Walsh has new book on Saban

Christopher Walsh at one of his many book signings. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Walsh.

Christopher Walsh at one of his many book signings. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Walsh.

Christopher Walsh, recently hired by Saturday Down South, has a new book out, Nick Saban vs. College Football, which makes the case for the current Alabama football coach’s place in history. Check it out at:  http://whosno1.blogspot.com.

 

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Comings and goings 2

Mark Anderson from the Las Vegas Review-Journal has been named the 2014 second vice president of the FWAA and moves into the line of presidential succession two years from now. Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald, second vice president in 2013, automatically moved up to the first vice president’s role in 2014 behind FWAA President Kirk Bohls.

Comings and Goings

Long-time Denver Post writer John Henderson has retired from his daily job in Colorado and has moved to Italy where he has spent time in the past either on leave or on vacation. We hope at some time to get an update on his daily rituals there. … More…

No one understands Notre Dame better than former SID Roger Valdiserri

Roger Valdiserri, former Notre Dame sports information director

Roger Valdiserri, former Notre Dame sports information director

Roger Valdiserri is now a retired FWAA member, but for many years he serviced the media as the Sports Information Director at Notre Dame. This is a story about him  from the December 2013 publication of “Strong of Heart,” which features Notre Dame athletes, coaches and administrators who have or have had successful careers. Click here to read the story.

Member’s website provides database of Texas high school honors, playoff history

TheAthleticsDepartment.com

TheAthleticsDepartment.com

TheAthleticsDepartment.com is an online Texas high school athletics history book. TheAthleticsDepartment.com gathers Texas high school honor teams (All-State, All-District) and playoff pairings and stores them in a database. The result is a resource for media. TheAthleticsDepartment.com gives media an instant honors bio of Texas high school student-athletes. Our database now contains five years of all-district and all-state team members; 20 years of enrollment figures, alignments and round-by-round playoff results in all UIL team sports; and all state champions.

Current year honors and playoff information is on TheAthleticsDepartment.com. In the Premium Access you gain the full benefit of our complete database, searching our coaches directory, honors history and playoff history.

Grace Media, LLC is the publisher of The Athletics Department.com, a Texas web site dedicated to high school athletics history. The site is founded by former sports newspaper reporter/editor and FWAA member Sarah Hornaday.

Questions? Phone: 512.452.8800 or Email Info@GraceMediaWeb.com.

Volney Meece Scholarship goes to Oklahoma youth

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.

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Congratulations to the ‘Magnificent Seven’ 1

The only seven writers who have covered all 16 BCS championship games.

The only seven writers who have covered all 16 BCS championship games.

Only seven writers — all of them FWAA presidents past or present — have covered all 16 BCS championship games. The group gathered for this photo on the field at the Rose Bowl early Monday evening before the title game between Florida State and Auburn. They are, left to right, Tony Barnhart, Ivan Maisel, current president Chris Dufresne, Dick Weiss, Dennis Dodd, Mark Blaudschun and Blair Kerkhoff.

Dick Weiss reinvents himself after layoff

Dick Weiss

Dick Weiss

Former FWAA President Dick Weiss was interviewing Penn State coach Bill O’Brien last May in New York when he got a call from his office at the New York Daily News, informing him that he was being laid off.

But what seemed at the time to be a devastating end to a distinguished career soon proved instead to be merely a reset.

You’ve heard of survival of the fittest? This is survival of the nicest.

To read the Seth Davis’ entire story for SI.com, click here.

College football yearbook available 1

CFACoverCollege Football America Yearbook/Encyclopedia, published by FWAA member Kendall Webb, includes information on all college football programs in the United States and Canada including all NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and CIS programs along with an update on College Club Football, Postgraduate Prep Academies and One-Year Sports Academies, along with an annual update on Mexico’s college football scene. It covers the entire scope of North American College Football. The book is printed by Amazon.com and is available through major retailers, including Barnes & Noble. It’s also available in a digital PDF version.

Eddie Robinson Jr. dies after heart transplant

Eddie Robinson Jr.

Eddie Robinson Jr.

DALLAS — Eddie Robinson Jr., 70, son of the late and legendary Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson, passed away on Wednesday evening at Baylor Hospital in Dallas after complications from a heart transplant.

Eddie Robinson Jr., is a former Grambling State football player and assistant coach and one of two children of Eddie Robinson, the winningest coach in Division I history. Eddie Robinson Jr. was a longtime friend of the Fiesta Bowl, which for 16 years has collaborated with the Football Writers Association of America to choose the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

“The Fiesta Bowl mourns the loss of a valued friend and extends its condolences to the Robinson family and Grambling State University,” the Fiesta Bowl said in a statement. “Eddie Jr. worked tirelessly to preserve his father’s legacy through the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, and his remarks were always a highlight of the annual award presentation.”

“With Eddie Jr., it was never if he would do something for his father’s legacy, it was always when and where,” FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson said. “In his own right, Eddie Jr. was an astute football mind and had a keen interest in college football and the coaches who were selected as finalists for the award each year. His input was always welcome and will be sorely missed moving forward. Besides his influence on the award, he was a supporter of what was good in college football.”

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Joe Doyle’s double life

By Eric Hansen/South Bend Tribune

Joe Doyle

Joe Doyle

For years, they talked every Monday over breakfast about almost everything but the thread that pulled them together in the first place, Notre Dame football.

Politics, world geography, family, life – and one day sorting through the news of a plane crash in some far off place.

That’s the first time Notre Dame coaching icon Ara Parseghian got a glimpse of Joe Doyle’s double life.

“It was years into our relationship,” Parseghian said of his longtime friend, who chronicled the College Football Hall-of-Famer’s 11 seasons in South Bend (1964-1974). “And it really came up in passing. But once he mentioned it, I had lots of questions for him, because I found it so fascinating, his double career.”

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