President’s column: Recognizing the value of the press Reply

By Matt Fortuna

Some coaches understand our jobs. Some don’t. But it’s always encouraging to see the two things that I saw on Saturday in Minneapolis.

2019 FWAA President Matt Fortuna

One of the youngest coaches in the country championed our cause, a rarity during this troubled era of public mistrust. And, as importantly, that coach used the biggest game day platform he has ever had to make his pro-media statement.

We bring you P.J. Fleck, whose unconventional methods have Minnesota at 9-0 for the first time in 115 years. This comes three years after he took Western Michigan to the Cotton Bowl.

The 38-year-old was wrapping up his postgame press conference after the Golden Gophers’ monumental win over Penn State when he took a minute to acknowledge the benefits of doing what he does in such a big market.

“Thank you all for being here, thanks for covering us,” Fleck said. “Thank you for all the things you put in the paper, whether it’s criticism or whether it’s positive. You have a job to do, and I respect that whole-heartedly. You’re teaching our young players about life — how to handle the adversity, how to handle the critics, how to handle the success. You’re doing your job at an elite level. You are. Because you’re shaping our young men of how to handle all that.

“Some people don’t get the training like you do here at the University of Minnesota. Some places protect people or they protect the team. You take it for exactly what it’s worth, and our players get to grow up in that. They get to see real world articles and real world opinions. That means a lot to me, so thank you so much for helping our team grow up.”

Kudos to Fleck for understanding how to promote his product, along with recognizing how many programs usually harm their players by not letting them face the music after a good or bad performance. Life is not always easy. College is not always easy, especially when carrying the pressure of trying to deliver for teammates, coaches and fans at a time in your life when you are maturing in front of a public audience.

Most of these guys have pro dreams, though, and they are not going to receive the kid-glove treatment once they make it there. Some of them won’t make it that far as football players, and that’s OK, too, because there are other ways to make positive impressions on prospective employers. (I know of two recently-graduated Notre Dame football players I have covered who are not in the NFL but earned attractive job opportunities as direct results of the way they handled themselves in public speaking settings.)

Fleck expanded on this philosophy a little bit more when I sat with him in his office afterward, saying: “I think we live in a very real media market, which I think is really healthy for our student-athletes, because they get they get pressure and expectations put on them like pro teams. And that’s only going to help them for the real world.”

How refreshing.

 

Viti named 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award recipient Reply

Armed Forces Merit Award

FORT WORTH, Texas — Army West Point coach and military veteran Mike Viti has been selected as the eighth recipient of Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Coordinated by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football.”

Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and Matt Fortuna, FWAA president, announced Monday during a teleconference that Viti was selected from a list of 38 nominations (33 individuals and five programs) as the 2019 recipient by a seven-person committee made up of FWAA members and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl officials.

Mike Viti

“Coach Viti has distinguished himself as a collegiate football player, an Army veteran and now as a coach,” said Ringler. “More importantly, Coach Viti has given of himself with his work with Legacies Alive in support of families of our nation’s fallen heroes.”

Fortuna added, “Coach Viti joins a list of remarkable individuals and programs that have been recipients of the Armed Forces Merit Award. He has been successful in each phase of his life as a player and coach at Army West Point, along with his service in the military and his support of Legacies Alive. With so many deserving individuals and programs, it is difficult to honor only one recipient annually.”

Viti, who is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Army West Point football, co-founded Legacies Alive (LA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the Legacies Alive is to strengthen and support the Gold Star families of our nation’s fallen heroes and brings national awareness to the life and character of all service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Viti oversees the strategic and executive direction of the organization.

“Legacies Alive has allowed me to passionately honor the sacrifice and service of my heroes,” said Viti. “The interactions I have had with their Gold Star Families are some of the most powerful and influential experiences I have had in my life. It has inspired me to continue to connect our mission with more Americans so that our country’s sons and daughters forever connect the freedoms and liberties they are afforded, with the sacrifice and service our fallen and their families.”

As a student-athlete at Army West Point (2004-2007), Viti earned four varsity letters and was a team captain. As a fullback used primarily as a blocker, he carried the ball 91 times during his career for 321 yards and three scores while catching 30 passes for 198 yards. Viti also served as a Regimental Commander during his senior year.

Following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 2008, Viti was stationed in Oklahoma and Colorado after being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served with the 4th Infantry Division as well as the 214th Fires Brigade. He served in combat in Afghanistan where he was a platoon leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Viti has earned a bronze star and a combat action badge.

After retiring from the military as a captain, Viti embarked on Mike’s Hike For Heroes, a cross country trek where he walked one kilometer for every service member killed in action in the global war on terror. He concluded the walk covering 7,100 kilometers or 4,400 miles beginning in Washington and wrapping up at the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in Baltimore, Md.

