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NFF CHALKTALK – Oct. 6, 2015, Presented by
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Oct. 6.
Published: 10/6/2015 10:23:00 AM

(Pictured: The first trailer was released for the documentary “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” which follows the 50-year legacy of College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, the filmmaker’s father, from the segregated South to Michigan State. Recruited by Hall of Fame head coach Duffy Daugherty, Washington played at Michigan State alongside fellow Hall of Famers Clinton JonesBubba Smith and George Webster, becoming members of the first fully integrated football team in America.)

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 Last week’s profiles included NFF Board Member and Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione, a former walk-on at Maryland, and Colorado athletics director Rick George, who started 44 straight games at cornerback for Illinois. Check out all of the athletics director profiles on

This Week on

The NFF continues to promote, 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:

·         Stock Rises to Challenge to Help ‘Teammate’

·         Old Dominion’s Compton Making Most of College Experience

·         Kidd Still Watching Eastern Kentucky Program He Built

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.

Bosworth and Payton Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electees Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) and Michael Payton (Marshall) were honored on Oct. 3 with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments. We’d like to thank FOX Sports 1 and the American Sports Network (ASN), respectively, for their coverage of the salutes and ASN for their video profile of Payton.

The only two-time recipient of the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the nation, Bosworth was a two-time consensus First Team All-American and led Oklahoma to the 1985 National Championship. Click here for more on Bosworth. Payton received the Walter Payton Award in 1992 as the best player in Division I-AA and led Marshall to its first-ever national championship. Click here for more on Payton.

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. Bosworth and Payton 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 Bosworth salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member and Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, NFF Board Member and Oklahoma Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, Fidelity Investments Executive Vice President-Operations Jim Smith and University of Oklahoma Board of Regents Chairman Jon Stuart for taking part in the presentation on the field. Oklahoma also honored the 1985 National Championship team, which Bosworth was a member of, during the game and College Football Hall of Famers Tony Casillas and Barry Switzer were among the members of the team present.

For the Payton salute, the NFF would like to thank Fidelity Investments Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant Christopher Greenlaw and NFF Board Member and former Marshall head coach Jack Lengyel for taking part in the presentation on the field.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 5

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the poll as seven teams received first place votes in Week 5 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. TCU, Baylor, Michigan State and LSU 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 5.

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

Click here for notes on Week 5 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 to learn about the benefits and how your institution can become a member in 2015.

Those who have joined this week include Presidential Member Columbia and Executive Member Rowan (N.J.). 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

Past NFF National Scholar-Athlete Leo Dillon (1970, Dayton) joined this week. Click here for more information and to see the members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a pit stop on Oct. 1 at the Hall of Fame to surprise a special fan. The fan was 12-year-old Austin Freeman, who is currently battling cancer. Dale and Austin toured the building with Austin’s family and even got the chance to race against one another on the Hall’s replica field on motorized coolers. Dale also surprised Austin with a signed pit crew jersey and race car toys. In addition, College Football Hall of Famer Dave Butz (Purdue) stopped by to join in on the fun.

The Hall of Fame welcomed Robyn Clarke of the Tim Tebow Foundation to the Hall on Friday, Oct. 2. Clarke and her family received a special guided tour with one of the Hall’s Fan Ambassadors before she traveled to Athens, Ga. to meet Tim Tebow on the set of SEC Nation.

On Friday, Oct. 2, three college football programs visited the Hall of Fame for the first time. Liberty University, the University of North Carolina and Clark Atlanta University each played in Atlanta over the weekend, touring the Hall before their games.

The Atlanta Falcons will host their Moms Football Safety Clinic on the Hall’s 45-yard indoor playing field 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


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


Three NFF Board Members are among the Forbes 400 richest people in the U.S. Dallas Cowboys Owner, President & General Manager Jerry Jones is the highest at No. 94. New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft is No. 108 and Under Armour Chairman & CEO Kevin Plank is No. 145.

The first trailer was released for the documentary “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” a takeoff from the Michigan State University fight song. The film follows the 50-year legacy of College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, the filmmaker’s father, from the segregated South to MSU. Recruited by Hall of Fame head coach Duffy Daugherty, Washington played at Michigan State alongside fellow Hall of Famers Clinton Jones, Bubba Smith and George Webster, becoming members of the first fully integrated football team in America.

Tennessee honored College Football Hall of Fame coach Doug Dickey with the dedication of the Doug Dickey Hall of Champions at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex and the Doug Dickey Hall of Fame Plaza.

College Football Hall of Famer Thomas Everett (Baylor) was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon yesterday at the Doubletree by Hilton in Dallas. Former Texas Tech football player Tracy Saul also joined him in the 2015 class.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Boots Donnelly was honored with a 6-foot-6 bronze statue at Middle Tennessee State during the Blue Raiders’ homecoming festivities on Oct. 3.

