NFF Chalktalk - March 16, 2016
The former Big 12 Senior Associate Commissioner for Football, Oklahoma athletics director and Iowa State head coach passed away on Saturday, March 12. He was 75.
New Rules for 2016: An Initial Look
Rogers Redding
Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

The NCAA football rules committee has completed its work on the rules changes for 2016, and the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) has given its final approval. This week we look at a summary of the new rules. Columns in this space over the next few weeks will be devoted to fleshing out what the rules mean for our game.
TV Access Inside the Limit Lines Television partners may briefly bring hand-held cameras inside the limit lines during certain dead-ball periods. 
Use of Technology for Coaching Coaches may use video images, photographs or computers in the press box and the locker room, but not on the sideline.
Scrimmage Kick Formation Clarifies that a "scrimmage kick formation" must include either a punter at least 10 yards behind the line or a kicker and holder at least seven yards behind the line, and it must be obvious that a kick will be attempted.
Sliding Ball Carrier: Defenseless Player A ball carrier who obviously gives himself up and goes into a feet-first slide is included in the list of defenseless players.
Outcome of a Suspended Game When weather or other factors make it impossible to resume a suspended interconference game, if the athletics directors of the two teams are not able to reach an agreement about the outcome of the game, the conference policy of the home team will be in effect.
Starting the Game Clock in the Last Two Minutes of the Half Inside the last two minutes of a half, if the game clock is stopped to administer the penalty against the team ahead in the score, the game clock will start on the snap, at the option of the opponent.
Tripping the Ball Carrier A player may not trip a ball carrier by deliberately obstructing him with the foot or lower leg. With this change, the rule is now the same for all players.
Blocking Below the Waist Offensive players who are outside the tackle box at the snap, and those who leave the tackle box after the snap, may only block an opponent below the waist if the force of the initial contact is directly at the opponent's front. However, they may not block an opponent below the waist in a direction toward the original position of the ball unless the ball carrier has clearly crossed the line of scrimmage.
Low Hits on the Passer This rule that protects the passer is clarified that the tackler may not legally make forcible contact against the passer at the knee or below, even if he is making a wrap-up tackle.
Two Unsportsmanlike Conduct Fouls By a Coach Leads to an Ejection If a coach commits two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, he is automatically ejected from the game. This makes the rule the same for players and coaches.
Instant Replay: Expanded Targeting-Foul Authority for Replay Official In reviewing targeting fouls the Instant Replay Official is to examine all aspects of the action and not simply the forcible contact.  Also, the replay official may create a targeting foul in the case of an egregious action that was not called by the officials on the field.
Instant Replay Stoppage: Medical Observer The Instant Replay Official may stop the game at the initiative of a medical observer in the Instant Replay booth. (This change makes the 2015 experimental rule official.)

Experimental Rule:  Collaboration in Instant Replay In addition to these changes in the rules, the committee also approved a one-year experimental rule. Under this experiment, conferences may use a collaborative process for instant replay. This means that personnel in a separate secure location identified by the conference will assist the Instant Replay Official at the stadium in making decisions. The committee will follow this experiment during the 2016 season, and next year we will take up the question of making it a permanent rules change.
Upcoming Events at the Hall
April 9-10 Hall of Fame Chip-Off- Celebrate a Georgia tradition at the Hall of Fame April 9-10. Guests will enjoy "Masters style" food and beverage and have the chance to win prizes in our putting and chipping contests brought by TopGolf.
April 16 Football Blues- Feeling sad and blue because football season is over? Well the fun never stops at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Bring your friends and family to chase away the "Football Blues" on April 16 at the Hall's first football, music, food and fun-filled tailgate including southern style food and blues music from The Breeze Kings.

April 30 Teacher Appreciation Day- Join us on April 30 as we show teachers a little love. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, all educators are invited to visit the Hall for FREE with their valid identification.

April 30 Girl Scouts Day- The Hall will celebrate the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta on Saturday, April 30, with a special $13.99 ticket offer, a custom patch and a photo opportunity with former Girl Scout and Miss Atlanta 2016, Lindsey Quandt.

The Hall on the Road
April 16-17 Big Shanty Festival
April 8-10 Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 23 Girls on the Run 5K at Georgia Tech
April 23-24 Smyrna Jonquil Festival
April 28-30 NFL Draft Town in Chicago
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The Blitz
The Maxwell Football Club held its 79th Annual Awards Gala March 11 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlanta City, N.J. The college honorees included Temple All-American Tyler Matakevich (Chuck Bednarik Defensive Player of the Year Award), Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney (George Munger Coach of the Year Award) and Alabama All-American Derrick Henry (Maxwell College Player of the Year Award).  The Maxwell professional honorees included NFL Senior Advisor Joe Browne , former Cal All-American and current Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera  and former Auburn All-American and current Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton . Other honorees included legally blind USC long snapper Jake Olson (Uplifting Athletes Rae Disease Champion Award) and former Pittsburgh tackle and current FOX Sports reporter Tony Siragusa College Football Hall of Fame inductees present included Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh), Hugh Green (Pittsburgh) and Don McPherson (Syracuse).