Robert Morris University president Dr. Chris Howard was named last November as the seventh recipient. A 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Howard was a Rhodes Scholar and received the 1990 Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the nation presented to a senior college football player. He currently serves on the selection committee for the College Football Playoffs.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas, Austin was the initial recipient in 2012. Other recipients were Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014, Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015 and Steven Rhodes from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016.

Kansas State and its football team were honored in November 2017 as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award for the university’s partnership with the United States Army that created a bond between the school’s athletic department and the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley.

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The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA, http://www.sportswriters.net) consists of the men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. Founded in 1941, 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 and an All-America team. Through its website, the FWAA works to improve communication among all those who work within the game. The FWAA also sponsors scholarships for aspiring writers and an annual writing contest. Behind the leadership of President Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, Executive Director Steve Richardson and a board of veteran journalists, the FWAA continues grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. There are now over 1,400 members.

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FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 11 Reply

LSU strengthens hold on No. 1

LSU takes the top spot for a second straight week after defeating previously unbeaten No. 2 Alabama on the Crimson Tide’s home field. The Tigers received 42 of a possible 46 first-place votes. The 46-41 loss dropped Alabama from No. 2 to No. 4.  Ohio State and Clemson both moved up to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

The other major development in the poll was Minnesota’s upset of Penn State. With the victory, the Golden Gophers jumped from No. 13 to No.7. Previously unbeaten Penn State fell to No. 10. Otherwise, the same 16 teams remained in the poll from last week with minor movements.

The SEC and Big Ten each had five teams in the poll.  The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two teams each. The ACC and Independents had one each.

  • GAMES THIS WEEK:
    No. 1 LSU at Mississippi;
  • No. 2 Ohio State at Rutgers;
  • No. 3 Clemson at North Carolina State;
  • No. 4 Alabama at Mississippi State;
  • No. 5 Georgia at No. 13 Auburn;
  • Arizona at No. 6 Oregon;
  • No.7 Minnesota at Iowa;
  • No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 11 Baylor;
  • UCLA at No. 9 Utah;
  • Indiana at No. 10 Penn State;
  • No. 12 Florida at Missouri;
  • Michigan State at No. 14 Michigan;
  • No. 15 Wisconsin at Nebraska;
  • Navy at No.16 Notre Dame

Week 11: games played through November 9, 2019

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. LSU (9-0) 732 42 1
2. Ohio State (9-0) 688 3 3
3. Clemson (10-0) 648 1 4
4. Alabama (8-1) 571 2
5. Georgia (8-1) 521 6
6. Oregon (8-1) 457 7
7. Minnesota (9-0) 436 13
8. Oklahoma (8-1) 382 8
9. Utah (8-1) 359 9
10. Penn State (8-1) 321 5
11. Baylor (9-0) 310 11
12. Florida (8-2) 289 10
13. Auburn (7-2) 202 12
14. Michigan (7-2) 138 14
15. Wisconsin (7-2) 87 16
16. Notre Dame (7-2) 66 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cincinnati (29), Memphis (11), Boise State (4), Texas A&M (4), SMU (1).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: 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 www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: 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. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

Digital Postcard No. 10: The FWAA’s 1984 All-America Team Reply

(Ed. Note: This is the tenth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.) 

Digital Postcard 1984

In 1984….Terms of Endearment won Best Picture….The Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles…Bruce Springsteen released Born in the USA….Jeopardy began its syndicated series with Alex Trebek…President Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a landslide…The average home that year in the U.S. cost $21,600.00…The original Apple Macintosh PC was on sale for $2,500.00.

Boston College’s Doug Flutie was the quarterback on the FWAA’s 1984 All-America Team by virtue of his 48-yard “Hail Mary Pass” for a touchdown that beat defending national champion Miami, Fla., 47-45, on the last play of the Eagles’ final regular-season game.  Mississippi Valley State wide receiver Jerry Rice, who later would go on to stardom in the NFL, was a member of the FWAA team despite playing in Division I-AA (FCS).

Big-name linemen dotted the team: Pittsburgh’s Bill Fralic, Virginia Tech’s Bruce Smith (the 1984 Outland Trophy winner) and Oklahoma’s Tony Casillas. Texas defensive back Jerry Gray, a two-time selection, and Georgia’s Kevin Butler, one of two kickers in the College Football Hall of Fame, were other big names on the team. BYU and Coach LaVell Edwards swept the FWAA’s Grantland Rice and Coach of the Year Awards.

Flutie Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ykWbu2Gl0

COTTON BOWL NUGGET:

Flutie followed up the Miami thriller by directing a 45-28 Boston College victory over Houston on Jan. 1, 1985. Flutie was the seventh Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Cotton Bowl game. Defensive lineman Mike Ruth, a Boston College junior in 1984, claimed the Outland Trophy in 1985.

