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NFF CHALKTALK – Nov. 19, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
Latest news & notes from the world of college football.
Published: 11/19/2015 9:05:00 AM

(Pictured: 2015 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Voice of the LSU Tigers Jim Hawthorne was honored at LSU on Nov. 14 with an NFF On-Campus Salute. During the salute, LSU head coach Les Miles congratulated Hawthorne on his award.)

NFF to Present Three Members of the Armed Forces with 2015 Distinguished American Awards

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced that it will salute the thousands of student-athletes who have played football at the nation’s military academies over the years by honoring one representative of each branch as a co-recipient of the 2015 NFF Distinguished American Award:

·                 Rear Adm. Bill Byrne – United States Naval Academy

·                 Capt. Jared Tew – United States Air Force Academy

·                 Maj. Graham White – United States Military Academy

“The goal in honoring these three outstanding former football players is to clearly demonstrate football’s role in developing our nation’s military’s leaders and that our country is better because of their football experiences, which have prepared them to defend our nation,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “These three exceptional leaders serve as shining examples of football’s role in the educational mission at our nation’s military academies. We take great pride in honoring them and their exceptional records of achievement.”

One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the Distinguished American Award recognizes an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States. Each of the three award winners will be honored at the 58thNFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Click here to learn more about these three outstanding honorees.

Casey Wasserman Inducted Into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame

Having clearly established himself as one of the great business and philanthropic leaders of his generation, Casey Wasserman continues to receive recognition for his significant contributions in the sports world and the community. The founder, chairman and CEO of the Wasserman Media Group (WMG), Wasserman took center stage today as the newest inductee in to the National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame during a luncheon at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

“It is indeed a great pleasure to be here today, and it is quite humbling,” Wasserman said of his induction. “I’ve loved the game of football all of my life. Some of my earliest memories are around wonderful experiences at football games…I believe that nothing is more American than American football, not even baseball. Football is more than a sport; it is a belief system that teaches life.”

Veteran sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein emceed the event, UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero provided the official welcome and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell conducted the official ring ceremony. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, both NFF Board Members, joined Wasserman on stage, telling stories about Wasserman and his ability to inspire.

Other members of the NFF Board of Directors in attendance included Chairman, CEO and President of American Funds Distributors Kevin Clifford; Principal at Gamble Jones Investment Council and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Past President Dave Davis; and President of Richard W. Jackson, an Accountancy Corporation, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Past President Rick Jackson. Other notable attendees included former ESPN and NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein, College Football Hall of Fame coach Terry Donahue, Tournament of Roses Executive Director Bill Flinn, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon Rafer Johnson, UCLA head football coach Jim Mora and Penske Motor Group Chairman & CEO Greg Penske.

Established in 2013, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame provides the NFF with a powerful platform for recognizing the country’s most influential individuals who have ascended to the highest levels of success and exhibited the critical leadership qualities that transcend ordinary enterprises. Members of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame must embody the same qualities in amateur football that define excellence in American life: hard work, discipline, determination, teamwork, integrity and the relentless pursuit to improve.

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 Cincinnati athletics director Mike Bohn, who played at Kansas, and Texas interim athletics director Mike Perrin, who was a 1968 NFF National Scholar-Athlete while playing for the Longhorns. Check out all of the athletics director profiles on FootballMatters.org.

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:

·         Football Paved the Way for Jenkins’ Pilgrimage to America

·         Mount Union Linebacker Hank Spencer Seeks to Match Former Teammate’s Rare Single-Season Two-Fer

·         Albright’s Ryan, Wise Are Doctors On and Off the Field

·         UCLA’s Jake Brendel Uses Determination to Thrive On and Off the Field

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.

When a Pass Receiver Goes Out of Bounds

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.

The recent game between Nebraska and Michigan State was decided on a game-ending touchdown pass that created a lot of conversation. It was considered controversial in some quarters because the player who scored the touchdown had stepped out of bounds before coming back in to catch the pass. But an understanding of the rule should help remove some of the controversy.

Here’s the rule: when a player goes out of bounds, he loses his eligibility to catch a pass during that down. If he touches a pass after he comes back in bounds—as long as someone on the defense hasn’t touched it—it is a foul. There isn’t any yardage penalty—it’s a loss of down, and for the next play the ball goes back to where it was snapped. The only way that player can become eligible again is if someone on the defensive team touches a pass during the down—then the offensive player who went out and came back in bounds can legally catch the pass.

