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NFF Chalktalk - March 27, 2017
The NFF has announced the first book, "Mean" Joe Greene: Built By Football, in its Football Matters' "Built By Football" series. The book, which will be available April 3, can be preordered by clicking here.

"Mean" Joe Greene's memoir is a master class in determination, domination and perseverance. For the first time ever, the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer gives readers an unflinching look at his rise from high school bully-victim and bench warmer to University of North Texas legend and Pittsburgh Steelers icon.

"Mean" Joe Greene: Built By Football in the news:
March - St. Patrick's Day Special:   The College Football Hall of Fame is celebrating St. Patrick's Day for the entire month of March. Wear your official team gear that is green to get into the Hall for just $17.99 from March 1-31. 

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  www.cfbhall.com .
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The Blitz
2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 Campbell Trophy winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) visited the U.S. Air Force Academy last week, meeting with the staff, cadets and speaking about the warrior ethos. 

College Football Hall of Famers  Bob Brown and  Rich Glover  will be enshrined in the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

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.

2016 NFF Leadership Hall of Fame inductee and Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill donated $10,000 to help fund the NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter's annual scholar-athlete banquet, which is scheduled for May 7.

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 Colorado School of Mines center  Richie Rice, who graduated in December 2016 with a 3.89 GPA in petroleum engineering.
Over The Middle
Because of the Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase, Carrington Thompson was able to continue his education and football career at Northwood (Mich.) before transferring to Western Michigan. Now he is a 2017 NFL Draft prospect.

The NFF Wyoming Chapter held its 23rd annual scholar-athlete awards banquet March 18 on the University of Wyoming campus. Wyoming Head Football Coach Craig Bohl and former Wyoming and NFL offensive tackle Adam Goldberg were the guest speakers. The chapter honored 16 scholar-athletes and distributed $21,600 in scholarships.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host its monthly luncheon on March 29 at Lombardo's restaurant. The guest speaker will be  Mel Tjeerdsma, the former head football coach and current athletics director at Northwest Missouri State.

The NFF San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet March 30 at Odyssey in Granada Hills, Calif.

The NFF Casey-O'Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter will hold its 57th annual scholar-athlete banquet March 31 at Fantasia in North Haven, Conn. The chapter will honor 27 scholar-athletes among its honorees.

The NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter will host its annual Coaches Clinic at Boston College on April 1. The event is open to all high school coaches in Massachusetts. Speakers at the clinic will include Trinity (Conn.) defensive coordinator Lewis Acquarulo, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, Boston College athletics director Brad BatesTufts (Mass.) head coach Jay Civetti, Boston College offensive line coach Justin Frye, Harvard head coach Tim Murphy, Dartmouth defensive backs coach Danny O'Dea and Boston College defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni. Click here for more information.

The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter will hold its 9th annual awards banquet on April 2 at the Marriott Quorum in Dallas, Texas. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell will receive the Distinguished Texan Award, the chapter's highest honor, and a number of other major awards will be presented, including the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award to Dallas businessman and former State Fair of Texas Chairman Pete Schenkel. The chapter will also honor seven collegiate and 81 high school scholar-athletes.

The NFF Schuylkill/Pottsville (Pa.) Chapter will host its scholar-athlete banquet April 2 at Hillcrest Hall in Minersville, Pa.

The NFF Philadelphia Chapter's scholar-athlete banquet will take place April 3 at the Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University. 

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.
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Scheduling

Texas Tech will host Abilene Christian in 2024 and 2026... Auburn added Samford to its 2019 schedule... LSU has added McNeese State to its 2021 schedule... Columbia announced its 2017 schedule...  Iowa State added North Dakota to its 2024 schedule... Marshall will host Eastern Kentucky in 2018 and VMI in 2019... UTEP added Houston Baptist to its 2019 schedule and agreed to a home-and-home series with New Mexico in 2021 and 2022... T he 2017 and 2018 NAIA Football National Championships will be played in Daytona Beach, Fla...

Media

The Big Sky Conference agreed to a multi-year extension to continue airing conference football games on ROOT Sports beginning with the 2017 season...

Obituaries

Jeff Jeffers, the longtime sports director of WNDU-TV who emceed numerous events at the College Football Hall of Fame during its tenure in South Bend, Ind., passed away. He was 64... Former Minnesota All-American  Paul Mitchell passed away March 11. He was 96... Dan Rowe, former Tulsa football radio voice, passed away March 17. He was 67... Former Indiana football player Larry Highbaugh passed away March 21. He was 67... Former Georgia Tech football player Clay Matthews Sr. passed away March 23. He was 88...
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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  - 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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