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NFF CHALKTALK – Sept. 30, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Sept. 30.
Published: 9/30/2015 4:15:00 PM

(Pictured: The Ak-Chin Indian Community was officially announced as the sponsor of a downtown Phoenix fan campus for the CFP National Championship in January. Above, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell (second from right) and NFF Director Emeritus and 2014 Gold Medal recipient George Weiss (second from left) joined members of the Arizona Organizing Committee for the announcement, including President & CEO Tom Sadler, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer Bruce Skinner and Co-Chair Brad Wright.)

NFF Announces Outstanding List of Semifinalists for 2015 Campbell Trophy, College Football’s Premier Scholar-Athlete Award

Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced the 135 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. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The NFF will announce 15 finalists on Oct. 29, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be declared in dramatic fashion the winner of the 26th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the event, pushing the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11 million.

Click here for the full list of 135 semifinalists, which includes 52 nominees with a 3.7 GPA or better, 83 team captains, 59 all-conference picks, 24 Academic All-Americans and eight All-Americans. Nominees come from all levels of the NCAA and the NAIA, including 56 from the FBS, 23 from the FCS, 20 from Division II, 27 from Division III and nine from the NAIA.

Condoleezza Rice Named 2015 NFF Gold Medal Recipient

The NFF has named former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the 2015 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal, making her the first woman ever nationally recognized by the organization in its 69 year history.

Rice, who grew up in Alabama as the daughter of a high school football coach, rose to the highest levels of power as the first female African-American U.S. Secretary of State, and she will be honored for her achievements and contributions to our nation during the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

“One of the most influential people in global politics, Condoleezza Rice holds a unique place in our nation’s history,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Coming from humble beginnings and experiencing segregation in Alabama during the 1960s, she has exhibited a drive and commitment to excellence throughout her life that has allowed her to amass a long list of impressive firsts, which is equaled by few, if any. She is a true patriot, and her love of our country naturally extends to the gridiron, never failing to watch a full slate of college football games on Saturday in the fall and now serving on the College Football Playoff Committee. It is with great pleasure that we bestow our highest honor on her in recognition of her many, many accomplishments."

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 Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt, an all-conference linebacker at Kansas State under 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee coach Bill Snyder, and BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe, a former safety at BYU under Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards who won three Super Bowls as a player and later served as head coach at California.

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:

·         Former Marine Turns to Concordia Football

·         Linehans Continuing Family Tradition by Playing Football for Idaho Vandals

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.

Gatewood, Lytle and Thomas Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electees Thom Gatewood (Notre Dame), the late Rob Lytle (Michigan) and Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) were honored on Sept. 26 with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments. Lytle’s family represented him on the field.

The first African-American captain in Notre Dame history, Gatewood was a consensus First Team All-American in 1970 and owned multiple Irish receiving records for more than 30 years. Click here for more on Gatewood. A consensus First Team All-American following his senior campaign, Lytle finished third in the 1976 Heisman Trophy voting after being named the Big Ten Most Valuable Player. Click here for more on the late Lytle. One of the most acclaimed players in Southwest Conference history, Thomas claimed unanimous First Team All-America honors in 1995 and was twice named consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year. Click here for more on Thomas.

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. Gatewood, Lytle and Thomas 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 Lytle salute, the NFF would like to thank Michigan acting athletics director and teammate of Lytle’s at Michigan Jim Hackett, Lytle’s widow Tracy, son Kelly and daughter Erin, NFF COO Matthew Sign, NFF business partner and Partner at Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP Jon Taylor and Vice President of Client Consulting & Strategy at Fidelity Investments Scott Senseney for taking part in the presentation on the field.

For the Gatewood salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries, Executive Vice President of Tax-Exempt Market & Retirement Solutions at Fidelity Investments Rick Mitchell and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick for taking part in the presentation on the field.

For the Thomas salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush, former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt, College Football Hall of Famer Gabe Rivera and Vice President and Managing Director of Workplace Investing at Fidelity Investments Chris Skinner for taking part in the presentation on the field.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 4

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the poll as five teams received first place votes in Week 4 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Michigan State, Mississippi, TCU 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 4.

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

Click here for notes on Week 4 of the 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.

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Member Boston College and Executive Member Johns Hopkins (Md.). 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 Robert Burger (1980, Notre Dame) and Michael Mauck (1976, Tennessee) 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.

LAST WEEK
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The Hall of Fame was the host venue for the Tour Championship Party on Sept. 21, which celebrated the top 30 PGA players.

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 Aug. 23, 2014, 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 Scott Blackmun’s contract as U.S. Olympic Committee CEO was extended through 2021, with an option to keep him through the 2024 Games.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee coach Jim Tressel, now the president at Youngstown State, rappelled down the Metropolitan building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, as part of a fundraiser benefiting the Beatitude House, which provides education and temporary housing to disadvantaged women and children in the community.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) and Hall of Famer Bennie Blades (Miami [Fla.]) are among those who will be inducted into the State of Florida Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Former University of Minnesota quarterback and NFL coach Tony Dungy and late Miami (Fla.) radio broadcaster Sonny Hirsch will also be inducted.