NFF Board Member, 2013 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione is among the nominees for Athletics Director of the Year at the 2016 Sports Business Awards. 2008 Toner Award recipient Gene Smith (Ohio State), Chet Gladchuk (Navy) and Bernard Muir (Stanford) are also nominated for the award, which will be announced live at the awards ceremony May 18 in New York City.

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach will be honored with the 2016 Dick Enberg Award at the seventh annual CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday, June 13, at the Hyatt Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

NFF Board Member and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank hinted at how his company can grow to $7 billion by 2018.

2016 College Football Hall of Fame electee Randall Cunningham (UNLV)'s daughter, Vashtiwon the women's high jump at t he U.S. indoor track and field championships. In the process, she broke the junior world record and her own national high school record.

On April 23, the 12th Annual Pat's Run will take place in Tempe, Ariz. Held in honor of College Football Hall of Famer and 2006 NFF Distinguished American Pat Tillman, the 4.2 mile run/walk benefits the Tillman Scholars program. 

College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and 1984 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Doug Flutie (Boston College)  was announced as a contestant on the next season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

College Football Hall of Famer Dre Bly (North Carolina) will take part in FOX Sports South's series "The Panel" beginning on March 27 at 9 p.m. ET, which features some of the nation's top college football players answering tough questions from a panel of former players.

College Football Hall of Famer  Brad Calip (East Central [Okla.]) was named the new head football coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla.

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings will headline Stephen F. Austin State's 2016 Archie McDonald Speaker Series on April 11.

The Tim Tebow Foundation, run by the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy recipient from Florida, hosted its annual Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic March 11-12 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The event has raised more than $5.5 million in just five years to support the outreach efforts of the Tim Tebow Foundation. Scheduled participants included College Football Hall of Famers Marcus Allen (Southern California), Archie Griffin (Ohio State-NFF Board Member), Coach Lou Holtz and Danny Wuerffel (Florida-1996 Campbell Trophy winner), and current head coaches Hugh Freeze (Mississippi) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State).
Over The Middle
The Los Angeles Times' Eric Sondheimer wrote an excellent column highlighting some of the top high school scholar-athletes honored by NFF chapters in Southern California.

Don Horn of the founders of the NFF Essex County (N.J.) Chapter, passed away Feb. 25. He was 87.

The NFF Los Angeles Chapter will host its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on March 18 at the Double Tree Hilton in Culver City, Calif.
The NFF Wyoming Chapter will hold its annual banquet in Laramie on March 19 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center on the University of Wyoming campus next to War Memorial Stadium . Guest speakers include former Wyoming quarterback Karsten Sween and Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl.  The chapter will present $1,200 scholarships to 12 finalists from each of the state's five participation classes and two from the University of Wyoming. From the group of finalists, one top scholar-athlete will be awarded a second scholarship.

The NFF Central Pennsylvania Chapter's Scholar-Athlete Banquet will take place March 20 at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College, Pa.

The NFF Toledo (Ohio) Chapter will hold its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on March 21 at the Seagate Center in Toledo. Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh will be the guest speaker.

The NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel (Calif.) Chapter's 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet will take place March 22 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host a luncheon on March 23 at Lombardo's Airport Restaurant featuring Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Patty Viverito

The annual New Balance NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Coaches Clinic will be held Saturday, April 2, in the Yawkey Building at Boston College. A sellout crowd of 300 coaches is expected to hear the six clinicians, followed by attendance at the Boston College spring practice later in the day. Those scheduled to speak are Boston College offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler and defensive coordinator Jim Reid, Harvard offensive coordinator Joel Lamb and defensive coordinator Scott Larkee, Amherst (Mass.) head coach E.J. Mills and retired Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove.

The NFF Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter announced the names of the scholar-athletes who will be honored at its 35th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet April 2 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.
The NFF New York City Chapter will hold its Elite Eleven Dinner on April 5 at the New York Athletic Club, honoring the top scholar-athletes in New York City and presenting New York Jets and former Central Florida wide receiver Brandon Marshall with its Accorsi Award for his work with PROJECT 375 , a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders.

