FWAA selects ‘Super 11’ of top sports information departments for 2015 season

super 11DALLAS — The Football Writers Association of America has selected its seventh “Super 11” group of sports information departments deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2015 season.

The winners: Clemson (ACC), Houston (American), Kansas State (Big 12), Louisiana (Sun Belt), Indiana (Big Ten), Mississippi State (SEC), Northern Illinois (MAC), Pittsburgh (ACC), USC (Pac-12), Utah State (Mountain West) and Western Kentucky (Conference USA).

USC is a six-time winner of the award and Clemson and Pittsburgh have won three times each. Houston, Northern Illinois, Utah State and Western Kentucky have been named Super 11 winners previously.

First-time winners of the award are Kansas State, Indiana, Mississippi State and Louisiana. Over the seven-year period, the FWAA has honored 49 different schools.

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2014 FWAA Pressbox Conference Committees

The FWAA has regionalized its press committees for your convenience. If you encounter difficulties during the season in regards to game coverage, including access during the week, please contact the chairman of your conference by email. He will get back to you in a reasonable time. Please explain the problem in DETAIL, so the conference chairman can better understand the situation.

C—Chairman

Pac-12

C-Chris Dufresne, Los  Angeles Times   (chris.dufresne@latimes.com)

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury

Lindsay Schnell, SI.com

Mountain West

C-Mark Anderson Las Vegas   (manderson@reviewjournal.com)

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman

Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Big Ten 

C-Malcolm Moran, National Sports Journalism Center (moranma@iupui.edu)

David Jones,  PA Media Group

Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald
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Helpful hints: Send us your advice for making the best of stadiums, cities on the road

In this is a section of The Fifth Down we will post information from FWAA members that will help other members to cover games or enrich their experiences, such as good restaurants near stadiums, easy routes to the games or good places to stay in certain cities. It could also include interesting experiences writers have had in certain college towns or sights to see.  Please send your Helpful Hints to Executive Director Steve Richardson at tigerfwaa@gmail.com or Ken Stephens at ken.stephens@sbscglobal.net.

“Super 11” pressbox rankings

The Football Writers Association of America annually names its “Super 11” sports information departments, which are deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.

The 2012 recipients …

The 2012 winners of Super 11 Awards were the following programs: Baylor, Bowing Green, Cincinnati, Georgia, Houston, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wyoming.

Complete release (May 3, 2013)

The 2011 recipients …

The 2011 winners of Super 11 Awards were the following programs: Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Southern California (USC), Syracuse, Utah State and Western Kentucky.

Complete release (May 7, 2012)

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The Rose Bowl pressbox, then and now

FWAA members who cover the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014, or the final Bowl Championship Series title game five days later in Pasadena will benefit from a new Rose Bowl press box with enhanced amenities.

The new press box is the result of a three-year Rose Bowl project that updated the stadium in several areas.

The column below was written after the 1955 Rose Bowl Game, which was won by Ohio State over Southern California, 20-7 — apparently during some inclement weather. Arch Ward, the famous Sports Editor of the Chicago Tribune and an FWAA officer during that era, refers to Soldier Field in Chicago as a poor venue for writers to cover games, but not as bad as the Rose Bowl was back then.

Thankfully, there are windows now in case it rains in sunny California and the press box personnel are much more congenial.

rose bowl column