But here’s the wrinkle: if the player goes out of bounds because an opponent makes contact with him, he never loses his eligibility. It’s as if he had not gone out at all. He has to be in bounds when he catches the pass, of course, but as long as he comes back in bounds as soon as possible, everything is legal.

The issue for the official covering the play is this: if there was contact between the receiver and the defensive back, was the contact such that it made the receiver go out of bounds? Or was it so slight as to be incidental, meaning he went out on his own? That’s a judgment call, of course, and with any judgment call there is always the potential for disagreement. But that is the official’s job—to decide whether the receiver went out of bounds on his own or because of the contact by the defensive back. In the Michigan State-Nebraska game, the official covering the play ruled that it was contact with the MSU defender that made the Nebraska receiver go out.

Instant replay reviewed the play and determined that the ruling on the field was correct. The role of the replay official is to determine whether or not there was contact—it’s a matter of “yes” or “no.” By rule, the replay official is not to judge whether the contact was the reason for the receiver to go out of bounds—he can only review to see if there was contact at all.

Breunig Honored with Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Bob Breunig (Arizona State) was honored on Nov. 14 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. A First Team All-American in 1974, Breunig finished his career as Arizona State’s all-time leader in tackles and twice earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Click here to read more about Breunig.

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. Breunig 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 Arizona State athletics director Ray Anderson, NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, Fidelity Investments Financial Advisor Clarence Stallings and NFF Director Emeritus George Weiss for taking part in the presentation on the field.

Voice of the LSU Tigers Jim Hawthorne Honored with NFF On-Campus Salute

2015 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Voice of the LSU Tigers Jim Hawthorne was presented with a commemorative football by NFF COO Matthew Sign on Nov. 14 during his NFF On-Campus Salute. This fall marks the legendary broadcaster’s 33rd and final season as the play-by-play voice of LSU football.

The NFF On-Campus Salutes are a special tradition, providing the NFF honorees a coveted opportunity to be recognized on the field during a home game. In addition to his On-Campus Salute, Hawthorne will officially be honored during the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 11

Clemson retained the top spot in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll in Week 11 of the season. Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State 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 11.

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

Click here
 for notes on Week 11 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 HAPPENINGS

THIS WEEK:
Kids and Pros hosted its Locker Room Chat fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the College Football Hall of Fame. The event featured three former quarterbacks: 2004 NFF National Scholar-Athlete David Greene (Georgia), College Football Hall of Famer Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech) 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) served as the emcee.

LOOK AHEAD
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Come celebrate the holidays at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience with your family and friends. Starting on Dec. 14, our 95,000 square feet of interactive fun will be decked out with holiday décor, yummy treats and special giveaways and even appearances by our very own Fumbles Claus. It’s holiday fun for the entire family, Hall of Fame style. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.cfbhall.com/general-admission/.

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, 2013 NFF Toner Award recipient 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 Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) and Hall of Famer Bennie Blades (Miami [Fla.]) are among those who were 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 were also inducted.

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).

Jim Tressel
, now the President at Youngstown State, and his wife, Ellen, have made a $1 million pledge to the university to create the Ellen and Jim Tressel Student Work Opportunity Endowment Fund. The fund will be used to help expand student employment opportunities on campus.

Syracuse unveiled statues of College Football Hall of Fame coach Ben Schwartzwalder and Hall of Fame players Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little outside the Ensley Athletic Center in Plaza 44 during a ceremony the morning before the Orange played Clemson. Both Brown and Little were on hand for the ceremony.

Michigan announced plans to retire the jerseys associated with some of its greatest football legends during a ceremony at the Nov. 28 game against Ohio State. Those being honored include 1972 NFF Gold Medal recipient and U.S. President Gerald Ford (#48) and College Football Hall of Famers Tom Harmon (#98), Desmond Howard (#21), Ron Kramer (#87), Bennie Oosterbaan (#47) and the Wistert brothers (#11) -- Albert, Alvin and Whitey.

College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff (Florida State) is the recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2015 “Man of the Year” award.

College Football Hall of Famer Vinny Testaverde and 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jonathan Vilma will serve as part of a search advisory committee as Miami (Fla.) seeks a new head football coach.

