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Published:February 3rd, 2009 15:04 EST
News and Notes From Around College Football

News and Notes From Around College Football

By SOP newswire2

Aikman On-Campus Salute Set for Saturday

2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Troy Aikman will be honored with an On-Campus Salute at UCLA this weekend. NFF Chief Operating Officer Matthew Sign will be on hand for the presentation at halftime during the Bruins` basketball game against Notre Dame on CBS (1:00 p.m. ET).

A consensus First Team All-America pick in 1988, Aikman finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and led UCLA to a No. 1 ranking during the season. The Davey O`Brien Award winner passed for 5,363 yards during his career and still holds school records for most completions in a single season (228) and completion percentage (64.8). He led the Bruins to victories in the 1987 Aloha Bowl and the 1989 Cotton Bowl and was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year following his junior campaign.

He is the founder and president of the Troy Aikman Foundation in Dallas and also serves as a pro football analyst on Fox.

NFF News

Congratulations to College Football Hall of Famers Bruce Smith (Virginia Tech) and Randall McDaniel (Arizona State) who were named to the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class. Other `09 inductees include Bob Hayes (Florida A&M), Derrick Thomas (Alabama), Rod Woodson (Purdue), and pioneering Buffalo Bills` owner Ralph Wilson, Jr.

Don McPherson, 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Syracuse, and Dr. Dianne Murphy, chairperson of the NFF Gridiron Club of New York and director of athletics at Columbia, presided over the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange last Wednesday, representing the National Football Foundation.

2008 NFF Distinguished American T. Boone Pickens will auction himself off on eBay to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Bidding begins at $100,000, and the winner gets to bring seven friends for lunch with Pickens in Dallas.

College Football Hall of Fame members Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice (North Carolina) and Sam Huff (West Virginia) alongside Georgia Southern All- America RB Adrian Peterson have been selected for the inaugural Southern Conference Hall of Fame.

Carnell Lake, a 1988 NFF National Scholar- Athlete, All-America DB at UCLA and All-Pro in the NFL, has been named UCLA Bruins` cornerbacks coach.

2009 AT&T Cotton Bowl-winning head coach Houston Nutt of Ole Miss will be keynote speaker at the NFF Miss-Lou Chapter banquet on Feb. 26 in Natchez, Miss.

Safety Troy Nolan of Arizona State is the 2009 recipient of the annual postgraduate scholarship from the NFF Valley of the Sun Chapter. Nolan also won the Pat Tillman Award (given in memory of the 2006 NFF Distinguished American Award and ASU standout).

Syracuse senior Ryan Durand earned the 2009 NFF Central New York Chapter Scholar- Athlete of the Year Award at the ninth annual awards dinner last week. Orange head coach Doug Marrone was the keynote speaker.

To become a member of the National Scholar- Athlete Alumni Association, please contact NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries at 800-486- 1865 or via email at

To become an NFF member, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at 800-486- 1865 or via email at Worldwide membership now is at 12,000-plus in 119 chapters.

Many professionals with football backgrounds have included the NFF Scholarship Programs in their 2008 tax-deductible contributions or have extended their returns to include charitable donations to these programs.

For more information on the NFF and college football, including announcements from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and NCAA Football, please visit

Two-Minute Drill

The 2009 NCAA Football Signing Day is this Wednesday, Feb. 4... Rice coach David Bailiff represented the Owls last week in Austin, Texas, at the Texas Association of Partners in Education to honor 16 athletics programs for the organization`s Crystal Award for Community Partnership-Health at local elementary schools. Rice was the only recipient from the state of Texas... Former New Mexico All-American Brian Urlacher announced that he will give the Lobos a $500,000 gift towards improvement and maintenance of the university`s indoor practice facility... 37,054 watched the Nation All-Stars outlast the Texas All- Stars 27-24 in El Paso last Saturday on CBS College Sports... The State University of New York Board of Trustees has passed a resolution honoring Buffalo`s 1958 team for refusing an invitation to play in the 1958 Tangerine Bowl because African- American student-athletes were not able to compete for the Bulls. The Legislature also commended the 2008 Mid-American Conference champion Bulls for their accomplishments under head coach Turner Gill. Former Buffalo Bills placekicker Steve Christie (William & Mary, Va.), radio analyst for University at Buffalo contests, will be a guest speaker at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame banquet in Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 16... Mansfield (Pa.) has gained full membership status in the Collegiate Sprint Football League.

2006 College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden has signed a contract extension at Florida State through the 2009 season... Central Michigan extended coach Butch Jones` individual pact through the 2013 campaign... Chuck Bullough was promoted to defensive coordinator at UCLA... Mark Whipple was named offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Miami (Fla.)... Purdue has tabbed Donn Landholm as 2009 defensive coordinator... Bill McGovern was promoted to defensive coordinator at Boston College... Buffalo named Danny Barrett as its offensive coordinator... Donovan Rose has been named head coach at Hampton... Notre Dame College (Ohio) has hired Adam Howard as its first head football coach. NDC begins varsity football in 2010... Kansas State named Dr. Jim Epps interim AD.

Navy`s Shun White accepted the annual Philadelphia Sportswriters Most Valuable Player Award for the 2008 Army-Navy contest last December... Abilene Christian (Texas) OL Sam Collins was named the Gene Upshaw Award winner as Division II`s top lineman.

The Mid-American Conference has signed its most extensive telecast package in circuit history with ESPN for eight years through the 2016-17 academic year for football... Big East Conference coordinator of football officials Terry McAulay was referee in last Sunday`s Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.

Cincinnati and IMG have entered a 12- year, broadcast and marketing rights agreement for athletics... WGN Radio and Northwestern extended their sports broadcast agreement for an additional four years.

John Gordy, 73, captain of Tennessee`s 1956 SEC title team and a founder of the NFL Players Association, died last Friday in Orange, Calif.... Ray Hawkins, 51, who played for Tennessee in 1976 and `77, died last week at the University of Toledo (Ohio) Medical Center... Jim Schiermeyer, active member of the NFF Texas Tech Chapter for several years and a member of the board of directors for Texas Sports Officials Association, died last Saturday in Lubbock... Former Texas Tech player Bill Herchman died on Jan. 22.

Correction: In last week`s segment regarding the Joe Tiller roast, the following guest speakers were in attendance Bill Doba (former Purdue assistant and Washington State head coach), current Purdue head coach Danny Hope, and Rosevelt Colvin and Matt Light (both with the New England Patriots) among other dignitaries. Several others participated via video messages including College Football Hall of Famer Penn State coach Joe Paterno, former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, and former Purdue assistants Brock Spack (now head coach at Illinois State), Jim Chaney and Gary Emanuel.

2009 Key NFF Dates

July 17-18: College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival - South Bend, Ind.
July 28-Aug. 2: Annual Play It Smart National Conference - Houston, Texas
Dec. 8: NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria - New York, N.Y.

2010 BCS Schedule

Jan. 1: Rose Bowl presented by Citi - Pasadena, Calif., ABC
Jan. 1: Allstate Sugar Bowl - New Orleans, La., FOX
Jan. 4: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Glendale, Ariz., FOX
Jan. 5: FedEx Orange Bowl - Miami Gardens, Fla., FOX
Jan. 7: BCS National Championship Game - Pasadena, Calif., ABC

Founded in 1947 with leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, Play It Smart, and scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.

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