Steve Hatchell,
President & CEO

Media Contacts:
Phil Marwill | 917-579-4256

Alan Cox | 972-556-1000
NFF Chalktalk - May 31, 2017
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame will announce the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday (June 1).

The 2018 ballot will include 75 players and six coaches from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the NCAA divisional and NAIA ranks.

To ensure you receive this year's ballot, become a member today by clicking here or contacting NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at
On June 1, the National Football Foundation will formally present Clemson University and head coach Dabo Swinney with the NFF MacArthur Bowl, the organization's national championship trophy for the NCAA Division I - Football Bowl Subdivision, during a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in Atlanta.

The ceremony will mark the official unveiling of the trophy with Clemson's name permanently etched on the fabled archways of the historic trophy, joining the previous 59 teams who have been recognized since the coveted honor was first bestowed in 1959. Members of the public with general admission tickets to the Hall may attend the event, which may be purchased in advance by visiting or on the day of the event at the Hall of Fame Box Office.
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 .
The Blitz
NFF Board Member, 2013 NFF Leadership Hall of Fame inductee and Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones  will accept Arkansas's Distinguished Citizen Award at the 40th annual Community Service Awards at the Governor's Mansion June 2.

NFF Board Member and Under Armour CEO & founder Kevin Plank has been inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame.

The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) announced that NFF Board Member and NACDA Executive Director  Bob Vecchione  will be inducted into the Association's Hall of Fame at the 2017 NACMA Convention June 12-15 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

ESPN has re-signed College Football Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan) to continue his role on College GameDay.

College Football Hall of Famer Pat Richter is the first honoree named to Wisconsin's Camp Randall 100, an exclusive list celebrating 100 people who have shaped Camp Randall Stadium's history over the last 100 years.

College Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene (North Texas) and the Greene Family Foundation will host Nibble and Mingle, a fundraising event benefiting the Agnes Lucille Craft Greene Scholarship fund, at the Highland Hotel in Dallas on June 9.

The $1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to 2014 NFF Gold Medal recipient Dr. Tom Catena, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, N.Y., who has saved thousands of lives as the sole doctor permanently based in Sudan's war-ravaged Nuba Mountains.

UCLA has received $1 million for student-athlete scholarships in honor of 1997 NFF Gold Medal recipient Jackie Robinson. The "Jackie R. Robinson Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarships" will support student-athlete scholarships in the four sports in which Robinson participated at UCLA: football, baseball, men's track & field and men's basketball.

TCU has announced that the press box in Amon G. Carter Stadium will be named in honor of legendary sports writer and 2009 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Dan Jenkins.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York who gave the invocation at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, was the speaker at the 2017 University of St. Thomas (Texas) Commencement May 20 in Houston.

NFF-partner VICISZero1 helmet will get a tryout this season in the NFL.

NFF-partner Delta Air Lines was honored for the role it plays fostering global diversity and its commitment to the communities it serves worldwide when CEO Ed Bastian accepted the Corporate Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association.
Over The Middle
Athens Banner-Herald columnist and author Loran Smith, a 1994 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient from the University of Georgia Chapter, was recently awarded the Dean's Medal, the highest honor given at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet June 11 at  Purdue Memorial Union at West Lafayette, Ind.

The NFF Oklahoma Chapter will host the 33rd Annual All Sports and Scholar-Athlete Awards Luncheon June 13 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. 

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.
Two-Minute Drill
New Football Schools

UAB head coach Bill Clark has purchased 100 season tickets to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham program for its upcoming return to the football field this fall...


CBS Sports announced its 2017 SEC on CBS broadcast windows and select games... ESPN has released the start times and networks for its first three weeks of the 2017 college football season... ESPN and FOX Sports announced their coverage for Big Ten games during the first three weeks of the season and other select games... The Big 12 announced television selections for the first three weeks of the 2017 football season... The Pac-12 announced its early football television schedule... The ACC announced its early season television schedule... Conference USA will air at least 15 football games on Twitter in 2017... Florida added South Alabama to its 2020 schedule... New Mexico State will play at BYU in 2018... Stanford will play UC Davis in 2018... Syracuse and Liberty have agreed to a three-game series starting in 2019...


Former Virginia football player and East Carolina, Virginia and Marshall head coach  Sonny Randle passed away May 24. He was 81... Former Delaware football player and Air Force pilot Joe Coady passed away April 19. He was 95... Former Princeton center Benjamin Respess passed away May 16. He was 69... Longtime Sports Illustrated sports writer Frank Deford passed away May 28. He was 78...

More News of Interest

Arkansas vice chancellor and director of athletics Jeff Long has been named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee... The newly created Frisco Bowl will be played from its new Frisco, Texas, home beginning in December 2017... The Sun Belt Conference will split into two five-team divisions, broken up simply by east and west, starting in 2018...
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 UCLA and Wisconsin; Founder Member Northwest Missouri State; and Executive Members Adrian (Mich.), Case Western Reserve (Ohio), Valparaiso and Wittenberg (Ohio).

Click here to see all of the 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Members.
Join the NFF
Support amateur football in your area by joining the NFF today.
Donate to the NFF
Tax deductible gifts help fulfill mission of Building Leaders Through Football.
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 - 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. 
NFF Information
Advertising in NFF publications will put your organization in front of key decision makers in football including key administrators, coaches, players, former players, as well as other key sports business executives throughout the year. 

To inquire about the print advertising opportunities available, please contact  Clerrinda Queen at 704-987-4089 or .
The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.
NFF Chalktalk items are welcome and should be sent to
NFF Corporate Partners
Copyright © National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. All Rights Reserved.