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NFF CHALKTALK – Dec. 1, 2015, Presented by FootballMatters.org
Latest news & notes from the world of college football for the week of Dec. 1.
Published: 12/1/2015 7:07:00 PM

(Pictured: Washington and the NFF honored 2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Lincoln Kennedy with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on Nov. 27 during the game between the Huskies and Washington State. Kennedy was joined on the field by three of his sons.)

NFF Prepares for Outstanding 58th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame’s 58th Annual Awards Dinner will take place Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, and it promises to be one of the most memorable in history.

Fans can watch live streams of both the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3 (http://es.pn/1XrwVsc), and the morning press conference, starting at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN3 (http://es.pn/1TeXY9x). Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, the American Sports Network will produce and nationally televise a live Red Carpet Show leading up to the dinner ceremonies. Click here for local listings.

A star-studded College Football Hall of Fame Class headlines the event, and 12 of the game’s current stars will collect $223,000 in postgraduate scholarships as members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The 12 student-athletes will also vie to be the recipient of the coveted William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, which will be awarded that night for the 26th time to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. Because the main ballroom has been sold out for months and a record crowd of more than 1,600 is expected, an overflow room has been opened in the East Foyer to accommodate the unprecedented demand. Click here for more information about the Dinner and surrounding events and to see the impressive lineup of notable honorees and attendees.

NFF and Fidelity Investments Highlight 2015 Faculty Athletics Representative Honorees

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the names of the 12 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2015 NFF Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation.

For 2015, the NFF will recognize 12 faculty athletics representatives from the 12 schools with a 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Click here for the list of honorees.

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 UTEP athletics director Bob Stull, who was a captain at Kansas State, and George Mason athletics director Brad Edwards, who played at South Carolina. 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 Barber Organizes Aid for Florida Youth

·         Navy’s E.K. Binns Overcame Tough Freshman Year to Become Campbell Trophy Finalist

·         North Texas TE Marcus Smith Plays Final College Game in Father’s Memory

·         Not Your Average Bear: Drango’s Excellence in School, Sport Earn Campbell Finalist Honors

·         Luke Turner’s Emotional Final Press Conference Shows the Power of College Football

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.

Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Jim Sochor from UC Davis Passes Away

Coach Jim Sochor, a 1999 College Football Hall of Fame inductee who led the program at UC Davis from 1970-88, passed away after a long illness on Nov. 24. He was 77 years old.

His name is synonymous with UC Davis football after the most decorated and successful coaching career in the program’s 97-year history. With a career record of 156-41-5 in 19 seasons, Sochor won nearly 80 percent of his games. During his tenure as head coach, he recorded 18 consecutive championships in the Far Western Conference and Northern California Athletic Conference and earned conference Coach of the Year honors 16 times.

During his tenure, Sochor’s team played in 13 NCAA postseason games, including the Aggies’ only appearance in the championship in 1982. Two other times, he led squads to the national semifinals. In 1971, the Aggies won a share of the league title, never letting go of the conference championship banner under Sochor’s time at the helm. UC Davis eventually won or shared 20 consecutive conference titles.

A total of 13 players between 1970-88 won All-America honors, 17 are enshrined in the Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame – as well as Coach Sochor – and eight received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

Wuerffel Trophy Winner to be Announced at Dec. 8 NFF Annual Awards Press Conference

The NFF announced that the winner the of the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and honors the college football player who best exhibits exemplary community service, will again be announced live during the NFF morning press conference on ESPN3 (http://es.pn/1TeXY9x) as part of the festivities surrounding the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 8. The 2015 Wuerffel Trophy finalists include 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Campbell Trophy finalist Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) and 2015 Campbell Trophy semifinalists Landon Foster (Kentucky) and Nate Sudfeld (Indiana).

