DALLAS (FWAA) – Five previous winners and six
first-time winners comprise the Eighth Annual Super 11 Awards,
which the Football Writers Association of America
gives out annually to the best performing sports information departments
in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week
are for the 2016 season.
USC claimed its seventh Super 11 award and third straight. Nebraska
won for the fifth time overall and fourth time in five seasons.
Clemson and Colorado each won for a fourth time. It was Clemson’s
second straight award and Colorado’s third award in four seasons.
Navy was the other past winner, having claimed a spot back in
2010, the second year the Super 11 was named.
The first-time winners are Air Force, Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio),
Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UTEP in the awards selection that
dates back to the 2009 season.
"Our organization believes this award is one of the most
important tasks that we do each year," said Tim Griffin of
Cox Communications, the FWAA's 2010 president and the head of the
Super 11 committee.
"There are many outstanding SID staffs across the country.
But these 11 departments we are honoring are consistently exemplary
beyond expectations. We hope these awards help to showcase them."
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 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 the 2016 season.
"The FWAA takes very serious the importance of good sports information
departments and what they can mean to coverage of college Football,"
said PA Media Group’s David Jones, 2017 FWAA President. "They
can greatly aid in that coverage. And we want to salute those
departments. Obviously, there are other top sports information
departments. But these are ones the committee believed were in
the top category during the 2016 season."
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 gameday
operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America
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)