The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter's Eighth Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet will take place April 10 at the Marriott Quorum. Longtime Dallas sports talk radio staple Norm Hitzges will receive the 2016 Distinguished Texan Award, the chapter's highest honor, and new North Texas head coach Seth Littrell will be the guest speaker. A number of other awards will be presented to area football leaders.

The NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter will host its 10th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on April 10 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. Army head coach Jeff Monken will give the keynote address.

The NFF Central Indiana Chapter's Scholar-Athlete Banquet is scheduled for April 16 at the Indianapolis Colts practice facility. New Ball State head football coach Mike Neu will be the guest speaker, and former Stanford and current Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, a 2008 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete, will make a special  appearance. 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Hank Spencer (Mount Union [Ohio]) will also be honored.
College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Cecil (Arizona) will be the keynote speaker at the NFF Southern Arizona Chapter's 19th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet April 17 in Tucson.
The NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter will hold its 50th Anniversary "Touchdowner of the Year" Banquet on May 4 at the Westin Galleria Ballroom. NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning (Mississippi) will be the guest of honor. The chapter will host a Hall of Fame Golf Tournament the day before at Wildcat Golf Course.

The 41st annual NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet will be held May 15 at the Boston/Newton Marriott. The banquet will feature 33 High School Scholar-Athlete honorees and the presentation of the Daly, Schluntz and Burton Awards. Boston College play-by-play announcer Jon Meter-Parel will return as the emcee.
Two-Minute Drill

Navy announced the game times for its five home football games this fall... Air Force and Florida Atlantic will play a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2021...  Oregon added Fresno State to its 2021 schedule... Fresno State has scheduled a pair of future games with Arizona State and Texas A&M... Florida Atlantic added future games with Fordham and Ohio... Charlotte announced future series with Indiana and Maryland and completed its 2019 non-conference schedule with the addition of Gardner-Webb...

Joe D'Antonio has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's commissioner... Concordia-St. Paul named Mark McKenzie as director of athletics...

Bowl Games

Jay McAuley has been elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association... Former Southern California and San Diego State head football coach  Ted Tollner has been elected president of the 2016 San Diego Bowl Game Association...

Awards and Honors

Coastal Carolina head football coach  Joe Moglia  will be honored April 21 as the 2016 State of South Carolina Football Hall of Fame's Humanitarian of the Year... Lynn Thompson, Bethune-Cookman's athletics director for the last 25 years, was inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame... Former football players Chris Sullivan and John Wolf were elected to the Washington and Lee University (Va.) Athletic Hall of Fame...

Texas A&M has named its football equipment room after former athletic trainer and longtime athletic department employee Billy Pickard, who passed away last year... Kansas State's Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Texas A&M's Kyle Field are among the nominees for Sports Facility of the Year at the 2016 Sports Business Awards...

Southeast Missouri State announced receipt of a major gift from Dr. John and Judy Holcomb in support of its athletics programs and student-athletes...


Davidson has agreed to a multi-year partnership with Under Armour...

More News of Interest
The NCAA Board of Governors approved a one-time supplemental distribution of $200 million to Division I schools, which must be used explicitly for programs that benefit student-athletes...
Jim Kimsey, a lifetime member of the NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter and the namesake of the Army's  football athletic facility, passed away March 1. He was 76...  Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff safety Caesar Belser passed away March 5. He was 71...  Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett   died from colon cancer March 6. She was 52... William Sumlin , the father of Texas A&M head coach  Kevin Sumlin and a former high school football coach, passed away March 6. He was 81... Former South Carolina State football player  Neriah Roberts passed away March 7. He was 83... Former Vanderbilt All-America quarterback Bill Wade passed away March 9. He was 85... Former Southern California All-America defensive tackle Gary Jeter passed away March 10. He was 61... Tarleton State (Texas) defensive end Brayden Coverdale died March 13. He was 21... Former Texas A&M band director Col. Joe Tom Haney has passed away at 88...
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NFF Key Dates

Sept. 28, 2016 - Announcement of the semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC - Irving, Texas

Dec. 5, 2016 - Announcement and Presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League Football Players of the Year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at an event presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses - New  York City
Dec. 6, 2016 - NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York City
Dec. 6, 2016 - NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York City
Dec. 6, 2016 - 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria - New York City
Dec. 6, 2016 - 27th presentation of the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the NYAC, to the nation's top football scholar-athlete at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York City
Dec. 6, 2016 - Induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York City

Dec. 31, 2016 - The 12th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Atlanta
Jan. 5, 2017 - NFF Leadership Hall of Fame Dinner - Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 6, 2017 - Announcement of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class - Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 9, 2017 - College Football Playoff National Championship at Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, Fla.
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