Reminder: Submit your entries in the FWAA Best Writing Contest Reply

FWAA members may begin submitting entries in the 2018 Best Writing Contest now.

CATEGORIES

  • Game Story (Immediate Deadline)
  • Feature Story/Profile
  • Enterprise/Investigative
  • Column/Analysis/Commentary

BEAT WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

In addition, see below, we have created a special award for the top beat writer as judged by a special FWAA committee headed by FWAA board member Malcolm Moran. He is now the director of the Sports Capital Journalism Program, IUPUI.

WRITING CONTEST RULES

You must be an FWAA member in good standing to enter.

Deadline: July 1, 2018. Entries sent after the deadline WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Limit: One (1) article per category, although a series of articles may be submitted in the enterprise category.

Entries must have appeared in print or on line between Feb. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Entries must be submitted electronically to contest@fwaa.com.

Entries not sent to this e-mail address will not be accepted

Send MS Word or text files only. DO NOT SEND HTML files, Word Perfect files, stories in other word processing software or links to stories on the Internet or electronic libraries

Make your entry easy to read by taking out unnecessary carriage returns (They can give your entry an odd look when opened by a judge’s word processing program)

Delete any embedded advertising, photos and cutlines from the files (The file should contain only your story and your identifying information)

At the top of each entry, the following information should be included:

  • Writer(s)
  • Publication or online service
  • Category
  • Date of publication
  • E-mail address and telephone number for the writer(s) of the entry

The entries will be sorted and stripped of identifying information and forwarded to the judge(s).

Files containing your entries should follow this naming convention: yourname-category.doc

The category must be one of these four words: Game, Feature, Enterprise or Column

Example: KenStephens-game.doc

Only entries sent electronically will be accepted and all entries will be sorted and stripped of identifying information and forwarded to the judge(s)

FWAA BEAT WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD: If you have a nomination of a beat writer who covers major college football (either a team or a conference) or you want to nominate yourself, please send an e-mail/letter explaining the qualifications of the person (no more than 250 words) to:

Malcolm Moran

Sports Capital Journalism Program IUPUI

University Library 3100J

755 W. Michigan

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Malcolm’s e-mail is malcolmmoran1@gmail.com. Malcolm and his committee will then make inquiries into the FWAA members nominated. In order to qualify for this award the person nominated must have been an FWAA member during the 2017 football season.

Questions? E-mail Ken Stephens at ken.stephens@sbcglobal.net.

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Cody Kellner’s Analysis of All-Time CFP Rankings Reply

FWAA Member Cody Kellner has provided an analysis of College Football Playoff rankings from 2014 to 2017.  Below you will find:

  • Number of appearances in the CFP rankings by each school.
  • Each school’s best CFP ranking
  • Best CFP ranking for each school
  • All-time CFP rankings using inverse point totals (25 pts for first place, 24 for second place, etc.)
  • Total appearances in  the CFP rankings for each conference
  • Best CFP ranking for each conference

Explore Kellner’s other data at www.kellnerratings.com.

 

