Jacksonville State’s 49-48 double-overtime victory over the University of Mississippi was selected as the first College Football Game of the Week this season.
For the sixth consecutive season prominent college football experts around the country will be discussing, studying, and voting to determine the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.
The College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a college football game exemplify the principles of high athletic endeavor, complete dedication to victory, and unified team effort. The College Football Game of the Year Award is a part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”
Nominations are submitted weekly by the committee, which culminate to determine a College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Fans are encouraged to follow the process along and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.
The College Football Game of the Year Committee reads like a “Who’s Who” in college football. Consisting of eminent sport leaders, the committee contains former athletic directors and/or individuals active in collegiate football, who meet the criteria to serve on the committee and exhibit no bias in their vote.
The committee is chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former college football coach and athletic director best known for being the head coach that resurrected the Marshall University football program, as shown in the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.” It also includes former University of Georgia head coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
Other members are former National Football Foundation CEO Robert Casciola, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Director Mike Cleary, current Lambuth (Tennessee) University and former Temple and Alabama State head coach Ron Dickerson; former Ohio State Athletic Director James Jones; former University of Washington AD Mike Lude; former University of California AD Dave Maggart, sport artist Daniel Moore, University of Texas Director of Women’s Athletics Christine Plonsky, former USA Today sports editor Gene Policinski, former Georgia Tech head coach and AD Homer Rice, former Arizona State AD Dick Tamburo; former Notre Dame associate AD Roger Valdiserri; New York cable television sports producer Jeanne Willis; former Texas Christian University AD Frank Windegger and former Oklahoma State and Washington State AD Dr. Richard Young;
Moore, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is annually commissioned by the Academy to do a painting depicting the selected College Football Game of the Year. His painting of the 2009 College Football Game of the Year, immortalizing Alabama’s 32-13 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, will be unveiled at an art show on the Academy’s Daphne campus at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 16 September.
Moore recently donated 41 original paintings featured in his book Iron Bowl Gold, to ASAMA. Each of the paintings will be made available to the public in a silent auction during the art show. The paintings depict each of the Alabama-Auburn games, traditionally called the Iron Bowl, played from 1948 through 1988.
Copies of Iron Bowl Gold will be available for purchase during the art show, where guests will have the opportunity to have their copy autographed by Moore. Written by legendary football announcer Keith Jackson, the book also features articles from past issues of The Birmingham News.
The Academy will also be selling bricks at the art show to support the Iron Bowl Monument, which is the latest addition to the Academy’s Sport Sculpture Park. Designed by Bruce Larsen of Fairhope, the 2009 Sport Artist of the Year for Sculpture, the monument honors the Iron Bowl rivalry and is displayed on the east side of the Academy campus. Bricks can be purchased for $50 and can be personalized to commemorate your passion for America’s favorite sport.