DALLAS (FWAA) – For two days, some of the top coaches in college
football – Ohio State's Jim Tressel, Kansas' Mark Mangino, Washington'
s Tyrone Willingham and TCU's Gary Patterson – joined athletic directors Kevin
Anderson of Army and Kevin White of Notre Dame along with Florida
State president Dr. T.K. Wetherell and Big 12 Conference commissioner
Dan Beebe to discuss pertinent topics involving college football.
Approximately 30 different media and various other college football
officials from schools, bowls, conferences, award groups and associations
were also in attendance.
The transcripts of four different sessions conducted over the
two days are available here.
The FWAA believes the 2008 Football Forum, the first to be conducted
in the sport in many, many years, will be the springboard to a series
of discussions among the media, coaches, presidents, athletic directors,
bowl and award representatives, sports information directors and
other college football officials. The health of the game is a concern
to all those associated with it as well as how the media inter-reacts
with those it covers.
During the off-season is a time to regroup and take measure of
where the sport is going, how others view the recent changes that
have occurred in college football, and what it all means. The NFF
and its sponsors have provided this forum at DFW Airport in a convenient
in-and-out spot at the Grand Hyatt. The FWAA salutes those who have
helped put this event together and believes it will be a frequent
staple of the college football scene.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 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 Football Forum, contact FWAA executive
director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or