Your 1984 FWAA Selectors

  • Gordon White, New York Times
  • Wilt Browning, Greensboro News & Record
  • Alf Van Hoose, Birmingham News
  • Jack Gallagher, Houston Post
  • Tom Shatel, Kansas City Star-Times
  • Kaye Kessler, Columbus Dispatch
  • Dick Rosetta, Salt Lake City Tribune
  • Murray Olderman, Newspaper Enterprise Association
  • Pat Harmon, Cincinnati Post

Armed Forces Merit Award 2019 finalists revealed Reply

FORT WORTH, Texas — Five individuals have been named as finalists for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Armed Forces Merit Award

The announcement of the 2019 recipient will be made via a 10 a.m. (CT) teleconference next Monday (November 11) on Veteran’s Day by Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler and FWAA President Matt Fortuna.

Two of the five individuals for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA were also finalists in 2018 when Robert Morris University president Dr. Chris Howard was announced last November as the seventh recipient.

U.S. Air Force Academy Coach Troy Calhoun and wide receiver Casey Stewart of Shenandoah University lead the list of five individuals named as 2019 finalists after each advanced to the final round of voting in 2018. Calhoun is an Air Force veterans and Steward is a National Guard reservist.

Others 2019 Armed Forces Mert Award finalists are defensive lineman and Marine veteran Alexander Findura of Bloomsburg College of Pennsylvania, defensive lineman and Navy veteran Damian Jackson of the University of Nebraska and Army West Point fullback coach and Army veteran Mike Viti.

The Armed Forces Merit Award’s selection committee is made up of five FWAA members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. A total of 33 individuals and five programs were nominated for the 2019 award that was created in June 2012 “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.”

Dr. Howard, a 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, was a Rhodes Scholar and received the 1990 Campbell Trophy, the highest academic award in the nation presented to a senior college football player. He currently serves on the selection committee for the College Football Playoffs.

Nate Boyer of the University of Texas, Austin was the initial recipient in 2012. Other recipients were Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas in 2013, Daniel Rodriguez from Clemson University in 2014, Bret Robertson of Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.) in 2015 and Steven Rhodes from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016.

Kansas State and its football team were honored in November 2017 as the sixth recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award for the university’s partnership with the United States Army that created a bond between the school’s athletic department and the Iron Rangers at Fort Riley.

Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA – 2019 finalists

Troy Calhoun

Troy Calhoun is the only coach that knows want it takes to play football at a service academy and then make the transition from the professional level to oversee a program at the Football Bowl Subdivsion level. In 12-plus seasons at Air Force after playing at the academy for four seasons (1985-1988) and then coaching in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos (2003-2005) and Houston Texans (2006), Calhoun is currently fourth in service academy football coaching wins (93) behind Fisher DeBerry (169, 23, seasons, 1984-2006 at Air Force), Earl Blaik (121, 18, 1941-1958 at Army West Point) and Ben Martin (96, 20, 1958-1977 at Air Force).

 

Alexander Findura

Alexander Findura is a junior defensive lineman at Bloomsburg University where he currently leads the team in tackles for losses (11) and is second in solo tackles (26) and third in total tackles (44). In 27 career games, he has amassed 70 total tackles (34 solos) with 17.5 tackles for losses. Findura started his collegiate career at Georgia State where he was redshirted as a freshman in 2011. With a family history of military service (father in the Navy and grandfather an Army veteran), Findura joined the Marines is the summer of 2012.

 

 

Damian Jackson

Damian Jackson has played in only one game at the University of Nebraska but has served as a valuable member of the team. Jackson served as a member of the Navy SEALs for four years after graduating from Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2010. He was not a member of the football team in high school but did participate in baseball and soccer. In an April 2018 article in Bleacher Report, Adam Kramer quoted then-new Nebraska coach Scott Frost as saying, “I hope he plays a lot, and we’ll let those pieces fall where they may. But I know how valuable he’s going to be regardless of how many snaps he gets. I love having him on this team.”

 

Casey Stewart

Casey Stewart lives a double life. He is a student-athlete at Shenandoah University where he is a co-captain on the Hornet football team, and at the same time, he’s a soldier in the National Guard. As a senior wide receiver, he has caught 46 passes this season for 752 yards and five touchdowns. He currently ranks fourth on Shenandoah’s career reception list with 133 catches and is second in both receiving yards (2,110, 17.0-yard average per catch) and touchdown receptions (26). He earned all-league honors as a junior.

 

 

Mike Viti

Mike Viti, who is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Army West Point football program and fifth overall on staff, co-founded Legacies Alive (LA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and support the Gold Star families of our nation’s fallen heroes and brings national awareness to the life and character of all service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Viti oversees the strategic and executive director of the organization.