2015 College Football Hall of Famer electee Sean Brewer (Millsaps [Miss.]) and Hall of Famer Wesley Walls (Mississippi) will be inducted into the State of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on July 30, 2016, in ceremonies at the Jackson Convention Complex. Other inductees include Jackie Sherrill, the winningest football coach in Mississippi State history, and late Southern Miss football player Willie Heidelburg, the first African-American to play at a Mississippi Division I school.

College Football Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard (Brown) will be posthumously inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame presented by Northwestern Mutual during an induction ceremony on Dec. 30 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Former Washington quarterback Mark Brunell, former Rose Bowl Game Media Director and Pac-10 Associate Commissioner Jim Muldoon and former Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley will also be inducted.

College Football Hall of Famers Woodrow Lowe (Alabama) and Roger Wehrli (Missouri) headline the 2015 SEC Football Legends Class, which includes 14 former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions. The class will be honored at the 2015 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 4-5 in Atlanta  in conjunction with the SEC Championship Game.

College Football Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) leads 14 former football players named to the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Class of Football Legends. Dorsett and the 13 other legends will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl on Dec. 4 and during the on-field pregame festivities at the 11th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.

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 premiered on the SEC Network on Sept. 29.

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.

Georgetown and Columbia, who began a 10-year football series over the weekend, have named the trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the annual football contest the Lou Little Trophy in honor of the College Football Hall of Fame coach who led both programs during his career.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Mike Bellotti will be inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 19. Former Oregon State football player Elmer Kolberg and the 2001 Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon State team will also be inducted.

College Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown (Syracuse) will be among the first to be inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 30 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. N.Y.

College Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (Georgia) has a new book titled “The Power of Failure: Succeeding in the Age of Innovation,” in which he illustrates with hard, real-life examples why the most successful entrepreneurs are those with the courage, the resilience, the intelligence, and the competitive spirit to fail often, fail faster and fail better—to achieve ultimate success.

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

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

College Football Hall of Famer and 1982 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dave Rimington (Nebraska) will be honored with the Tom Osborne Leadership Award from Leadership Hastings at a banquet on Oct. 8. Leadership Hastings is an enrichment program coordinated by volunteers and designed to foster the community's quality of life through leadership development, awareness enhancement, and community involvement.

2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dr. Jarrell NeSmith will be inducted into the Tusculum College (Tenn.) Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 10. Former quarterback Corey Russell will also be inducted.

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.

The trophy that will go to the winner of next year’s Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland, between Boston College and Georgia Tech, has been named the Keough-Naughton College football trophy, honoring in part 1992 NFF Gold Medal recipient, former NFF Board Member and former Coca-Cola President Don Keough, who passed away earlier this year.

2004 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient and longtime Tulane athletics director Rick Dickson announced he will retire in May 2016.


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. 28-Oct. 4.

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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At Purdue University, Victory Drive was renamed Joe Tiller Drive prior to the Boilermakers’ game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 19. Purdue president Mitch Daniels and athletics director Morgan Burke unveiled a new street sign at the northeast corner of Ross-Ade Stadium in a pregame ceremony as part of the 15-year salute to the 2000 Big Ten championship/2001 Rose Bowl team. Tiller, the namesake of the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter, served as head coach of the Boilermakers from 1997-2008, and he was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, former Tennessee quarterback and former U.S. Congressman Heath Shuler was the guest speaker on Sept. 28. Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker will be the guest speaker next Monday, Oct. 5, at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter hosted a luncheon featuring College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye as the guest speaker on Sept. 28 at 103 West in Atlanta. The chapter will be hosting a Touchdown Club Hall of Fame Evening at the College Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 15. The Auburn-Kentucky game will be shown on the big screen on the field and there will be dinner, a bar and Hall of Fame tours. Click here for ticket information.

The NFF Westchester (N.Y.) Chapter held its 2015 charity golf classic on Sept. 28 at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.  The event raises scholarship funds for Westchester’s scholar-athletes.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

New Football Schools

Kennesaw State reflected on the first month of the season in which the Owls posted a 3-1 mark, including three straight wins to begin their inaugural campaign… Kennesaw State opened the year and program history 3-0, becoming the third FCS program since 2008 to begin its history with three straight wins, joining Mercer (4-0; 2013) and Old Dominion (3-0; 2009)… The Owls are also the only FCS program since 2008 to score 50-plus points in each of its first two games (56 at East Tennessee State, 58 versus Edward Waters [Fla.])…

Scheduling

Oregon will host BYU on Sept. 10, 2022… South Carolina has added games against Louisiana Tech and Wofford to its future football schedules… Cincinnati added Austin Peay to its 2017 schedule… The Big Ten will count Army and three teams from the American as Power Five opponents…

