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WEDNESDAY'S NFF CHALKTALK – Sept. 9, 2015, Presented by
Latest news and notes from the world of college football for the week of Sept. 9.
Published: 9/9/2015 4:15:00 PM

(Pictured: Kansas State and the NFF jointly honored Coach Bill Snyder with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Sept. 5 just prior to the kickoff of the game between Kansas State and South Dakota. Kansas State fans helped celebrate his election by striping out Bill Snyder Family Stadium with customized Snyder-Hall of Fame purple and white shirts. / Photos courtesy of Kansas State Athletics.)

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 are appearing throughout the season on Last week’s profiles included Arizona State athletics director Ray Anderson, an NFF Board Member and former Stanford wide receiver and return specialist, and LSU athletics director Joe Alleva, a former Lehigh quarterback.

NFF and American Sports Network Announce Partnership

The NFF and the American Sports Network (ASN) announced an agreement to utilize the NFF’s platforms to produce unique content that will air throughout the season during ASN’s college football programming.

As part of the agreement, ASN will produce a live Red Carpet Show at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 8 at the historic Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The show will feature the current College Football Hall of Fame Class and many other high profile attendees, including returning Hall of Famers, current college football head coaches, athletics directors, conference commissioners and numerous other celebrities and influential people. Earlier in the day, ASN will provide live coverage of the NFF Annual Awards Press Conference, streaming it on

Latest Edition of the Footballetter Out Now

The 2015 Hall of Fame Issue of the NFF’s Footballetter is available now. Inside, you will find profiles on all 17 members of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class.

You will also find many other stories that highlight our efforts, including a look at three of the NFF Chapters and their leaders; a powerful letter from Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton on why moms should let their sons play football; a feature on familial ties in the Hall of Fame; and the latest gem from our beloved historian Dan Jenkins on the greatest tie games in college football history.

Click here to read the digital version of the magazine.

Coach Bill Snyder Honored NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments

Kansas State and the NFF jointly honored Coach Bill Snyder with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Sept. 5 just prior to the kickoff of the game between Kansas State and South Dakota.

The “architect of the greatest turnaround in the history of college football,” Snyder became the winningest coach in Kansas State history while continuing to lead the program to national prominence during his 23 years as head coach from 1989-2005 and 2009-present. He becomes only the fourth coach to earn induction into the College Football Hall of Fame while still actively heading a program. Entering the 2015 season, Snyder's head coaching record stands at 187-94-1 (66.5%).

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. Snyder will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Kansas State fans helped celebrate Snyder’s election by striping out Bill Snyder Family Stadium with customized Snyder-Hall of Fame purple and white shirts. The NFF would like to thank Kansas State athletics director John Currie, Fidelity Investments Vice President of Finance Jeff DeVolder, NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd and Kansas State President Kirk Schulz for their participation in the salute.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 1

Ohio State retained the top spot in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll with 37-of-38 first places votes in Week 1. Alabama, TCU, Baylor and Michigan State 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 Rankings for Week 1.

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

Click here to view the list of voters for the 2015 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

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 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.

40 NFF National Scholar-Athletes on NFL Rosters in Week 1

Forty former NFF National Scholar-Athletes appear on NFL rosters or practice squads as the 2015 regular season begins this week. The group includes five Campbell Trophy winners, three Super Bowl MVPs in Peyton Manning (1997 Campbell Trophy winner, Tennessee), Drew Brees (2000, Purdue) and Eli Manning (2003, Ole Miss), seven Pro Bowlers and seven first-round picks. Also included are four members of the most recent class from 2014: Tyler Lockett (Kansas State – Seattle Seahawks), Jordan Richards (Stanford – New England Patriots), Tyler Varga (Yale – Indianapolis Colts) and Zach Zenner(South Dakota State – Detroit Lions). Click here for the full list.

