DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced its fourth "Super 11"
field of sports information departments which were deemed the best
in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2012 season.
Baylor, Bowing Green, Cincinnati, Georgia, Houston,
Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and
Wyoming are the winners. For a fourth straight season, Georgia
has been chosen in the elite group of sports information
departments. Nebraska also won the award in 2009, but the rest
are first-time winners.
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 departments.
"There are many outstanding sports information departments
representing schools across the nation," said Tim Griffin, the
FWAA's 2010 president and chairman of the Super 11 selection
committee. "But we continue to feel it is very important to
honor the best of the best – including some we've honored
multiple times over the years. These 11 departments are
consistently exemplary above and beyond the call of duty."
"It is our commitment to continue to honor in upcoming years
the departments who understand the demands of our jobs and
strive to do what they can to try and help us on a consistent
Criteria in determining 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, 2012
through Jan. 31, 2013.
"Just by the mere fact we have nine new departments this
season shows that a growing number of schools are realizing the
importance of good SID departments," 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)