Long-time FWAA member Buck Turnbull dies

John “Buck” Turnbull, a long-time FWAA member and an icon in Iowa journalism who worked at The Des Moines Register for 41 years before retiring in 1993, died Friday night.  He was 88.

CLICK HERE to read The Register’s obituary.


FWAA member Donald Hunt to be inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

Donald Hunt, a long-time FWAA member and writer for the Philadelphia Tribune, will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 2. The class of 2017 was announced at a ceremony on Thursday.

His son, also named Donald, was named the Volney Meece Scholarship winner in 2010.

CLICK HERE to read the entire story on Hunt’s selection for the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

Duffy Daugherty’s 1967 call for playoff was way ahead of its time

Executive Director’s note: In 1966 Notre Dame and Michigan State played to a 10-10 tie, setting off a controversy over which team should be No. 1. The game is still talked about until this day more than 50 years later.  Both teams finished the season unbeaten with a tie against each other. Notre Dame wound up No. 1 in three of the major polls, including in the voting for the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy . But the National Football Foundation awarded the MacArthur Bowl to both teams.

The following September Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty wrote a column for the Family Weekly suggesting a Football Playoff. It took college football until the 2014 season to stage a four-team format at the top level of the sport. The Spartans’ coach was way ahead of his time when he talked about the process in the attached column.