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TUESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – July 28, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of July 28.
Published: 7/28/2015 4:15:00 PM

(Pictured: Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton penned a personal letter exclusively for FootballMatters.org, detailing the importance football played in his life and the qualities the game can foster in young men if they are allowed to play.)

Eastern Michigan Head Coach Pens Powerful Letter to Potential Football Moms

Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton penned a personal letter exclusively for FootballMatters.org, detailing the importance football played in his life and the qualities the game can foster in young men if they are allowed to play. Creighton begins his second season at Eastern Michigan this fall. During his 18-year head coaching career, he has accumulated eight conference titles and an all-time record of 141-56 (.716 winning percentage). He departed Drake with the highest winning percentage in school history (.667) after also posting 63 wins as the head coach at Wabash (Ind.) and 32 at Ottawa (Kan.).

 

Colleges and Universities Offering Football Increases to All-Time High of 773

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) highlighted that four new college football teams will take the field for the first time this season, increasing the number of schools among all NCAA divisions, the NAIA and independents offering football to 773, an all-time high.

Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football (FBS, FCS, DII and DII) has steadily increased by 179 schools from 484 in 1978 to a record high of 663 in 2014, or an average increase of 4.9 schools per year. With the addition of the NAIA and independent schools playing football and the schools across all levels of play who have announced the addition of programs in the coming years, the number of colleges and universities now offering football has been increased to the all-time high 773. In the past four seasons alone (2011-14), 32 football programs have been added at NCAA, NAIA or independent institutions. All 773 schools will be represented on the helmet wall at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Click here to read more about schools’ reasoning for adding football.

The NFF salutes the four college football programs taking the field for the first time this fall:
 

·         East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, Tenn.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Independent (Subsequently joining Southern Conference in 2016) – President Brian Noland, Athletics Director Richard Sander, Head Coach Carl Torbush.

·         Finlandia University (Hancock, Mich.): NCAA Division III, Independent – President Philip Johnson, Athletics Director Chris Salani, Head Coach Tim Driscoll.

·         Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Big South Conference – President Daniel S. Papp, Athletics Director Vaughn Williams, Head Coach Brain Bohannon.

·         Lyon College (Batesville, Ark.): NAIA, Central States Football League – President Donald Weatherman, Athletics Director Kevin Jenkins, Head Coach Kirk Kelley.


Donnie Duncan to Receive a 2015 NFF Legacy Award for His Dedication to Football
 

The NFF announced that Donnie Duncan, who has been involved with the game of college football at every level, will be recognized with an NFF Legacy Award during the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The NFF Legacy Award, established in 2007, honors individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions to the NFF and/or embody its mission. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell was joined by NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in making the announcement last week at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.

FWAA and NFF to Again Jointly Conduct College Football Poll in 2015

The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the NFF announced that they will partner for the second consecutive year to conduct the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, the organizations’ weekly  major-college football poll. The results will be released by 11:30 a.m. ET each Sunday of the regular 2015 season, and the plans include a preseason poll. The first poll of the season will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to account for the games that will be played on Labor Day. The final poll will be released Dec. 6, the day after the conference championship games.

The voters in the poll consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers and NFF Board Members. The poll aims to draw on the vast knowledge of the nation’s top journalists with extensive experience covering college football in combination with some of the greatest legends to have ever played or coached the game as well as the perspectives of several of the gridiron’s most respected and influential administrators.

 

Preparing the Officials for the New Season - Part II 

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. 

Last week we looked at some of the ways that college football officials devote their time in the off-season to preparing for opening day. That first kickoff is only a matter of weeks away, so all officials are already hard at work to get ready. Here are more tools and activities that are aimed at helping officials improve their performance as well as get fine-tuned for the new season.

National Training Video –
College Football Officiating (CFO), the national officiating organization, creates a variety of video tools throughout the year. These are so that officials can learn the best practices and gain a better understanding of the rules and mechanics. Each year we produce a national training video containing more than one hundred plays from the postseason games of the previous year. These real-game plays, which include voice-over commentary, allow officials around the country to see the same plays and get the same interpretations and instruction.

Topical Videos –
The coordinators of the Division I conferences collaborate in producing brief single-topic videos for viewing by officials nationwide. Videos for the 2015 preseason include such topics as Eight-Person Officiating Mechanics, Targeting, Sideline Management and Unsportsmanlike Conduct. These videos are also presented by CFO for all college football officials.

