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WEDNESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – Aug. 19, 2015, Presented by
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of Aug. 19.
Published: 8/19/2015 1:35:00 PM

(Pictured: The NFF would like to send a big salute to its summer interns as they return to their respective universities this fall. They are truly the rising stars of the sports profession. From L-R: Landen Guthmann (Texas A&M), Henry Schneider (Alabama), Cydney Tanner (Colorado) and Josh Yonis (SMU).

Charlie and Pete Gogolak Named 2015 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award Recipients

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced that former Princeton kicker Charlie Gogolak and former Cornell kicker Pete Gogolak have been named co-recipients of the 2015 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.

“The Gogolak brothers created a lasting legacy as the pioneers of the modern place-kicking motion, and their impact on the game of football has been felt for more than 50 years,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “From humble beginnings, the Gogolaks were raised in Budapest, and the family fled the country during the Hungarian Revolution. With no soccer team at their high school in upper New York State, the two tried out for football, and the rest is history. We are honored to recognize their important contributions to football, as well as their long journey to the U.S., at our Annual Awards Dinner in December.”

First presented in 1974, the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award provides national recognition to those whose efforts to support the NFF and its goals have been local in nature or who have made significant contributions to the game of football either to the manner in which it is played and coached or to the manner in which it is enjoyed by spectators. The Gogolaks will at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Preseason FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Released

Defending national champion Ohio State received 38-of-40 first places votes in the Preseason FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll released last week. TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon round out the top five in the poll, in which voters rank the top 16 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Click here to view the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll Preseason Rankings.

Click here to view the individual rankings of every voter in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

Click here to view the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll archives.

The results of the poll will be released every Sunday of the 2015 season and the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first poll will be released Sept. 8 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Dec. 6. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers, College Football Hall of Famers, NFF Board Members and highly regarded collegiate administrators who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective as well as a diversity of viewpoints from the different roles associated with the game.

NFF Salutes Rising Stars in Sports Business

The NFF would like to send a big salute to its summer interns as they return to their respective universities this fall. They are truly the rising stars of the sports profession.

Landen Guthmann
attends Texas A&M. Henry Schneider is a graduate student at Alabama and is a student manager for the football team. Cydney Tanner attends Colorado and is a member of the school’s sports information department. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

Josh Yonis
has been with the NFF for more than a year and graduated from SMU in May. He will continue with the NFF while also serving as a grad assistant at Dallas Baptist University.

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nominations Now Open

Nomination forms for the NFF’s coveted National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, have been emailed to collegiate sports information directors at all levels of play. Deadline for submissions is 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 he will have his scholarship increased to $25,000. All members of the class will be recognized 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

2015 NFF Institutional Academic Membership

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 Presidential Members Central Connecticut State, Conference USA, Ohio State and Western Michigan, Founder Member Central Michigan and Executive Members Appalachian State, Harvard, Springfield (Mass.) and West Florida. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

NFF Promotes

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Click here to sign up to receive the eNewsletter from The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.

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.

2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association

Launched in 2008, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association provides a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF’s present efforts. For more information on the program or to enroll for 2015, please email Ron Dilatush at

Past NFF National Scholar-Athletes Brad Culpepper (Florida, 1991 Campbell Trophy winner), Don Denbo (Tennessee, 1970), Dan DeRose (Colorado State-Pueblo, 1983), Greg Eslinger (Minnesota, 2005), Dave Foley (Ohio State, 1968), Bill Phillips (Citadel, 1990), Scott Reynolds (Hastings [Neb.], 1996), David Wonderlick (Susquehanna [Pa.], 2000) and College Football Hall of Famer Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996 Campbell Trophy winner) are the first to join this year. Click here for more information and to see the members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.


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.

Atlanta Eats TV filmed their one-hour Primetime Special from the Hall on Aug. 12. The episode will air on CBS on Sept. 12 directly after the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game. Celebrity chefs included Chef Kevin Rathbun, Steak Shapiro and Jonathan Fox of Fox Brothers BBQ.

The Hall of Fame celebrated Educator Day on Saturday, Aug. 15. All educators received free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teachers learned about the Hall’s T.E.A.M.S. curriculum – a technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and science program.

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. For questions or to purchase a package to the College Football Hall of Fame Golf Classic, please contact Debbie Golden at (404) 880-4842 or

The College Football Hall of Fame will host the UPS Business Solution Series on Sept. 5 to celebrate the two rivals in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game this year. The panel will feature former Louisville head coach Howard Schnellenberger, former Auburn football and baseball player Frank Thomas and current Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs. The event will be moderated by former alumnus and Auburn quarterback Stan White. The event is open to the public and will start at 10 a.m. ET.

The Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A have partnered to host the first Chick-fil-A Mommy & Me Clinic. The event will take place on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m.-Noon ET. The event offers an exclusive family friendly football clinic for mothers and their children. Activities will include on-field football skill competitions, drills, Chick-fil-A food, interaction with Hall of Famers and access to the interactive experiences within the Hall. To register for the event please visit


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 Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will discuss whether substantive change is possible in the current environment of college athletics at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 21 in Washington D.C.

The NFL on FOX announced its game broadcast teams for the upcoming 2015 season. NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (UCLA) will begin his 14th season as the network’s lead analyst. College Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) will return as studio analysts on the network’s pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday.

Youngstown State University doubled its fundraising during 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee coach Jim Tressel’s first year as president.

ESPN released its college football booth teams for the 2015 season. 2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipients (as part of ESPN College GameDay) Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will again call ABC’s Saturday Night Football, while the 2011 recipient of the award Brent Musburger will continue as the lead play-by-play announcer for the SEC Network. Others calling games for ESPN this year include College Football Hall of Famers Desmond Howard (Michigan), Chris Spielman (Ohio State) and Andre Ware (Houston), 1998 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Matt Stinchcomb and 1997 NFF National Scholar-Athletes Brian Griese (Michigan).

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Lincoln Kennedy reminisced about his playing days at Washington while in Seattle to help film the Pac-12 Networks’ UW training camp special.

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Short “Delaney,” which tells the remarkable story of the late, heroic College Football Hall of Famer Joe Delaney (Northwestern State), debuted today and is available for on-demand access through and, with specific TV viewing opportunities to be announced by the sports network. The film tells the remarkable and heroic story of Delaney, who died in a 1983 attempt to rescue three drowning children.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Lamar Football Banquet on Aug. 23 at Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, Texas.

College Football Hall of Famer Thomas Everett (Baylor) will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Oct. 5 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Dallas. Former Texas Tech football player Tracy Saul will join him in the 2015 class.

The Times of Northwest Indiana
recently profiled former Indiana halfback George Taliaferro, the ninth-oldest living player in the College Football Hall of Fame.

College Football Hall of Famers Chuck Dicus, Wayne Harris and Billy Ray Smith are among six former Arkansas football players who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Nov. 9 at the Little Rock Marriott. The other three former Arkansas football players are Bill Burnett, Ken Hatfield and Wayne Martin. The event is put on by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Little Rock Touchdown Club/NFF Chapter.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Dutch Meyer will be posthumously inducted into the Waco (Texas) ISD Athletics Hall of Fame at the Nov. 6 Hall of Fame Game between Waco High School and University High School.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush was carried off the field after Arizona State’s scrimmage over the weekend.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer, who has served as a special consultant for East Tennessee State’s football program as it prepares to take the field for the first time since 2003, attended the Buccaneers’ 11th practice of the preseason.

1995 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Danny Kanell (Florida State) was named the co-host of ESPN Radio’s new show, Russillo & Kanell, joining veteran radio host Ryen Russillo. The new three-hour show will broadcast every weekday from 1-4 p.m. ET beginning Aug. 31 and will also be televised on ESPNEWS. Kanell, along with 1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Joey Galloway (Ohio State), will also handle pregame, halftime and postgame reporting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the college football season.

2001 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and former quarterback Jeff Kelly will be inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 11. Kelly will be joined in the 2015 class by former football players Rod Davis, Sherrod Gideon, Billy Lyons and Cedric Scott.

2013 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Gen. Ray Odierno, who spent more time in Iraq as a commanding general than anyone in the U.S. military, retired on Aug. 14 as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

Running through January 2016, Football! The Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., is a 5,000 square foot exhibition featuring more than 600 artifacts, including some of the rarest, historic and iconic football memorabilia in the country. Among the displays are rare artifacts related to 1971 NFF Gold Medal recipient Ronald Reagan’s football playing days in high school and college football as well as his actor career and role portraying College Football Hall of Famer George Gipp (Notre Dame) in “Knute Rockne: All American.” Other items include signed balls and jerseys he received while president and his honorary Heisman Trophy. Other items on display include the Heisman Trophies of College Football Hall of Famers Gary Beban (UCLA), Marcus Allen (Southern California) and Doug Flutie (Boston College).

