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NFF CHALKTALK – Jan. 19, 2016, Presented by
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Published: 1/19/2016 4:35:00 PM

(Pictured: Former Colorado and Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Greg Horton was honored by the Redlands Benchwarmers (est. 1952) during a banquet on Jan. 15 for helping raise almost $2 million for local high school sports programs across four decades. More than 200 people streamed into the Burrage Mansion to honor him, including from L-R: NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, longtime NFL coach Jim Mora, former Colorado assistant football coach and Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Augie Tammariello and noted sports agent Jack Mills.)

NFF Applauds New Concussion Legislation

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame praised the Power Five conferences for new legislation passed Jan. 15 during the NCAA Convention in San Antonio that establishes the “unchallengeable autonomous authority” of team physicians and athletic trainers to make return-to-play decisions for student-athletes after concussions and other injuries.

“We applaud the Power Five Conferences on their leadership on formalizing the rules for protecting the safety of our nation’s student-athletes,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The issue of concussions remains a top concern for everybody involved with athletics at all levels, and this new legislation is another important step in the process that has made college athletics safer than ever.”

The Power Five conferences, which include the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, adopted the new rule to formalize their current return-to-play protocols, which ensure critical health and safety decisions rest with medical professionals who cannot face pressure or the threat of firing from coaches or other forces. Brian Hainline, the NCAA's chief medical officer told ESPN: "I believe it's the most important piece of legislation in the history of the NCAA… No one can challenge their authority."

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 Recent profiles include Lehigh athletics director Joe Sterrett, who played at Lehigh, and Bryant athletics director Bill Smith, who played at Colgate. 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:

·         Bevins Leads Northwest Missouri State to Fifth National Championship

·         Raebel’s Fight Through Cancer Inspires the Athletes he Coaches

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Fans who wear college spirit gear from a school with a member in the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class will receive a 16 percent discount on entry to the Hall during the entire month of January. The 16 schools with a member of the 2016 class include Nebraska Omaha, Florida State, Ohio State, UNLV, Iowa State, North Carolina, LSU, Wisconsin, Harvard, Colorado, Ashland (Ohio), Washington State, Georgia, Purdue, New Hampshire and Lycoming (Pa.).


·         College Football Hall of Fame Acquires 4K Content at National Championship Game

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College Football Hall of Famer Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) has been elected to the State of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Other members of the 2016 class include the late sports broadcaster Bob Barry Jr., who accepted the NFF John L. Toner Award on behalf of his father Bob Barry Sr. in 2012, and former Oklahoma football player Leon Heath. The 2016 Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held Aug. 1 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

College Football Hall of Famer Troy Brown (Marshall) will serve as an assistant coach during the 91st East-West Shrine Game Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

College Football Hall of Famer Eddie George (Ohio State) will perform in a seven-week stint in the musical Chicago on Broadway from Jan. 11-Feb. 28, 2016.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation staged its 49th Annual Awards Dinner Jan. 16 at the Yale Commons. The organization honored its All-America teams and presented several major awards. The honorees included former Chadron (Ohio) High School Assistant Coach Frank Hall (American Hero Award for his courageous actions during the 2012 fatal shootings in his school's cafeteria); Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich (Connecticut Player of the Year); Alabama running back Derrick Henry (Player of the Year); Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney (Coach of the Year); College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Grambling State Doug Williams (Alumni Award); Southern Connecticut State offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi (Man of the Year); College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Florida State Fred Biletnikoff (Man of the Year); and Chairman of Special Olympics Tim Shriver (Distinguished American Award).

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has been named the recipient of the 12th annual Manning Award for the 2015 season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to honor the college football accomplishments of NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi), 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) and 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning (Mississippi). It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances.

College Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell (Texas) will take part in a luncheon presented by the State of Texas Sports Hall of Fame honoring former Texas coach Fred Akers on Feb. 2 at the Ridgewood County Club Ballroom in Waco, Texas.

Former Colorado and Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Greg Horton was honored by the Redlands Benchwarmers (est. 1952) during a banquet on Jan. 15 for helping raise almost $2 million for local high school sports programs across four decades. More than 200 people streamed into the Burrage Mansion to honor him, including NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, noted sports agent Jack Mills, longtime NFL coach Jim Mora and former Colorado assistant football coach and Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Augie Tammariello.

2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Updates

2015 Campbell Trophy winner Ty Darlington (Oklahoma) was among 15 student-athlete representatives who took part in meetings in San Antonio on Friday, Jan. 15, to consider a series of proposals as part of the Autonomy governance process that gives the five conferences the ability to enact NCAA rule changes in specific legislative areas.

Center Jake Brendel (UCLA), defensive back Taveze Calhoun (Mississippi State) and quarterback Blake Frohnapfel (UMass) will play in the 91st East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

Baylor’s unanimous First Team All-America offensive tackle Spencer Drango will play in the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala., at 2:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

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 Ryan McManus, a wide receiver at Dartmouth who graduated in December with a 3.40 GPA in history.

