The award and process

Roger Valdiserri
Former University of Notre Dame Associate Athletic Director

Dr. Bret Simmermacher
United States Sports Academy Chair of Sports Coaching

Robert Casciola
Former National Football Foundation CEO

Dave Maggard
Former University of California Athletic Director

Mike Lude
Former University of Washington Athletic Director

United States Sports Academy

Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is

to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit

James Jones
Former Ohio State University Athletic Director

Dr. Fred Cromartie
United States Sports Academy Director of Doctoral Studies

Randy Spetman
Former Air Force Academy Athletic Director

The College Football Game of the Year Award® was conceived in 2005 by Artist Daniel A. Moore and is presented annually by The United States Sports Academy (USSA). It was developed 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.

A blue ribbon panel of 17 members consisting of former college football coaches and athletic directors, including Academy faculty, selects the winner of the College Football Game of the Week®. At the end of the college football season the committee selects the College Football Game of the Year® from the list of weekly winners, plus the winner from the Bowl Season.

Each year at the conclusion of the college football season Artist Daniel A. Moore, the American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to render a painting depicting a memorable and pivotal moment to commemorate the selected College Football Game of the Year®. In addition, the Academy contributes $5,000 to the winning university’s scholarship fund.

Jack Lengyel - Chair
Former U.S. Naval Academy AD, and former Head Football Coach of Marshall University

Vince Dooley
Former University of Georgia Head Football Coach and Athletic Director

2016 committee members

Daniel Moore
Sports Artist and President of New Life Art, Inc.

Artist Daniel A. Moore (pictured at left) has been documenting great moments in sports on canvas since 1979, when he released his first limited edition fine art print entitled, "The Goal Line Stand". The painting commemorated Alabama's great defensive stand against Penn State in the Sugar Bowl to clinch the 1978 National Championship. Mr. Moore has been commissioned to create paintings for the SEC, MLB, NFL, NBA, USGA, PGA, the Sugar Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Citrus Bowl and the Liberty Bowl, as well as numerous universities. His original works are proudly owned and displayed by museums, corporations and private collections and his artwork is familiar to millions of people across the nation. In addition, his talents were sought after by the United States Postal Service, commissioning him to create the paintings for the 1997 "Legendary Football Coaches" commemorative stamp series which featured Vince Lombardi, "Bear" Bryant, George Halas and "Pop" Warner. Mr. Moore received the prestigious international honor of being named 2005 Sport Artist of the Year by the United States Sports Academy. Some of the College Football Game of the Year® original artwork proudly hangs in his gallery, New Life Art, in Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information about the artwork of Daniel A. Moore, call 1-800-859-0814 or visit

Bob Pruett
Former Marshall University Head Football Coach

Rex Lardner
Managing Editor of the American Football Monthly

Ron Dickerson
Former Temple University and Alabama State University Head Football Coach

Dr. Richard Young
Former Oklahoma State University and Washington State University Athletic Director

Al Vanderbush
Former Athletic Director at U.S. Military Academy

Dick Tamburo
Former Arizona State University Athletic Director


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Daniel A. Moore