IRVING, Texas (FWAA) – The Football
Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National
Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that they will
jointly conduct a weekly major-college football poll during the
Officially, the poll will be known as the "FWAA-NFF Grantland
Rice Super 16" poll, named in honor of the great sportswriter
who became an influential leader of the NFF during its early years
in the late 1940s. Rice played a key role in the history of both
organizations as an FWAA member and NFF president. His name adorns
the FWAA national championship trophy that has been presented since
1954, and he helped select the FWAA All-America teams until his
death in 1954.
"We are proud to partner with the FWAA on the launch of the Grantland
Rice Super 16 poll," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell.
"Objectivity represents a core value for both our organizations,
and we hope that by combining the credibility of both our organizations
that we'll provide a fun reference point for fans to follow during
the college football season."
The pollsters will consist of FWAA writers, College Football
Hall of Famers and NFF Board Members. The poll aims to draw on the
vast knowledge of the nation's top journalists with extensive experience
covering college football in combination with some of the greatest
legends to have ever played or coached the game as well as the perspectives
of several of the gridiron's most respected and influential administrators.
"We are extremely excited to announce this first poll in conjunction
with the National Football Foundation at a time when major college
football is ushering in a new era," said 2014 FWAA President Kirk
Bohls. "I can't think of a better partner in jointly producing the
‘Grantland Rice Super 16' poll of the best teams in the nation.
"Our poll will include distinguished past presidents of the FWAA
as well as outstanding NFF Hall of Famers who have given so much
to the game we all love and who hope to bring more insight to college
football and enjoyment of this fine game. We feel we can provide
a very valuable poll of some of the best-credentialed voters and
most knowledgeable, objective college football minds around."
The decision to conduct the new poll was made in December and
January by the boards of both organizations at the conclusion of
the 2013 season. Long-time partners since the formation of the two
organizations in the 1940s, the FWAA and NFF will pool 36 voters
(26 from the FWAA and 10 from the NFF) ranking the top 16 teams
in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The poll will be announced
on Sundays during the 2014 season, culminating with a final release
on Dec. 7, the day after the conference championship games.
The 26 FWAA voters, all current or past writers of national stature,
will be selected to ensure balanced-geographical representation.
The 10 NFF voters, comprised of Hall of Fame players, coaches and
administrators, will also add to the diversity of perspectives,
coming from different conferences and regions of the country. The
names and affiliations of the voters will be released to the general
public in early summer, and their votes will be made public each
week during the season.
The FWAA, which possesses a reputation as one of the foremost
objective voices in college football, has conducted a pre-season
poll for a number of years and has also had a weekly poll in the
past. Both organizations have used panels at the conclusion of the
college football season to determine the recipients of their respective
national championship trophies. Since 1959, the NFF has presented
the MacArthur Bowl, named for the famous Army general who was a
guiding father of the NFF in the early years, and since 1954, the
FWAA has bestowed the Grantland Rice Trophy to its national champion.
The Football Writers Association of America,
a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than
1,300 men and women who cover college football. 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 and its annual
All-America team. For more information visit footballwriters.com.
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur,
legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland
Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall
of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs
programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing
scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.
With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include
the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame,
the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments,
the NFF Showcases, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF Faculty
Salute Initiative presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF National
Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than
$1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF
also presents the William V. Campbell Trophy endowed by HealthSouth
and hosted at the New York Athletic Club as well as bestowing several
other major awards at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.
NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Fidelity
Investments, Herff Jones, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Sports Business
Journal, and Under Armour. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.