Media

IMG released its audio montage for Week 4 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country… The MAC announced a new regional multi-year television agreement with the Buckeye Cable Sports Network to produce and televise MAC football games through a sublicense agreement with ESPN… Richmond has launched a special website, www.capitalcup125.com, in anticipation of its 125th meeting with William & Mary on Nov. 21…

Ratings

Through the first two games it aired, Notre Dame Football on NBC has averaged nearly 4 million viewers (3.9 million), NBC’s best two-game viewership average since 2012…

People

Dayton announced Neil Sullivan has been named vice president and director of athletics…

Awards & Honors

Former Texas, North Carolina, Tulane and Appalachian State head coach Mack Brown has been named the recipient of the 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award… Kentucky announced plans to build life-sized statues outside of Commonwealth Stadium to honor the first four black players to play football at the school: Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg, Nate Northington and the late Greg Page

Milestones

17,327 fans saw St. Thomas (Minn.) beat Saint John’s (Minn.), 35-14, at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minn., a new Division III football record by nearly 1,000 people… Memphis is 4-0 for the first time since 1961 and is on an 11-game winning streak, tying TCU for the second-longest current run in the FBS… Oklahoma State is the first team ever to beat Texas four straight times in Austin. The Cowboys' win streak dates back to 2010… Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon had his 11th career game with three or more touchdowns, tying the NCAA record held by former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball

Wisconsin has won 35 consecutive non-conference home games, the second-longest active such streak in the FBS behind LSU (43)… Georgia running back Nick Chubb recorded his 12th-straight game with at least 100 yards rushing, tying College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker’s school record… After losing his father to cancer the night before, Penn State’s Anthony Zettel had seven tackles, 2.5 for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery in Penn State's 37-21 win over San Diego State and was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week… Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State will meet this Saturday, Oct. 3, for the 90th time in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods… The BYU at Michigan game over the weekend was the 261st consecutive game with more than 100,000 people in The Big House… Penn beat Villanova for the first time in 104 years…

College Football Playoff

Fans can start making plans to be a part of the 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship in Glendale, Ariz., which will take place Jan. 11, through Playoff Premium’s variety of packages at various price ranges and seating locations. Click here for more information… The Ak-Chin Indian Community was officially announced as the sponsor of a downtown Phoenix fan campus for the CFP National Championship in January. The announcement was attended by NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF Director Emeritus and 2014 Gold Medal recipient George Weiss

Bowl Games

National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson will be the Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Jan. 2…

Donations

A $6 million gift from Wyoming philanthropists Mick and Susie McMurry through the McMurry Foundation will be joined with $6 million in contributions by family, friends and business partners. In turn, this $12 million will be doubled by state matching funds, for a total of $24 million, and the $44 million expansion project of the Rochelle Athletics Center will be named the Mick and Susie McMurry High Altitude Performance Center… Former West Alabama football player and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler teamed up with adidas for a $10,000 gift to his alma mater which assisted in the purchase of the football team's new uniforms for the 2015 season… Former Northwestern State quarterback Vic Stelly and his wife Terry have named the Demons Unlimited Foundation as the $10,000 beneficiary of a life insurance policy with the proceeds designated to establish the Vic and Terry Stelly Athletic Scholarship…

Facilities

Air Force received a leadership gift of $5 million from an anonymous donor to support renovations to Falcon Stadium… Air Force athletics director Jim Knowlton revealed his strategic vision for the Falcon Stadium renovations… The $4 million renovation of QU Stadium brought football games back to campus at Quincy (Ill.) for the first time since 2010… Black Hills State (S.D.) is introducing luxury boxes at its stadium…

Uniforms and Marketing

Arizona State unveiled its new “Be the Hammer” alternate football uniforms…

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 sportswriter and former National Football Foundation executive director Jimmie McDowell, the 2000 winner of the Bert McGrane Award…

Community Service

The ACC announced that it has joined in partnership with One Love Foundation in an effort to end relationship violence by educating, empowering and activating young people in a movement for social change.

More News of Interest

Georgia Tech faculty athletics representative Dr. Reginald DesRoches has introduced a monthly faculty/student-athlete breakfast program to provide Tech student-athletes with an opportunity to engage with faculty outside the classroom… Former football players and soldiers, as well as neuroscience experts, are set to participate in a conference next month at the University of Mississippi, which has a groundbreaking Ph.D. program to train education professionals to help speed recovery from traumatic brain injuries… A new partnership between The Media School at Indiana and school’s athletics department will significantly enhance coverage of Hoosier sports while providing students with access to unique sports media facilities…

Obituaries

Former Memphis head football coach and Alabama wide receiver Richard Williamson passed away Sept. 21. He was 74… Tommy Simpson, a captain on the 1960s Kentucky football team known as “The Thin Thirty,” passed away Sept. 21. He was 76… Bill Keedy, a member of Arkansas State’s football broadcast team and former longtime high school football coach, passed away Sept. 26…  Eastern Kentucky defensive lineman Joseph Kraemer died Sept. 27. He was 19…

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NFF KEY DATES

Oct. 29, 2015 – Announcement of the 2015 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which comprise the members of the 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.

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

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