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The Blitz

 

Arkansas will wear Dallas Cowboys replica uniforms Saturday for the Southwest Classic against Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The alternative uniforms are being worn to honor NFF Board Member and Cowboys Owner, President & General Manager Jerry Jones for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month.

 

NFF Board Member and Tulco Founder, Chairman & CEO Thomas Tull will be one of the featured interviews during the SportsBusiness Daily / Journal‘s 2017 NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference Nov. 7-8 in Marina del Rey, Calif.

 

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 Campbell Trophy® winner Peyton Manning will be delivering a speech on leadership Sept. 22 in Cox Auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus.

 

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) is among the 108 players and coaches announced as Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Other nominees include College Football Hall of Famers Cornelius Bennett (Alabama), Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh), Tedy Bruschi (Arizona), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Bill Fralic (Pittsburgh), Eddie George (Ohio State), Wilber Marshall (Florida), Sam Mills (Montclair State [N.J.]), Jay Novacek (Wyoming), Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), Rod Smith (Missouri Southern State), Darryl Talley (West Virginia), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech) and Herschel Walker (Georgia); College Football Hall of Fame coaches Don CoryellJimmy Johnson and Clark Shaughnessy; College Football Hall of Famer and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tony Boselli (Southern California); 2000 Campbell Trophy® winner Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska); and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tiki Barber (Virginia).

 

The Detroit Tigers and Third Man Records are teaming up for a special ticket package for the Tigers-Minnesota Twins game on Sept. 24. The package includes a ticket to the game and a limited-edition vinyl record. One side features a song while the other features an interview between Third Man Records founder and musician Jack White and 2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), a member of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship team.

 

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Bob McKay (Texas) had his No. 83 jersey retired by his secondary school, Crane High School, in Crane, Texas.

 

ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, the 2006 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient, is headed to New York City for the first time Saturday, Sept. 23, originating from Times Square.

 

 

 

The NFF Arkansas Chapter/Little Rock Touchdown Club‘s 2017 speaker series continued today former Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville. College Football Hall of Fame coach and current Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez will speak on Sept. 25.

 

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter held an Awards Luncheon today in Atlanta. NFF Board Member and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey spoke at the event.

 

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will kick off its 2017-18 luncheon series Sept. 20 at Lombardo’s Restaurant (airport location). The guest speaker will be Missouri athletics director Jim Sterk.

 

The NFF Western Massachusetts Chapter will host the Annual College Press-Coach Luncheon on Sept. 20 at the Student Prince restaurant in Springfield, Mass. Area college coaches will discuss their teams at the event.

 

 

 

Two-Minute Drill

 

Obituaries

Longtime Monday Night Football produce Don Ohlmeyer passed away Sept. 10. He was 72… Former Western Carolina wide receiver Jerry Gaines passed away Sept. 5. He was 65… Former LSU football player and assistant coach Mel Didier passed away Sept. 10. He was 91… Former Michigan State All-America center Dan Currie passed away Sept. 11. He was 82… Former South Carolina great Alex Hawkins passed away Sept. 12. He was 80… Miles (Ala.) assistant football coach Tony Oglesby passed away Sept. 12 at the age of 53. He played linebacker at West Alabama and previously coached at West Georgia and West Alabama… Former Purdue football player David Hoehnen passed away Sept. 12. He was 77… Former Cornell football player Charles Knight passed away. He was 81… Sports Radio host and former California football player Sean Adams passed away Sept. 14. He was 46… Wooster (Ohio) offensive lineman Clayton Geib passed away Sept. 17. He was 21…

 

More News of Interest

 

The College Football Playoff Foundation is celebrating the third-annual Extra Yard for Teachers Week Sept. 16-23. Over these two weekends of action, the college football community will honor teachers (grades K-12) on college campuses and in stadiums across the country… Fordham announced a new, multi-year partnership with NFF-partner Under Armour… The FWAA announced the winners of its 25th Annual Best Writing Contest…

Voice of the UTEP Miners Jon Teicher Honored with

NFF On-Campus Salute

 

2017 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Voice of the UTEP Miners Jon Teicher was honored Sept. 15 with an NFF On-Campus Salute during the Miners’ game against Arizona. In May, the NFF named Teicher the 2017 recipient of the Schenkel Award, which has been presented annually since 1996 to individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. Click here for more on Teicher.

 

The NFF On-Campus Salutes are a special tradition, providing the NFF honorees a coveted opportunity to be recognized on the field during a home game. Teicher will officially be honored during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The NFF would like to thank NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd for taking part in the presentation. Pictured above, L-R, are Rudd; Teicher; Teicher’s wife, Pam; and Teicher’s son, Ethan. (Photo by UTEP Athletics.)

2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists Announced

 

The NFF announced the names of the 35 finalists for the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The finalists all graduated from high school in 2017 and are now playing college football. A national committee will select the five honorees, who will be announced Oct. 4.

 

The five NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes selected from the finalists will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the New York Hilton Midtown.

 

Pictured above are the 2016 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athletes, who were honored last December at the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour. Now in college, L-R: Phoenix College (Ariz.) WR Matthew Mitchell, Michigan OL Stephen Spanellis, Princeton LB John Orr, Princeton WR Andrew Griffin and Stanford TE Scooter Harrington.