2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Brent Musburger will be on the call for the FCS Kickoff between North Dakota State and Montana on Saturday, Aug. 29. The game will air on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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

The NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter announced its 2015 Speaker Series, beginning with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, who will speak on Aug. 24 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

The NFF Touchdown Club of Atlanta Chapter is hosting a Kickoff event at the College Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 3, featuring the game between North Carolina and South Carolina on the Big Screen. Click here for tickets, which include a buffet, an open bar and a tour of the College Football Hall of Fame.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will hold its 2015 Kick Off Luncheon on Sept. 9 featuring St. Louis Rams General Manager Les Snead. The chapter will hold its Paul Savage Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 20 at Columbia Golf Course in Columbia, Ill. Proceeds from both events go towards chapter initiatives and scholarships.

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.


New Football Schools

There are less than for 400 seats available for Kennesaw State’s inaugural season… KSU’s band, the Marching Owls, had its first practice of the preseason as it prepares for its debut at the inaugural home football game on Sept. 12… West Florida, which begins play in 2016, released its inaugural schedule and unveiled the program’s first official uniforms…


The 2015 game between South Florida and UCF has been moved to Thanksgiving night, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be telecast on ESPN… The Big South Conference announced the Coastal Carolina at Liberty football season finale on Nov. 21 has been moved to Thursday night, Nov. 19, and will be televised live on ESPNEWS… Syracuse and Wisconsin have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the Badgers have added home games against New Mexico (2018), Central Michigan (2019) and North Texas (2019) and moved their future games at BYU and South Florida to 2017 and 2019, respectively… Louisiana Tech announced a three-game series with Baylor beginning in 2020 and games against Northwestern State in 2017 and Clemson in 2022… UMass announced the addition of South Florida (2017 and 2018) and Maine (2017 and 2019) to its future schedules… South Florida moved its game with Texas to 2020… Texas has added a home game against Louisiana Tech in 2019… Notre Dame has added New Mexico to its 2019 schedule… Kentucky and Eastern Michigan have scheduled a three-game series for 2017, 2019 and 2020… Eastern Michigan also scheduled a home-and-home series with San Diego State for 2018 and 2019… Central Michigan will play at Wisconsin in 2019 and at Northwestern in 2020… Stanford updated its future non-conference schedules…


FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network finalized their full roster of play-by-play announcers, game analysts and studio broadcasters… Showtime will chronicle the Notre Dame football team’s 2015 season in a show called “A Season With Notre Dame,” which will premiere Sept. 8… Sam Houston State announced a partnership with FOX Sports Southwest to webcast Bearkat football games online and via mobile app…


Conference USA named Judy MacLeod Interim Commissioner… Akron announced Larry Williams as its new director of athletics… Jeremy McClain was introduced as Troy’s new director of athletics… Fayetteville State (N.C.) announced Anthony Bennett as its director of athletics… Minnesota announced a one-year contract extension for head football coach Jerry Kill… Kean (N.J.) interim director of athletics Jack McKiernan has been appointed as the chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee…


The SEC will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of its SECU academic initiative during a week-long recognition this week. The SECU was established to advance academic excellence through the collaboration of the SEC’s member universities…

College Football Playoff

Fans can start making plans to be a part of the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship in Glendale, Ariz., which will take place Jan. 11, through Playoff Premium’s variety of packages at various price ranges and seating locations. Click here for more information… The CFP Selection Committee met last week in preparation for the 2015 season… CFP executive director Bill Hancock joined USA TODAY Sports college football reporter George Schroeder on a special episode of The Football Four Podcast to talk about a variety of topics…

FCS Rankings

The STATS FCS Top 25 preseason poll was the same as it was at the end of last season, with North Dakota State at No. 1, followed by second-ranked Illinois State. STATS purchased The Sports Network in February and has launched a new FCS site,

Awards & Honors

Former Clemson football player Phil Prince, former Clemson University President who had a distinguished career in business, has been named the recipient of the Clemson Distinguished Athletes Award… Former Baylor football players James Francis, Billy Glass Jr., Maurice Lane, Kris Micheaux and Daniel Sepulveda will be honored as Baylor Football Legends during select 2015 home football games… Former football player Don Norton and former assistant coach Bill Brashier have been elected to the University of Iowa Hall of Fame… Former football player Vincent Brisby and current play-by-play announcer Frank Hoffmann have been elected to the University of Louisiana at Monroe L Club Hall of Fame… Former football players Omar Cuff, Bruce Fad, Ted Kempski, Joe Lank and George Schmitt have been elected to the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame… Former football players Jason Dunn, Larry Kirksey and Jim Moberly have been elected to the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame… The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association announced the 2014-15 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards… South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner has been selected for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame…


