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NFF CHALKTALK – Sept. 22, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Sept. 22.
Published: 9/22/2015 5:06:00 PM

(Pictured: Joe Jamail (seated), the renowned lawyer from Texas known as the “King of Torts,” was officially inducted into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame during a dinner on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Standing, from L-R: dinner emcee Verne Lundquist, FF Board Member and former Texas All-America linebacker Corbin Robertson Jr., NFF Vice Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Murry Bowden (Dartmouth), NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell.)

Renowned Lawyer Joe Jamail Inducted Into NFF Leadership Hall of Fame

Joe Jamail, the renowned lawyer from Texas known as the “King of Torts,” was officially inducted into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame during a dinner on Sept. 17 at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

Jamail has won more than $13 billion in judgements during more than 500 jury trials, and he earned national attention when he won the landmark verdict in the 1985 Pennzoil v. Texaco case that resulted in a $10.53 billion verdict for Pennzoil. Jamail and his wife, Lee, have engaged in major philanthropic efforts over the years, donating more than $256 million to various charitable organizations.

A graduate of The University of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law, Jamail has made multiple donations to his alma mater totaling more than $50 million, including $10 million to the School of Law for faculty recruitment and retention, the largest single gift in the school’s history, and $15 million for law, nursing and undergraduate advising. More than 4,000 students are enrolled in or have graduated from the University of Texas thanks to scholarships donated by Jamail. The field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was named Joe Jamail Field in his honor, and he has two statues on the university’s campus.

CBS Broadcaster and 2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Verne Lundquist served as the event’s emcee, and NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) welcomed everyone to the event. America’s beloved tenor Daniel Rodriguez graced the crowd with the singing of “God Bless America.” NFF Board Member and former Texas All-America linebacker Corbin Robertson Jr. highlighted the NFF’s new postgraduate scholarships at three universities in Texas while also paying tribute to Jamail. A humorous Q&A between Jamail and Lundquist was followed by a panel featuring fellow Houston lawyer Ronald Krist, College Football Hall of Famer Doug English (Texas) and 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams (Texas). NFF Vice Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Murry Bowden (Dartmouth) and Robertson presented Jamail with his Leadership Hall of Fame ring, designed by Herff Jones.

Those in attendance included College Football Hall of Famers Ray Childress (Texas A&M), Chris Gilbert (Texas) and Jerry LeVias (SMU), 2007 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Dallas Griffin (Texas) and former Texas athletics director and 2006 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient DeLoss Dodds.

NFF Establishes Three New Postgraduate Scholarships at Houston Baptist, Houston and Texas

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced three groups of donors have each raised the funds to endow new NFF postgraduate scholarships at three universities in Texas, specifically:

·         NFF Scholarship at Houston Baptist University

·         NFF Bill Yeoman Scholarship at the University of Houston

·         NFF Darrell K Royal Scholarship at the University of Texas

NFF Board Member Corbin J. Roberston Jr., an All-America linebacker at Texas who captained the Longhorns to a victory in the 1969 Cotton Bowl, led the effort to endow the postgraduate scholarships at the Texas universities. A respected businessman in Houston and the chairman of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education, Robertson used his ties at the respective institutions to identify a passionate group of supporters at each school to raise the funds. The NFF will collaborate with each school to annually select the top student-athlete on the football team from the pool of players who are in their last year of eligibility.

Hall of Famer and Navy Great Ron Beagle Passes Away

Ron Beagle, a 1986 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from the U.S. Naval Academy, passed away Sept. 8 in Sacramento, Calif. He was 81 years old.

Beagle was a tremendous blocker, played defense and caught passes for Navy, starring in a time when end was an all-around, 60-minute position. The two-time First-Team All-America (1954, 1955) selection led the Midshipmen to a 21-0 victory in the 1955 Sugar Bowl over Mississippi. Beagle received the 1954 Maxwell Award as the college player of the year after catching 30 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns.

During Beagle’s three varsity seasons, Navy finished in the top 20 in both major wire-service final polls in 1954 and 1955, including a No. 5 finish after their 1955 Sugar Bowl victory. He caught 64 career passes, mostly from George Welsh (a College Football Hall of Famer as a coach), for 849 yards and eight touchdowns.

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 ACC Commissioner John Swofford, who played football at North Carolina, and Washington State athletics director Bill Moos, a former lineman for the Cougars.

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:

·         Portland State Players Take Part in Camp Exceptional

·         Pace Coaches Take Part in Lauren’s First & Goal Foundation Camp

·         Richard Diana’s Football Dream Ended Too Soon, but He Found Another Dream Career as a Surgeon

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.