Summer Clinics –
All of the Division I conferences and many of those at the D-II and D-III levels have officiating clinics during the summer. These sessions are opportunities for officials in the various conferences to get together with their crews, gain further instruction for the season, undergo physical assessments and in general enhance their understanding of the latest rule interpretations and mechanics.

Physical Conditioning –
Staying in top physical condition is a high priority for football officials. It doesn’t work to try “play in shape;” they must be in good condition before the games begin. Most officials approach conditioning as a year-round, life-style commitment. Many conferences have conditioning measures such as a timed run, body-mass index measure or other tools to insure that their officiating staff is physically prepared.

Fall Practices –
After the teams report to campus in August, officials will be participating in practices and scrimmages as the start of the season closes in. These practice sessions give the officials another last round of opportunities to see some snaps, as everyone looks ahead to the start of another season.

UAB Officially Sets Return Date for Football Program

The NCAA informed the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) that football play can resume beginning with the 2017 season, and the team can compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. The Blazers’ football program will not be subject to FBS requirements for a period of three academic years, beginning with 2015-16, and it will be counted as an FBS opponent once it begins participating in outside competition. UAB would be eligible for postseason bowl competition should it meet qualifying standards and also would be eligible for Conference USA championships.

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
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 Executive Members Bluffton (Ohio), Hobart (N.Y.) and Pittsburgh.
Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.
 

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nominations Open Friday

Nomination forms for the NFF’s coveted National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, will be emailed to collegiate sports information directors on July 31. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, Aug. 28.

Eligible candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility; have a cumulative 3.2 GPA (undergrad); be a starter or significant contributor; and have outstanding leadership and citizenship. Official transcripts as well as a head shot and action photo of the nominee are required.

Each member of the National Scholar-Athlete Class will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, while one member will be selected as the winner of the NFF
William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, and will have his scholarship increased to $25,000. All members of the class will be honored guests at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Dec. 8. For any questions pertaining to the National Scholar-Athlete Awards, please email NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries at hjeffries@footballfoundation.com.

NFF Promotes FootballMatters.org 

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

·         Football Coaches Form Bond Through Liver Transplant

·         Rutgers' Flood Serves As Special Olympics Honorary Coach

·         Chance Encounter Helped Georgia’s Mitchell Embrace, Pass On His Love Of Reading


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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.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS 

THIS WEEK:
The University of Georgia hosted UGA Day at the Hall of Fame yesterday. UGA coaches and administrators shared the latest news on the upcoming athletic seasons. Coaches who spoke included head football coach Mark Richt and men’s head basketball coach Mark Fox. The Bulldog football team also hosted kids from an Athens, Ga., youth football league at the Hall.

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 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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The Hall of Fame participated in two Atlanta community events over the weekend with its mascot Fumbles: the Georgia Outdoor News Outdoor Blast 2015 at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., and the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park.

LOOK AHEAD
:
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
groups@cfbhall.com for more information.

The inaugural College Football Hall of Fame Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 24 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Each player will play with a College Football Hall of Famer and receive special gifts courtesy of the Hall of Fame and a team photo. Prizes will be awarded to the top three foursomes at the Awards Luncheon following the tournament.
Click here for more information on golf packages.

HALL OF FAME IN THE HEADLINES
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·         College Football Hall of Fame takes interactive exhibits to new heights


VISIT THE HALL

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 www.cfbhall.com.

THE BLITZ

NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) will speak at the Greater Knoxville (Tenn.) Sports Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Aug. 4 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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.

The Pickens-Abraham Foundation, created in part by NFF Board Member T. Boone Pickens, has
donated $200,000 to youth organizations in the Texas Panhandle.

The Dallas Cowboys, owned by NFF Board Member
Jerry Jones, are ranked as the second-most valuable franchise by Forbes, while NFF Board Member Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots are tied for sixth. Led by NFF Board Member Roger Goodell, NFL teams took 20 of the top 50 spots on the list.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee and Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was
profiled by the Omaha World-Herald’s Lee Barfknecht.

