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TUESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – Sept. 1, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
The latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of Sept. 1.
Published: 9/1/2015 3:39:00 PM

(Pictured: The NFF began its new campaign on FootballMatters.org showcasing all of the nation’s athletics directors who played football and how their experiences helped prepare them for leadership roles on our nation’s college campuses. The first profiles were on Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, a College Football Hall of Fame coach and former Nebraska linebacker, and Alabama athletics director Bill Battle, a former Alabama tight end and defensive end and Tennessee head coach.)

Athletics Directors Molded on the Gridiron

The NFF started its new campaign showcasing all of the nation’s athletics directors who played football and how their experiences helped prepare them for leadership roles on our nation’s college campuses. The campaign captures the unique stories of each athletics director, and the stories appear throughout the season on FootballMatters.org. The first profiles were on Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, a College Football Hall of Fame coach and former Nebraska linebacker, and Alabama athletics director Bill Battle, a former Alabama tight end and defensive end and Tennessee head coach.

NFF Announces 2015 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute Schedule, Presented by Fidelity Investments

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 2015 schedule for the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education.

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program stands as a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name. Click here for the full schedule.

Hall of Famer from Virginia and Longtime NFF Board Member Tom Scott Passes Away

Tom Scott, a 1979 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Virginia who served on the NFF Board of Directors from 1977-2005, passed away Aug. 31. He was 84 years old.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Scott helped the Cavaliers to a 24-5 record from 1950-52 as a standout two-way end during the era of single platoon football. He also handled extra points and kickoffs. Virginia finished the 1951 season with an 8-1 record and ranked 13th nationally in The Associated Press' final Top-20 poll.

As a senior in 1952, Scott helped lead Virginia to an 8-2 record and was selected an All-American by the AP and Newspaper Enterprise Association. Scott played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star game in 1952 following his collegiate career. He played 12 years in the NFL and was selected to two Pro Bowls.

Following his football career, Scott established Thomas C. Scott Associates, an insurance firm in New York, where he worked for more than 40 years. Virginia retired Scott’s jersey during the 2008 season, and he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2013, he was included into the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Legends Class.

NFF Board Member Roger Williams Honored by National College Baseball Hall of Fame

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame honored the post-baseball accomplishments of U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) during the second presentation of the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award on Aug. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The award is named after its inaugural recipient, George H.W. Bush, who played at Yale from 1946-48 and eventually went on to be elected the 41st President of the United States. Bush also received the NFF Gold Medal in 1991.

Williams, in addition to being elected to Congress and previously serving as the Texas Secretary of State, played baseball at TCU and then professionally in the Atlanta Braves organization. He later returned to his alma mater as head coach. Former Missouri football player and College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Gene Stephenson was in attendance.

NFF Chapter Network Celebrates Record Breaking Year in 2015

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced that its chapter network distributed more than $1 million in scholarships during a record-breaking 2015 award banquet season, which runs from January to July. Covering more than 47 states, 5,000 high schools and 500,000 student-athletes, the NFF chapters selected 3,500 football players, who on average boasted a 3.7 GPA, for recognition as the best and brightest for their combined excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom and as leaders in the community. Click here to see the impressive list of this year’s banquet attendees, including 34 FBS head coaches, 44 divisional head coaches, 50 members of the College Football Hall of Fame and 16 college directors of athletics.

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

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Members Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, SMU and Tennessee-Chattanooga, Founder Members Holy Cross, North Dakota State and Southern Miss and Executive Members North Carolina, Western Kentucky and Wyoming. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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:

·         Florida’s Bullard Still Reflects on Grandmother

·         Football Returns to Lyon College For First Time Since 1951

·         Grapevine HS Moms Get Involved With Football Program

Click here to sign up to receive the eNewsletter from FootballMatters.org. 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 rdilatush@footballfoundation.com.

