September 13, 2010 - Ron Kramer, a 1978 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Michigan, died September 11. He was 75. A two-time All-American in both 1955 and 1956 at end, Kramer was one of Michigan's all-time great athletes, starring on the varsity football, basketball and track teams en route to nine varsity letters.
2010 Schenkel Award winner Joe Starkey broadcasted opposite 2009 Schenkel Award winner Larry Zimmer as California beat Colorado, 52-7, on Saturday.
The NFF and Wisconsin will honor 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Barry Alvarez in an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Saturday. Wisconsin will face Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Alvarez also entered the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
The NFF and Colorado will conduct an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus salute to jointly honor 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Alfred Williams. Colorado will play Hawai'i at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox College Sports.
Several College Football Hall of Famers were revealed this week as Big Ten Icons by the Big Ten Network: No. 37 Leroy Keyes (Purdue), No. 34 Desmond Howard (Michigan), No. 33 Alex Karras (Iowa) and No. 30 Alan Ameche (Wisconsin).
Tim Tebow, the reigning William V. Campbell Trophy winner, has released his official website, TimTebow.com.
Lee Corso, who in 2006 shared the NFF's Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football award with ESPN's College GameDay, will enter the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame this year.
Tickets go on sale today for the NCAA Division I (FCS) Championship game. The game will take place on January 7, 2011 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year begins its fifth year in 2010. Fan voting begins today at CoachoftheYear.com.
Friday is the nomination deadline for the prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards are now being accepted. 15 candidates will each receive an $18,000 grant for their post-graduate educations while also being named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation's top scholar-athlete. Sports Information Directors should email Hillary Jeffries at [email protected] to request nomination forms.
CAMPBELL TROPHY WATCH LIST
Joe Buckley, PK - Navy
Brandon Brown, DB - Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.)
Patrick Dolan, PK - Nicholls State
Grant Fleming, LB - Louisiana-Lafayette
Pete Fleps, LB - SMU
Kevin Harman, DT - Centre (Ky.)
Madison McCalmon, OL - Cumberlands (Ky.)
Mike Mohamed, LB - California
Anthony Santella, P - Illinois
Anthony Taylor, LB - Norfolk State
Nathan Uland, LB - Eastern New Mexico
Josh Windsor, DB - Dakota State (S.D.)
Robert Wood, RB - Augustana (Ill.)
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Leo Dillon (Dayton), Brian Griese (Michigan), Victor Terebuh (Wittenberg Ohio) and Dr. Harry Tolly (Nebraska) have joined the National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.
Mike Perrin (Texas) has been named to Texas' Hall of Honor.
The NFF Delaware Valley Chapter will host a weekly TD Club, which recognizes the best players on offense, defense and special teams in the previous week's Mercer County games.
New Football Programs
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College won its first game in program history on Saturday. The Blue Raiders are coached by Chris Oliver, the son of Greg Oliver who is the president of the NFF National Capital Region Chapter.
LSU will face Oregon at Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Tex., on Sept. 3, 2011. . . . Hawai'i will host Tulane in 2011. . . . Oklahoma State and South Alabama will play a three-game series in 2017, 2019-20.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Raycom have announced a syndicated network to be known as the ACC Network. The network began broadcasting games last weekend by telecasting Duke at Wake Forest last Saturday. . . . NBC's ratings of Notre Dame continue to outpace last year's ratings, as Saturday's game against Michigan was up 67 percent from week two in 2009. . . . The WAC Sports Network has announced its on-air talent. Dave Harbison and Guy Haberman will be the network's play-by-play announcers, Dick Tomey and Joe Glenn will provide color commentary, Lauren Mickler and Jenny Cavnar will report from the sidelines while Ralph Gaston will split time between color commentating and sideline reporting. . . . Fox Sports North will debut Jackrabbit Insider this season, covering South Dakota State. . . . Monday night's Boise State vs. Virginia Tech game on ESPN was seen in an average of 7.25 million households, the highest number of households in the network's history, and with 9,89 million viewers, the second most-viewed college football game trailing only the 2009 USC at Ohio State game. With more than 200,000 viewers, the contest was also the most-viewed in the history of ESPN3.com. . . . The Comcast Network will air Rutgers' R Football in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.