CFP Top 25 Appearances by School Best CFP Top 25 Ranking for Each School All-time CFP Rankings Using inverse point totals (25 pts for first place, 24 for second place, etc.)
ALABAMA 25 ALABAMA 1 Rank School Points
CLEMSON 25 CLEMSON 1 1 ALABAMA 595
OHIO ST 25 GEORGIA 1 2 OHIO STATE 491
OKLAHOMA 23 MISSISSIPPI ST 1 3 CLEMSON 473
LSU 21 AUBURN 2 4 OKLAHOMA 379
WISCONSIN 20 FLORIDA ST 2 5 TCU 312
AUBURN 19 LSU 2 6 FLORIDA STATE 303
FLORIDA ST 19 MIAMI FL 2 7 AUBURN 293
MICHIGAN ST 19 OHIO ST 2 8 MICHIGAN STATE 286
TCU 19 OKLAHOMA 2 9 WISCONSIN 285
UTAH 19 OREGON 2 10 NOTRE DAME 266
OKLAHOMA ST 18 MICHIGAN ST 3 11 BAYLOR 232
USC 17 MICHIGAN 3 12 OKLAHOMA STATE 226
MISSISSIPPI ST 16 NOTRE DAME 3 13 MISSISSIPPI STATE 222
NOTRE DAME 15 TCU 3 14 GEORGIA 221
STANFORD 15 IOWA 4 15 MICHIGAN 209
BAYLOR 14 MISSISSIPPI 4 T-16 WASHINGTON 204
GEORGIA 13 TEXAS A&M 4 T-16 PENN STATE 204
MICHIGAN 13 WASHINGTON 4 18 OREGON 196
MISSISSIPPI 12 WISCONSIN 4 19 USC 172
PENN ST 12 BAYLOR 5 20 LSU 171
WASHINGTON 12 LOUISVILLE 5 21 STANFORD 166
FLORIDA 11 PENN ST 5 22 MISSISSIPPI 156
LOUISVILLE 11 ARIZONA ST 6 23 UTAH 142
NORTHWESTERN 11 OKLAHOMA ST 6 24 IOWA 130
OREGON 11 STANFORD 6 25 FLORIDA 127
WASHINGTON ST 11 ARIZONA 7 26 LOUISVILLE 118
BOISE ST 10 KANSAS ST 7 27 MIAMI FL 117
UCLA 10 COLORADO 8 28 KANSAS STATE 109
MEMPHIS 9 FLORIDA 8 29 UCLA 99
VIRGINIA TECH 9 UCLA 8 30 ARIZONA 98
ARIZONA 8 USC 8 31 ARIZONA STATE 95
NAVY 8 NEBRASKA 10 32 COLORADO 92
NEBRASKA 8 NORTH CAROLINA 10 33 NEBRASKA 78
NORTH CAROLINA 8 UTAH 10 T-34 NORTHWESTERN 72
WEST VIRGINIA 8 GEORGIA TECH 11 T-34 NORTH CAROLINA 72
ARIZONA ST 7 UCF 12 36 WASHINGTON STATE 66
HOUSTON 7 MEMPHIS 13 37 WEST VIRGINIA 65
IOWA 7 NORTHWESTERN 13 38 UCF 64
KANSAS ST 7 VIRGINIA TECH 13 39 VIRGINIA TECH 57
COLORADO 6 WASHINGTON ST 13 T-40 GEORGIA TECH 53
GEORGIA TECH 6 WEST VIRGINIA 14 T-40 MEMPHIS 53
MIAMI FL 6 IOWA ST 15 42 TEXAS A&M 50
TEMPLE 6 NAVY 15 43 NAVY 44
TENNESSEE 6 W MICHIGAN 15 44 WESTERN MICHIGAN 38
UCF 6 MISSOURI 16 45 BOISE STATE 37
W MICHIGAN 6 TENNESSEE 17 46 MISSOURI 35
TEXAS A&M 5 HOUSTON 18 47 HOUSTON 33
MINNESOTA 4 MINNESOTA 18 48 TENNESSEE 29
MISSOURI 4 BOISE ST 19 49 NC STATE 18
NC STATE 4 NC STATE 19 50 TEMPLE 17
DUKE 3 DUKE 21 51 IOWA STATE 16
IOWA ST 2 TEMPLE 22 T-52 DUKE 11
PITTSBURGH 2 EAST CAROLINA 23 T-52 MINNESOTA 11
TOLEDO 2 PITTSBURGH 23 T-54 TOLEDO 4
ARKANSAS 1 MARSHALL 24 T-54 PITTSBURGH 4
EAST CAROLINA 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 24 56 EAST CAROLINA 3
FRESNO ST 1 TOLEDO 24 T-57 MARSHALL 2
MARSHALL 1 ARKANSAS 25 T-57 SOUTH CAROLINA 2
SOUTH CAROLINA 1 FRESNO ST 25 T-59 ARKANSAS 1
T-59 FRESNO STATE 1
CFP Top 25 Appearances by Conference Best CFP Top 25 Ranking for Each Conference
SEC 134 ACC 1
BIG TEN 119 SEC 1
PAC 12 116 BIG 12 2
ACC 93 BIG TEN 2
BIG 12 91 PAC 12 2
AMERICAN ATHLETIC 37 INDEPENDENT 3
INDEPENDENT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC 12
MOUNTAIN WEST 11 MID-AMERICAN 15
MID-AMERICAN 8 MOUNTAIN WEST 19
CONF USA 1 CONF USA 24
SUN BELT 0

 

 

President’s column: FWAA pushing into the digital age Reply

By Stefanie Loh/2018 FWAA President

Happy spring, everyone.

With the change in seasons comes the annual barrage of spring football games all across the country.

2018 FWAA President Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times

As teams get ready to play in scrimmages that might (or might not?) give coaches some indication of how they’ll replenish their depleted depth charts this fall, the FWAA is also gearing up on a couple of new initiatives.

For one, this spring marks our push into the digital age.

You might have noticed that our official social media accounts have been more active of late, and that many off you have been invited to join our members-only Facebook Group. Still looking for more to join the group. Check your email box for the invitation or email me at sloh@seattletimes.com  or Steve Richardson at tigerfwaa@gmail.com and we will include you in the group.

In the coming months, we’re hoping to turn this group into an online gathering space for FWAA members and give everyone a forum to talk to each other, reconnect with old colleagues, and be the nosy journalists that we are and discuss the comings and goings of both our peers and the coaches we cover all across the country.

Looking for a new job? Need to connect with another beat writer to do a Q&A on a team the program you cover will face in the fall? Want to get someone’s take on a new assistant coach who’s been hired by the head coach you cover? Throw out a question in the Facebook Group.

We’d like for the members-only Facebook Group to serve as a resource where our writers can go to meet other members, ask questions of beat writers who cover other teams, and strike up conversations among ourselves about the ins and outs of the college football world.

But we have other irons in the fire as well.

As we redesign the website and ramp up our social media efforts, we’re looking for volunteers who might be willing to help man our social media channels for small chunks of time during the various FBS football media days that will occur over the summer. Have a couple of hours to spare and want to help tweet some color or throw up some short video from media day? We’d love to have you.

We’re also making a push into Reddit and would like to expand our presence with a weekly Q&A segment between beat writers and fans. If you’re willing to help with this, do let us know.

Otherwise, enjoy spring football, and squeeze in some well-deserved vacation time this summer. Fall camp will be here before you know it!

Spring transitions: Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt Reply

This is the 12th in a series of spring football stories written by FWAA members for their home media outlets.

CLICK HERE to read Austin Meek’s story for the Eugene Register-Guard on Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt and how he has had little to say to the media and seems to prefer communicating through Twitter.

http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/36621060-81/seeing-life-through-the-eyes-of-coachjimleavitt.html.csp