News and notes from around the world of college football NEW RULES: UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCt

By Rogers Redding (Periodically in Chalktalk, Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, will provide insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.)

The 2011 season introduces a new rule for sportsmanship. Coaches on the NCAA football rules committee remain concerned about sportsmanship, particularly behavior that shows disrespect for the opponent and demeans the game. In 2010 the committee adopted a change to take effect in 2011 as a way of putting teeth into the rule for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In the past the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was enforced as if the foul had occurred after the ball had become dead—whether or not it actually occurred during the down. If a player scores a touchdown and then, say, kicks the ball into the stands, the penalty is enforced on the extra point or the kickoff; this has not changed.

But consider a break-away runner who gets to the 10-yard line and makes an obscene gesture at the opponents before crossing the goal line. This is a live-ball foul, but in the past the penalty has been enforced as if the player had already scored. That is, the touchdown counted and the penalty was enforced on the extra-point attempt or the kickoff. But no longer.

Starting this year if the player fouls before the ball is dead the penalty is enforced as for any other live-ball foul. In the example of the player fouling at the 10-yard line, the touchdown does count. Instead the 15-yard penalty is enforced at the spot of the foul-in this case, the 10-yard line-so instead of scoring a TD the team will have first and ten at the 25-yard line.

The rules committee believes that forcing the player to make a choice between scoring a touchdown and behaving in a demeaning fashion will help restore some good sportsmanship to the game.

Top Stories

College Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, in Tampa, Fla. He was 56. Selmon was a class of 1988 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame and a 1975 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Oklahoma. After college, he settled in Tampa, played nine years with the Buccaneers, was all-pro three times, and started a business career. By 1988, he had become an account relations officer for Tampa’s First Florida Bank. He also worked with several community service organizations, including the Special Olympics, Easter Seals, Ronald McDonald House, United Negro College Fund, South Florida Institute on Black Life, and the Hall of Fame Bowl Committee. In 1993 he joined the University of South Florida as associate director of athletics. He was named to the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. Services will be held in Lutz, Fla., on Sept. 9 and in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Sept. 10. Read more…

The University of Texas at San Antonio set a new modern-era NCAA attendance record by a first-year NCAA Division I program, drawing 56,743 to its inaugural game against Northeastern State (Okla.) Other new football programs playing in their first football game included Concordia University (Mich.): Presentation College (S.D.): Stevenson University ( Md.) and Virginia University of Lynchburg. Ave Maria (Fla.) and Siena Heights (Mich.) both kickoff their new programs this Saturday.

NFF News

College Football Hall of Fame inductee Desmond Howard will be jointly honored by the University of Michigan and The National Football Foundation with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, on September 10 before the game between Michigan and Notre Dame. Read more…

The National Football Foundation announced the 2011 schedule for the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments. Click for the full schedule…

College Football Hall of Fame inductee Marty Lyons (Alabama) was honored with an On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, in Tuscaloosa during the Kent State game.

NFF board member T. Boone Pickens threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Texas Rangers game.

Dixie State College (Utah), Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Washington State University, Western Kentucky, Westminster College (PA), and Wyoming have joined the NFF as Institutional Academic Members.

NFF National Scholar-Athlete nominations are due by Monday, Sept. 19. To nominate a scholar-athlete, please contact NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries at or 800-486-1865. Semifinalists will be announced on Sept. 29 and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments will be revealed on Oct. 26. All members of the Scholar-Athlete class will receive $18,000 postgraduate scholarships and are finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which awards a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.

The NFF’s Week 2 TV Schedule for FBS and FCS games, including the broadcast teams, will be released on Thursday at

The NFF releases This Week in College Football History every Friday during the college football season, including a video feature. Click here to see the latest video.

Stay involved with the game. Become an NFF member here.

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

Chapter News

The Sacramento Chapter held its tenth annual kick off brunch August 21st,which included a roundtable with the media and the local high school coaches… The Greater Baltimore Chapter will present the “Howard County Football Athlete of the Week” award throughout the season… NFF Nebraska Chapter is hosting its Hall of Fame dinner on Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln… The NFF Memphis Chapter is hosting the Third Annual Bill McElroy Golf Tournament on Oct. 31. Former Arkansas State head coach Larry Lacewell will be the featured speaker… The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host a kickoff luncheon on Sept. 21. St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney will be the featured speaker…

Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award Kicks Off 2011 College Football Season with an opportunity to vote for your favorite coach. Click here to learn more and vote.



