DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association
of America has announced its fifth "Super 11" field of sports information
departments which were deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl
Subdivision during the 2013 season.
The winners in alphabetical order are: Colorado (Pac-12), Duke
(ACC), Fresno State (Mountain West), Georgia (SEC), Middle Tennessee
(Conference USA), Nebraska (Big Ten), Ole Miss (SEC), SMU (American
Athletic), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Southern California
(Pac-12) and Texas Tech (Big 12).
Georgia is a five-time winner; USC, a four-time winner; and Colorado
and Nebraska, multiple winners of the Super 11 Award. Duke, Fresno
State, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, SMU, South Alabama and Texas
Tech are first-time winners. Over the five-year period, the FWAA
has honored 42 schools.
Since the FWAA's inception in 1941, one of the organization's
charges is to provide better working conditions for writers across
the country. Over the years, the FWAA has given out press box commendations
to deserving schools and has conducted ratings of sports information
"We know there are many outstanding sports information departments
representing schools across the country," said Tim Griffin, 2010
FWAA President and Chairman of the Super 11 Committee. "But we continue
to believe it is imperative to honor the best of the best, including
some that we have honored repeatedly over the years. These 11 departments
are consistently exemplary in all that we ask.
"The FWAAs commitment is to continue honoring the best departments
in future years which recognize the demands of our jobs and strive
to do what they can to help all media members on a consistent basis."
Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press
boxes/operations were run, but the quality and timeliness of information
provided, the amount of information presented and appropriately
updated on websites, personal responsiveness to media inquires as
well as the accessibility of players, head and assistant coaches.
The ratings also took into consideration the departments that went
the extra mile in servicing the media.
The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members
covering college football during a period from Feb. 1, 2013 through
Jan. 31, 2014.
"The significance of this award cannot be overstated in this
current climate of limited access and mounting restrictions," said
2014 FWAA President Kirk Bohls.
"At a time when some schools are making it formal policy to join
the established media rather than assist it and almost put the press
in a competing mode, it is imperative that we salute those among
us who value their strong working relationships with football writers
and go the extra mile in serving those interests. So to all these
departments who have separated themselves, well done."
In January 2009, at its board meeting, the FWAA formed the first
Super 11 Committee. The concept is supported by the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members
of the FWAA.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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 Super 11, contact committee chairman
Tim Griffin (210-823-3666,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the
association's official website, footballwriters.com.
Super 11 Awards (including
complete selection criteria)