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NFF CHALKTALK – Sept. 15, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Sept. 15.
Published: 9/15/2015 1:13:00 PM

(Pictured: Steve Meilinger, a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Kentucky, passed away Sept. 14 in Lexington, Ky. He was 84 years old.)

Athletics Directors Molded on the Gridiron

The NFF continues with its campaign showcasing all of the nation’s athletics directors who have 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 FootballMatters.org. Last week’s profiles included Iowa athletics director Gary Barta, a former quarterback who led North Dakota State to three Division II national championships, and Mississippi athletics director Ross Bjork, who played fullback at Emporia State (Kan.).

This Week on FootballMatters.org

The NFF continues to promote FootballMatters.org, the organization’s newest 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:

·         Podcast Juggernaut and New York Times Bestseller Adam Carolla on Why Football is Awesome

·         Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs Back as Engineer of Vols Offense

·         Former Sun Devil Star Helps Others Catch the Vision

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.

Hall of Famer and University of Kentucky Great Steve Meilinger Passes Away

Steve Meilinger, a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the University of Kentucky, passed away Sept. 14 in Lexington, Ky. He was 84 years old. One of the most acclaimed two-way stars of the mid-20th century, Meilinger gained fame as “Mr. Anywhere” for his versatility and value to the Wildcat football program.

The two-time First-Team All-America (1952, 1953) selection, under Hall of Fame head coach Bear Bryant, Meilinger led Kentucky to a victory in the 1952 Cotton Bowl over TCU. The three-year All-Southeastern Conference honoree played end, halfback and quarterback on offense, and he lined up at end, linebacker and defensive back on defense.  On special teams, he served as the Wildcats’ two-year starting punter while returning punts and kickoffs.

During Meilinger’s three varsity seasons, the Wildcats finished in the top 20 in both major wire-service final polls. In 1951, he became fellow Hall of Famer Babe Parilli’s go-to receiver, catching a then-school record 41 passes for 576 yards and eight touchdowns.


2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists Announced

Selected from a pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the NFF announced the names of the 40 finalists for the 2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The finalists all graduated from high school in 2015 and are now playing college football. The five honorees, who are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of Oct. 5.

A national committee will select five honorees, who will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. First bestowed in 1991, criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. Click here for the full list of finalists.

PrimeSport Named Official NFF Travel and Hospitality Partner

The NFF announced that PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events on the planet, has been named the NFF’s official travel and hospitality partner.

“We are extremely pleased to announce PrimeSport as the official travel and hospitality sponsor of the National Football Foundation,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “PrimeSport has an intense passion for college football, and that enthusiasm, coupled with their leadership in providing fans unique access to games and sporting events, make them the ideal partner. Their prominence throughout the college football landscape, especially among fans, will play an important role in helping us promote the good in the game.”

Wes Chandler and Clinton Jones Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electees Wes Chandler (Florida) and Clinton Jones (Michigan State) were honored on Sept. 12 with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments.

A First Team All-American following his senior season, Chandler finished 10th in the 1977 Heisman Trophy voting after leading Florida in receiving for three straight seasons. Click here for more on Chandler. A two-time First Team All-American, Jones was a consensus pick as a senior after finishing sixth in the 1966 Heisman Trophy voting and leading Michigan State to back-to-back national championships. Click here for more on Jones, who also joined the Spartan Ring of Fame at the game.

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. Chandler and Jones 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.

For the Jones salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis, Fidelity Investments Vice President and Managing Director Pat Vaughan and fellow College Football Hall of Famer from Michigan State Gene Washington for participating on the field. The NFF also thanks Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio for attending the reception for Jones the night before the game.

For the Chandler salute, the NFF would like to thank College Football Hall of Fame Coach Doug Dickey, NFF Director of Communications Phil Marwill and Fidelity Senior Vice President, General Manager Harold Stankard for their participation on the field. The NFF would also like to thank everybody for attending the pregame reception, including Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley, Fidelity Senior Managing Director Michelle Randolph, Florida Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Mike Hill and Gator Boosters Executive Director, Major Gifts Phil Pharr.

Michigan State AD Mark Hollis Honored with NFF On-Campus Salute

In addition to honoring Clinton Jones, the NFF also recognized 2015 John L. Toner Award recipient and Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis on Sept. 12 during the game between the Spartans and Oregon. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell presented Hollis with a ball commemorating his award during the game. The NFF would like to thank ABC and announcer Rece Davis for acknowledging the presentation.

Hollis spearheaded the effort to hire Mark Dantonio as football coach, which has resulted in a school-record eight consecutive bowl appearances and two Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013). In 2014, Michigan State won 11 games for the fourth time in five seasons, finishing with a thrilling 42-41 victory over Big 12 Co-Champion Baylor in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. In 2013, the Spartans enjoyed its winningest season ever (13-1) after defeating Pac-12 Champion Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 2

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the poll and collected first-place votes on all 38 ballots in Week 2. Alabama, TCU, Michigan State and Baylor 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 2.

