DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced its first "Super 11"
field of sports information departments, which were deemed the best
in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2009
In alphabetical order those 11 schools are: Buffalo, Clemson,
East Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Jose
State, Southern California (USC), Texas and Utah.
"There are clearly many outstanding sports information departments
across the country," said Tim Griffin, 2010 FWAA President
and chairman of the Super 11 Committee. "But our group felt
there was a smattering of schools that merited commendation because
of their exemplary work above and beyond the call of duty. This
is our first collection in what will be an ongoing process."
Since the FWAA's inception in 1941, one of the organization's
charges is to provide better working conditions for media across
the country. Over the years, the FWAA has given out press box commendations
to deserving schools. The FWAA also has conducted ratings of sports
The FWAA was approached about this project by longtime FWAA member
John Humenik, CoSIDA Executive Director, more than a year ago. An
FWAA committee was formed to observe and collect data on sports
information departments in each of the 11 Division I FBS conferences
Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press
boxes/operations were run, but also the accessibility of players
and coaches and the distribution of media materials. 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, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010.
"CoSIDA leadership, of which most are FWAA members, more
than a year ago encouraged us to honor the best sports information
departments in the country in the Bowl Subdivision in this way,"
said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. "CoSIDA honors
departments on various levels and sports for best publications.
I really see this as just another way of saying 'good job'
to those who do perform well. As you can tell, there is great diversity
in the departments that the committee commended."
In January 2009, at its board meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
the FWAA formed the Super 11 Committee. Every conference and all
independents were represented on the committee. This is a standing
committee which will remain together for the next two years.
In addition to Griffin, members of the Super 11 Committee are
Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal; Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman;
Dennis Dodd, cbssports.com; Herb Gould, Chicago Sun-Times; Mike
Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel; Kate Hairopoulos, The Dallas
Morning News; Matt Markey, Toledo Blade; Ted Miller, espn.com; Lenn
Robbins, New York Post; Randy Rosetta, Baton Rouge Advocate; Alan
Schmadtke, Orlando Sentinel; George Schroeder, Eugene-Register Guard;
and Adam Sparks, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 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 President Tim
or visit the association's official website,