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Published:February 18th, 2009 10:14 EST
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2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz will be making a goodwill preliminary tour of Japan Wednesday-Saturday to promote the Notre Dame Japan Bowl on July 25, 2009. The game pits two alumni teams of Notre Dame legends at Tokyo`s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome as the highlight of an eight- day visit by football dignitaries worldwide to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Japan American Football Association, which started in 1934.

1951 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bronko Nagurski of Minnesota has been selected for the International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Ohio State director of athletics and 2008 NFF John Toner Award recipient Gene Smith was a guest speaker for the African-American History Month speakers series at OSU`s Fisher College of Business.

The NFF Chicago Metro Chapter will hold its annual awards ceremony next Monday, Feb. 23 at Halas Hall in Chicago. Chicago Bears CEO Ted Phillips will be the keynote speaker, while Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald will be honored for his 2008 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Northern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill will receive the NFF Courage Award and outgoing Purdue coach Joe Tiller will receive NFF Distinguished American Award. Others set to attend include College Football Hall of Famers Jimbo Covert, John Lattner and Tom Beck; Illinois head coach Ron Zook; the Big Ten Network`s Dave Revsine; Illinois State head coach Brock Spack; and athletics directors Jim Phillips (Northwestern) and Jeff Compher (Northern Illinois) and more. For more information, please visit

The NFF South Jersey Chapter will host its 17th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on March 1 in Galloway Township. The event honors student- athletes from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, as well as Southern Regional High School. In addition to high school student-athletes honors, Towson`s Drew Mack and New Hampshire`s John Clements will be honored as the Collegiate Players of the Year.

Denison (Ohio) senior Michael Barnes was honored at the 48th annual NFF Columbus Chapter Scholar-Athlete awards banquet in Columbus, Ohio, last week as 2008 College Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The standout quarterback has a 3.86 grade point average.

Alex Mack (California), 2008 NFF Draddy Trophy winner, was listed as the top center in the upcoming NFL draft by The Sporting News.

The 2009 NFF Ballot Issue of the Footballetter is set to be released to all NFF members the first week of March. Voting for the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame classes will close on March 31.

Become a fan of the National Football Foundation on Facebook - Upload your gameday photos, check out pictures of the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, and chat with other college football fans.

If you are a former NFF National Scholar-Athlete (collegiate) and would like 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

Utah State at Utah has been switched to Thursday, Sept. 3, from Sept. 5... Texas at Texas A&M will be played for the second year in a row on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN (see schedule below). The Texas Tech at Texas game originally slated for Nov. 7 has been moved up to Sept. 19 for an ABC national telecast... The Nebraska at Missouri tussle scheduled for Oct. 3 will be moved to Thursday, Oct. 8... Michigan has completed its 2009 schedule with a first-ever meeting against Delaware State on Oct. 17... East Carolina will play Virginia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 5, on ESPN... Ole Miss and Tulane will renew their longtime series in 2010, 2012, 2016, and `17... Indiana recently announced a home-and-home series with Virginia... Syracuse added Maine to its 2009 schedule... Duke added N.C. Central to its 2009 nonconference schedule... South Florida added Charleston Southern, completing its 2009 schedule. Former USF DB Anthony Henry recently gave $100,000 to the school to help with renovations to the football team locker room and weight room... Baylor and Texas Tech are looking at the possibility of moving games in 2009 and 2010 to a neutral site in Dallas or Arlington, Texas... Miami (Fla.) is saving its budget $140,000 by chartering buses to two in-state games this autumn... Boston College Athletics assisted in Valentine`s cards composition for Franciscan Children`s Hospital and reading tutelage in grammar schools.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has received a contract extension through the 2015 season... Head coach Charlie Weis also will serve as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame in `09... John Lovett was hired as defensive coordinator at Miami (Fla.)... Bob Casullo, who served on the 1985-1994 staffs, is returning to Syracuse as assistant head coach... Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner will add the title of associate head coach... Louisville added Matt Wells as quarterbacks coach and passing coordinator... Iowa State hired Wally Burnham as defensive coordinator... Central Michigan named Steve Stripling associate head coach and defensive ends coach... Florida Atlantic promoted Darryl Jackson to offensive coordinator... Texas A&M-Commerce hired Dan Lounsbury as offensive coordinator and Brian Williams as defensive coordinator... Longtime (44 seasons) college and high school coaching legend Bob Pruett is retiring as assistant head coach at Virginia... Robin Harris was named Ivy League Executive Director.

1985 College Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung (Notre Dame) will be the keynote speaker at the 40th All Sports Association Awards Dinner in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where the Florida`s Tim Tebow will be presented the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy, whose namesake Danny Wuerffel (Florida) won the NFF`s Draddy Trophy in 1996... The SMU Lettermen`s Association will honor Rufus P. Cormier, Jr. , who lettered in football for the Mustangs in 1968 and 1969, with its prestigious Silver Anniversary Mustang Award on Feb. 28... The Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes 2009 inductees Erich Barnes, Drew Brees, Boris "Babe" Dimancheff, and Dave Young... The Kent State "Varsity K" Athletics Hall of Fame inducted football stalwart Kim Featsent in ceremonies last weekend... The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is now accepting entries for its annual "Best Writing Contest," and more information may be found at index.html.

The ESPN/ABC family of networks has lined out its preliminary national telecasts for 2009 (all times Eastern): Thu., Sept. 3, 7 p.m., ESPN, South Carolina at N.C. State; Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., ESPN, Miami (Fla.) at Florida State; Thu., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Clemson at Georgia Tech; Sat., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., ESPN, Southern California at Ohio State; Thu., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Georgia Tech at Miami (Fla.); Sat., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., ABC, Texas Tech at Texas; Thu., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Mississippi at South Carolina; Thu., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Colorado at West Virginia; Thu., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Nebraska at Missouri; Thu., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN, Florida State at North Carolina; Thu., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, North Carolina at Virginia Tech; Thu., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Virginia Tech at East Carolina; Thu., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, Colorado at Oklahoma State; Thu., Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving), 8 p.m., ESPN, Texas at Texas A&M; Thu., Dec. 3, 9 p.m., ESPN, Oregon State at Oregon. Additional games will be announced in the coming months.

NACDA and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have entered into a leadership partnership. The seven-year agreement includes joint meetings of officers of the associations in 2009 and joint meetings of NACDA and CoSIDA membership in Orlanda, Fla., from 2013-15. CoSIDA becomes the 12th collegiate organization managed under the NACDA governing umbrella... KARZ- TV in Little Rock has joined the Southland Conference Television Network... South Alabama have added broadcasting and marketing agreements with IMG Sports... William and Mary`s Tribe Athletics official website has created a new link to laud W&M alumnus and Pittsburgh Steelers` Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Tomlin... Backbone Technology has denoted new college football streaming deliveries to iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Ken "Dude" McLean, 65, a record-setting end at Texas A&M and catcher of the "Texas Special" 91-yard touchdown pass against Texas in 1965, died in Houston, Texas... Mel Kaufman, 50, standout for Cal Poly and eight-year standout for the Washington for CP... Pasquale "Pat" Bisceglia Jr. , 78, captain of Notre Dame`s 1956 team and a 17-year assistant coach at WPI, died last week in Shrewsbury, Mass... Austin College (Texas) football linebacker Zach Swirczynski, 20, died last week in Sherman, Texas... San Diego Mesa College will celebrate the life of former head coach Matt Kofler, 49, this Sunday. Kofler died in December in El Cajon, Calif.

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 - 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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