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NFF CHALKTALK – Oct. 13, 2015, Presented by
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Oct. 13.
Published: 10/13/2015 12:05:00 PM

(Pictured: The NFF continues with its campaign on 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. Last week's profiles included Ohio State athletics director and former Notre Dame player Gene Smith, seen above receiving the 2008 NFF Toner Award from ESPN's Rece Davis.)

Athletics Directors Molded on the Gridiron

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (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 2008 NFF Toner Award recipient and Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith, who won a national championship as a player and as a coach at Notre Dame, and Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich, who played at Northern Arizona. 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:

·         ‘Mama Legs’ Becomes Surrogate Caretaker of Sons’ Football Team

·         Cheyney Helps Feed Philadelphia Homeless Via #Hashtag Lunchbag

·         Temple’s Walton Makes Most of Second Chance

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.

NFF Announces 2015 National High School Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients

From the more than 1.1 million high school football players across the country, the NFF announced the names of five outstanding individuals as the recipients of the 2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards. Each recipient is selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level. The five honorees, who are now playing college football after graduating high school in 2015, are being recognized solely for their accomplishments in high school.

The 2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete honorees are:

·         Zachary Allen – from New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Conn., and the Ralph Desantis/Fairfield County Chapter in the Northeast Region. (Currently attending Boston College.)

·         Kenneth Brinson Jr. – from Marist School in Atlanta and the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Chapter in the South Region. (Currently attending the U.S. Military Academy.)

·         William Hefley III – from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and the NFF Arkansas Chapter in the Midwest Region. (Currently attending the University of Tulsa.)

·         Jelani Roberts – from The Gilman School in Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Chapter in the East Region. (Currently attending Northwestern University.)

·         Josh Rosen – from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., and the Los Angeles Chapter in the West Region. (Currently attending UCLA.)

The five scholar-athletes will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Waldorf Astoria.

Alberts, Brewer and Tressel Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electees Trev Alberts (Nebraska), Sean Brewer (Millsaps [Miss.]) and coach Jim Tressel (Youngstown State) were honored on Oct. 10 with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments.

The Cornhuskers’ first Butkus Award winner and a unanimous First Team All-American following his senior season, Alberts was also an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Click here for more on Alberts. The only defensive lineman in Division III history to earn First Team All-America honors three times, Brewer becomes the first Millsaps player or coach to join the Hall of Fame. Click here for more on Brewer. 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. Alberts, Brewer and Tressel 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 Alberts salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member Chuck Neinas, Fidelity Investments Vice President and Managing Director Pat Vaughan and College Football Hall of Famers Tommie Frazier, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Will Shields and coach Tom Osborne for taking part in the presentation on the field.

For the Brewer salute, the NFF would like to thank Fidelity Investments Vice President Stacy Banner and 2009 NFF Outstanding Football Official Award recipient Tim Millis for taking part in the presentation on the field.

For the Tressel salute, the NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member and NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione and Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President Cheryl Wilson for taking part in the presentation on the field.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 6

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the poll as six teams received first place votes in Week 6 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Baylor, TCU, Utah 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 6.

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

Click here for notes on Week 6 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.


The Hall of Fame will host Haunted Hall of Fame, a family-friendly Halloween themed event, on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. Guests can sample sweet treats at every treat station throughout the Hall, build “haunted” bird houses with The Home Depot and win prizes in our scary scavenger hunt and costume contests. Click here for more information.

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (Navy) and 2007 Masters Champion and 2015 Open Championship winner Zach Johnson visited the Hall of Fame during TOUR Championship week, where they were given a special tour. Click here for a glimpse at their visit.

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


NFF Board Member T. Boone Pickens was announced as the keynote speaker for the West Kern Petroleum Summit scheduled for Oct. 16 across from the Oil Worker Monument in Taft, Calif.

NFF Board Member and Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione will introduce College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock, who is being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, during the induction ceremony on Nov. 19 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee coach Bill Snyder sent Oklahoma State kicker Ben Grogan a handwritten, congratulatory note after Grogan’s late-game kick gave Oklahoma State a 36-34 victory against Kansas State.

South Carolina State will honor College Football Hall of Fame coach Willie Jeffries during the “Honoring the Legacy of Willie Jeffries” weekend Oct. 16-17.

College Football Hall of Famer Charley Barrett, a Cornell football legend and World War I hero who injured his lungs in a Navy ship explosion, developed tuberculosis and died in 1924 at age 30, is still remembered almost a century after his death.

College Football Hall of Famer Carl Eller (Minnesota) made several pieces of pottery that will be among about 500 artworks on display at the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium when it opens in 2016.

College Football Hall of Famer and 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Doug Flutie, now an NBC football analyst, visited Navy’s practice before the Midshipmen’s game against Notre Dame.

College Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) visited two Waco, Texas, high schools last week to announce the implementation of a new program called SMART (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) for the teachers and SOAR (Students’ Outstanding Academic Rise) for the students.

2001 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Joaquin Gonzalez was elected to the University of Miami (Fla.) Sports Hall of Fame. Former Hurricane football players Willis McGahee and Kellen Winslow Jr. are also part of the class, which will be formally introduced at halftime of the Miami-Clemson football game on Oct. 24 as part of the “Hall of Fame Game” ceremonies. The 48th Annual UMSHoF Induction Banquet will be held in April 2016.

1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Oliver Luck (West Virginia), now the NCAA vice president of regulatory affairs, was profiled in a great feature story by the Indianapolis Star.

