March 11th, 2009 14:22 EST
College Football News: Hall of Famer George McAfee Passes Away
Former Duke standout George McAfee, 90, who was in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, died last Wednesday evening in Georgia. The three-sport star (football, baseball and track) played on the 1937-39 Duke teams, which were a composite 24-4-1 and won a pair of Southern Conference titles in 1938 and `39. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1961.
The FBS (formerly Division I-A) list of nominees for the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame class, which includes 76 student-athletes and six head coaches, was released by the National Football Foundation last Tuesday. The ballot issue of the NFF Footballetter also highlights the Hall of Fame candidates for all divisions and has been mailed to 12,000-plus NFF chapter members. The popular vote will be submitted to the NFF`s Honors Court for final deliberations, and the Hall of Fame class will be announced via a national news conference on Apr. 30 live on ESPNews. Induction for the Class of 2009 is set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
NFF Chairman Archie Manning (Ole Miss) will headline this year`s LSU Football Coaching Clinic on March 26-28.
College Football Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden was the keynote speaker at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser at James Madison University.
College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias (SMU) will host the first annual Jerry LeVias Letterman`s Golf Classic Apr. 23-25 to benefit SMU football. SMU head coach June Jones announced that, starting in 2009, a deserving student- athlete on the SMU football team will be selected to wear the number "23" on his jersey throughout the season to honor LeVias`s contributions to America and the game.
The Southeastern Conference extended the contract of commissioner Mike Slive, a member of the NFF Board of Directors, through 2012.
The NFF`s highly successful youth development program, Play It Smart, boasted 122 seniors who signed national football letters of intent with NCAA FBS or FCS schools. The breakdown includes 80 student-athletes going to FBS members and 42 signing letters with FCS teams. These figures also project an increase from 230 Play It Smart student- athletes on 2008 FBS rosters to no less than 266 student-athletes in `09.
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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.
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NFF Chapter Briefs
2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Draddy Award finalist Quin Harris of Louisiana Tech provided inspirational comments to the high school scholar-athletes on the importance of balancing academics and athletics at the recent NFF S.M. McNaughton Chapter Scholar-Athlete banquet in Shreveport, La.
The NFF Colorado Chapter`s 16th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet in Denver featured 10 high school scholar-athlete honorees along with chapter award recipients. VIPs in attendance included: Air Force associate athletics director and emcee Dermott Coll; guest speaker and 2009 College Football Hall of Fame nominee Alfred Williams of Colorado; Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun; Colorado State assistant coach Larry Kerr; Colorado assistant coach Brian Cabral; Western Athletic Conference associate commissioner Jeff Hurd; Colorado State-Pueblo head coach Jeff Wristen; Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference commissioner J.R. Smith; Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner William Reader; 1993 NFF Outstanding Football Official Award recipient John Adams; and 1969 Super Bowl champion New York Jets` standouts Jim Turner and Winston Hill on their historic 40th anniversary achievement.
The NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter Awards Luncheon took place last week in New Orleans lauded 23 high school football scholar-athletes. Doug Thornton, senior vice president for SMG (the management company that operates the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena), was named the chapter`s Distinguished American Award recipient, while Sun Belt Conference commissioner Wright Waters was honored with the Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
The NFF Los Angeles Chapter will honor 32 senior scholar-athletes from the greater LA area on Friday, March 13, at the Culver City Radisson. The keynote speaker will be UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel.
Head coaches Troy Calhoun of Air Force, Mack Brown of Texas, UCLA`s Rick Neuheisel, Mississippi`s Houston Nutt, Ohio State`s Jim Tressel and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville will visit U.S. forces in Middle Eastern military bases as part of the Under Armour Coaches Tour later this spring... Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recognized Florida`s 2008 national championship at a special breakfast at the Governor`s mansion last Thursday. Head coach Urban Meyer, players Tim Tebow and Ryan Stamper, UF AD Jeremy Foley, and UF President Bernie Machen represented the school... The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a resolution commending the Sooners for the 2008 Big 12 conference title while the Senate honored Heisman Trophy winning QB Sam Bradford by proclaiming March 2, 2009 as "Sam Bradford Day" across the state... Navy is celebrating 50 years at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and will select a 50-year All-Navy Team via fan voting... The West Virginia at Cincinnati game has been moved to Friday, Nov. 13... Utah`s home game against Utah State has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3... The Colorado-Nebraska game will be televised to 100 percent of the country on ABC the day after Thanksgiving... Penn State players hosted a number of boys and girls at Lasch Football Building in conjunction with the PSU Dance Marathon and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The kids tried on helmets and shoulder pads and received a tour of the athletics facilities. The Penn State Football chapter of Uplifting Athletes also hosted a video game challenge in recognition of Global Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28... New Mexico State football student-athletes and coaches are hosting a pancake breakfast Sunday to meet and greet fans and students... Members of the Stanford football team celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with students from Palo Alto area schools as part of the Read Across America program... Ole Miss players participated in "Reading with the Rebels" at three local elementary schools... Harvard football and the American Red Cross teamed for a campus-wide blood drive in Cambridge, Mass., last week... Alabama announced that it`s 2009 Coaching Clinic will feature College Football Hall of Famers Tom Osborne and Ozzie Newsome, Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley, Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and Washington Redskins wide receivers coach Stan Hixon... BYU will hold its annual Spring Football Clinic for high school coaches on March 27... Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen will headline the university`s third annual "Road Dawgs Tour"... Former Oregon Duck Ra`Shon Harris hosted a free two-hour football camp for kids at Autzen Stadium on March 7... Former assistant for communications to President George W. Bush and Purdue grad/media relations maven Kevin Sullivan is the keynote speaker for the June 21-25 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) national workshop in San Antonio, Texas.
