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NFF CHALKTALK – Oct. 27, 2015, Presented by
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Oct. 27.
Published: 10/27/2015 5:20:00 PM

(Pictured: Texas and the NFF jointly honored 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the game between the Longhorns and Kansas State on Oct. 24. Helping with the presentation of Williams' Hall of Fame plaque were NFF Board Member and former Longhorn All-American Corby Robertson (left) and Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Herrick (center). Photo courtesy of Texas Athletics/Patrick Meredith.)

NFF to Announce Finalists for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy on Thursday, Oct. 29

On Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. ET, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) will announce the finalists 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. Each finalist 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 Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The finalists are selected from the 135 candidates who were nominated by their schools in 2015 as the best all-around student-athletes on their respective teams.

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 Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir, who was a starting safety for the Red Wolves from 1990-91, and Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs, who was a walk-on and helped the Tigers to an SEC title in 1983. 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:

·         Cedric Jones Turned to Duke Because of the Stellar Academics

·         Kenneth Brinson Jr. – A Real Team Player

·         Football, Mom Combine to Influence Air Force’s Steelhammer

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.

Condolences on the Tragedy in Stillwater, Okla.

The National Football Foundation would like to extend its deepest condolences to the numerous people impacted by the horrible tragedy that occurred during the Oklahoma State homecoming parade this past weekend in Stillwater. Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of two-year-old Nash Lucas, Nakita Prabhakar, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, who all lost their lives. The other survivors and all of the families and friends are all experiencing unimaginable pain, and we will continue to mourn for them during this most-trying of times.

Ricky Williams Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Ricky Williams (Texas) was honored on Oct. 24 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Ending his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher with 6,279 yards, Williams took home the Heisman Trophy in 1998 following his All-America career at Texas. A unanimous First Team All-American his junior and senior seasons, Williams took home the 1998 Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and he was the first-ever two-time recipient of the Doak Walker Award. Click here for more on Williams.

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. Williams 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.

The NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member and Texas women’s athletics director Chris Plonsky, NFF Board Member and former Longhorn All-American Corby Robertson, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Herrick and Texas interim men’s athletics director and 1968 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Mike Perrin for taking part in the presentation on the field.

NFF Announces 2015 Chapter Leadership Award Recipients

The NFF announced the five outstanding recipients of the 2015 Chapter Leadership Awards.

The Chapter Leadership Awards, first presented in 1988, annually recognize five individuals, one from each region of the country, for their commitment, generosity and leadership at the local level in fulfilling the NFF’s mission of Building Leaders Through Football. Each of the five leadership award winners will be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

This year’s recipients are:

·         Mark Ball – Texas Tech Chapter, representing the South Region

·         Marc Hudak – New York City Chapter, representing the East Region

·         Richard Lewis – Joseph Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter, representing the Northeast Region

·         Gerry McGuire – Sunflower (Kan.) Chapter, representing the Midwest Region

·         Tom Taradash – Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter, representing the West region

The Ten-Second Runoff Rules

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. 

One of the developments in the rules over the past few years has been the addition of the so-called “10-second runoff.” This happens near the end of a half when a team is trying to get the game clock stopped as a part of its clock management strategy. The rules are intended to discourage a team from deliberately committing a foul or using some other tactic to “game” the rules to stop the clock.

The 10-second runoff rules apply only inside one minute of the second and fourth quarters. The circumstances are: a team commits a foul that immediately stops the clock; a player’s helmet comes off; or a player goes down with an injury. Let’s consider these in turn.

Foul That Stops the Clock
: Fouls such as a false start, intentional grounding and offside with contact cause the clock to stop immediately. Others, such as illegal formation or illegal shift, do not cause the clock to stop immediately. For these the clock is stopped at the end of the down and then the penalty is administered, and the 10-second runoff does not apply. If the game clock is running inside a minute of the half and a team commits a foul that stops the clock immediately, the opponent has the option for 10 seconds to be taken off the clock. If they choose the runoff, the fouling team may avoid the runoff by taking a timeout, assuming of course they have one available.

Helmet Comes Off
: When a player’s helmet comes off, the clock stops at the end of the down---except for the ball carrier, in which case the play is dead and the clock stops immediately. If the helmet coming off is the only reason for stopping the game clock, then the opponent may choose a 10-second runoff. Again, the runoff can be avoided if that player’s team burns a timeout. When there is also some other reason for the clock to stop, such as a first down, then the runoff does not apply.

Injured Player
: If at the end of a down one of the players is injured, the officials stop the clock. Just as in the case of the helmet coming off, if this happens inside a minute of either half, the other team may elect to have 10-seconds run off the clock. Again, this only happens if the injury is the only reason for the clock to stop. And again, the player’s team may avoid the runoff if the injury is not the only reason for stopping the clock.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 8

Defending national champion Ohio State remained No. 1 in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll as five teams received first place votes in Week 8 of the season. Baylor, TCU, LSU and Clemson 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 8.

