The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away in 2012 and played a role in improving the game of college football for future generations.
"It is always important at this time of year to reflect on those who have left us," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Part of the mission of the National Football Foundation is to shine a light on the good in the game and to preserve its history. We lost some great ones in 2012, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and universities. We will work hard to ensure that their contributions are not forgotten." JOE AVEZZANO Head Football Coach Oregon State 1943 - 2012 EDGAR BARRETT Athletics Director Marshall University 1931 - 2012 GENE BARTOW Athletics Director University of Alabama at Birmingham 1930 - 2012 FURMAN BISHER 1982 FWAA Bert McGrane Award FWAA Past President University of North Carolina 1918 - 2012 J.R. BOONE Head Football Coach Fresno State 1925 - 2012 ARNOLD "ARNIE" BURDICK FWAA President Syracuse University 1919 - 2012 FRANK BURNS Head Football Coach Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University 1928 - 2012 JAMES CARLEN III Head Football Coach South Carolina, Texas Tech, West Virginia 1933 - 2012 *BOB CHAPPUIS 1988 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Michigan 1923 - 2012 BEANO COOK 2011 FWAA Bert McGrane Award University of Pittsburgh 1931 - 2012 *BOB CURTIS 2008 NFF Chris Schenkel Award Voice of University of Idaho Football 1924 - 2012 ROLAND DALE Athletics Director University of Southern Mississippi 1927 - 2012 PAUL DEE Athletics Director University of Miami 1947 - 2012 BENNIE ELLENDER Head Football Coach Arkansas State University & Tulane University 1925 - 2011 BRADLEY FAIRCLOTH 1998 NFF Outstanding Official Award Duke University 1929 - 2012 VINCE GIBSON Head Football Coach Kansas State, Louisville & Tulane 1933 - 2012 *ALEX KARRAS 1991 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Iowa 1935 - 2012 JOE KRIVAK Head Football Coach University of Maryland 1935-2012 WILLIAM F. McELROY III NFF Memphis (TN) Chapter President University of Mississippi 1956 - 2012 ROBERT DALE MORGAN Chick-fil-A Bowl Executive Director Pennsylvania State University 1961 - 2012 *LARRY MORRIS 1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Georgia Tech 1933-2012 *MERV PREGULMAN 1982 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Michigan 1922-2012 *BILLY NEIGHBORS 2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Alabama 1940 - 2012 * BOB ODELL 1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Pennsylvania 1922-2012 *JOE PATERNO Head Football Coach Pennsylvania State University 2007 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee 1926 - 2012 JOE RESTIC Head Football Coach Harvard University 1926 - 2011 MYRON RODERICK Athletics Director Oklahoma State University 1934 - 2011 *GEORGE SAVITSKY 1991 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Pennsylvania 1924 - 2012 *HARLEY SEWELL 2000 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Texas 1931 - 2011 JIM STANLEY Head Football Coach Oklahoma State University 1935 - 2012 BILL STEWART Head Football Coach Virginia Military Institute, West Virginia University 1952 - 2012 LARRY STRIPLIN, JR. NFF Board Member Birmingham-Southern College (AL) 1929-2012 *JERRY TUBBS 1996 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee University of Oklahoma 1935 - 2012 HAROLD WESTERMAN Head Football Coach University of Maine 1917 - 2011 *WALTER J. ZABLE 1980 NFF Gold Medal NFF Board Member College of William and Marry 1915-2012 "Asterisk denotes a College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Major Award Honoree" ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE HALL OF FAME 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. NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the BCS, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Liberty Mutual Insurance, NCAA Football, and Under Armour. For more information, please visit