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NFF Chalktalk - July 5, 2017
College football, one of America's most beloved and popular institutions, is getting ready to celebrate a big birthday. And it plans to do so in style. A group of college football leaders, including the National Football Foundation and President & CEO Steve Hatchell, announced plans to launch a nationwide celebration to commemorate the game's 150th anniversary in 2019.
Longtime college athletics administrator and former Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg has been selected to run the effort, beginning August 1st, 2017. He will work out of the NFF's headquarters in Irving, Texas.
The commemoration will be celebrated at all divisions of intercollegiate football during the 2019 season, with a focus on November 6, and culminating with the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2020.
June 27 marked the 33rd anniversary of the NCAA vs. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma, the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision that greatly expanded the number of college football on television from 89 the year before the decision to nearly 200 the following year.
Former Big Eight Conference Commissioner and Emeritus NFF Board Member, Chuck Neinas, who at the time served as the executive director of the College Football Association (CFA), played a lead role in arguing the case, and the National Football Foundation (NFF) captured some of his thoughts on the anniversary and its benefits for college football and most importantly for the fans.

July, SkyView/Hall Combo Ticket
Score a great deal in the month of July with the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience and SkyView Atlanta. Purchase the SkyView/Hall combo ticket, and save 15% on two amazing attractions! Visit the Hall or SkyView Atlanta box offices to purchase a combo ticket for both attractions. Ticket prices are $30.50 plus tax for adults and $23.16 plus tax for children. Click here for more details.

July, Attic Treasures
In July, the College Football Hall of Fame will be opening a new, limited-time special exhibit. Attic Treasures is a specialty exhibit delivered by UPS, that displays a wide range of memorabilia and artifacts. The exhibit also tells a story of the sources and methods the Hall used to obtain these unusual pieces of memorabilia. Follow the Hall's social media channels for updates as we preview and announce the opening of this exhibit. Then, hurry down to the Hall to see this incredible collection of items!

July 11,  SIAC Media Day: The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced that it will host its annual Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 11, at the College Football Hall of Fame. 

July 15, Movie Time at the Hall: The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience and Explore Georgia invite you to "Movie Time at the Hall." All guests in attendance on July 15 will be able to watch two feature films, Remember the Titans and Little Giants, on the 32-foot wide screen on the playing field at no additional cost. Popcorn, chips and drinks will be available for purchase, so take a break from the heat and have a nice fun day at the Hall.

About the College Football Hall of Fame: The Hall opened its doors Aug. 23, 2014, in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to 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 .
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The Blitz
NFF Board Member and 2008 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Bill Battle  will be inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.
July 1 marked 20 years since NFF Board Member John Swofford became ACC commissioner. 
ESPN announced that 2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) will host the 2017 ESPYS July 12 in Los Angeles. The awards show will air live on ABC.
College Football Hall of Famers Tom Cousineau (Ohio State) and Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin) will be in attendance at the 2017 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon July 25 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

College Football Hall of Famers Coach Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Michael Payton (Marshall) will be inducted into the State of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 27-28 at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport, Pa.
2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Karter Schult (Northern Iowa) is among the recipients of the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Football Conference President's Council Academic Excellence Award, the highest academic achievement in the conference.
UCLA athletics, led by 2017 NFF Toner Award recipient Dan Guerrero, officially kicked off its partnership with NFF-partner Under Armour.
Over The Middle
The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will hold its M&M Golf Tournament July 12 at  Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

The NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter will hold its annual Pigskin Preview July 20 at the Embassy Suites in Cary, N.C. The event features insights from the five local college head coaches on the upcoming season. Expected to attend are Duke's David Cutcliffe, N.C. State's Dave Doeren, North Carolina's Larry Fedora, North Carolina Central's Jerry Mack and East Carolina's Scottie Montgomery.

The NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter will host a luncheon featuring Baylor head coach Matt Rhule July 24 at the JW Marriott Houston.
Two-Minute Drill

Missouri and Boston College will play in Kansas City, Mo., in 2024... Northwestern announced its 2018 schedule... LSU added UTSA to its 2020 schedule... Duke will host North Carolina Central in 2018 and Elon in 2020... Oklahoma State will host Missouri State in 2018 and McNeese State in 2019... The Ohio Valley Conference announced an eight-game football "Game of the Week" package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall...


Former Texas football player Gordon Ingram passed away May 5. He was 92... Former Upper Iowa football player Michael Moser died June 23. He was 27... Former Rice football player Mack Kennedy passed away June 26. He was 80... George K. Strode, a longtime sports writer for The Columbus Dispatch, passed away June 28. He was 81... Former Rice All-Southwest Conference tailback Dick Dwelle passed away June 28. He was 95... Former Alabama defensive tackle Curtis Dawson died June 28. He was 33... Former Eureka (Ill.) football player Ryan Albin died June 28. He was 37... Former Western Kentucky tight end Mitchell Henry passed away June 30. He was 24... Former South Carolina punter Max Runager passed away June 30. He was 61... Former Citadel quarterback Jerry Nettles passed away. He was 78...

More News of Interest

The 2017 football season marks the 125th anniversary of the first recorded black college football game, which began with two CIAA member institutions, and the conference will honor its rich football history throughout the season... NFF-partner Under Armour announced Patrik Frisk will become the company's president and chief operating officer effective July 10... UNLV unveiled a new athletics logo... The Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) and College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation announced a partnership with Atlanta Track Club to host the Extra Yard 5K, the official road race of the College Football Playoff...
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.

Fordham joined this week as a Presidential Member.

Click here to see all of the 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Members.
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 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association provides a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF's present efforts. Membership for the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association is now open.

Those who joined this week include 2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee); Hall of Famer Wesley Walls (Ole Miss - 1988); David Berardinelli (Bucknell - 1992), Dave Foley (Ohio State - 1968), Keith Heckendorf (St. Cloud State [Minn.] - 2003), Eli Manning (Ole Miss - 2003), John Richards (TCU - 1966) and Bob Stein (Minnesota - 1968).

Click here for more information and to see all of the members of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.
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NFF Key Dates
Aug. 22, 2017 - Release of the preseason FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, which ranks the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The first poll of the season will be released Tuesday, Sept. 5, to account for the Labor Day games, and the final poll will be released Dec. 3, the day after the conference championship games. Polls during the season will be released on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET. - Via Press Release

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 - Announcement of the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class  during festivities prior to College Football Playoff National Championship - Atlanta, Ga.

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