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The NFF Essex County (N.J.) Chapter is hosting its annual Sports Nut Night Jan. 19 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

The NFF Clark County (Wash.) Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet Jan. 20 at Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash. Portland State head football coach Bruce Barnum will be the guest speaker, and the chapter will distribute $15,000 in scholarships to six standout scholar-athletes.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter will hold its 2016 Awards Banquet Jan. 28 at the Atlanta Holiday Inn. Mac McWhorter, a longtime college assistant football coach with stops at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas among many others, will be the guest speaker. Honorees will include the 2016 Bobby Dodd Award winners, the Georgia High School Coach of the Year Awards, the Georgia High School Coaches 200-Win Club presentations and the 2015 TCA All-Metro Team. Click here for tickets, which include admission to hear new Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart address the Nike Coach’s Clinic.

The NFF Columbus (Ohio) Chapter will host its 55th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Feb. 8 at the Ohio Union on the campus of Ohio State University. 1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and current ESPN broadcaster Joey Galloway (Ohio State) will receive the Ohio Gold Award, the highest honor given by the organization for contributions to amateur football. Fifteen high school scholar-athletes will be presented with John H. McConnell and Worthington Industries Foundation Scholarships and one will be recognized with the Maggied-Romanoff Award as the most outstanding scholar-athlete of the group.

St. Ambrose (Iowa) senior kicker Matt Cotiguala was named the recipient of the 2015 Fred Mitchell Award and will be honored on Feb. 15 at the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

The NFF Wyoming Chapter will hold its annual banquet in Laramie on March 19. The chapter will present $1,200 scholarships to finalists from each of the state’s five participation classes and two from the University of Wyoming. The finalists will be selected from a field of 101 nominations from 35 high schools and the University of Wyoming. From the group of finalists, one top scholar-athlete will be awarded a second scholarship and be the state’s nominee to represent the West Region as an NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete.


New Football Schools

UAB announced its non-conference schedule for the return of football to the school in 2017… East Tennessee State, which just completed its inaugural football season, has officially begun phase one construction of its new $26 million football stadium…


The Sun Belt Conference announced all of the opponents that teams will play during the 2016 season… Purdue announced future games with Louisville and Boston College…

Conference Championships

The Division I Council announced that FBS conferences with fewer than 12 members will be able to hold a conference championship football game in addition to the allowed 12 regular-season games…


The College Football Playoff announced that Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt will serve as the new chair of the playoff Selection Committee… UTSA named Frank Wilson as its new head football coach… New Mexico Highlands announced Bob Clifford as its new athletics director…


Tennessee athletics will conduct a comprehensive renovation plan and feasibility study for Neyland Stadium… Southern California plans to spend $270 million restoring iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the 2017 season…


The M-Club Alumni Chapter of the Ole Miss Alumni Association announced the commitment of a new $1.5 million gift to the Forward Together Campaign…

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Goodyear has entered a multiyear agreement renewing its title sponsorship of the Cotton Bowl Classic… Ohio State and NIKE have signed an innovative 15-year agreement that includes monetary support and products to enhance the student experience, a significant endowment for student scholarships and NIKE internships for both athletes and non-athletes…


North Dakota’s 16 logo proposals are going through initial evaluations…

Other News of Interest

The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC plan to work with students and the Division I Council in the next several months to develop research-based proposals aimed at ensuring student-athletes have the time needed to balance athletic, academic and personal interests…


Former TCU running back Ronnie Littleton passed away Dec. 27. He was 61… Former Arizona defensive back David Liggins passed away Jan. 9. He was 57… Baseball Hall of Famer and former Lincoln (Pa.) football player Monte Irvin passed away Jan. 11. He was 96… Former Tulane offensive lineman Chuck Pitcock passed away Jan. 11. He was 57… Former Wake Forest All-ACC wide receiver Wayne Baumgardner passed away Jan. 11. He was 55… Former Western Illinois football player Jim Angsten passed away Jan. 12. He was 68… Former Duke football player Dave Sime passed away Jan. 12. He was 79… Former Syracuse offensive lineman Bill O’Donnell died Jan. 14. He was 38… Former St. Bonaventure and Detroit quarterback and NFL coach Ted Marchibroda passed away Jan. 16. He was 84… Portland State linebacker A.J. Schlatter died Jan. 17. He was 20…


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Sept. 28, 2016 – Announcement of the semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC – Irving, Texas

Dec. 5, 2016
– Announcement and Presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League Football Players of the Year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at an event presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses – New  York City

Dec. 6, 2016
– NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 6, 2016
– NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 6, 2016
– 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria – New York City

Dec. 6, 2016
– 27th 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. 6, 2016
– Induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New York City

Dec. 31, 2016
– The 12th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Atlanta

Jan. 5, 2017
– NFF Leadership Hall of Fame Dinner – Tampa, Fla.

Jan. 6, 2017
– Announcement of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class – Tampa, Fla.

Jan. 9, 2017
– College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.


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