“We take great pride in highlighting the NFF National Scholar-Athletes who have the ability to compete at the NFL level,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “They have excelled in all aspects of their lives, and they have taken on leadership roles in their communities. They provide the perfect example for future generations to emulate, and they serve as great ambassadors for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program and the game itself.”

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 Member Arizona State and Executive Members Arkansas State, Brown, Florida Atlantic, Marist and Richmond. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

NFF Revamps

The NFF has revamped, the organization’s new addition to its campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it. Recent headlines on the site include:

·         Auburn’s Johnson Credits Stepmom For On-Field Successes

·         Finlandia University Continues Growth By Adding Football

·         Cancer Can’t Stop Sacred Heart’s Nofri

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.

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 Daniel Cotter (1987, Monmouth [Ill.]) and Bob Stein (1968, Minnesota) have joined this week. Click here for more information and to see the members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.


The SEC held a press conference at the College Football Hall of Fame to announce an agreement to host the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta through 2026.

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 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 College Football Hall of Fame hosted 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 featured former Louisville head coach Howard Schnellenberger, former Auburn football and baseball player Frank Thomas and current Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs. The event was moderated by former Auburn quarterback and radio game analyst Stan White.

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


·         cn|2 Sports takes you inside the College Football Hall of Fame

·         SEC football championship to stay in Atlanta through 2026

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 Ben Sutton is transitioning to a chairman emeritus role with IMG College.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) is starring in FOX Sports' new college football advertisements.

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections and the MSU Retirees Association will host a free public preview and discussion of the documentary, “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” on Sept. 10 at Conrad Hall. College Football Hall of Famers from Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty, Clinton Jones, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster are the subjects of the documentary, which is directed by Washington’s daughter Maya. The film looks at the impact her father, his teammates and coaches had on the integration of Big Ten Football in the 1960s.

College Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (Alabama) will be featured in the SEC Storied documentary, “In Search of Derrick Thomas presented by Belk,” which will premiere on the SEC Network on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.

College Football Hall of Fame coach James “Boots” Donnelly will be honored with a statue at Middle Tennessee State. The dedication of the statue is set for Oct. 3 prior to the Blue Raiders’ homecoming game against Vanderbilt.

The 1974 and 1975 Texas A&M-Kingsville football teams, coached by College Football Hall of Famer Gil Steinke, will be inducted into the Javelina Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 11.

Nearly a century after his death, Notre Dame provides an in-depth look at College Football Hall of Famer George Gipp’s lasting impact and legacy.

Rice will wear a special decal on their helmets to honor late College Football Hall of Famer Froggy Williams, who passed away this summer.

The New York Giants will wear a number 16 memorial decal on their helmets this season in memory of College Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford (Southern California).

Texas A&M will wear No. 44 helmet decals to honor late College Football Hall of Famer John David Crow.

College Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (James Madison) will be enshrined into the San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame at halftime of their season opener on Sept. 14.

Investor’s Business Daily
profiled College Football Hall of Famer Doc Blanchard (Army West Point)’s impact on America.

College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Ward (Florida State), currently the head football coach at Washington High School (Fla.), will also serve in the newly-created role as community coach and ambassador with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a minor league baseball team.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz has joined the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” as a weekly contributor during the college football season.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Mike Bellotti has been selected for induction into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dick MacPherson and his family will be celebrated during Syracuse’s game against Wake Forest on Sept. 12.

South Carolina put into place its new statue of College Football Hall of Famer George Rogers.

The first trailer was released for “My All American,” the heartwarming and heartbreaking true story of 1960s University of Texas football great Freddie Steinmark and his relationship with legendary College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal and the 1969 national champions.

The Orange Bowl Committee is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alabama’s 1965 National Championship season that concluded with a victory over Nebraska in the 1966 Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl will honor members of the team, which was coached by College Football Hall of Famer Bear Bryant, during the Crimson Tide’s home game on Sept. 19 against Mississippi.