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

Click here for notes on Week 8 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.


College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO John W. Stephenson Jr. announced he will be leaving in November to become director of strategic partnerships and special projects for Chick-fil-A Inc. Stephenson spearheaded the local effort to bring the Hall to Atlanta, and he has led it through its successful first year. The NFF salutes and thanks him for all of his work in getting the Hall of Fame open, and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.

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 Hall of Fame will host Haunted Hall of Fame, a family-friendly Halloween themed event, on Oct. 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.

Kids and Pros will host its Locker Room Chat fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the College Football Hall of Fame. The event will feature three former quarterbacks: 2004 NFF National Scholar-Athlete David Greene (Georgia), College Football Hall of Famer Joe Hamilton and former Iowa State Cyclone and Atlanta Falcon Dave Archer. The fundraiser benefits Kids and Pros, a local nonprofit that hosts free youth football camps for kids ages 7 to 13. College Football Hall of Fame kicker Kevin Butler (Georgia) will be the emcee.


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 and Campbell Trophy namesake Bill Campbell will step down from his role as Intuit Inc. board member and chairman at the end of his current term in January 2016.

NFF Board Member, College Football Hall of Famer and Navy combat veteran Roger Staubach and 2007 NFF Distinguished American, former Notre Dame star and Army combat veteran Rocky Bleier spoke at the Pentagon during the Army G-4-sponsored Vietnam War Commemoration event: "Game Changers: Reflections on Service, Sports and Life," on Oct. 21.

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee coach Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State) will be one of the featured speakers at the North Central Workforce Alliance of Ohio’s Workforce Summit on Nov. 19 at Ashland University (Ohio).

College Football Hall of Famer Joe Washington (Oklahoma) has published a new book titled “The Seven Secrets of the Silver Shoes,” a collection of life lessons viewed through the lens of his playing days.

Arizona State will wear special cleats to pay tribute to College Football Hall of Famer and 2006 NFF Distinguished American Pat Tillman during its game with Oregon on Oct. 29.

College Football Hall of Famer Gino Torretta (Miami [Fla.]) was featured in’s “Where Are They Now?” series.

Nov. 6 will be declaredTim Brown Day” in Dallas to honor the Dallas native and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver from Notre Dame.

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.

College Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley (James Madison) will serve as this year’s keynote speaker for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, which will be held on Dec. 28 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. profiled current Chicago Bears linebacker and 2010 Campbell Trophy winner Sam Acho (Texas)’s impact off the field helping those in need in Nigeria.

The Wuerffel Trophy, named in honor of College Football Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), announced its list of 2015 nominees with a record number of 93 players from college football’s Football Bowl Subdivision. The recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” will be announced during the NFF’s Annual Awards Press Conference on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

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.

2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Josh Rosen’s continued growth was noted in news reports after UCLA’s win over California.

2015 NFF Gold Medal recipient Condoleezza Rice was in Denver last week to host the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2015 National Education Summit.

2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient, ESPN College GameDay, will air its 300th road show from historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 31, in anticipation for the game between Notre Dame and Temple.

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 Nick Arbuckle, the quarterback at Georgia State who maintains a 3.31 GPA in history.

“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. 26-Nov. 1.

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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Former Westchester (N.Y.) Chapter president Greg Draddy was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 22. Draddy, the great nephew of former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, was a standout football player at Rye High School in Rye, N.Y., and at Holy Cross.

As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson was yesterday’s guest speaker. Next Monday, Nov. 2, Central Arkansas head football coach Steve Campbell will be the guest speaker at the Embassy Suites in West Little Rock.

College Football Hall of Famers Chuck Dicus, Wayne Harris and Billy Ray Smith are among six former Arkansas football players who will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame at a luncheon on Nov. 9 at the Little Rock Marriott. The other three former Arkansas football players are Bill Burnett, Ken Hatfield and Wayne Martin. The event is put on by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Little Rock Touchdown Club/NFF Chapter.

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 Nov. 5. The Mississippi State-Missouri 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 partnership with the Orange Bowl Committee that will result in the funding of classroom projects in South Florida public schools…

New Football Schools

Kennesaw State announced that its remaining two home games are sellouts, meaning the Owls have sold out all six of its home games during its inaugural season… Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., is exploring the possibility of adding football… East Tennessee State, which returned to the field this fall for the first time since 2003, will honor all of its former football players during its home game on Saturday, Oct. 31, against Warner (Fla.)… Great Lakes Valley Conference commissioner Jim Naumovich recently discussed the expansion of football within the conference and at the Division II level, specifically focusing on the possibility of Bellarmine University (Ky.) adding a program… Redshirt-junior quarterback Trey White recently provided a journal on his life as a member of Kennesaw State’s football team during its inaugural season…