STATS will hold its annual FCS awards banquet in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 8, the night before the subdivision’s national championship game at nearby Toyota Stadium. The ceremony will be emceed by College Football Hall of Famer Gary Reasons (Northwestern State), and other scheduled presenters include College Football Hall of Famer Doug Williams (Grambling State) and Hall of Fame coach Jerry Moore.

Iowa profiled College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Long in a “Where Are They Now?” piece.

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 Fame coach John Cooper has been named the recipient of AFCA’s 2016 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, which is given to those “whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests in football.” Cooper will be presented with the award at the AFCA Awards Luncheon on Jan. 12 during the 2016 AFCA Convention in San Antonio.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye has been named the recipient of the 2015 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Alabama Football Legend Award.

College Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) has been elected to the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, and he will have his number retired by the team during halftime during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 22.

College Football Hall of Famer Art Monk (Syracuse) presented an NFL Wilson Gold Ball to his high school alma mater White Plains High School in New York on Nov. 6. All high schools are receiving commemorative Wilson Gold Footballs for every player and coach who graduated from their high school and were on an active Super Bowl Roster.

My All American
 debuted in theaters on Nov. 13. The film, penned by the writer of Rudy and Hoosiers, shares the inspirational true story of University of Texas football legend Freddie Steinmark, an underdog who played a critical role on College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal’s 1969 National Championship team as he battled cancer. Click here to view the trailer. To this day, the Longhorns pay tribute to his legacy by touching the scoreboard named in his honor at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as they take the field. Groups wishing to book theaters for opening day events or soon after can go to: moviegrouptickets.com/myallamerican.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Zach Zenner (South Dakota State) will be honored as one of the 2016 Today’s Top 10 Award winners at the NCAA Convention in January.

2009 NFF Gold Medal recipient and Nike co-founder Phil Knight will pay at least $19.2 million to build the new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex at the University of Oregon.

The broadcast level at Rose Bowl Stadium will be named the Keith Jackson Broadcast Center in honor of the legendary broadcaster and 1999 NFF Gold Medal recipient.

The Big 12 Conference hosted its fourth forum on the “State of College Athletics” at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Nov. 17. NFF Board Member and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was among the featured panelists.


2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Updates

Navy offensive guard E.K. Binns helped lead the way as quarterback Keenan Reynolds set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns in the Midshipmen’s 55-14 win over SMU. Navy moves to 8-1 on the year and will face Tulsa on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Center Jacoby Boren helped Ohio State outgain Illinois 440-261 in the Buckeyes’ 28-3 victory. Undefeated Ohio State has now won 23 in a row overall, the longest active streak in the nation, and a Big Ten-record 30 conference games in a row. The No. 2 Buckeyes will host No. 9 Michigan State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Center Jake Brendel and the UCLA offense outgained Washington State 554-426, but the Bruins came up short in the loss. UCLA will play at Utah on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Defensive back Taveze Calhoun recorded five tackles, including one for loss, in Mississippi State’s loss to Alabama. The Bulldogs travel to Arkansas Saturday with the game to be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

Defensive end Derek Crittenden recorded four tackles, a half sack and a fumble recovery as Montana’s defense dominated Eastern Washington in a 57-16 win. Montana secured its 29th winning season in the last 30 years, moving to 6-4 overall and into a tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference. The Grizzlies will meet archrival Montana State in the 115th “Brawl of the Wild” on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on Root Sports.

Center Ty Darlington helped Oklahoma outgain Baylor 511-416 in the Sooners’ 44-34 upset win. No. 7 Oklahoma moves to 9-1 on the year and will host No. 11 TCU on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Nevada linebacker Jordan Dobrich had seven tackles in the Wolf Pack’s 37-34 overtime win against San Jose State. With its sixth victory of the season, Nevada reached bowl eligibility for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons. The Wolf Pack will play at Utah State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Led by offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Baylor’s offensive line was named a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award, which will be given to a unit that displays a high level of toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. After a loss to Oklahoma, the No. 10 Bears will play at No. 5 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel completed 10 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in UMass’ 28-17 victory over Eastern Michigan. The Minutemen will host Miami (Ohio) on Saturday for Senior Day at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Kent State safety Jordan Italiano had three tackles in the Golden Flashes’ loss to Ohio. Kent State will host Central Michigan on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Linebacker Hank Spencer and No. 1 ranked Mount Union (Ohio) won their 24th straight Ohio Athletic Conference football title outright with a 36-3 win over John Carroll (Ohio). The Purple Raiders finished the regular season 10-0 overall, extending its regular season win streak to 103 games. Spencer and the top-ranked defense in Division III are allowing just 136.3 yards and 3.4 points per game. Mount Union will host St. Lawrence (N.Y.) in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs on Saturday at Noon ET. The game will not have a video broadcast, but it can be heard live on the radio on 1310AM WDPN and WRMU 91.1 FM.