2004 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jim Leonhard will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 11 and honored before the Badgers’ home opener the next day.

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.

Former NFF National Scholar-Athletes Will Furrer (1991) and Bryan Randall (2004) will be inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame during a dinner on Sept. 11 and introduced to fans at halftime of Tech’s home football game against Furman the next day. Joining them in the class is former tailback Roscoe Coles.

2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Josh Mahoney will be inducted into the University of Northern Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Sept. 12. 1960 UNI football team will also be inducted.

Oregon has been presented with a proposal for the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex, a state-of-the-art sports science facility, which would be the gift of 2009 NFF Gold Medal recipient and Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny.

The SEC will help raise awareness of prostate cancer prevention and honor former commissioner, NFF Board Member 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, including the games between East Carolina and Florida, Middle Tennessee and Alabama, and LSU and Mississippi State this Saturday, Sept. 12.

Virginia Tech’s baseball hitting facility has been renamed in honor of the university's former athletics director and 2009 NFF Toner Award recipient Jim Weaver, who passed away in July.

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 Sept. 7-13.

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 to receive the listing via email or visit

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As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis spoke yesterday at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock. Next Monday, Sept. 14, College Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (Notre Dame) will be the guest speaker.

On Monday, Sept. 14, the Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter is hosting a TCA Luncheon featuring College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer as the guest speaker on Monday, Sept. 14, at 103 West in Atlanta. Click here for ticket information.

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.



South Carolina and North Carolina have agreed to play in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Labor Day weekend in both 2019 and 2023… North Carolina completed its 2016 and 2017 non-conference schedules… Idaho has added four games with San Jose State and two games with Indiana to its future football schedules… Texas A&M added North Texas to its 2020 schedule… Texas A&M also added future games with Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State and Prairie View A&M… Washington State and Central Michigan have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2019 and 2021… Nebraska and Central Michigan will play in 2020… Baylor and Texas State have scheduled a three-game series for 2021-23… Wyoming has added future football games against Gardner-Webb, Texas State, Tulsa and Wofford… Buffalo has added Colgate to its 2017 schedule… Georgia Tech will host Jacksonville State in 2017… Vanderbilt will host Tennessee State in 2016 and 2018…


The MAC announced a multi-year agreement with the American Sports Network to televise MAC football games, including 10 this fall… American Sports Network will air 11 NCAA Division II games this fall. The second of those games airs this week and features East Stroudsburg (Pa.) and Slippery Rock (Pa.)… IMG announced the launch of IMG College Football Blitz – a live and on-demand audio platform providing live “cut-in” coverage to top college football games all day on Saturdays during the season… The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is celebrating 60 years of aerial broadcast coverage from the Goodyear Blimp. The Goodyear Blimp first provided stunning aerial views of the 1955 Rose Bowl, revolutionizing the way fans experience sporting events… As part of a deal with ESPN3, all five Western Illinois home football games will be broadcast on the online network… IMG College released its “Plays of the Week” audio highlight montage for Week 1 of the college football season… All of Army West Point football's 2015 home games will be streamed live on Knight Vision and service men and women will be able to access the online broadcast for free…


Ohio State at Virginia Tech on ESPN earned a 6.6 overnight rating, marking a 144% increase from the 2014 Labor Day Matchup and the best rating for a college football game on opening weekend since 2010 for any network… The Thursday, Sept. 3, doubleheader pitting North Carolina/South Carolina and TCU/Minnesota generated 40 percent and 27 percent overnight rating increases, respectively, on ESPN over last year’s Thursday night opener… The game between Texas and Notre Dame was the highest-rated Notre Dame Football season-opening game since 2008, generating a 2.6 overnight for NBC…


David Harper 
has been named director of athletics at Duquesne… Chris Monasch has been named the interim director of athletics at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)… Frankie DeBusk has stepped down as athletics director at Tusculum (Tenn.), but he will continue to serve as head football coach…

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…

FCS Championship

Tickets for the 2016 NCAA Division I Football Championship on Jan. 9 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, are now on sale. Visit for more information...