Ivy League Announces 2015 Bushnell Cup Finalists

Dartmouth senior linebacker Will McNamara, Harvard senior quarterback Scott Hosch and Penn senior linebacker Tyler Drake and sophomore wide receiver Justin Watson have been announced as the four finalists for the 2015 Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Football Players of the Year.

Hosch and Watson are finalists for Offensive Player of the Year, while McNamara and Drake are finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

The 2015 Bushnell Cup Presentation, co-hosted by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, is set for Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m. ET with a special press conference and reception in the Vanderbilt Room of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The presentation will be shown live and free of charge on The Ivy League Digital Network. This year’s presentation will mark the sixth-consecutive year that the NFF has partnered with the Ivy League to recognize the conference's offensive and defensive players of the year.

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

2015 College Football Hall of Fame electee Lincoln Kennedy (Washington) was honored on Nov. 27 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments. A unanimous First Team All-American in 1992, Kennedy led Washington to a perfect 12-0 national championship season in 1991. The 1992 First Team All-Pac-10 selection led the Huskies to four bowl games and three consecutive conference titles. Click here to read more about Kennedy.

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. Kennedy 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 King County/Seattle Chapter President Walt Hunt and Fidelity Investments Vice President and Managing Director for Workplace Investing Todd M. Lamb for taking part in the presentation on the field.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Week 13

Clemson remains atop the Week 13 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll heading into championship weekend. Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan 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 13.

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

Click here 
for notes on Week 13 of the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.

The final poll of the 2015 season will be released on 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

LOOK AHEAD:
The 2015 SEC Championship Weekend will take place in Atlanta from Dec. 4-6, and the Hall of Fame has a number of public and private events planned, including:

·         Friday, Dec. 4: Rusillo and Kanell will be broadcasting their national ESPN radio show from the Hall on Friday from 1-4 p.m. Danny Kanell was an NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Florida State in 1995.

·         Weekend: A number of local radio shows will be broadcasting from the Hall at various times over the weekend.

·         Sunday, Dec. 6: AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) will be having an event on the Playing Field to make the final announcement of the USA Today Coaches Poll. This is a national event/announcement and will take place at approximately 1:30 p.m.

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

The Manning Passing Academy, run by NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi), agreed to a six-year contract to keep the camp at Nicholls State.

The Battle at Bristol - a neutral-site college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016, at Bristol Motor Speedway - announced a title sponsorship with Pilot Flying J. NFF Board Member Jim Haslam II, the Founder & Chairman of Pilot, is a former Tennessee football player.

The Wuerffel Trophy, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and 1996 Campbell Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), announced three finalists for its’ 2015 award, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” The finalists include 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Campbell Trophy finalist Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) and 2015 Campbell Trophy semifinalists Landon Foster (Kentucky) and Nate Sudfeld (Indiana).

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 25 semifinalists for the Class of 2016, which include College Football Hall of Famers Tony Boselli (Southern California), the late Sam Mills (Montclair State [N.J.]) and Orlando Pace (Ohio State) and College Football Hall of Fame coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson.

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

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

College Football Hall of Famer Doug Williams (Grambling State) will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor during the Buccaneers game on Dec. 6.

College Football Hall of Famer and 1973 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Randy Gradishar (Ohio State) was named the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award winner by the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America. The award, which recognizes outstanding defensive football players from the past 40 years, will be presented Dec. 7.

The Big Ten announced the creation of the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year, named after Tim Dwight of Iowa and College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska).

Former Michigan quarterback Brian Griese, a 1997 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, was named the recipient of the Big Ten’s Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, which recognizes Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the area of leadership after their college careers have ended.

2015 NFF Gold Medal recipient and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is the honoree of A Conversation With a Living Legend®, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on Dec. 1 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.


