DALLAS (FWAA) – Ten previous winners and one
first-time winner comprise the Ninth Annual Super 11 Awards,
which the Football Writers Association of America gives out annually
to the best performing sports information departments in the Football
Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2017
USC claimed its eighth Super 11 award and fourth straight overall.
Georgia notched its sixth award. Clemson and Colorado each won for
a fifth time. It was Clemson's third straight award and Colorado's
fourth award in five seasons. Houston won for the third time.
Oklahoma, Wyoming, Miami of Ohio, Rice and South Alabama each
picked up their second award.
The lone first-time winner was Ohio State in the awards selection
that dates back to the 2009 season.
"This is one of the most important honors that the FWAA
as an organization awards," said Tim Griffin, the Big 12 editor
for Cox Media Group and the FWAA's longtime chairman of the Super
"There are many strong sports information departments around
the nation. We are grateful for all of them. But this award is meant
to honor the best of the best. It's for those SIDs who provide strong
media services and go the extra mile to provide help above and beyond
the call of duty."
Criteria employed in determining the winners not only included
how press boxes and media operations were operated, but also the
quality and timeliness of information provided. Also judged was
the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on
websites, and personal responsiveness to media inquiries as well
as the accessibility of a program's players, coaches and assistant
coaches. The ratings considered those departments that went the
extra mile in servicing the media.
"We believe we have a great mix of schools here." said
FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. "Some schools which
have been consistently good over the years, others who have had
some history of being at the top and one new school. And there are
several others who are on the cusp and could be in the Super 11
in future years."
The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members
and others who covered college football during the 2017 season.
In January 2009, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee.
The concept has been supported and endorsed by the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members
of the FWAA. The FWAA has awarded 56 different schools in this program
over the years.
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 gameday 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)