Cincinnati and Marshall will play a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2019… San Diego State and Utah have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022… Southern Miss and Louisiana-Monroe have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2017 and 2018… Louisville completed its 2017 non-conference schedule with the additions of Kent State and Murray State… Tennessee has added South Alabama to its 2021 schedule… Kennesaw State has added a home-and-home series with Furman to complete its 2016 non-conference schedule…


The Michigan-Michigan State game on Oct. 17 was the most-watched 3:30 p.m. ET game on ESPN ever. It was also ESPN’s most-watched October football game in more than 20 years and second best ever… IMG released its audio montage for Week 8 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country… Time Warner Cable SportsChannel announced its live sports coverage plans for Texas State football…


Conference USA announced Judy MacLeod as the league’s third commissioner. With her appointment, she becomes the first female commissioner of a Football Bowl Subdivision athletics conference… Larry Scott was named the interim head coach at Miami (Fla.)… Danny Barrett was named the interim head coach at Central Florida… Theresa Hanson was named director of athletics at Simon Fraser (Canada)… Doug Jones has been named interim athletics director at Tusculum College (Tenn.)…


LSU running back Leonard Fournette eclipsed 100 yards for the ninth straight game Saturday against Western Kentucky, tying the school record that College Football Hall of Famer Charles Alexander set in 1978… Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer won his 150th career game and currently has the highest winning percentage (.852) among active coaches… Ohio State has now won 21 games in a row dating to last season, the longest active streak in the nation… Mount Union (Ohio) won its 100th consecutive regular season football game with a 69-0 victory over Wilmington (Ohio)… Michigan State has won 12 games in a row for the first time since 1956… Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds is two shy of the FBS record for rushing touchdowns, which is currently held by former Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball (77)…


Texas Tech held the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new athletics ticket office at Jones AT&T Stadium… Minnesota will host a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Oct. 30 to kick off the construction phase of its Athletes Village project… Purdue announced it will seek approval from its Board of Trustees to construct a $60 million football performance complex… Coe College (Iowa) has announced the largest capital project in college history with a major athletic and recreation complex project…


For the sixth consecutive year, members of Cougar Pride, the fundraising arm of Houston athletics, have contributed a record amount of support with $5.2 million in donations to the athletics general scholarship fund…

Community Service

Texas A&M will donate proceeds from special 12th man towel sales to South Carolina flood relief efforts… Members of the Temple football team were on hand to assist the Special Olympics with its Step Up for Special Olympics event over the weekend… A TCU fan set up a crowdfunding page to help a seven-year-old Iowa State fan with cerebral palsy raise money after a viral photo of her was taken with Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin… A donation fund has been set up to help Miami (Fla.) junior cornerback Artie Burns and his family in their time of need after his mother Dana Smith passed away in the early morning hours of Oct. 27…

More News of Interest

A joint effort between the Iowa State athletics department and Virtual Reality Applications Center, recruits can experience game day at Jack Trice Stadium with the C6 virtual reality room… The Division I Committee on Academics is forwarding to the Division I Council a pair of proposals aimed at giving student-athletes more flexibility to pursue academic interests… Uga IX, affectionately known as "Russ," is officially retiring as Georgia's bulldog mascot at age 11, after working 25 games as an interim mascot from 2009-12, then another 38 games as Uga IX from 2012-14… Former NBA Commissioner David Stern will address the 2015 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, which is held Dec. 9-10 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square… The Pac-12 is the first major conference to formally integrate the student-athlete perspective into its official governance structure… The NFL and the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation announced a partnership to fund research investigating the potential long-term effects and risk factors associated with concussion in sports…


Orange Bowl past president Harper Davidson passed away Oct. 11. He was 81… Former Mississippi State All-American and assistant coach Tom Goode passed away Oct. 8. He was 76… Former Navy football great Leon Bramlett Jr. passed away Oct. 19. He was 92… Former Minnesota and Michigan football standout Bill Daley passed away Oct. 19. He was 96… Nicholls State running back Altee Tenpenny died Oct. 20 from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was 20… Carthage College (Wis.)’s all-time leading rusher Jim Jodat passed away Oct. 21. He was 61… Former Wisconsin Football Coaches Association executive director Dick Rundle passed away Oct. 22. He was 80… Nick Pappas, who was dubbed "Mr. Trojan" for the 59 years he spent as a football player, coach and administrator at Southern California, passed away Oct. 23. He was 99… Former Jacksonville State football player Emmett Crook “Baldy” Wilson, who came up with the idea to use Gamecocks as the school’s mascot, passed away Oct. 26. He was 93… Former BYU running back Bruce Hansen passed away last week. He was 54…


Each year, the National Football Foundation 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. Click here for the 2015 Institutional Academic Members, including Presidential Member Alabama and Executive Member Villanova, who joined this week.

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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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