Armed Forces Merit Award
Fort Worth, Texas, November 5 – Ex-Marine Jason Everding of the University of the Incarnate Word has been announced as the second of two finalists for the 2014 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 with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.”
The award’s selection committee is made up of five FWAA members, including president Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman, and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The group reviewed 15 “candidates” for the 2014 honor where the 28-year old Everding joins 27-year old Army veteran Daniel Rodriguez of Clemson as finalists for the award.
Rodriguez, a wide receiver and special team performers for the past three seasons at Clemson, was announced last week as the first of two finalists for the 2014 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA. This year’s recipient being announced this Veteran’s Day, November 11. Nate Boyer of the University of Texas was named the initial recipient of the award in 2012 with Brandon McCoy of the University of North Texas topping the AFMA list last year.
The FWAA is now accepting nominations for the 2014 FWAA/Orange Bowl Courage Award, which is annually given to a player, coach or support person in college football such as a trainer, cheerleader or a member of an athletic department’s staff.
The requirements for nomination for the weekly award include displaying some sort of courageous act (on or off the field). These would include overcoming an injury, sickness or physical handicap, preventing a disaster, or living through a lifetime of hardships.
At the end of 2014 season, a select group of FWAA members will choose the winner of the award who will be honored during the Orange Bowl Week.
Please email all nominations with supporting information to FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson at email@example.com
We are now taking nominations for the Armed Forces Merit Award. From those teams and conferences you cover please keep an eye out for the following:
WHO QUALIFIES?: An Individual with an armed forces background who is currently involved as an athletic administrator, football coach, staff member or player and has brought distinction and recognition to both his or her armed forces service and the sport. These include Individuals or groups that have created, developed or produced football-related programs that provide care, concern and support for past or present members of the United States armed forces or their families.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Sept. 30, 2014
SELECTION PROCESS: A blue-ribbon committee will take the nominations and select a winner during the fall.
Send nominations to FWAA Member Tim Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-244-6580.
The Newport Sports Museum was the site of the 2013 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception on Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
One of the sections at the Newport Sports Museum. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
The presentation of the Eddie Robinson bust: (L-R) Eddie Robinson III, Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn, Outgoing Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Robert Shelton, 2013 FWAA President Chris Dufresne. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn addressed the crowd at the Newport Sports Museum after picking up the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award three days before his team played for the national championship in nearby Pasadena. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
Part of the crowd at the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
Eddie Robinson III observed the proceedings at the reception, honoring his late grandfather Eddie Robinson Sr. and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, the FWAA’s 2013 Coach of the Year. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
(Left to right) FWAA Director of Special Events Margaret Mason, Eddie Robinson III, emcee Rick Neuheisel and Eddie Robinson IV enjoyed a conversation during the reception. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
(Left to right) 2013 FWAA President Chris Dufresne, TV analyst Rick Neuheisel and FWAA Past President Mark Blaudschun talked at reception.. Neuheisel, also a former head football coach, was the emcee for the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year reception. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
Former college football head coach Rick Neuheisel, now a TV sports analyst, sings to Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn, the 2013 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
(Left to right) Fiesta Bowl Chief of Communications Andy Bagnato, FWAA Past President Ivan Maisel, 2013 FWAA President Chris Dufresne huddled for a brief discussion. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
Among those attending the FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year presentation were, left to right, former FWAA Presidents Tony Barnhart and Mark Blaudschun and 2013 President Chris Dufresne. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl)
And if you’re interested in hearing the parody of Born in the USA (Born in the SEC) that Rick Neiheisel sang to Gus Malzahn, CLICK HERE
to see the Los Angeles Times’ video.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Sarah Helsley, a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., was named as the 17th winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22 years as the FWAA’s executive director and was the organization’s president in 1971. The announcement came at the FWAA’s annual awards breakfast.
The scholarship is a $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is awarded to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.
The 17-year-old Helsley is the daughter of long-time FWAA member John Helsley of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.
San Jose State’s Anthony Larceval (left), the 2013 winner of the FWAA’s Courage Award, joins 2012 Courage Award winner Daniel Rodriguez of Clemson after the award presentation at the Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon on Jan. 2 in Miami. Photo by Ken Ruinard of the Anderson (S.C.) Mail Call.
From the San Jose Mercury News
MIAMI — Anthony Larceval is shaking a lot of hands, meeting a lot of people and his whereabouts are being constantly monitored by chauffeurs.
And the now former San Jose State defensive lineman is enjoying all of it.
“It’s been great,’ said Larceval, who on Thursday was formally awarded the Football Writers Association of America Courage Award at a luncheon previewing Friday’s Orange Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State.
“After going through such a tough year — probably the toughest of my young life — it’s been great,” he said. “It’s been awkward to be rewarded and recognized like this for such adversity, but I’ll take it.”
USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone
USC’s Tim Tessalone is the 41st winner of the Bert McGrane Award, which is annually bestowed on a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
He has served college football for more than three decades as the Trojans’ sports information director, helping writers in their jobs as well as promoting the school’s athletic teams — both in exemplary fashion.
The McGrane Award, symbolic of the association’s Hall of Fame, is presented to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization or the writing profession. It is named after McGrane, a Des Moines, Iowa, writer who was the executive secretary of the FWAA from the early 1940s until 1973.
The Bert McGrane Award
Tessalone will receive the award during the FWAA’s Annual Awards Breakfast on Jan. 6 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, the media hotel for the VIZIO BCS National Championship game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
“I am humbled and honored to receive an award that not only is named after a man who served the FWAA so well, but that has been presented previously to icons who are well above me in stature and ability,” Tessalone said. “It is a privilege to be in their company. Thank you to the FWAA membership, with particular gratitude to Chris Dufresne (2013 FWAA President) and Mark Blaudschun (1999 FWAA President).
San Jose Mercury News
DALLAS — Jon Wilner, a veteran sportswriter for the San Jose Mercury News, has been awarded the 2013 FWAA Beat Writer of the Year Award for his coverage of the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast college sports.
The FWAA’s Beat Reporter of the Year Award is based on a comprehensive look at the way a person covers the beat and encompasses all categories of coverage over a period of time.
Wilner, 46, has worked at the Mercury News since 2000 and has held various reporting roles in the college scene for the newspaper and its website, covering Stanford, Bay Area colleges and Pac-12 beats. Wilner’s highly popular blog, “College Hotline,” receives millions of page views annually.
He has claimed numerous Associated Press Sports Editors awards. Wilner has had a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 football and basketball polls for more than a decade.
24 college football legends break historic ground as the first class honored in Atlanta
Steve Bartkowski, the All-American quarterback from the University of California and a hometown hero in Atlanta, responded for the class.
From the National Football Foundation
Atlanta rolled out the red carpet tonight for the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Class on Aug. 28. A sold-out crowd of 900 college football fans and dignitaries packed the Grand Ballroom of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center for a first-class celebration that honored 24 of the game’s greatest legends.