Past NFF National Scholar-Athletes Gary Beban (UCLA, 1967-College Football Hall of Famer), David Berardinelli (Bucknell, 1992), Thomas Burns (Virginia, 1993 Campbell Trophy), Michael Perrin (Texas, 1968), Mike Ryan (Washington, 1966), Leon Shadowen (Kentucky, 1979), Robert Stebbins (Central Michigan, 1987), Victor Terebuh (Wittenberg [Ohio], 1990) and Wesley Walls (Mississippi, 1988-College Football Hall of Famer) have joined this week. Click here for more information and to see the members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK:
The Hall of Fame will donate $1 for every ticket sold during the month of September to Curing Kids Cancer. Curing Kids Cancer was founded in Atlanta in 2004 to fund research to find a cure for childhood cancer.

The College Football Hall of Fame will host the UPS Business Solution Series on Saturday, 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 Auburn quarterback and radio game analyst Stan White. The event is open to the public and will start at 10 a.m. ET.

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 inaugural College Football Hall of Fame Golf Classic took place Aug. 24 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Each player played with a College Football Hall of Famer and received special gifts courtesy of the Hall of Fame and a team photo. Prizes were awarded to the top three foursomes at the Awards Luncheon following the tournament.

On Aug. 29, Dove Men+Care and the College Football Hall of Fame kicked off the “Caring Coach” campaign with a Kids & Pros clinic at the Hall. More than 80 kids from the Atlanta and surrounding communities participated at the downtown Atlanta attraction, running drills with former Georgia kicker and College Football Hall of Famer Kevin Butler as well as Kids & Pros co-founder and former Florida State defensive back Bobby Butler.

The Fox Sports 1 Opening Drive Tour rolled into Atlanta on Aug. 29 and made its first stop at the Hall of Fame. The full-sized tour bus made to look like University of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh stopped in Centennial Olympic Park.

LOOK AHEAD
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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 http://www.cfbhall.com/promotions/a-list-mommy-and-me/.

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

College Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (Alabama) and Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida) will both be featured in SEC Storied documentaries slated to run in September. “Wuerffel's Way presented by Chick-fil-A” premiered last week and will air again on Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. “In Search of Derrick Thomas presented by Belk” will premiere on the SEC Network on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.

Kansas State is asking fans to help stripe out Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the season opener against South Dakota on Sept. 5 as the department honors Coach Bill Snyder for his 2015 College Football Hall of Fame election. Coach Snyder recently stressed the importance of college academics in a letter to Kansas State faculty.

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.

ESPN College GameDay
, hosted by Rece Davis, College Football Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan) and 2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipients Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, will begin the season from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, for the matchup between Alabama and Wisconsin at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 5.

College Football Hall of Fame coach and 1995 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Tom Osborne (Nebraska) will be the featured speaker at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s 17th annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast on Sept. 1.

College Football Hall of Famers from Nebraska, Tommie Frazier and Coach Tom Osborne, will be on-hand to help celebrate the start of the college football season at the Third Annual Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Sept. 3.

South Carolina State will honor College Football Hall of Fame coach Willie Jeffries during the “Honoring the Legacy of Willie Jeffries” weekend Oct. 16-17.

College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker (Georgia) recently visited Columbia’s football practice and gave advice to the Lions’ football team.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas, will be hosting the Lone Star Tailgate before every Baylor home game. Each game will have a celebrity host, including College Football Hall of Famers Tommy Kramer (Rice), Billy Sims (Oklahoma) and Coach Grant Teaff.

2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chandler Harnish ranks as the No. 5 player on Northern Illinois’ Top 10 Countdown of the 50 Greatest Players in Huskie Stadium history.

1990 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Kevin Donnalley (North Carolina) will help coach Charlotte’s offensive line this season.

MileHighSports.com produced an excellent profile on 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dan DeRose (Colorado State-Pueblo).

The SEC will help raise awareness of prostate cancer prevention and honor former commissioner and 2015 NFF Legacy Award recipient Mike Slive, who battled the disease during his athletics administration career, with Prostate Cancer Awareness Games on each of the 14 league campuses during the month of September, beginning with Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt on Sept. 3.


NFF Program Updates

“This Week in College Football History,” which takes a look back at some of college football's landmark moments over the last 147 years, is posted each Friday on the NFF website. Click here to check out the games for Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Each week during the season, the NFF produces a comprehensive television schedule for all Division I games complete with date, time, teams and on-air talent listings. Email news@footballfoundation.com to receive the listing via email or visit www.footballfoundation.org.