2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Updates

In a loss to Houston, Navy offensive guard E.K. Binns helped quarterback Keenan Reynolds score his 83rd career touchdown to match the FBS record set by former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and set a Navy record with his 29th career touchdown pass. The Midshipmen will take a week off before the 116th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will air at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. A victory by the Mids will give them the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and will tie the school record for victories with 10. Navy has already accepted a bid to play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Monday, Dec. 28, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

In the 112th edition of “The Game,” center Jacoby Boren helped Ohio State out rush Michigan 369-57 in the Buckeyes’ 42-13 win in their regular season finale. Ohio State moves to 11-1 and will await its bowl destination.

UCLA center Jake Brendel was named a First Team Pac-12 All-Academic selection for the fourth straight season. Brendel and the Bruins came up short against rival USC and finished the regular season with an 8-4 record to earn a bowl berth.

Despite a second half comeback, Mississippi State and defensive back Taveze Calhoun came up short to rival Mississippi in the112th Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs finish the regular season 8-4 and will wait until Sunday to hear about their bowl invitation.

Defensive end Derek Crittenden had five tackles in Montana’s 24-17 win over South Dakota State in the first round of the NCAA Division I Playoffs. The Grizzlies now advance to the second round where they will face No. 3 seed North Dakota State in Fargo on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Oklahoma center Ty Darlington was named a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. Darlington helped the Sooners outrush Oklahoma State 344-132 in a 58-23 victory to claim the Big 12 title. Oklahoma ends the regular season with an 11-1 record and hope to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Linebacker Jordan Dobrich led Nevada with 16 tackles to match a career-high, but the Wolf Pack fell in its regular season finale to San Diego State. He is now second on the team with 90 tackles on the year, which are the most tackles he’s ever had in a single season. With a 6-6 record, Nevada has reached bowl eligibility for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons.

Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango was named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense. Drango and the Bears outgained TCU 335-302, but they fell to the Horned Frogs in double overtime. Baylor, already assured of its sixth straight bowl bid, will host Texas on Saturday at Noon ET on ESPN.

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel threw for 163 yards while rushing for 51 and a touchdown in UMass’ 31-26 victory over Buffalo in its season finale. Frohnapfel ends his collegiate career with 6,650 passing yards and 44 touchdowns thrown, including his two undergraduate seasons played at Marshall. Strictly at UMass over the last two years, Frohnapfel provided 6,264 passing yards and 39 touchdowns thrown. He is one of four UMass quarterbacks to ever throw for more than 5,000 career passing yards and one of three to throw for more than 6,000 career passing yards.

Safety Jordan Italiano recorded seven tackles in Kent State’s season-ending loss to Akron. He finished his collegiate career with 257 tackles.

Top ranked Mount Union (Ohio) and linebacker Hank Spencer defeated No. 18 Albright (Pa.) 66-7 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. Spencer recorded two tackles as the Purple Raiders’ defense held Albright to -23 rushing yards and 172 yards overall. Mount Union will host No. 11 ranked Wesley (Del.) in the national quarterfinals on Saturday at Noon ET. The game will be streamed live on Mount Union’s website. Spencer was named the Division III Academic All-American of the Year for football.

Ferris State (Mich.) quarterback Jason Vander Laan completed 24 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 21 times for 126 yards, but the Bulldogs fell to Grand Valley State (Mich.) in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. He finished his career with 5,953 yards rushing (1,542 this season) and 166 touchdowns - 81 rushing and 85 passing. He leaves as the all-time leader for rushing yards by a quarterback at any level of the NCAA and for the most rushing touchdowns by a Division II quarterback.


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 Jarrod Lynn, a fullback at North Texas who maintains a 3.94 GPA in kinesiology.

“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. 30-Dec. 6 and click here for a special Thanksgiving edition.

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.