LSU has sold out of season football tickets for the 12th straight season as 74,350 season tickets have been purchased… Utah State football has set a season ticket sales record…


The University of Colorado and Boulder Community Health announced the opening of the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center on campus… UNLV revealed its new field design… Louisiana-Lafayette’s new athletic facility that will provide weight training and equipment facilities for all 16 sports programs is expected to be ready by Sept. 1… UAB presented a plan for facility improvements at its athletics campaign launch… James Madison unveiled the completed renovations of the football locker room at Bridgeforth Stadium… A renovation project to add a new upper deck, suites and a press box to the Smith-McGlothlin West Grandstand at Zable Stadium is underway at William & Mary. The stadium is named after 1980 NFF Gold Medal recipient Walter J. Zable


UCLA head football coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon have made a major personal financial commitment to the Wasserman Football Center project. The university will name the Coaches’ Outdoor Terrace of the Wasserman Football Center in their honor… Texas Tech announced a $1 million gift from Happy State Bank, which will be allocated to the new Sports Performance Center. In recognition of the gift, the northwest entrance to Jones AT&T Stadium has been named the Happy State Bank Entrance… Hawai'i announced a multi-year gift in excess of $1 million from the Waterhouse Charitable Trust… Steve Craig, founder and CEO of Craig Realty Group, has pledged to give Spratt Memorial Stadium a high-definition LED video scoreboard. In recognition of the gift, the playing surface will be known as Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium… Clemson’s IPTAY donors provided cash and pledges totaling $60.1 million in 2014-15…


Albertsons/Safeway announced it will serve as the title sponsor for the Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado and Colorado State on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver…

Marketing and Uniforms

Notre Dame unveiled green alternate uniforms it will wear for the “Shamrock Series” game against Boston College at Fenway Park this fall… Boston College will wear uniforms commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Cotton Bowl victory and the famous Hail Mary pass for the game against Notre Dame… UCLA unveiled a new alternate football uniform for the 2015 season… Vanderbilt unveiled a new alternate uniform for the upcoming season… Southern Miss unveiled its new home and away football uniforms for the 2015 season… Eastern Michigan unveiled a trio of new alternate uniforms it will wear this season… Florida Tech officially unveiled its new uniforms… The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, announced a five-year extension of its agreement with the Big 12 Conference…


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 Dayton Daily News sports editor Si Burick, the 1984 winner of the Bert McGrane Award… The FWAA has formed a partnership with the University of Alabama Graduate School of Education Sport Management program to expand the reach of the association’s prestigious Outland Trophy…

Community Service

Georgia Tech and the Veteran Tickets Foundation have teamed up to help create memorable experiences for active and non-active military personnel, veterans and their families by sending them to Georgia Tech sporting events…

More News of Interest

The NCAA Division I Council submitted a proposal that would allow Division I schools to pay for parents or guardians of FBS student-athletes to accompany their children on official recruiting visits… Fresno State Athletics will be launching a one-of-a-kind aerial marketing campaign with the use of a blimp named Bulldog1… Pittsburgh announced that 22 people have been named to the inaugural Panther Fans Experience Committee… Kansas State is re-launching its Varsity K Club for former student-athletes…


Former New Mexico State head coach and football player Jim Bradley passed away Aug. 12. He was 82… Former Maine football player and longtime high school football coach Harold “Tank” Violette passed away Aug. 4. He was 77… Former Princeton First Team All-American Bradley Glass passed away Aug. 6. He was 84… Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) football player Eric Wynns died in a car accident Aug. 10… Former Boston College, Ohio and Washington and Lee (Va.) assistant coach John McGregor passed away Aug. 10. He was 76… Former Michigan State running back George Guerre passed away Aug. 13. He was 91… Former Boston University football player and Plymouth State (N.H.) assistant and head football coach Jim Aguiar passed away Aug. 13. He was 68… Former Sacramento State football player Carlos Francies died Aug. 13 while trying to save a friend who appeared to be drowning. He was 30… Longtime Houston sports information director Ted Nance passed away Aug. 14. He was 80… Former Chadron State (Neb.) linebacker, punter and quarterback Lonnie Wickard passed away Aug. 14. He was 82… Carmen Naples, a member of Ohio State’s 1942 national championship team, passed away Aug. 15. He was 94…


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Sept. 24, 2015 – Announcement of the 2015 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments – 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. 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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