FWAA-NFF Super 16 Rankings, Week 10 Reply

LSU nudges Alabama for top spot in poll

The week before the biggest game of the 2019 season, LSU has moved past Alabama in the Super 16 Rankings. The Tigers will be No. 1 in their showdown on Saturday with No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa after picking up four more first-place votes than a week ago. That’s despite both teams being idle.

Only Clemson, among the Top 5 teams played over the weekend. And Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State remained in slots 3 through 5. Georgia defeated Florida in Jacksonville, knocking the Gators back to No. 10 and the Bulldogs taking the No. 6 spot as the highest ranked one-loss team.

SMU fell at Memphis and dropped out of the poll. Wisconsin re-entered at No. 16.

The SEC and Big Ten led all conferences with five teams each. The Big 12 and Pac-12 had two each. The ACC and Independents one each.

GAMES THIS WEEK:
No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama;
Maryland at No. 3 Ohio State;
No. 4 Clemson at North Carolina State;
No. 5  Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota;
Missouri at No. 6 Georgia;
No. 7 Oregon is idle;
Iowa State at No. 8 Oklahoma;
No. 9 Utah is idle;
Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida;
No. 11 Baylor at TCU;
No. 12 Auburn is idle;
No. 14 Michigan is idle;
No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke;
Iowa at No. 16 Wisconsin.

Week 10: games played through Nov. 2, 2019 

TEAM POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK’S RANK
1. LSU (8-0) 689 17 2
2. Alabama (8-0) 682 17 1
3. Ohio State (8-0) 676 9 3
4. Clemson (9-0) 616 3 4
5. Penn State (8-0) 551 5
6. Georgia (7-1) 484 7
7. Oregon (8-1) 417 8
8. Oklahoma (7-1) 400 9
9. Utah (8-1) 360 10
10. Florida (7-2) 279 6
11. Baylor (8-0) 264 12
12. Auburn (7-2) 250 11
13. Minnesota (8-0) 211 13
14. Michigan (7-2) 149 14
15. Notre Dame (6-2) 69 16
16. Wisconsin (6-2) 46 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cincinnati (32), Memphis (23), Kansas State (16), Wake Forest (14), Boise State (9), Iowa (7), Texas (6), Texas A&M (4), SMU (2).

ABOUT THE FWAA-NFF SUPER 16 POLL: The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Monday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.

ABOUT THE FWAA: 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 www.footballwriters.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: 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. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.

 

Digital Postcard No. 9: The FWAA’s 1983 All-America Team Reply

(Ed. Note: This is the ninth in the series of digital postcards commemorating 75 years of the FWAA All-America Team.  The first FWAA All-America Team was published in 1944 during World War II and is the second longest continuously published team in major-college football.)

In 1983…. A record 125 million watched the final episode of M*A*S*H*…Motown celebrated its 25-year anniversary…First mobile phones were released by Motorola…A Ford Mustang cost $6,572.00….U.S. Unemployment rose to 12 million, highest since 1941.

The FWAA All-America Team featured three offensive players from Nebraska: running back Mike Rozier, wingback Irving Fryar and offensive lineman Dean Steinkuhler.  It marked the third straight season, a Nebraska player captured the Outland Trophy after Dave Rimington’s back-to-back in 1981 and 1982.  Auburn’s Bo Jackson, who later would win the Heisman in 1985 and become a professional baseball-football star after college, was also on the team as a sophomore.

Bo Jackson video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe-mVW-z2jA

There was plenty of firepower on defense on this FWAA team as well: Tennessee’s Reggie White, Clemson’s William Perry (The Refrigerator) and Cal’s Ron Rivera. Miami’s Howard Schnellenberger claimed the FWAA’s Coach of the Year Award.

COTTON BOWL NUGGET

Georgia defeated previously unbeaten Texas, 10-9, in a Classic at Fair Park.  A fumbled punt by Texas in the fourth quarter led to Georgia’s winning points on the ensuing drive.  But Miami would be the consensus national champion after besting top-ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl when the Cornhuskers’ last-gasp rally fell short on a missed two-point conversion.

Orange Bowl ending:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoNs0mdKAO8

Your 1983 FWAA Selectors

  • Arnie Burdick, Syracuse Herald-Journal
  • Wilt Browning, Greensboro Daily News
  • Al Ludwick, Augusta Chronicle-Herald
  • Ish Haley, Dallas Times-Herald
  • Steve Richardson, Kansas City Star-Times
  • Pat Harmon, Cincinnati Post
  • Dick Rosetta, Salt Lake City Tribune
  • Bob Hurt, Arizona Republic
  • Bob Hentzen, Topeka Capital-Journal