Southern Illinois broke ground last week on its $83 million Saluki Way facilities project, which features a new football stadium and team complex... The estate of W. Dean Cannon, Jr. , has provided Wofford with a $1.5 million gift to the football scholarship fund.
Larry Coker was introduced as the first head football coach at Texas-San Antonio last week... Georgia promoted John Jancek to co-defensive coordinator... Oklahoma State promoted Joe Wickline to co-offensive coordinator... Memphis named Kenny Ingram defensive coordinator... Kansas State hired Dana Dimel as run game coordinator and Del Miller as passing game coordinator... Joe Tresey was hired by South Florida as defensive coordinator... Mike Dawson has been chosen as special teams coach at Boston College... Scott Stoker was named defensive coordinator/LB coach at Sam Houston State.
Alan Young was elected as the Fiesta Bowl`s 2009-10 Chairman of the Board... Phillis Oeters was named 71st Orange Bowl Committee President & Chair... Richard R. Smith has been named Sugar Bowl Committee President for 2009-10... Gary J. DiSano was elected president of the 2010 Tournament of Roses.
Former Ohio State RB and 1995 Heisman Trophy recipient Eddie George is hosting a new weekly program "The Big Ten Quad" on the Big Ten Network. Among the scheduled guests for the opening Mar. 23-Dec. 2009 broadcast season are 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald; Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema; 1999 Heisman winner and former Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne; formerIllinois QB Jeff George, former Michigan RB and career rushing leader Mike Hart, and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 College Football Hall of Fame nominee Desmond Howard... ESPN will air Georgia`s spring game on April 11 and televise Alabama`s A-Day spring game the following weekend on April 18.
Boise State and Learfield Sports have signed a multi-year broadcasting and marketing agreement... Seminole ISP Sports Marketing announced that 11 Tallahassee hotel properties will employ plans to lower the cost of attending FSU home games in 2009... David Jessey has left Richard Petty Motorsports to create his own company Jessey Sports. He will also partner will Rick Jones` Fishbait Marketing.
The Maxwell Award Football Club held its 72nd Annual Awards Dinner last Friday in Atlantic City, honoring Florida`s Tim Tebow (Maxwell College Player of the Year), USC`s Rey Maualuga (Chuck Bednarik Award), Texas Tech`s Mike Leach (George Munger Award as college coach of the year), and Villanova`s Andy Talley (Tri-State Coach of the Year Award). ESPN`s Chris Fowler accepted the Harrah`s Broadcast Award on behalf of the College GameDay crew. Those in attendance included College Football Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald (Oklahoma); Florida head coach Urban Meyer; ESPN`s Dave Brown and Michael Fountain; former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil; and FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson... Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks will be inducted into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame in Yuba City on Mar. 28... LSU Athletics is inducting NFF College Hall of Fame coach Bernie Moore, football standout Anthony McFarland, celebrated LSU trainer Dr. Marty Broussard, and longtime administrator and coach Harry Rabenhorst Tuesday in the Athletics Hall of Fame... Former head coach Jim Walden and All-America RB Duke Washington are the latest inductees into the Washington State University Athletics Hall of Fame... Former Minnesota standout Jack Brewer was honored with a Congressional Certificate recently for his work in the African community of Malawi... Alabama`s Julio Jones recently accepted the position of Student Government Association senator at the university.
James Earl Wright, 69, standout quarterback at Memphis (then Memphis State) from 1958- 61, died in Memphis... Donnie Summers, who played for Oregon State from 1966-68, died of a heart attack on Feb. 26... Former Duke assistant coach Marty Pierson, 87, passed away on Feb. 23... Arthur Hemingway, 49, who was paralyzed when he was hit by a car during fall football camp his freshman year at USC, died on Feb. 26 in Oceanside, Calif.... Hunter Schmidt Jr. , former freelance sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, passed away at 75.
2009 Key NFF Dates
April 30: 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Class Announcement - New York, N.Y.
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
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