DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced its third "Super 11"
field of sports information departments which were deemed the best
in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2011 season.
Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Northern Illinois,
Oklahoma, San Diego State, Southern California, Syracuse, Utah State
and Western Kentucky are the winners. For a third straight
season, Georgia and USC have been chosen for the elite group of
sports information departments, as well as the only repeaters
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
"There are many truly outstanding sports information departments
across college football," said Tim Griffin, the FWAA's 2010 president
and chairman of the Super 11 selection committee for a third straight
season. "But we at the FWAA felt it was very important to honor
those we thought were the best of the best – including some we've
honored in our two previous years who are consistently exemplary
above and beyond the call of duty."
"It is our plan to continue this program over the years to continue
honoring those outstanding departments which understand the unique
demands of our jobs and continually do what they can to try and
help us 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, 2011 through
Jan. 31, 2012.
"These awards show which sports information departments –
as judged by a veteran group of FWAA writers – service the
media in the best way for a particular year," said FWAA executive
director Steve Richardson. "We salute these schools and the ones
in the past who have been selected to this group."
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 1,200 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)