College Football Hall of Famers from Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty, Clinton Jones, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster
are the subjects of a new documentary directed by Washington’s daughter Maya, called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” The film looks at the impact her father, his teammates and coaches had on the integration of Big Ten Football in the 1960s, and a 2016 release is hoped for to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Michigan State’s 1966 national championship.

Michigan
announced plans to retire the jerseys associated with some of its greatest football legends during a ceremony at the Nov. 28 game against Ohio State. Those being honored include 1972 NFF Gold Medal recipient and U.S. President Gerald Ford (#48) and College Football Hall of Famers Tom Harmon (#98), Desmond Howard (#21), Ron Kramer (#87), Bennie Oosterbaan (#47) and the Wistert brothers (#11) -- Albert, Alvin and Whitey.

College Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
will be the keynote speaker at Florida Tech’s fourth annual “Inside The Huddle” event on Aug. 1 on its campus in Melbourne, Fla.

College Football Hall of Famer Bill Redell (Occidental [Calif.])
will be honored on Aug. 28 when Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif., names its field after him.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings
will be the keynote speaker at an Aug. 15 fundraiser benefiting Mission of Hope Ministries Inc. in Mobile, Ala.

College Football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi (Georgia)
talked about his recruitment, playing at Georgia, the 1943 Rose Bowl and how the game has changed over the years in a recent interview.

College Football Hall of Famer Carl Eller
was among the Minnesota alums that spoke to the incoming freshman players at TCF Bank Stadium.

1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) has
established the Chattanooga Heroes Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who were wounded in the tragic shootings on July 16.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) was
named the Big 12 Conference Male Athlete of the Year.

ESPN
highlighted its college football studio and game personnel for the 2015 season. NFF Annual Awards Dinner emcee Rece Davis takes over as host of ESPN College GameDay, joining analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, who both accepted NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Awards on behalf of the program in 2006, and College Football Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan). College Football Hall of Famer Mark May (Pittsburgh) will join Saturday’s ABC studio coverage, while former NFF National Scholar-Athletes Joey Galloway (Ohio State) and Danny Kanell (Florida State) will handle pregame, halftime and postgame reporting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the season.

2015 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis
has been named vice chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the upcoming season and chair of the committee for the 2016-17 academic year. 2013 Toner Award recipient and Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione will serve as chair for 2015-16.

The Ohio Valley Conference presented the inaugural
Buddy Patey OVC Golden Ring Outstanding Official Award to Roy Woods, who has served with distinction as an official in the conference for many years. The award’s namesake claimed the NFF Outstanding Football Official Award in 2003.

OVER THE MIDDLE
Presented by
BCS

Former NFF Los Angeles Chapter board member George Ludgate passed away July 21. He was 87.

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

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 NFF State of Maine Chapter will host its ninth annual “Kick-Off Luncheon” on Aug. 6 at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Center in Portland. Head coaches
Mark Harriman (Bates), J.B. Wells (Bowdoin), Jon Michaeles (Colby), Gabby Price (Husson), Chris McKenney (Maine Maritime) and Jack Cosgrove (Maine) will all be on hand to preview the upcoming season.

On Aug. 6, the NFF Miami Touchdown Club Chapter will honor former Miami (Fla.), Louisville and Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla.
Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.

The NFF Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter will host its Football Coaches Kickoff Brunch in conjunction with MaxPreps on Aug. 23 Carmichael Elks Club in Carmichael, Calif.

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.

The NFF Westchester (N.Y.) Chapter will hold its 2015 charity golf classic on Sept. 28 at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.  The event will raise scholarship funds for Westchester’s scholar-athletes.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

Scheduling

Navy and Notre Dame
will play in a regular-season college football game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Oct. 27, 2018… Southern California and Rice have agreed to a non-conference game in 2022… Arizona State and UNLV have scheduled a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021… The Spectrum (Utah) discusses how FCS schools not only receive financial gain by taking on larger and better funded FBS foes, the players also just relish the opportunity to compete…

Media

The Ivy League
announced its 2015 college football TV schedule, which features an all-time-high 17 broadcasts across the American Sports Network, FOX College Sports and NBC Sports Network… ESPN Radio announced its 24-game regular season broadcast schedule for the 2015 college football season… The Mountain West Network announced its broadcast schedule for the 2015 football season… FOX Sports announced its roster of game and studio broadcasters for the 2015 college football season… The Southern Conference and ESPN have reached an agreement on a six-year contract running through the 2020-21 academic year… ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference announced a 10-year extension to their current media rights agreement that will provide increased coverage of conference events across ESPN platforms… The Southland Conference and Cox Sports Television have reached a broadcast agreement that will continue their partnership through the 2016-17 academic year… The Southland Conference also reached a multi-year agreement to televise football games on the American Sports Network… Former Illinois football players Martin O’Donnell and Carey Davis have joined the Illini Football radio network…

