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NFF Chalktalk - April 10, 2017
The NFF announced the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. A total of 1,097 players from 300 schools qualified for membership in the society's 11th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.

The 1,097 players honored in 2017 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 882 honorees in 2016. The 300 schools with members breaks the previous record of 280 in both 2015 and 2016. The initiative has honored 7,731 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
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The Blitz
NFF Board Member and Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby will take part in a Knight Commission panel May 1 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information and the rest of the panelists.

The New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation will host its inaugural Champions Gala on April 11 honoring longtime supporter Peyton Manning, a 2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and the 1997 Campbell Trophy winner from Tennessee.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz and 2009 NFF Gold Medal recipient and NIKE co-founder Phil Knight  will serve as guest coaches for Ohio State's spring game on April 15.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden has been selected as part of Samford University's inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder has completed his cancer treatments and returned to the field at Kansas State.

NCAA Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and 1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Oliver Luck (West Virginia) will address Executive Directors and other personnel at the Football Bowl Association's annual meeting on April 18 in San Antonio.

2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Verne Lundquist will speak  as part of the 2017 PwC SMU Athletic Forum on April 13 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

1990 Campbell Trophy winner Dr. Chris Howard (Air Force), now the president at Robert Morris University, was profiled by ESPN as he begins his first season as a member of the  College Football Playoff selection committee.

Longtime Liberty Bowl executive director and 1985 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Bud Dudley and recently-retired Rose Bowl Game executive director Bill Flinn were named the co-recipients of the Football Bowl Association's 2017 Legacy Award.

NFF COO Matthew Sign, a former All-SWC noseguard at Rice, was honored April 7 as part of the Rice Owls Honor Jersey program during the annual Blue-Gray spring game. His teammate and College Football Hall of Fame candidate, Trevor Cobb, was also honored. They will also be honored at a game this fall.

NFF Program Updates

The NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day, presented by Fidelity Investments, is a daily segment honoring the semifinalists for the 2016  William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. Today's honoree is Tarleton State (Texas) linebacker  Cody Burtscher, who holds a 3.93 GPA in bio-medical science. 
Over The Middle
The NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter will hold its  2017 Awards Luncheon in the St. Charles Club Room at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 12. Six of the student-athletes being honored will be selected to receive Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships for $10,000 each. NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Ole Miss) will introduce each scholar-athlete at the event.

The NFF Utah Chapter's scholar-athlete banquet is scheduled for April 12 at the UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel (Calif.) Chapter will host the Jim Brownfield Memorial Golf Tournament on April 14 at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course in San Dimas, Calif.

The NFF University of Georgia Chapter will hold its golf outing and awards banquet April 17 at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host its monthly luncheon on April 19 at Lombardo's restaurant. The guest speaker will be Missouri head coach Barry Odom.

The NFF Texas Tech Chapter will host its scholar-athlete banquet April 19 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, Texas. The chapter will distribute $40,000 in scholarships.

The NFF Wisconsin Chapter's scholar-athlete recognition will take place April 21 at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery in Madison prior to the Wisconsin spring game.

The NFF East Tennessee Chapter  will hold its scholar-athlete awards brunch April 22 at The Foundry in Knoxville, Tenn., before Tennessee's spring game. Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer will receive the 2017 Neyland Trophy while longtime North Carolina play-by-play announcer and 2011 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Woody Durham will receive the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award.

The NFF Central Indiana Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet April 22 at the Colts practice facility in Indianapolis. New Indiana head coach Tom Allen will be the guest speaker.

The NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter will host its 11th annual scholar-athlete banquet April 23 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. The chapter will honor 45 high school and three collegiate scholar-athlete while distributing thousands of dollars in scholarships.

2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Carter Hanson  (Saint John's [Minn.]) will receive the 2017 Stein-Fallon Scholar-Athlete Award from the NFF Minnesota Chapter at the 10th annual Minnesota Football Awards, presented by the Minnesota Vikings, May 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Click here for more info on the Minnesota Football Awards.
Two-Minute Drill

Amherst (Mass.) announced that its first official mascot will be the Mammoths...


The Mountain West announced its 2017 football national television package... Conference USA announced its television schedules for games appearing on ESPN and CBS Sports Network during the 2017 season... Wyoming announced future games against Arizona State and Northern Colorado... Michigan State added Tulsa to its 2019 schedule... Nevada completed its 2018 and 2019 non-conference schedules... Colorado State will play Northern Colorado in 2020... Eastern Washington and Western Illinois agreed to a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2021...


Former Texas Tech head coach and Stephen F. Austin player Spike Dykes passed away April 10. He was 79... Former Newberry (S.C.) football player Thad Ott passed away April 3. He was 93... Former Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) football player Ken Ficery passed away April 4. He was 80... Former Pittsburg State (Kan.) football player and longtime high school football coach Doug Potts passed away April 4. He was 79... Former Texas at Arlington running back  Derrick Jensen passed away April 7. He was 60... Former Hardin-Simmons (Texas) football player Ken Watson passed away April 7. He was 86...
Support The NFF

The 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Membership program is now open. Each year, the NFF invites universities, colleges, conferences and bowl games from across the country to provide support for 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.

Those that joined this week include Presidential Members Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas; Founder Members Marshall and Tulane; and Executive Members Harvard and Iowa.

Click here to see all of the 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Members.
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2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning (Mississippi), a member of the Alumni Association.
2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association 

Since 1959, the National Football Foundation has annually recognized the best and brightest college players, presenting them with prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. The $18,000 postgraduate scholarships are presented at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. 

Launched in 2008, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association provides a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF's present efforts. 

Click here to see all of the members of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.
NFF Key Dates
June 1, 2017 - 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballots distributed to members of the National Football Foundation - Irving, Texas

Sept. 27, 2017 Announcement of the 2017 semifinalists for The  William V. Campbell Trophy , presented by Fidelity Investments - Via Press Release

Nov. 1, 2017 -   Announcement of the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, who comprise the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments - Via Press Release

Dec. 4, 2017  - Ivy League's Asa S. Bushnell Cup Announcement, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New  York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City, including the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the 28th presentation of The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the New York Athletic Club.

Dec. 6, 2017 - Campbell Trophy Luncheon at the New York Athletic Club - New York City
Jan. 1, 2018 - The 13th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Atlanta, Ga.

Jan. 8, 2018 - College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Ga. 
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