respective schools throughout the season on various dates during the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments.

2015 NFF Institutional Academic Membership is 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 Founder Member Georgia Southern and Executive Members the Big South Conference, Hastings (Neb.), Mount Union (Ohio) and Westminster (Pa.). Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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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 College Football Hall of Fame will be a featured category on SPORTS JEOPARDY! on July 15.

Georgia Tech Athletics will hold an exclusive event for football season ticket holders July 18 at the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame launched a special Groupon offer to residents in Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn; Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Macon, Ga.; and Augusta, Ga. The special deal includes two tickets and two t-shirts for $49.

The Hotel Blitz continues to be a successful campaign. The College Football Hall of Fame Fan Ambassadors and lovable mascot, Fumbles, will “surprise and delight” the top ten downtown Atlanta hotels every day with special gifts including breakfast and coffee and fun giveaways.

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.

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 Hall will help kick off the 2015 college football season in a major way on Aug. 3 with the inaugural College Football Huddle-Up Luncheon, presented by the College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Sports Council. Join ESPN College GameDay hosts as they discuss the evolution of College GameDay, Built by the Home Depot. The panel will feature NFF Annual Awards Dinner emcee Rece Davis, the newest addition to the College GameDay team along with show veteran, Lee Corso, who has been at the desk since the first broadcast and accepted the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award on behalf of the program in 2006; former University of Georgia defensive end David Pollack and the show’s longtime Senior Coordinating Producer Lee Fitting. The session will also feature a sneak peek at GameDay locations for the upcoming season, analysis and predictions and a look into the College Football Playoff system as we enter season two under the new structure. Click here to purchase tables or individual tickets to the Inaugural College Football Huddle-Up Luncheon.

The Hall of Fame will celebrate Educator Day on Saturday, Aug. 15. All educators will receive free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teachers will learn about the Hall’s T.E.A.M.S. curriculum – a technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and science program. Teachers must present a valid educator ID at the box office to receive free admission. Email for more information.


The College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors last fall 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) will be the featured speaker at the sixth-annual Independence Bowl Kickoff Luncheon on July 20 at the Shreveport Convention Center. During the 20th Annual Manning Passing Academy, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton presented Manning with a ring from the Saints to commemorate his induction into the Saints Ring of Honor.

NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be among a group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students and conference commissioners who will convene in Indianapolis Aug. 4-5 for the NCAA DI Strategic Summit on the future of college sports.

NFF Board Member and CEO of BP Capital Management, Boone Pickens, threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game on July 10 as part of Oklahoma State Day at the ballpark.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was one of 23 coaches nationally to be named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Dodd Trophy.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne will take part in Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s inaugural Legend Banquet Series on Sept. 17 in Miami, Okla.

College Football Hall of Famer Chris Zorich (Notre Dame) was named director of athletics at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mike Sadler (Michigan State) was named a 2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Casey Gerald (Yale) was among the inaugural graduates of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

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The NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter will host Baylor Day with head coach Art Briles on July 17 at the JW Marriott in Houston. The Chapter will also host University of Houston Day with head coach Tom Herman at the Marriott on July 29.

The NFF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter will host its annual Pigskin Preview on July 23 at the Embassy Suites in Cary, N.C. Head coaches in attendance will include Duke’s David Cutcliffe, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, North Carolina Central’s Jerry Mack and East Carolina’s Ruffin McNeill.

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

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host the M&M Celebrity Golf Classic on July 30 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.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, sponsored by the NFF Nebraska Chapter, announced its 2015 Class. Former Nebraska players Brook Berringer, Josh Bullocks, Scott Frost, Jeff Krejci, Demorrio Williams and Harry Wilson, along with former Midland (Neb.) player Brad Colburn, will be inducted at a dinner on Sept. 11 and introduced prior to Nebraska’s football game with South Alabama on Sept. 12.


New Football Schools

East Tennessee State will now face Kentucky Wesleyan at home on Nov. 21…


Alabama and Florida State will meet in the 10th Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta to open the 2017 season… The 2016 Navy-Notre Dame game will be played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 5… Hawai'i and Tennessee-Martin have agreed to play a single football game in 2016…


The Southland Conference and ESPN have reached a five-year rights agreement… The Ohio Valley Conference announced the next two matchups and the final two matchups that will be a part of its six-game broadcast schedule on the American Sports Network this fall… The Gulf South Conference officially announced the lineup for the 11th season of its GSC Football Game of the Week on ESPN3… The ACC Network announced its talent for the 2015 football season, which includes former Georgia Tech running back Roddy Jones and former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden

Bowl Games

Camping World is set to become the new sponsor of the Independence Bowl…

Media Days

The ACC announced the 28 student-athletes who will represent their schools at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff July 19-21… Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 SEC football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days July 13-16… The Big Ten announced the 42 football players who will appear at the 44th Annual Kickoff Luncheon July 30 and 31… Check out the full FBS media day schedule on the Football Writers Association of America’s website…


Utah State announced a contract extension for head football coach Matt Wells

Awards & Honors

Former quarterback Julian Edelman and former safety and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban have been elected to Kent State’s Varsity “K” Hall of Fame… Tulane will honor its “Katrina Class,” all 308 student-athletes who represented Tulane during the 2005-06 year, by inducting them into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 6… Former football players Joe Burns, Dan Dyke and Jakie Rudolph have been elected to the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame… Former All-America linebackers Keith Mitchell and William Thomas have been elected to the Texas A&M  Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame… Former football player Dean Adams has been elected to the Eastern Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame…


Preliminary plans for Colorado State’s on-campus stadium show the north end zone being home to a party patio… Videos and photos provide a look inside Louisiana Tech’s new $22 million football facility that is near completion at Joe Aillet Stadium…


Western Carolina’s fundraising arm, the Catamount Club, met and exceeded its annual goal for donations and contributions for the 2014-15 fiscal year, eclipsing the $1 million mark… Philanthropic support for Dayton athletics has reached an all-time high, surpassing more than $6.6 million…

Uniforms and Logos

UCLA unveiled the new Bruins Primeknit core football uniforms… Southern Miss announced the successful completion of the trademarking and registering process for its new Golden Eagle logo, which will officially launch July 15… Centre College (Ky.) has unveiled a new athletics visual identity, including fresh, modern logos…


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 former Knoxville News-Sentinel sports editor Tom Siler, the 1979 winner of the Bert McGrane Award… The FWAA released its watch lists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy

Community Service

The Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes held its annual Lift for Life event as the football team continued its mission of raising awareness and research dollars for cystic fibrosis…

More News of Interest

A new tailgating experience is coming to Illinois football games… Celebrating the 100th football game between Brown and Rhode Island, Brown alumni and fans will have the opportunity to nominate honorary team captains in the 100th Governor's Cup football game on Oct. 3 at Brown Stadium… “Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story,” a documentary about the California All-America quarterback who died of cancer at 21, will formally release later this summer. Click here to watch a trailer… U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Cassidy, who was an outstanding football player at York High School in Maine, has been appointed chief of the Astronaut Office, making him NASA’s 15th chief astronaut since the position was created in 1962. He is currently aboard the International Space Station…


Former Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler passed away July 8. He was 69… Lyman Hellums, who served for 41 years as color analyst of the Ole Miss Rebels’ Football Radio Network, passed away July 4. He was 89… Former Eastern Michigan football player and former high school football coach Gary Lee Cole Sr. passed away July 4. He was 81… Former Louisiana-Monroe football player and longtime high school football coach Jimmy “Chick” Childress passed away July 12. He was 83…


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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

Dec. 31, 2015
– The 11th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Atlanta, Ga.

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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