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The Football Writers Association of America announced the fifth “Super 11” sports information departments in the FBS.
The 11 schools that were selected as having the best sports information departments are: Colorado (Pac-12), Duke (ACC), Fresno State (Mountain West), Georgia (SEC), Middle Tennessee (Conference USA), Nebraska (Big Ten), Ole Miss (SEC), SMU (American Athletic), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Southern California (Pac-12) and Texas Tech (Big 12).
This was the first time that Duke was named to the FWAA’s “Super 11.”
“We know there are many outstanding sports information department representing schools across the country,” said Tim Griffin, Chairman of the Super 11 Committee. “But we continue to believe it is imperative to honor the best, including some that we have honored repeatedly over years. These 11 departments are consistently exemplary in all that we ask.”
Only one team has been awarded with the award each of the five years that the “Super 11” award has been in existence. Georgia has been named to the list all five years. USC has won the award four times. Colorado and Nebraska are the only two other teams that have been named to the list on multiple times. Along with Duke, Fresno State, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, SMU, South Alabama and Texas Tech are first time winners of the award.
The criteria for the determining the “Super 11” include how press boxes and game day operations are run, as well as the quality and timeliness of the information and the amount of information presented and the frequency of posts. Another factor was the personal responsiveness to media queries about accessibility to players and coaches.
“The FWAA’s commitment is to continue honoring the best departments in future years which recognize the demands of our jobs and strive to do what they can to help all the media members on a consistent basis,” said Griffin.
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