NFF to Announce 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalists Thursday

The NFF will announce the semifinalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments® and prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club, this Thursday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. ET. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The 135 semifinalists have been nominated from all levels of play in the NCAA and NAIA as the best all-around student-athlete on their respective teams.

The NFF will announce 15 finalists on Oct. 29, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. One of the finalists will be named the winner of the Campbell Trophy at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 in New York City, and his postgraduate scholarship will be increased to $25,000.

Fidelity Investments & Kathleen Murphy Honored by 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives

The NFF announced that Fidelity Investments® and Kathleen Murphy, President of Personal Investing at Fidelity, have been recognized by the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives (1A FAR) for their leadership in support of faculty athletics representatives across the country.

Murphy, who also serves on the NFF Board as a vice chairwoman, has spearheaded a series of partnerships during the past six years between Fidelity, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education, and the NFF to support the connection between academics and athletics on college campuses nationwide. Recognizing the efforts, the 1A FAR adopted a formal resolution, declaring “Fidelity Investments and Kathleen A. Murphy as once, current, future and always: FRIENDS OF FAR.” The formal approval of the resolution took place during the 1A FAR annual meeting, which convened Sept. 20 at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine, Texas.

NFF to Co-Host Ivy League’s Asa S. Bushnell Cup Presentation, Sponsored by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The NFF and the Ivy League announced that the organizations are partnering for the sixth-consecutive year to co-host a press conference and reception, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®, to bestow the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the League’s Football Players of the Year.

The event will take place Monday, Dec. 7, the day before the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Vanderbilt Room of the famed Waldorf Astoria. The organizations also announced that the Tournament of Roses, which sponsored the event in 2014, has agreed to continue as the presenting sponsor of the event. The presentation will be carried live on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) at ILDN.tv.

NFF Board Member and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Blackmun Speaks at NYAC

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, who serves on the NFF Board, addressed a forum of more than 200 members of the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) on Sept. 17. Veteran sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein moderated the event, which covered a wide range of topics, including the critical importance of college athletics to the development of U.S. Olympic athletes. The forum represents the latest in series of events staged by the NFF at the NYAC, which serves as the official home of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Art Still and Coach Jim Tressel Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electees Art Still (Kentucky) and Coach Jim Tressel were honored on Sept. 19 with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments. Tressel, who was being honored at Ohio State and will be honored with a salute at Youngstown State on Oct. 10, was also inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Voted a unanimous First Team All-American as a senior, Still was named the 1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and led Kentucky to its last 10-win season. Click here for more on Still. One of the greatest coaches in the history of the state of Ohio, Tressel brought five national titles to the state, and he is the only head coach to win a national title at both levels of Division I college football. Click here for more on Tressel.

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 Still salute, the NFF would like to thank Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart, Executive Vice President of Tax-Exempt Market & Retirement Solutions at Fidelity Rick Mitchell and NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd for participating on the field.

For the Tressel salute at Ohio State, the NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) and NFF Vice Chairwoman and President of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments Kathy Murphy for their participation on the field.

Medical Observers: A Fail-Safe for Injuries

Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

As player safety continues to be a key concern for college football, the conferences and the NCAA rules committee are working with College Football Officiating to provide extra assurance that injured players get proper attention. This is especially true for head and neck injuries. Officials are receiving extra training this year in understanding concussions and especially in recognizing signs of a player who might be concussed. Officials do not make a diagnosis about an injury; their role is to “recognize and refer”: recognize when a player is injured and refer him to the medical professionals in his team area.

In collaboration with College Football Officiating, the NCAA produced a special training video for the officials. Posted to the national officiating web site before the first round of games, this video teaches an understanding of concussions and shows a number of in-game examples of players who demonstrate signs of a concussion.

This season a number of conferences are adding another layer of safety: medical observers, sometime referred to as medical spotters. This will be a medical professional appointed by the conference or the team to serve as a sort of “eye in the sky.” In the event that the officials on the field notice a player who is showing signs of an injury, then the medical spotter will contact the officials during a dead-ball time so that the player may be removed from the game and get the proper attention.

The officials on the field remain the first line of defense for player injuries, and they are programmed to scan the field after every play for injured players. Teammates, opponents and those in the team area on the sidelines also call the attention of the officials to possibly injured players. The addition of the medical observer to this mix simply assures an additional set of eyes so that a player who is injured receives the attention he needs.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 3

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the poll as four teams received first place votes in Week 3 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Michigan State, TCU, Mississippi 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 3.

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.

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.