NFF Program Updates

The NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day, presented by Fidelity Investments, is a daily segment honoring the semifinalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. Today’s honoree is Jake Hardee, a tight end at Boise State who maintains a 3.61 GPA in criminal justice.

“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. 12-18.

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, Stephen Jones, the Dallas Cowboys COO/Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel and a former Arkansas linebacker, was yesterday’s guest speaker. Next Monday, Oct. 19, former Texas head coach and current ESPN analyst Mack Brown 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 announced a widespread financial backing of K-through-12 classroom projects in multiple communities, totaling over $300,000 in support…

New Football Schools

Leaders from Campbell and UNC-Pembroke recently discussed the benefits the schools have received since adding football programs in 2008 and 2007, respectively… Kennesaw State opened the year and program history 4-1, becoming the second FCS program since 2008 to win four of its first games during its inaugural season. Mercer also posted a 4-1 in its debut season of 2013…

Conference Alignment

Division III’s Commonwealth Coast Conference announced it will begin to oversee football as a championship sport beginning in 2017-18 after assuming operation of a renamed New England Football Conference…


The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Oct. 10, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day, BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent… The Pac-12 Conference and Letv Sports announced that as part of multi-year agreement, Letv Sports will stream Pac-12 regular season football games in China this season… IMG released its audio montage for Week 6 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country…


Through the first five weeks of the 2015 season, announced attendance at Football Bowl Subdivision games has increased one percent compared to last season at this time, according to analysis done by CBS Sports…


Clay Helton
was named the interim head coach at Southern California… Mike Locksley has been named the interim head coach at Maryland… Mike Canales was named the interim head coach at North Texas… Appalachian State approved a new five-year contract for head football coach Scott SatterfieldBrad Stricklin will serve as Central Florida’s interim athletics director… Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen received a two-year contract extension… Ryan Shockey has been appointed to the position of athletics director at Olivet College (Mich.)…

Awards & Honors

Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. is accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual Pop Warner College Football Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has played youth football and has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in the community as a college athlete. Nominations are due Oct. 23… Former football players Rob Morris and Luke Staley have been elected to the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame…


Stanford and UCLA will meet for the 72nd time in 71 years on Thursday, Oct. 15… LSU running back Leonard Fournette became the 10th running back in FBS history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in the first five games of the season… Baylor has scored 321 points over its first five games, the most by any school since major classification began in 1937… With its win over North Texas, Portland State became just the second FCS school to defeat two FBS programs in the same season, joining North Dakota State…

Bowl Games

Marmot is the new title sponsor of the Boca Raton Bowl… The Sycuan Tribe and the Holiday Bowl are partnering up on a military giveback promotion to distribute free game tickets to active-duty military personnel…


Minnesota’s Board of Regents approved a plan to construct three new buildings and renovate several others to create a new Athletes Village… Murray State Athletics has a new home to showcase its greatest players after the recent opening of the Burton Family Hall of Champions…


Pat Eilers
, a member of Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship football team, and his wife Jana have made a $3 million gift to endow the football team's defensive backs coaching position… Texas Tech announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank supporting the construction of the planned Sports Performance Center, which will house indoor football practice facilities… To coincide with the release of the biopic film “My All American,” the Longhorn Foundation for Texas Athletics has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to fully endow the Fred Steinmark Fund… Eleanor R. Baldwin, a longtime benefactor of Florida Atlantic, has donated $1 million to name the History and Tradition Hall within the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence… The University at Albany received a $10 million gift from The Bernard and Millie Children's Foundation to support the football stadium and other facilities, expand scholarships for student-athletes and address additional priorities in athletics… A $50 million gift to Georgetown from Peter and Susan Cooper will support an innovative leadership program for the university's 750 student-athletes and fund the completion of the sports field situated in the heart of campus…

Uniforms and Marketing

Under Armour and Wisconsin announced a 10-year partnership, making Under Armour the exclusive designer and supplier of footwear, apparel and accessories for all of the Badgers’ teams… Northwestern unveiled “flashback uniforms” honoring its 1995 Big Ten championship team for its game with Iowa this week… Dan Lyons Eastern Illinois unveiled a new panther logo...

Community Service

The Newberry (S.C.) athletics department has committed to helping out the South Carolina Midlands in the aftermath of devastating flooding… Georgia Southern head football coach Willie Fritz and his entire staff will support childhood cancer awareness on Saturday, Oct. 17, as they will pin gold ribbons on their game day shirts…

More News of Interest

The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP), a robotic tackling dummy developed jointly by Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering and Big Green head football coach Buddy Teevens, was showcased on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week… The Indiana University School of Medicine is teaming up with the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Wisconsin for the largest-ever research effort on concussions… Bowling Green head football coach Dino Babers and assistant athletic trainer Chelsea Lowe helped save a motorist from a burning car… LSU is donating all profits from its ticket sales for its game against South Carolina after the game was forced to move from Columbia, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La., after severe flooding…


Former Harvard football player Dan Freeman died Sept. 14. He was 44… Former Hofstra football player Albert “Tank” Passuello passed away Oct. 1. He was 76… Former United States Merchant Marine Academy (N.Y.) athletics director Sue Petersen Lubow passed away Oct. 5. She was 61… Former Mississippi State football All-American and assistant coach Tom Goode passed away Oct. 8. He was 76… Former Florida halfback and Florida, Memphis and Tulane assistant coach Lindy Infante passed away Oct. 8. He was 75… Former Utah football player Richard C. Kramer passed away Oct. 9. He was 96… Former Nevada wide receiver Mike Senior died last week. He was 43…


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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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