Oregon State will open the 2012 season Sept. 1 against Nicholls State at Reser Stadium and will play BYU in Provo on Oct. 13… Houston and Rice announced that the annual Bayou Bucket presented by State Farm will be played at Reliant Stadium beginning in 2012 with a two-year commitment to the neutral location… Rice has scheduled home-and-home football series with Stanford in 2016 and 2017 and with Northwestern in 2017 and 2018… Clemson and Oklahoma State will play a home-and-home series in 2019 and 2020… Tulsa and Fresno State will play a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2014… BYU and Houston have announced a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014…


The Sun Belt and ESPN announced an multi-year agreement through the 2019-20 academic year, extending their current relationship… The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that they have agreed to a two-year extension with SiriusXM Satellite Radio to allow games from all of its 12 schools to be carried by both Sirius and XM Satellite Radio… Marcus Allen, a 2000 College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Southern California, and Kevin Frazier, the co-anchor of the hit television magazine program The Insider, have been named FOX College Football’s studio team, handling pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.


TCU will renovate the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium following the 2011 season… Florida International University has announced expansion plans for Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012…

Community Service

Missouri Western football players pulled a toddler from a locked car on a day when temperatures reached 95 degrees… Kentucky will honor military, police, firefighters and other first responders during their game this week against Central Michigan… The Pac-12 has created a commemorative painted game ball in recognition of the first-ever Pac-12 football game between Southern California and Utah and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 that will be signed by every head coach and donated to the 9/11 Memorial … Syracuse football will honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Patriotic Day at the Carrier Dome prior to their game against Rhode Island…


Oklahoma installed a statue of 2008 Heisman Trophy winner and NFF Hampshire Honor Society member Sam Bradford in school’s Heisman Park… The Big Ten Championship Trophy made its first public appearance at the Louis Armstrong Public School in Chicago… Baylor has been selected as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for their dramatic 50-48 win over No. 14 TCU by the Football Writers Association of America… Colorado State sophomore defensive lineman Nordly Capi forced an NCAA-record four fumbles against New Mexico. He was named him the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week… Former Duke All-American QB Ben Bennett is among the five individuals being inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 9…

Mick Tingelhoff, who played center at Nebraska from 1959-60, has been named the 2011 recipient of the President Gerald R. Ford Legends Award, which will be presented during the 12th Annual Rimington Trophy Banquet on January 14, 2012 in Lincoln, Neb… Mary B. Hecht, a benefactor of the University of Miami (Fla.), has left $4.2 million to fund scholarships for Hurricane football players… Rice will open its 100th home football season by hosting Purdue this weekend… The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will institute instant replay during its conference sponsored television games on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN Classic during the 2011 season… Arkansas is inducting four former football players into its Sports Hall of Honor, including Gary Adams, Steve Cox, Brison Manor, Jr., and Jimmy Walker… Wittenberg (Ohio) became the first Division III program to reach 700 all-time victories…


Former Kansas football player and coach Don Fambrough passed away Sept. 3 at the age of 88… Brent Wooten, a standout football player for the University of Washington who went on to become head coach at Eastern Washington University, passed away Aug. 29. He was 72… Bill Gray, a former Oregon State All-American, died last week at age 88.

2011 Key NFF Dates

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

Oct. 26, 2011 – Announcement of the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments/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.

NFF Information

Advertising in NFF publications will put your organization in front of key decision makers in football including key administrators, coaches, players, former players, as well as other key sports business executives throughout the year. To inquire about the print advertising opportunities available to your organization, please contact Bret Krift with IMG College at 859-226-4406 or

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

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

Sign up for “This Week in NCAA Football” at


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

NFF Chalktalk items are welcome, and should be submitted to

College Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, in Tampa, Fla. He was 56.
About The National Football Foundation: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that 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, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.

For more information, please visit us on the web at

Media Contact: Philip Marwill
Phone: 917-579-4256 (Mobile)

Related posts