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… The CFP Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl is officially sold out

Bowl Games

The NCAA Division I Council approved a one-time process in which the Division I Football Oversight Committee will identify 5-7 teams with the highest Academic Progress Rates to bring the total of eligible bowl teams to 80 or 81… Motel 6 will be the title sponsor of the 2016 Cactus Bowl, now officially named the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl…

Scheduling

The Big 12 Conference released its 2016 football schedule… California and Hawaii will open the 2016 football season on Aug. 27 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney College Football Cup will mark the first college football game to ever be played in Sydney and the first in Australia since games in Melbourne in 1985 and 1987…

Media

IMG released its audio montage for Week 13 of the season, featuring dramatic calls by its team of announcers from around the country…

People

Clay Helton
was named Southern California’s permanent head coach… Patrick Hobbs has been named director of athletics and Norries Wilson was named interim head coach at Rutgers… Virginia Tech officially named Justin Fuente its new head coach… Darrell Dickey has been named Memphis’ interim head coach… Matt Campbell was named the new head coach at Iowa State… Jon Heacock was named the interim head coach at Toledo… Illinois announced that Bill Cubit will be its permanent head coach… Central Florida named Scott Frost its new head coach… Nick Rolovich has been selected as Hawaii’s new head coach… Allen Greene was named Buffalo’s director of athletics… Avila (Mo.) announced the promotion of Cristina Cowan as director of athletics on a permanent basis… Washington head coach Chris Petersen’s contract has been extended through 2020…

Awards and Honors

CoSIDA announced the Academic All-America teams at the college division and Division III levels… Finalists for a number of college football’s major awards were announced last week. The winners will be announced during The Home Depot 25th Anniversary College Football Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN… Former football players Alex Brown (Florida), Reggie Kinlaw (Oklahoma) and Ernie Koy (Texas) were elected to the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame… Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance will receive a 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award…

Milestones

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey broke the Pac-12 single-season record for all-purpose yards… Alabama running back Derrick Henry broke the school’s single-season rushing record… Running back Leonard Fournette set the LSU single-season rushing record… Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch tied an NCAA record with seven touchdown passes in a half during the Tigers’ win over SMU…

Attendance

The 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game is sold out… Student attendance at Pittsburgh football games has increased by 70 percent from last year…

Facilities

Georgia State proposes transforming Turner Field into a football stadium… Kansas State will officially move forward and break ground on Phase IIIB of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan…

Uniforms

Navy will wear Under Armour-Designed “Navy Fleet” uniforms and hand-painted helmets for the 116th Army-Navy Game on Dec. 12…

Obituaries

Former Olivet (Mich.) football player George Pyne III, the father of NFF Board Member George Pyne, passed away Nov. 26. He was 74… Former Illinois football player Bertram Levey passed away Oct. 26. He was 90… Former Arkansas football player Sam J. Beard Jr. passed away Oct. 27. He was 89… Former Morris Brown (Ga.) football player Claybon Edwards passed away Nov. 3… Former Minnesota football player Edgar Lechner passed away Nov. 5. He was 95… Former Southern Connecticut State athletics director, assistant football coach and football player Raymond DeFrancesco passed away over the weekend… Former Washington football player Thron Riggs passed away last week. He was 94…

Former Cincinnati football player David Canary, who went on to have a successful acting career, passed away Nov. 16. He was 77… Former New Mexico state Rep. William “Ed” Boykin, who played football at New Mexico State, passed away Nov. 17. He was 83… Chad Carr, the grandson of College Football Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Carr and Hall of Fame player Tom Curtis (Michigan), died Nov. 23. He was 5… Former North Carolina linebacker Quincy Monk died Nov. 24. He was 36… Former Big Sky Conference football official and driver of Eastern Washington’s equipment truck Denny Peterson passed away Nov. 26. He was 77… Bill Johnson, who was the play-by-play broadcaster for Linfield (Ore.) football, passed away Nov. 29. He was 71… Former Kansas linebacker and fullback Roger Robben passed away Nov. 30. He was 46...

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Launched in 2008, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association provides a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF’s present efforts. For more information on the program or to enroll for 2015, please email Ron Dilatush at rdilatush@footballfoundation.com. Click here for more information and to see the members of the 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, including Willie Thompson (Morgan State – 1996), who joined this week.

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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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