Bowl Games

The Valero Alamo Bowl reached a 10-year extension with ESPN… The 2014 Independence Bowl between Miami and South Carolina generated a total benefit of between $17.6 million and $18.8 million to the Shreveport-Bossier City area…


Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will return to natural grass for the 2016 season… The construction of Miami (Ohio)’s Gunlock Family Athletic Performance Center, the future home for the football team, is underway… Louisiana Tech unveiled its new $22 million south end zone facility… Arizona State has finished the first phase of its renovations of Sun Devil Stadium and announced it has raised $45.3 million towards its $85 million fundraising goal for the project… Kansas State officially launched the public campaign for the next step in the transformation of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, a $15 million project to complete the northeast corner of the stadium…


LSU All-American Patrick Peterson has made a $1 million commitment to his alma mater, making it one of the largest single contributions to athletics by a former LSU student-athlete… Wake Forest athletics raised $42.3 million in gifts and commitments during fiscal year 2015… The Schwan Food Company and Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation announced a $1 million investment in Minnesota academics, nutritional programming and facilities… Nebraska-Kearney has received a $100,000 gift from Brian and Carey Hamilton for its football locker room project… Miami (Fla.) alumnus Michael J. “Pete” Piechoski and his wife, Jeri, have made a $1 million commitment to Hurricane athletics… Fayetteville State (N.C.) has launched the Bronco Scholar-sacks Program this fall, with pledges going towards the Bronco Athletics Fund each time the Broncos sack an opposing quarterback…


Sponsorship spending on college athletics totaled $1.1 billion in the 2014-15 season, a 5.9 percent increase over the previous year… Washington announced an expansion of its partnership with Alaska Airlines, making Alaska the official airline of the University of Washington for the next 10 years and giving it the naming rights holder of Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium and the University of Washington Athletic Village presented by Alaska Airlines… Sports Authority will return as the title sponsor for the Mountain West Football Championship Game… Winona State (Minn.) has partnered with Altra Federal Credit Union to rename its football facility Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium…

Uniforms and Marketing

Mississippi will be wearing powder blue helmets for its game against Vanderbilt on Sept. 26…


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 Jim Brock, the longtime executive director of the Cotton Bowl and winner of the 1989 Bert McGrane Award…  AutoNation is teaming with the FWAA to announce the organization’s top offensive and defensive players and best team performance each week during the 2015 season. The program will be highlighted by the announcement of the 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team at the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl on Dec. 19 in Orlando, Fla…

More News of Interest

ACC football will now include assigned medical observers from each team at every game… As part of an extended celebration of the grand reopening of Kyle Field, Texas A&M will host a global tailgate on Sept. 12, aiming to set the record for the “world’s largest tailgate”… The economic impact of a seven-game home game schedule of the University of Iowa football program on Johnson County exceeds $110 million, according to a 2014 study… Coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing helmet stickers back to Michigan… Northwestern football will welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and the Stanley Cup to Ryan Field on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the Wildcats host Eastern Illinois… The Lexington Herald Leader profiled Kentucky punter Landon Foster and how he changed the life of a young Ethiopian boy after a trip to the African country… Texas athletics released its Economic Impact Report, which quantifies benefits to Austin and the state of Texas totaling more than $728 million annually…


Former Sam Houston State football player Robert Oshel Jr. passed away Aug. 7. He was 61… Former South Florida defensive tackle Elkino Watson passed away Sept. 6… Northern Illinois mascot emeritus Diesel died Sept. 6… Former Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) football player David “Kraig” Jefferson died Sept. 7. He was 23… Former Iowa all-conference defensive back Tyler Sash passed away Sept. 8. He was 27…


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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
 – 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

Jan. 7, 2015
– Leadership Hall of Fame Induction Dinner – Phoenix

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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