DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced the results of its 16th Annual Best
Writing Contest sponsored by Insight. At the conclusion of the
judging, there were five double award winners, including si.com's
Stewart Mandel, who collected a first place in the enterprise
category and a second place in the game story category.
Other first-place winners were Eric Hansen of the South
Bend Tribune (features), Brett McMurphy of the Tampa Tribune
(loose deadline), Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune
(game) and Bud Withers of the Seattle Times (column). All
the winners will receive stylish plaques when they are honored at
the FWAA's Awards Breakfast in January, along with the other placers
and honorable mentions.
Mandel, 32, is a repeat winner after claiming first place in
the column category in the 13th annual contest. Withers, 60, also
won for a column in the 14th annual contest. All five winning entries
are published in their entirety in the August edition of
The Fifth Down,
along with brief sketches of their careers.
Besides Mandel, FWAA members who won two awards in the contest
were Hansen, who also picked up an honorable mention in game story,
Dennis Dodd of cbssports.com (second in enterprise, honorable mention
column), Cory Giger of the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror (third in game and
honorable mention in loose deadline) and Brady McCullough of the
Kansas City Star (third in loose deadline and honorable mention
All award winners will receive certificates. The 1-2-3 finishers
in each category also receive cash prizes at the FWAA Awards Breakfast
on Jan. 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the FWAA holds its annual
meeting at the site of the Fedex BCS Championship Game.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the Insight Best Writing Contest, contact
FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson at 972-713-6198 or visit
• Complete list of
winners and winning stories