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.

Poll voter and SEC Network analyst Tony Barnhart appeared on SiriusXM College Sports Nation on Sunday to discuss the poll with hosts Braden Gall and Chris Childers. College Football Hall of Famer Reggie Williams (Dartmouth) appeared today on Sports Byline USA Radio Network’s Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle to discuss the 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.

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. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members.

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 Chris Hatcher (1994, Valdosta State [Ga.]), Randy Hughes (1974, Oklahoma) and Randall Stockham (1975, Utah State) 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 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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Tulane’s football team visited the College Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 11 while in Atlanta to play Georgia Tech. Click here for video from their visit.

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

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.

NFF Board Member, 2013 NFF Toner Award recipient and Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione was one of 15 people elected to the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He will officially be enshrined on Nov. 15 in Columbia, Mo.

College Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (Georgia) has pledged a six-figure donation to the Georgia Athletic Association’s campaign to raise funds to build an indoor athletic facility.

College Football Hall of Famer Pat Fitzgerald, now the head coach at his alma mater Northwestern, was named The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week after his Wildcats upset Stanford in week one.

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

Texas A&M honored College Football Hall of Famer John David Crow by revealing his statue at its new home on the northwest corner of Kyle Field.

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

Air Force honored College Football Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry’s 12-1 team from 1985 during its game with San Jose State, which featured Hall of Famers Chad Hennings and Scott Thomas.

College Football Hall of Famers from Texas Tech, Donny Anderson, E.J. Holub and Gabe Rivera were recognized on the field during the Red Raiders’ 69-20 win against UTEP for their inclusion in the Tech Ring of Honor. Hall of Famer Dave Parks is also in the ring, but was unable to make it to the game.

Between the first and second quarters of Syracuse’s 30-17 victory over Wake Forest, the football team celebrated the lasting impact former College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick MacPherson had on the program. Hall of Famer Floyd Little helped in the celebration, and many of his former players came back to help honor their coach, including Hall of Fame quarterback Don McPherson.

College Football Hall of Famer Frank Merritt will be posthumously inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 18. Other former football players in this year’s class include Mike Fahnestock, Casimir Myslinski and Don Tillar.

College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Reynolds (Nebraska) was posthumously inducted into the Grand Island Senior High School (Neb.) Hall of Fame.

Akron unveiled a statue of College Football Hall of Fame Coach John W. Heisman in a short ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12, outside of InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Coach Jim Tressel and 1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Joey Galloway will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 18 at a dinner and introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. Former defensive back Tim Anderson is also in the class.

The inaugural recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy as a running back at Air Force in 1990, Dr. Christopher B. Howard, has been named the eighth president of Robert Morris University.

2009 Campbell Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Florida) returned to ESPN as an SEC Network college football analyst, resuming his role on the network’s two-hour traveling pregame show, SEC Nation.

1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Oliver Luck (West Virginia), the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, will deliver the keynote speech at the opening session of the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention in San Antonio this December.

2013 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Weston Steelhammer, now a safety at Air Force, was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in the Falcons’ 37-16 victory over San Jose State. He recorded six total tackles, including a sack and three tackles for loss, registered an interception and led the defensive effort of holding San Jose State to just 16 points.

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.

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 this Saturday, Sept. 19, between Nevada and Texas A&M, South Carolina and Georgia, Western Carolina and Tennessee, Auburn and LSU, and Florida and Kentucky.


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. 14-20.

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
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As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, College Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown (Notre Dame) will be the guest speaker on Thursday, Sept. 17. Arkansas athletics director and College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman Jeff Long will speak Monday, Sept. 21.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter hosted a TCA Luncheon featuring College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer as the guest speaker today at 103 West in Atlanta. The chapter’s next luncheon will feature College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye on Sept. 28. Click here for ticket information.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will hold its Paul Savage Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 20 at Columbia Golf Course in Columbia, Ill. Proceeds from the event go towards chapter initiatives and scholarships.

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

1A FAR National Conference

1A FAR, which is an organization of the Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs) at the 128 institutions and 10 conferences comprising NCAA Division I’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), will be holding its annual national conference in Dallas Sept. 20-21. The mission of 1A FAR is to advocate for the effective interaction and balance between each FBS institution’s academic mission and its intercollegiate athletics program. This year’s conference includes an impressive array of speakers and topics including NCAA President Mark Emmert, DI Council Chair and Northwestern athletics director Jim Phillips, NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, a panel discussion on managing litigation featuring SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, a panel on time commitments for student-athletes featuring NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Connecticut athletics director Warde Manuel, and a media panel composed of reporters Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com, Sharon Terlep of The Wall Street Journal and Marc Tracy of The New York Times. More information about 1A FAR is available at http://www.oneafar.org/.