Schools joining this week included Founder Member Hampton and Executive Members Fresno State, Hawaii and Lehigh. 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-Athlete Dr. Craig Mahoney (Iowa State, 1990) 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 Hall of Fame was the host venue for the Tour Championship Party on Sept. 21, which celebrated the top 30 PGA players.

LAST WEEK
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The Mercer University football team stopped by the Hall on its way to Tennessee for its second away game this season. The team got the chance to experience the interactive exhibits with their All-Access passes and practiced their skills on the Hall’s indoor playing field.

LOOK AHEAD
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The Atlanta Falcons will host their Moms Football Safety Clinic on the Hall’s 45-yard indoor playing field on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7-9 p.m. ET. The clinic will provide helpful information to moms who have children that currently play or are considering playing tackle football. The clinic will include classroom instructions on proper equipment fitting, concussion awareness and the Heads Up tackling technique. Moms should come dressed in active and athletic apparel. All participants must register at www.atlantafalcons.com/momsclinics.

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 College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) discussed his career, this year’s Heisman contenders and more in a recent interview with Land-Grant Holy Land, Ohio State’s SB Nation site.

A crowd of more than 300 gathered on Sept. 19 for the dedication of the Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center at the University of Arkansas, which was made possible by a $10.65 million gift from the NFF Board Member and Dallas Cowboys owner’s family.

NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby participated in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with University of Iowa students last week.

Twenty years after 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams arrived on the University of Texas campus, and 16 years after he left it clutching the Heisman Trophy, the Longhorn legend is back in Austin working toward a Ph.D. in psychology.

LSU head coach Les Miles paid tribute to his late former Michigan teammate Rob Lytle, a 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee, during last week’s SEC coaches’ teleconference. Lytle will be posthumously honored with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Saturday as Michigan hosts BYU.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its Modern Era nominees for the Class of 2016, which include College Football Hall of Famers Cornelius Bennett (Alabama), Tony Boselli (Southern California), Tedy Bruschi (Arizona), Jimbo Covert (Pittsburgh), Eddie George (Ohio State), Mark May (Pittsburgh), the late Sam Mills (Montclair State [N.J.]), Jay Novacek (Wyoming), Orlando Pace (Ohio State), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), Rod Smith (Missouri Southern State), Vinny Testaverde (Miami [Fla.]), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) and Herschel Walker (Georgia), College Football Hall of Fame coaches Don Coryell, Jimmy Johnson and Clark Shaughnessy and 1996 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tiki Barber (Virginia).

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 Bobby Bowden will be inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 26 prior to the West Virginia-Maryland football game. Joining him in the class are former tight end and linebacker Ken Herock and former running back Amos Zereoue.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault (Nevada) is heading to Italy to coach the Rhinos Milanos of the Italian Football League in 2016.

College Football Hall of Famer Al Blozis (Georgetown) will be posthumously inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 29, at the USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.

In an article for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Mark Story shared some memorable stories about College Football Hall of Famer Steve Meilinger (Kentucky), who passed away last week.

College Hall of Fame Coach Earle Bruce, who is recovering from a mild stroke, had an emotional reunion Sept. 4-5 with his former players at Salem (Ohio) High School, where he began his career as a head coach. In attendance were former players Ned Chappell (Maryland), Ben Jones (Ohio State), Fred Phillis (Bowling Green) and Lou Slaby (Pittsburgh).

College Football Hall of Famers Kevin Butler (Georgia), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) and Danny Wuerffel (1996 Campbell Trophy winner from Florida) are among the celebrity voters who will take part in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Poll this season.

College Football Hall of Famer Rex Mirich will have his jersey retired by Northern Arizona on Oct. 2 during a ceremony at the 1899 Bar & Grill in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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.

College Football Hall of Famer Chris Spielman (Ohio State) will speak on Sept. 28 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio.

1968 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mike Perrin was named the interim athletics director at Texas.

2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tim Hiller (Western Michigan) has a new book called “Strive,” in which he leads the reader on a year-long journey, taking small steps each week on the path to making the reader’s life matter. The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon and will be released on Oct. 1.

2006 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Chris Leak (Florida) will be inducted into the Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 30, as part of the festivities surrounding the Florida-Georgia game. Former Gator Jabar Gaffney and former Bulldogs Rex Robinson and Richard Seymour will also be inducted.

Former quarterback and 2005 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tyler Emmert was inducted into the Carroll College (Mont.) Athletics Hall of Fame over the weekend. Two-time All-American Gary Cooper and the 2005 Carroll football team, which was guided by Emmert and went 14-0 on the way to the college’s fourth-consecutive national championship, were also inducted.

