DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers
Association of America has selected its sixth "Super 11" group
of sports information departments deemed the best in the NCAA
Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2014 season.
The winners: Auburn (SEC), Bowling Green (Mid-American
Conference), Colorado (Pac-12), East Carolina (American Athletic
Conference), Iowa State (Big 12), Nebraska (Big Ten), Pittsburgh
(ACC), Rice (Conference USA), Rutgers (Big Ten), UNLV (Mountain
West) and USC (Pac-12).
USC is a five-time winner of the award and Auburn, Bowling
Green, Colorado, East Carolina, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Rutgers
are multiple winners. The committee honored Rutgers because of
the exceptional work of former football Sports Information
Director Jason Baum, who consistently provided exemplary service
when he worked with the school’s athletic department.
New winners of the award are Iowa State, Rice and UNLV. Over
the six-year period, the FWAA has honored 45 different schools.
Since the FWAA’s inception in 1941, one of the organization’s
primary tasks has been to provide better working conditions for
writers across the nation. Over the years, the FWAA has awarded
press box commendations to deserving schools, as well as conduct
ratings of sports information departments.
"We are cognizant there are many outstanding sports
information departments across college football," said Tim
Griffin, the FWAA's 2010 President and the Super 11 Committee
chairman. "But as an organization, we’ve always felt it is
important to honor the best of the best.
"These 11 departments have been consistently outstanding
above and beyond the call of duty. It remains our commitment to
continue to honor those departments who understand the demands
of our jobs and strive to do what they can to help us on a
Criteria employed in determining the winners not only
included how press boxes and media operations were operated, but
also the quality and timeliness of information provided. Also
judged was the amount of information presented and appropriately
updated on websites, and personal responsiveness to media
inquiries as well as the accessibility of a program’s players,
coaches and assistant coaches. The ratings also considered those
departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.
The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members
and others who covered college football during a period from
Feb. 1, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015.
"Our Super 11 awards are serious business," said 2015 FWAA
President Lee Barfknecht. "The FWAA never takes for granted the
relationship between the sports information departments and our
working members. At a time when that relationship at some places
has become tense or fractured, we proudly salute the men and
women at our winning schools who professionally handle the
back-and-forth needed for all of us to do our jobs well."
In January 2009, the FWAA formed the first Super 11
Committee. The concept has been supported and endorsed 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 1,300 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 game-day 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,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the
association's official website, footballwriters.com.
Super 11 Awards (including
complete selection criteria)