New Football Schools

Kennesaw State announced its fourth consecutive official sellout for its game against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 17. The Owls’ remaining home games in its inaugural season against Monmouth (Oct. 31) and Charleston Southern (Nov. 7) are also rapidly approaching sellouts…

Scheduling

Pittsburgh and West Virginia will renew their “Backyard Brawl” rivalry with a four-game series beginning in 2022… Charlotte and North Carolina announced a home-and-home series in 2024 and 2025… Indiana announced its full non-conference schedules for the 2016-23 seasons… Dartmouth announced its complete football schedules through 2020 and a non-conference game with Army West Point in 2022…

Media

Northern Illinois football games can now be heard live online at NIUHuskies.com and on mobile devices for free through TuneIn…

Ratings

The game between Ohio State and Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 was the most-watched opening weekend game ever on ESPN/ABC, the third most-viewed regular-season game ever on ESPN and the most-streamed regular-season college football game ever on WatchESPN… 2015’s premiere of ABC Saturday Night Football featuring Wisconsin and Alabama on Sept. 5 garnered 7.967 million viewers, up 34 percent in viewership compared to the 2014 opener featuring Oklahoma State and Florida State… The Sept. 5 game between Texas and Notre Dame earned a 2.4 rating and 4.1 million viewers on NBC, making it the most-watched Notre Dame home opener since the 2006…

Awards and Honors

Twenty-two college football players were named to the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team, which is composed of players who have made a positive impact on others and their communities…

Milestones

Kent State senior April Goss became the second woman to score in major college football history over the weekend against Delaware State after kicking an extra point… Old Dominion has sold out its season tickets in 2015, and has now accomplished the feat all seven years since it began its football program in 2009… Sebrina Brunson became the first woman to officiate a game involving an SEC team after working the Ball State-Texas A&M game…

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 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic announced that the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium is officially sold out of reserved and club seating… TaxSlayer.com is using its NASCAR assets to showcase the TaxSlayer Bowl as the primary sponsor of racer Regan Smith’s No. 7 car…

Facilities

The $60 million, 40,000-square foot Sukup South End Zone club at Iowa State was completed in late August and has elevated Jack Trice Stadium's capacity to 61,500, third largest in the Big 12… Colorado State held a groundbreaking ceremony on the site where the school is building its new on-campus stadium… The Advocate took a look inside Louisiana-Lafayette’s nearly finished $30 million, 100,000 square-foot Student-Athlete Performance Center… Abilene Christian announced that it plans to play its first home football game in its new on-campus stadium in September 2017… Tarleton State (Texas) will begin renovation and expansion of Memorial Stadium, including the expansion of seating from 7,400 to about 10,000…

Uniforms and Marketing

North Carolina State has 27 different football uniform combinations… Nebraska will sport unique, hand-painted cleats against Miami (Fla.) this weekend… Old Dominion unveiled new helmets for its game this weekend…

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 Gainesville Sun sportswriter Jack Hairston, the 1990 winner of the Bert McGrane Award… As part of its partnership to promote and raise awareness for the Outland Trophy and its candidates, graduate students from the College of Education Sport Management program at the University of Alabama have developed the Schneider Scale, a rating system for linemen that makes its debut this season…

Community Service

Ken Huff
, an All-American at North Carolina in 1974, recently hiked in the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Idaho to raise money for “Hope for Warriors,” an organization dedicated to providing support programs for members of the military and their families. He was joined by former Walter Camp Football Foundation President Tom Lally

More News of Interest

The SEC has appointed seven individuals from campuses across the conference to form a working group to review issues surrounding student-athlete conduct… Riddell and the Translational Genomics Research Institute announced they have begun the third year of a study to advance concussion detection and treatment with Arizona State’s football program… There are 72 proposals that will be voted on by Division I this academic year… Twenty-eight students (two from each SEC university) will study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper… A new study published in The Wall Street Journal ranked the University of North Texas as having the best statistical home-field advantage in all of college football…

Obituaries

Elizabeth “Betty” England Sanford
, the wife of Cotton Bowl founder Curtis Sanford and known as the First Lady of the Cotton Bowl Classic, passed away Aug. 28. She was 97… Former Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) football player Gerald L. Robinson passed away Sept. 4. He was 83… Former Loyola (Md.) football player George “Bud” Friedel passed away Sept. 5. He was 86… Former Ithaca College (N.Y.) football player and longtime high school football coach Charles Baker passed away Sept. 6. He was 96… Former Ferris State (Mich.) head football coach Nick Coso passed away Sept. 9. He was 87… Former Tennessee linebacker Daniel Brooks died Sept. 13 in a car accident. He was 31… Former California Associate Athletics Director Chris Stivers passed away in early September. He was 50… Former Murray State football player and longtime high school football coach Ralph McClain passed away over the weekend. He was 92…

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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
 – 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
– NFF 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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Notes

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

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