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NFF Chalktalk - June 19, 2017
Voting for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot ends Tuesday, June 20.

The ballot includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks. Click here for a pdf of the candidate names and capsule bios.

To vote on this year's ballot, become a member today by clicking here or contacting NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at
The NFF announced that UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero has been named the 2017 recipient of the NFF John L. Toner Award. Presented annually by the NFF, the Toner Award recognizes an athletics director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.

NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell made the announcement during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla., and Guerrero will be honored Dec. 5 during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Guerrero becomes the first-ever-sitting athletics director from the west coast to claim the honor in the award's 20-year history.

Pictured above at the NACDA Convention: Hatchell, Guerrero and NFF Board Member and NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione.
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.

George Kunz, a 1968 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Notre Dame, is the first to join in 2017.

Click here for more information and to see all of the members of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.
Fourth of July at the Hall: The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience invites you to spend 4th of July weekend at the Hall. Bring your family and friends to experience this one-of-a-kind attraction and celebrate Independence Day! Enjoy a day at the Hall, and then experience the Southeast's largest fireworks show only steps away at the annual Centennial Olympic Park 4th of July Celebration!

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 New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft is leading "Touchdown in Israel II" from June 13-21. The initiative brings football legends to Israel to experience the country's culture and history, engaging them in a series of special events that showcase the growth of football in the country. Participants include NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (Navy); 2017 Hall of Fame electee Marshall Faulk (San Diego State); Hall of Famers Jim Brown (Syracuse), Joe Greene (North Texas), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), Mike Singletary (Baylor), Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech) and Ron Yary (Southern California); and Hall of Famer and 1973 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dave Casper (Notre Dame).

2017 College Football Hall of Fame coach electee and Hall of Fame player Steve Spurrier will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Independence Bowl Foundation Kickoff Luncheon Aug. 9 in Shreveport, La.

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning had a busy day at his alma mater Tennessee on June 16. He presented four students with Peyton Manning Scholarships; helped dedicate the Carmen and Deborah Tegano Dining Hall, whose naming rights came from a gift by him and his wife, Ashley; and met with current Tennessee quarterbacks.

The  Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced College Football Hall of Famer Randall Cunningham (UNLV) as a member of  Class of 2017. The Hall also announced that the Army-Navy Game, with 86 of the 117 all-time contests played in the City of Brotherly Love, will also receive a special enshrinement.

College Football Hall of Famer Mel Renfro (Oregon)  will be among  the authors in attendance at the State of Texas Sports Hall of Fame's first annual book festival July 15 in Waco, Texas.

College Football Hall of Famer  Doug Williams (Grambling State) was promoted to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel for the Washington Redskins.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Eddie Anderson will be posthumously recognized by Holy Cross this fall in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor.

1981 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and NCAA Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs  Oliver Luck (West Virginia)  and 2008 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and Ohio State Director of Athletics  Gene Smith  are among those set to speak at the  Learfield Minority Academy June 19-23.
Over The Middle
The NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter  will host two upcoming luncheons featuring college head coaches. On June 21, Tulane head coach  Willie Fritz will speak at the Bayou City Event Center. Then on July 24, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule will speak at the JW Marriott Houston.

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.
Two-Minute Drill
New Football Schools

Alvernia (Pa.), which will begin its inaugural season in 2018, officially changed its nickname to the Golden Wolves. The university will unveil a new athletics visual identity in August and a new mascot in October...


The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2017 television package on ESPN3... Washington State has set its non-conference schedule through 2021 and added a future home-and-home series with San Diego State...


Former Toledo sports information director Max Gerber passed away June 1. He was 88... Former New Mexico fullback Adrian Byrd died June 11... Kent State offensive lineman Tyler Heintz died June 13... Former Idaho linebacker and assistant coach Don Matthews passed away June 14. He was 77... McPherson (Kan.) defensive back Braden Bush died June 16... Former Tulsa offensive and defensive lineman Tony Liscio passed away June 18. He was 76... Former Miami (Fla.) and Florida State punter Rick Tuten passed away. He was 52... Former Ole Miss linebacker Larry Grantham passed away. He was 78...

More News of Interest

Clemson celebrated its 2017 national championship at the White House last week... FOX Sports has added the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl to its 2017 college football lineup... The SWAC announced it will forgo its football championship game beginning in the 2018 season...
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 Arizona and Hobart (N.Y.); Founder Member Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.); and Executive Members Dayton and Lycoming (Pa.).

Click here to see all of the 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Members.
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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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