OVER THE MIDDLE
Presented by
BCS

As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, former Arkansas football players Peyton Hillis and Felix Jones spoke yesterday at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock. Former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis will speak Sept. 8 at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Frank Villar
, the newest board member of the NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley (Calif.) Chapter, is a Pac-12 football official and will be working this Thursday night's game between Michigan and Utah.

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.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

New Football Schools

The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently conducted a Q&A with Kennesaw State director of athletics Vaughn Williams about the school’s new football program… Kennesaw State will have all 11 games during its inaugural season broadcast over several different television and online networks… Kennesaw State and Alabama State have agreed to a four-game series beginning in 2017… East Tennessee State announced it has made arrangements to provide a limited number of “standing room only” tickets to the Buccaneers’ season opening football game on Thursday, Sept. 3 against Kennesaw State… The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, which begins play in 2016, hit the practice field for the first time last week… The University of New England (Maine) agreed to a home-and-home football series with the Coast Guard (Conn.) for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, including the Nor’easters’ first-ever game…

Scheduling

Penn State will face Idaho in its 2019 season opener… Florida will host Colorado State in 2018… Ohio State added future home games with Army West Point in 2017 and Florida Atlantic in 2019… Purdue added Ohio to its 2017 schedule… Army West Point and Georgia State have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2021 and 2022… East Carolina and South Carolina are scheduled to meet four times between 2016 and 2021… East Carolina will also host James Madison in 2017 and North Carolina A&T in 2018… Appalachian State will host North Carolina Central in 2016 and move its scheduled home date versus UMass to 2020… UMass added South Carolina and Wagner to its 2016 schedule… Eastern Michigan and San Diego State have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019… Chattanooga will play at Alabama in 2016 and at Kentucky in 2018… Missouri finalized its 2016 non-conference schedule with the addition of Delaware State and Middle Tennessee… Washington State added Northern Colorado to its 2019 schedule… Auburn will play Alabama State in 2018…

Conference Affiliation

Coastal Carolina accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference, and its football program will begin its transition to the FBS with its first year of full FBS status coming in 2018…

Media

The American Sports Network announced the launch of its new and improved website. Check it out at www.americansportsnet.com… ESPN announced the launch of ESPN College Extra, a new college sports service that will bring hundreds of ESPN3 exclusive live college sports events to TV… FOX Sports GO will offer five separate live streams for Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan debut against Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3… Alabama State has agreed to terms with five Alabama radio stations and one national radio network to broadcast games and coaches shows… The Patriot League announced a partnership with Heritage Sports Radio Network that features a football “Game of the Week” broadcast nationally on SiriusXM satellite radio throughout the 2015 season… The South Atlantic Conference will be featured on the American Sports Network on Oct. 17, as the Wingate (N.C.) at Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) football game will air regionally…

Books

Two new books by Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt, “Football: A Love Story” and “What Did Football Teach Me,” are now available. Both books include more than 100 interviews from current and former coaches, players, personnel executives, professionals and entertainers detailing the reason why they love the game of football and the impact it has had on their lives...

People

Bill Cubit
was named Illinois’ interim head coach… Villanova appointed Mark Jackson as its director of athletics… Dr. Joseph Horton was named interim athletics director at Saint Anselm (N.H.)...

Awards & Honors

Ferris State (Mich.) quarterback Jason Vander Laan was named one of two Division II Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association… The MAC announced Central Michigan as the recipient of the Cartwright Award for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2014-15 school year… Former defensive end John Bowman has been elected to the Wingate University (N.C.) Sports Hall of Fame…

Milestones

For the first time in program history, Mississippi State football has eclipsed the 50,000-mark in season ticket sales…

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…

Bowl Games

The Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C., will transition from an all-star format to a traditional NCAA bowl match-up between two FBS teams… The San Diego Bowl Game Association announced the 27th annual LM Capital Group $1 Million Hole-in-One Shootout will be held weekdays from Sept. 7-18 at Stadium Golf Center…