Ferris State (Mich.) quarterback Jason Vander Laan completed 11 passes for 141 yards and four touchdowns while rushing eight times for 85 yards and another score in the Bulldogs’ 38-7 win over Walsh (Ohio). He is the first player in NCAA history at any level to both rush and pass for 1,000 yards or more in four consecutive seasons. With the win, Ferris State capped off a second consecutive unbeaten regular season and won a second-straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. The Bulldogs will host Texas A&M-Commerce in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division II Football Playoffs on Saturday at Noon ET on Ferris Television.


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 Jack Allen, the center at Michigan State who maintains a 3.27 GPA hospitality business.

“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 Nov. 16-22.

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
Presented by
BCS

As part of the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club/Arkansas Chapter’s 2015 Speaker Series, USA Today college football writer George Schroeder will be the guest speaker next Monday, Nov. 23, at the Embassy Suites in West Little Rock.

The NFF St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter will host a luncheon today featuring current ESPN St. Louis radio broadcasters Randy Karraker and D’Marco Farr, a former University of Washington and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams defensive tackle, at Lombardo’s Restaurant–Airport location.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

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…

New Football Schools

East Tennessee State marked the official start of construction on the Buccaneers’ new football stadium…

Scheduling

Syracuse and Notre Dame will play in the New York’s College Classic at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016… South Alabama and Central Michigan will face off in a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023… East Carolina and Old Dominion have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2019… Temple will host Villanova in 2017 and 2018… Florida State has added Charleston Southern to its 2016 schedule…

Media

Alabama’s victory over LSU on CBS on Nov. 7 was the highest-rated and most-watched college football game to date for the 2015 season, earning an average national rating/share of 6.4/12 and 11.1 million viewers… IMG released its audio montage for Week 11 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country… Colorado announced a four-year extension that will keep the Buffaloes football programs on KOA-Radio...

People

Minnesota announced Tracy Claeys has been named the permanent head coach… Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel will retire following the 2015 season due to health reasons… Louisiana-Monroe named John Mumford as interim head coach… Danny White was named athletics director at Central Florida… Garin Veris has been named director of athletics at Massachusetts Maritime… Christyn Abaray was named athletics director at Lawrence (Wis.)… Leonard Haynes was named the permanent head coach at Northwood (Mich.)…

Awards and Honors

U.S. Army veteran Bret Robertson, a junior strong safety at Westminster (Mo.), was named the fourth recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America…

Facilities

Air Force will upgrade the scoreboard in Falcon Stadium for the 2016 season… Texas Tech University unveiled final concept plans for its Sports Performance Center… Trustees have approved a new $13.5 million video board, sound system for Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium…

Donations

A $1 million dollar gift from philanthropists Dan and Cindee Diepenhorst will benefit student-athlete scholarships and endowments at Texas State… Michigan State alumnus William Deary and his wife, Cherilyn, have made a $1 million gift to Michigan State that will establish an athletics endowment and assist in completing the fundraising efforts toward the North End Zone Expansion of Spartan Stadium…

Marketing and Uniforms

Kent State announced a multi-year partnership naming Under Armour the official outfitter of the Golden Flashes… Virginia Tech is adding a helmet decal for retiring head coach Frank Beamer that will be worn the rest of the season…

Obituaries

Former Northern Illinois football player Jack Pheanis passed away Nov. 6. He was 87… Former William & Mary defensive end Ward Ellis passed away Nov. 8. He was 66… Former Wesley (Del.) head football coach Bob Andrus passed away Nov. 9. He was 89… Former Michigan State football player Bill Quinlan passed away Nov. 10. He was 83… Elon wide receiver Demitri Allison died Nov. 11. He was 21… Ottawa (Kan.) starting offensive lineman Sam Brazeal died in a motor vehicle accident on Nov. 11. He was 19… Former Oklahoma football player Nick Bockwinkel passed away at the age of 80…

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NFF KEY DATES

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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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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