Rice presented Robbie Williams, the widow of College Football Hall of Fame inductee James “Froggy” Williams, with a commemorative white helmet during halftime of its game this week. The Owls wore the white helmets during their game earlier this year against Texas in memory of Froggy’s Hall of Fame career at Rice. Froggy passed away June 23, 2015, at the age of 87.

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.

The Big 12 Conference has started its new campaign, Champions for Life, which highlights the benefits of participating in intercollegiate athletics, including the life-changing value of athletic scholarships. Some of the first participants included 2015 Campbell Trophy semifinalists Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) and Spencer Drango (Baylor).

WIAT, a CBS-affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., ran a great story on 2015 Campbell Trophy semifinalist Ryan Kelly, the starting center at Alabama, and his brother Mike, who plays linebacker at Navy.

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 Oct. 5-11.

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 Alabama quarterback Jay Barker was the guest speaker yesterday. Next Monday, Oct. 12, Stephen Jones, the Dallas Cowboys COO/Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel and a former Arkansas linebacker, will be the guest speaker at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF 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.


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 CFP Foundation has kicked off its inaugural Extra Yard for Teachers Awareness Week…


IMG released its audio montage for Week 5 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country… The 2015 NAIA Football National Championship will be streamed on ESPN3 across WatchESPN platforms in high definition for the third consecutive year…


DePauw (Ind.) athletics director Stevie Baker-Watson has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council… Mountain East Conference Commissioner Reid Amos was named to the NCAA Division II Football Committee… Wheeler Brown has been named as the Interim Director of Athletics at Jackson State… Texas A&M-Commerce announced Tim McMurray as its new director of athletics…

Awards & Honors

Former football players Clark Haggans and Mike Newell were elected to the Colorado State University Athletics Hall of Fame… Former Southeastern Louisiana and Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Arthur “Red” Swanson and former Michigan running back Anthony Thomas have been elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame…


Tulane long snapper Aaron Golub became the first legally blind player in an FBS game… This week’s game between Texas and Oklahoma will be the 110th meeting in the storied rivalry… Brown beat Rhode Island, 41-31, in the 100th Governor’s Cup football game… LSU running back Leonard Fournette became the first player in SEC history to rush for more than 200 yards in three-straight games… TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is now the university’s all-time leader with 74 career touchdown passes… Clemson is just the fifth current FBS school with a winning record over Notre Dame (minimum of three games)…

Bowl Games

The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission announced the creation of the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, which will debut on Dec. 29…


The Towson athletics department announced the Wardell Turner Scholarship Endowment in honor of former Tiger football player and U.S. Army Sergeant Wardell Turner, who was killed in action on Nov. 24, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan…

Uniforms and Marketing

Oregon will pay homage to explorers Lewis and Clark with an “Oregon Pioneer” alternate uniform against Washington State this week… Tennessee will wear its new smokey grey uniforms this week against Georgia… Navy and Notre Dame unveiled Under Armour Respect uniform baselayers for their game this week… Auburn and Under Armour announced a new contract that will carry their relationship through 2025… West Alabama introduced an updated brand and identity system, including new logos…

Community Service

Georgia recognized injured Southern University player Devon Gales during its game against Alabama, wearing his number on their helmets and welcoming his parents out onto the field at Sanford Stadium, where they received a rousing cheer from the crowd of more than 91,000. A website has been launched to raise funds for his care, after sustaining a severe neck injury against Georgia the week before…

More News of Interest

The Division I Football Oversight Committee will spend the upcoming months taking a comprehensive look at all aspects of the sport… Oregon and Oregon State each planned a series of tributes to the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Both football teams announced that they will wear matching helmet decals, which feature a black ribbon and the letters "UCC" across the middle… The Georgia Southern-Georgia State rivalry will include a trophy… Houston Baptist has begun a new nutrition program for student-athletes… Auburn athletics had its best year ever in revenues and finished the fiscal year with a cash-basis net operating surplus of $1.9 million…


Former Beloit (Wis.) football player Jack Stull passed away Sept. 26. He was 66… Former Middle Tennessee State defensive tackle Antonio Hill died Sept. 27. He was 26… Former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M football coach Glen Wolfe passed away Sept. 29. He was 75… Former Syracuse offensive lineman Al Benecick passed away Sept. 29. He was 78… Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died Oct. 3. He was 20… Longtime Washington Post sports columnist Ken Denlinger passed away Oct. 3. He was 73…


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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 Annual Awards Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 8, 2015
– 58th NFF Annual Awards 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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