DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced its second "Super 11" field of
sports information departments which were deemed the best in the
NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2010 season.
In alphabetical order those 11 honored departments are from the
following schools: Clemson, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Navy, Northwestern,
Rutgers, Southern California (USC), Troy, Tulsa, and Utah. Five
schools are repeaters from last season (Clemson, Georgia, Rutgers,
USC and Utah).
"There are many outstanding sports information departments across
college football," said Tim Griffin, Super 11 Committee chairman
and the FWAA's immediate Past President. "But we felt it was very
important to honor the best of the best – including some who have
been honored for two straight years who are consistently exemplary
above and beyond the call of duty. We plan to continue this program
in upcoming years to continue to honor the departments who understand
the demands of our jobs and continually do what they can to help
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
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, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011.
"The FWAA is proud to honor the fine work produced on a consistent
basis by the Super 11," said FWAA President Tommy Hicks. "Led by
past president Tim Griffin, our organization seeks to recognize
the sports information offices, big and small, that go about daily
tasks with professionalism as well as a personal touch. Each of
the offices included in the Super 11 has established itself among
the best in the country."
In addition to Griffin, members of the 2010 Super 11 Committee
are Dennis Dodd, cbssports.com; Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe; Chadd
Cripe, Idaho Statesman; Dennis Dodd, cbssports.com; Herb Gould,
Chicago Sun-Times; Kate Hairopoulos, The Dallas Morning News; Matt
Markey, Toledo Blade; Ted Miller, espn.com; Lenn Robbins, New York
Post; Randy Rosetta, Baton Rouge Advocate; and George Schroeder,
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 committee chairman
Tim Griffin (210-823-3666,
or visit the association's official website,
• Super 11 Awards (including
complete selection criteria)