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. 26, between Mississippi State and Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi, and Central Florida and South Carolina.


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. 21-27.

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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The NFF Minnesota Chapter announced a new award, “Minnesota Football Program of the Year,” which will be presented in partnership with the Minnesota Vikings, Innovative Office Solutions and KFAN. The recipients of the award will receive $10,000 for specific programs that encourage kids to engage in the community.

As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, Arkansas athletics director and College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman Jeff Long was today’s guest speaker. Former Tennessee quarterback and former U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler will be the guest speaker next Monday, Sept. 28., at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter will host a luncheon featuring College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye as the guest speaker on Sept. 28 at 103 West in Atlanta. Click here for ticket information.

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 Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will serve as the official medical partner for University of West Florida athletics. The partnership includes team physician coverage, medical support and a gift of $144,000 over four years to help the UWF sports medicine program…

Scheduling

Special Scheduling News: Former ESPN VP/College Sports Programming Dave Brown, a big fan of this section in Chalktalk, has launched a new software company called Gridiron, which utilizes a comprehensive database of every FBS, FCS and DII schedule through the 2031 season to help schools instantly locate open dates and create the best possible schedules based on a wide-range of objectives. Go to http://gridironschedule.com/ for more information…

Media

IMG released its audio highlight montage for Week 3 of the season, featuring dramatic calls from its announcers from around the country…

Ratings

ESPN/ABC televised the two highest-rated college football games of the day across all networks on Saturday, Sept. 19. Mississippi at Alabama earned a 4.6 overnight rating, up 254% to the 2014 comparable television window (USC at Boston College) and the third-highest overnight of the 2015 season across all networks…

People

UAB announced a five-year contract extension for head football coach Bill Clark

Milestones

With Virginia Tech’s win over Purdue, coach Frank Beamer broke a tie with College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Alabama) for the seventh-most victories at one school in FBS history. Beamer is now tied with Hall of Fame coach Chris Ault (Nevada) at No. 6 with 233… Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert completed 24-of-25 passes (96 percent) against South Carolina to set the FBS record for single-game completion percentage… Florida State won its 25th straight game against an ACC opponent, the longest active FBS win streak against teams in conference… Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield set a school record with 572 total yards… Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller is the first Fighting Irish player to have three straight 100-yard receiving games to open a season since 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Thom Gatewood in 1970…

Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard’s 527 yards of total offense against California were the most by any player in Texas history… Alabama’s loss against Mississippi was its first loss in either August or September since Sept. 29, 2007, against Florida State… In the first game in 12 years between old rivals North Dakota State and North Dakota, NDSU won 34-9 before a sellout crowd of more than 19,000 fans at the Fargodome in the 111th meeting between the schools…

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…

Donations

Buffalo alumnus Dr. Burt H. Rubin has made a bequest commitment of $1.5 million, the largest planned gift in program history…

Facilities

StadiumJourney.com took a look at some of the stadium upgrades taking place at FCS schools across the country… Coastal Carolina debuted its new teal turf field for its home opener against Western Illinois… Penn State recommended approval of the design and an authorization to construct the new Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes… The exterior design have been finalized for the new Washington-Grizzly Champions Center at Montana, which will house a new 7,000 square-foot locker room for the Grizzly football team, a new 12,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center and a team meeting space… Northeastern State (Okla.) announced that a new videoboard will be installed at Doc Wadley Stadium… Arkansas academic and athletics leaders together dedicated Champions Hall, which was funded significantly by a committed portion of the athletics department’s annual share of SEC revenues…

Uniforms and Marketing

Arizona will be wearing red chrome helmets for its game against UCLA this week… The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College, announced a five-year extension of its partnership with Central Florida…

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 the Greenville News (S.C.)’s Dan Foster, the 2003 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

More News of Interest

The SEC Network will provide coverage of the 2015 SEC Symposium, highlighted by a live SEC Network + stream of the student entrepreneurial pitch competition on Monday, Sept. 21… The NCAA is seeking proposals for its Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, which awards $100,000 to research and data-driven products designed to help college athletes…

Obituaries

Doris Robinson
, the wife of legendary College Football Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson from Grambling State, passed away Sept. 16. She was 96… Longtime Notre Dame football press box announcer John “Jack” Lloyd passed away Sept. 17. He was 79… Former LSU tight end Tyler Edwards died Sept. 19. He was 26… Oklahoma State video coordinator Jeff Naple passed away Sept. 20. He was 54… Former University of Mary (N.D.) athletics director Al Bortke passed away Sept. 20. He was 78…

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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
– 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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