Facilities

UCLA broke ground last week on the new Wasserman Football Center… Georgia announced it will build a new, state-of-the-art indoor athletic facility… Louisville will expand Papa John's Cardinal Stadium by enclosing the north end zone, while creating multiple new fan amenities and enlarging and enhancing the training facilities for the football team… The Des Moines Register took a look inside Iowa’s new $55 million, state-of-the-art Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center… The Campus Crossroads Project at Notre Dame includes several stadium enhancements, including the addition of a video board… Penn State unveiled plans to renovate the Louis and Mildred Lasch Football Building… Colorado State is planning a kickoff event on Saturday, Sept. 12, to celebrate the construction of the new on-campus stadium…

Donations

The new club seating section at Buffalo’s UB Stadium will be named the Edmond J. Gicewicz Club after an anonymous gift was made honoring Edmond J. Gicewicz, MD, a member of the UB Athletics Hall of Fame and longtime friend and supporter of UB Athletics…

Sponsorships

Wescom Credit Union has been named the official financial institution of UCLA Athletics and the Rose Bowl Stadium… PrimeSport has become the official travel provider and ticket exchange for the Fiesta Bowl…

Uniforms and Marketing

Louisville unveiled black alternate uniforms it will wear for its game against Clemson on Sept. 17… Washington State will honor the late WSU president Elson S. Floyd with a helmet sticker… Virginia Tech revealed an orange metallic helmet it will wear for its season opener against Ohio State and announced it will honor the memory of the two local television journalists who were tragically killed in a shooting last week with special helmet stickers for the season opener against Ohio State … The nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, S.C., on June 17 are being remembered by the South Carolina Gamecocks throughout the 2015 football season… The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Arizona… Temple announced a 10-year partnership extension with Under Armour… Pittsburgh has returned to its script logo for football and will use it for all sports within the next year…

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 Florida Citrus Sports’ Tom Mickle, the 2010 winner of the Bert McGrane Award… The FWAA announced the winners of its 23rd annual Best Writing Contest…

Community Service

The Wingate (N.C.) football program hosted its 12th annual Special Olympics Football Field Day over the weekend… The Rice football team continued its tradition of hosting the university’s new class of international students for a special football clinic… Special Spectators, which creates VIP all-access college football game day experiences for seriously ill children, is working with more than 30 universities in 2015…

More News of Interest

Colorado’s Department of Athletics is exploring the creation of a Sports Governance Center, an innovative academic unit within athletics with a mission that would focus on teaching, research and service… The LSU football team and The Head Health Network have announced a partnership on a study that aims to provide a better understanding of how impacts affect players and to find ways to improve player performance while minimizing incidence of injury… Whittier (Calif.) is set to roll out the Poet Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, a comprehensive student-athlete development program, beginning this fall… Wounded Warrior Rick Yarosh visited football practice at Wagner College to share his message of hope and inspiration to the entire Seahawk program in advance of the 2015 season… The SEC outlined the process by which it will implement its new Football Medical Observer program in compliance with an experimental rule implemented by the NCAA for the 2015 season… Former U.S. President George W. Bush took some time to stop by SMU's football practice last week and addressed the team…

Obituaries

Former Virginia Tech head football coach and Tennessee offensive guard and defensive tackle Charlie Coffey passed away Aug. 24. He was 81… Randy Moore, a sportswriter who had covered the University of Tennessee for four decades, died Aug. 22. He was 63… Former Houston football player Brian Shirar passed away Aug. 23. He was 43… Former Texas football player Michael Kelly passed away Aug. 23. He was 54… Former California football player Grover Klemmer passed away Aug. 23. He was 94… Former Michigan State football player George Ball Jr. passed away Aug. 24. He was 84… Former Eastern New Mexico athletics director B.B. Lees passed away… Former South Carolina State football player Bobby Hemby Sr. passed away Aug. 27. He was 65… Michael Vollmer, a member of the 1987 Harvard Ivy League Championship football team, passed away Aug. 29. He was 48… Former Baylor football player and Northern Arizona and Texas at Arlington assistant coach C.O. Brocato passed away Sept. 1. He was 85…

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NFF KEY DATES

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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Notes

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

NFF Chalktalk items are welcome, and should be submitted to news@footballfoundation.com.

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