People
 

Ryan Shockey
has been named the Interim Athletics Director at Olivet (Mich.)…

Academics

The NCAA has
awarded more than $4 million in grants to seven football-playing Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees. The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants (multi-year) include Alcorn State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton and North Carolina A&T State. Recipients of Accelerated Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants (single year) include Idaho State and Texas Southern…

Awards & Honors

Former football players Doug Brzezinski and Damien Woody have been
elected to the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame… Former football players Tom Broadwater and Lonnie Galloway have been elected to the Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame… The Mountain West announced its 2014-15 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients… Central Florida was recognized with the American Athletic Conference’s 2014-15 Team Academic Excellence Award for football…

Conference Affiliation

NAIA school Nebraska Wesleyan
has accepted an invitation to join NCAA Division III’s Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference beginning with the 2016-17 academic year…

Facilities

Cincinnati is
set to open its new 115,000-square-foot West Pavilion structure, which spans roughly half of Nippert Stadium, in September… A $1.2 million renovation of UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium includes new field turf and the removal of two rows totaling 860 seats from the east and west sidelines to widen the field… The $120 million renovations to Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium are on schedule

Donations

LSU’s athletics department has
transferred $10 million to the university to use for funding academics, research and public service… New Mexico announced that its athletic department achieved a new record for fundraising, bringing in more than $14.7 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year… The TCU Frog Club raised $39.2 million in cash giving for the 2015 fiscal year, including a TCU-record $12.1 million in annual scholarship contributions… Donors to SMU athletics have once again set a new record, contributing more than $13.3 million for a 24 percent increase… Middle Tennessee State’s Blue Raider Athletic Association reported record-breaking contribution numbers in the fiscal year ending 2015… Bucknell’s Bison Club once again achieved a record-setting number of annual donors on its way to raising more than $2.4 million in total annual support…

Uniforms and Logos

Nebraska
unveiled alternate football uniforms it will wear on Oct. 24 for the Huskers’ game against Northwestern… Air Force will debut new uniforms this season… South Florida unveiled a number of new uniform combinations for 2015… Akron has changed its athletics logo from an “A” with the head of its beloved mascot, Zippy the kangaroo, to a flashy “Z”… Tennessee-Chattanooga unveiled its new uniforms for the 2015 season…

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 installment is on former Miami Herald sports editor
Edwin Pope, the 2001 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Community Service

The Syracuse chapter of Uplifting Athletes
raised more than $11,000 to help fight anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer, at its first publicly held "Lift for Life" on July 25… Members of the Wisconsin football team took a break from their summer conditioning program to donate time toward the construction of a home for Habitat for Humanity…

More News of Interest

The Patriot League will be
celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the 2015-16 season… The Big 12 announced it has passed two new rules to protect football players beyond NCAA regulations already in place, most notably allowing programs just two days a week for full contact during the regular season, a total that is to include game days…

Obituaries

Pat Shires
, a 1951 National Champion and quarterback for College Football Hall of Fame coach Robert Neyland’s final Tennessee team in 1952, passed away July 26. He was 83… Former Vanderbilt record-breaking running back Frank Mordica Jr. passed away July 18. He was 57… Former Boston University football player Jimmy Norris passed away July 18. He was 65… Former California football player and UC Davis assistant football coach John Pappa passed away July 18. He was 85… Former Texas A&M football player Clifford Watson passed away July 18. He was 81… Former Alcorn State running back Bobby Huell passed away July 20. He was 65… Former Tennessee State sports information director and longtime HBCU administrator Wallace Dooley Jr. passed away July 21… Former UCLA football player Willie Smith passed away July 21. He was 69… Former Southwestern (Texas) Director of Athletics Dr. Carla Lowry passed away July 23. She was 76… Former Detroit Tech football player Mike Kostiuk passed away July 26. He was 95…

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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 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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Notes

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

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