News and notes from around the world of college football

Anthony Castonzo (left) is one of many NFF National Scholar-Athletes that hope to be selected in this week's NFL Draft.

NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) and former Syracuse player Donovan McNabb will headline the 15th annual KeyBank Gridiron Legends Luncheon Series at the College Football Hall of Fame. McNabb will speak on May 11, while Griffin will speak on June 28. Read more here.

Albany, Alma College (Mich.), Arkansas, Baylor, Central College (Iowa), Delaware, Florida State, Harvard, Miami (Ohio), Memphis, Muskingum (Ohio), Oklahoma, Northwood (Mich.), Salve Regina (R.I.), Stanford and Wisconsin – Whitewater have joined the NFF as Institutional Academic Members.

Watch the NFL Draft on ESPN and NFL Network Thursday through Saturday, where several NFF National Scholar-Athletes look to be selected. The 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete class includes Sam Acho (Texas), Anthony Castonzo (Boston College), Ben Chappell (Indiana), Alex Gross (Columbia), Owen Marecic (Stanford), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Mike Mohamed (California), Travis Nissley (Bucknell), Isaac Odim (Minnesota Duluth), Christian Ponder (Florida State), Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State), Nate Solder (Colorado), Chris Stewart (Notre Dame), Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Ben Wartman (St. Thomas, Minn.) and Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State).

South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner will receive the inaugural Willie Jeffries Ambassador Award from the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. The award is named after College Football Hall of Fame coach Willie Jeffries (South Carolina State).

College Football Hall of Famer Les Richter (California) has been nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Coryell had a field dedicated in his honor by the Boys and Girls Club of National City, Calif.

Former college standouts Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Fred Taylor (Florida), Elvis Dumervil (Louisville), David Garrard (East Carolina) and Jason Taylor (Akron) have committed to take part in the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic May 7 at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Tebow won the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy in 2009.

2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Nate Solder (Colorado) visited the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County, Colo. on Thursday.

2010 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist Pat Devlin (Delaware) has been named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

Read the first installment of E.J. Walter’s blog as the Drake football team travels to Tanzania to host the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. The second installment will be released on Tuesday.

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Chapter News

The NFF Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet tonight in Westlake, Ohio. . . . The NFF Hawaii Chapter will stage is scholar-athlete luncheon on Sunday in Honolulu. . . . The NFF Vermont Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete banquet at Castleton State College on Sunday. . . . The NFF Tacoma/Pierce County (Wash.) Chapter its 35th annual scholar-athlete banquet on Sunday in Tacoma. . . . The NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter held its third annual scholar-athlete banquet on Wednesday, where TCU head coach Gary Patterson took home the chapter’s top honor. . . . The NFF Southwest Virginia Touchdown Club Chapter held its inaugural banquet on Saturday at Bluefield College. The Rams will resurrect their football program in 2012, and head coach Mike Gravier addressed the crowd.



Northwestern and Stanford will play a four-game series from 2019-22.


The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Dec. 30 and shown on ESPN. The game will be played in Dallas’ Gerald J. Ford Stadium for the second consecutive year. . . . The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas will be shown by ESPN on Dec. 31. . . . Hawaii at San Jose State will be shown on Oct. 14 on ESPN. . . . Marshall at West Virginia will be broadcast by ESPN on Sept. 4. . . . South Dakota has partnered with Learfield Sports as the school’s multimedia rights holder beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. . . . Syracuse will host West Virginia on Oct. 21 by ESPN or ESPN2. . . . Central Arkansas at Arkansas State on Sept. 24 will be broadcast by KATV – Little Rock. . . . CBS Sports Network will again broadcast all five Army home games.


UNC – Charlotte will break ground on its new, on-campus stadium on Thursday, Apr. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET. . . . Kansas State has announced multiple improvements to Bill Snyder Family Stadium. . . . Florida Atlantic football players recently served lunch to the 300 construction workers who are building the Owls’ new football stadium.

Community Service

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano will host his fifth annual charity golf tournament on June 20. The event will benefit the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund and Athletes in Action. The tournament has raised $250,000 for charity since its creation. “A Walk to Believe”, a 5K walk benefitting the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund, is set for June 4 at Rutgers Stadium. . . . LSU players Chris Davenport and Craig Loston helped Mayfair Middle School students prepare for Louisiana’s State Leap Test last week.


Arizona State has released a re-branding of its athletic department and new football uniforms. . . . The Pac-12 Conference has hired Jim Steeg as a consultant to plan and execute the league’s inaugural championship game. . . . Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram will be on the cover of EA Sports’ NCAA Football ’12. . . . Former quarterback Ben Bennett has been selected to the Duke University Athletics Hall of Fame. . . . North Texas head coach Dan McCarney threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s game between the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rangers celebrated Mean Green Night on Tuesday. . . . Idaho will honor former Vandal offensive lineman Mark Schlereth with a commemorative bobblehead, which will be available through July 22. . . . The Mountain West will install HD monitors in replay booths for the upcoming season.


Former Michigan State player Lynn Chandnois passed away Tuesday at 86.

2011 Key NFF Dates

July 15-16, 2011 – College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival – South Bend, Ind.

Sept. 29, 2011 – Announcement of the 2011 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists – Irving, Texas

Oct. 27, 2011 – Announcement of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class/Campbell Trophy Finalists – Irving, Texas

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 54th Annual Awards News Conference at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

Dec. 6, 2011 – The 22nd Presentation of Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, to the nation’s top scholar-athlete at the Waldorf=Astoria – New York, N.Y.

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The 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at New York City’s Waldorf=Astoria. For more ticket information, please contact NFF Director of National Events Will Rudd at 1-800-486-1865 or via email at


The NFF would like to thank correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.

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Anthony Castonzo (left) is one of many NFF National
Scholar-Athletes that hope to be selected in this week’s NFL Draft.
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