Disney and ESPN will continue to sponsor the MEAC/SWAC Challenge through 2013. . . . Sports Illustrated and Nissan will host the College Football Experience Tour throughout 2010, beginning at last Saturday's Ohio State-Miami game and continuing to nine more campuses throughout the year.
Cal Poly and UC Davis will join the Big Sky Conference.
In addition to Perrin, 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams and Billy Wyman will enter Texas' Hall of Honor. . . . Along with former head coach Corso, former players Chuck Bennett and Van Waiters will be inducted into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. . . . Former Middle Tennessee head coach Ed Bunio will be inducted into the Blue Raider Hall of Fame this year.
Western Michigan unveiled its Head Football Coaches Tribute Wall at the Bill Brown Football Alumni Center before its game with Nicholls State on Saturday. . . . Texas unveiled statues of Red McCombs and W.A. "Tex" Moncrief outside Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday. . . . Syracuse will display new stat monitors at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
Division III Wilkes (Pa.) offered free admission for all fans to its game with Waynesburg (Pa.).
Former Sugar Bowl Executive Director Mickey Holmes has passed away at 72. . . . Former Boston University Athletic Director John B. Simpson has passed away at 85.
2010 NFF On-Campus Hall of Fame Salute Dates
Sept. 18, 2010 - Coach Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin vs. Arizona State, Madison, Wis. (ABC)
Sept. 18, 2010 - Alfred Williams, Colorado vs. Hawaii, Boulder, Colo. (Fox College Sports)
Sept. 25, 2010 - Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas vs. Alabama, Fayetteville, Ark. (CBS)
Oct. 2, 2010 - Coach Gene Stallings, Alabama vs. Florida, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Oct. 16, 2010 - Chet Moeller, Navy vs. SMU, Annapolis, Md. (CBS College Sports Network)
Oct. 30, 2010 - Sam Cunningham, USC vs. Oregon, Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 30, 2010 - Ray Childress and Coach Gene Stallings, Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech, College Station, Texas
Nov. 6, 2010 - Mark Herrmann, Purdue vs. Wisconsin, West Lafayette, Ind.
Nov. 6, 2010 - Clarkston Hines, Duke vs. Virginia, Durham, N.C.
Nov. 6, 2010 - Jerry Stovall, LSU vs. Alabama, Baton Rouge, La.
Nov. 13, 2010 - Pat Tillman, Arizona State vs. Stanford, Tempe, Ariz.
2010 Key NFF Dates
Sept. 30, 2010 - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Semifinalists Announcement
Oct. 17, 2010 - First BCS Standings announced, Irving, Texas
Oct. 28, 2010 - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Finalists Announcement
Dec. 5, 2010 - Final BCS Standings Release, New York City, New York
Dec. 6, 2010 - Presentation of the Ivy League Asa S. Bushnell Cup, New York City, New York
Dec. 7, 2010 - Annual Awards Dinner Press Conference, New York City, New York
Dec. 7, 2010 - 53rd Annual Awards Dinner, New York City, New York
Dec. 7, 2010 - Presentation of the William V. Campbell Trophy, New York City, New York
Dec. 18, 2010 - NCAA Division II Football Championship Game, Florence, Ala. (ESPN)
Dec. 18, 2010 - NCAA Division III Football Championship Game, Salem, Va. (ESPN)
Dec. 18, 2010 - NAIA Football Championship Game, Rome, Ga. (CBS College Sports Network)
Jan. 7, 2011 - FCS National Championship Game, Frisco, Texas (ESPN)
Jan. 10, 2011 - Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, Glendale, Arizona (ESPN)
Jan. 11, 2011 - Presentation of the MacArthur Bowl, Scottsdale, Arizona
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On Saturday, Joe Starkey, the 2010 Schenkel Award recipient, broadcasted opposite
2009 Schenkel Award winner Larry Zimmer when California faced Colorado.
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