Navy Sports Information named one of FBS’s Top 11 SID Offices for third time in past four years by Football Writers Association of America


Soccer | 05/19/2022 10:03:00

Football writers select Super 11 for 2021 season

DALLAS (FWAA) — Three first-time winners and eight previous ones make up the 13th annual Super 11 Awards, which the Football Writers Association of America awards annually to the top-performing sports news departments in the Football Bowl subdivision. The rewards announced today are for the 2021 season.

Additionally, the FWAA presented a Super 11 Coach of the Year award to Boston College coach Jeff Hafley, who granted exceptional access to his program during the 2021 season. He is the fourth head coach to win this award, which began with the 2018 season.

As for the 2021 departmental awards, Clemson and Colorado each won a ninth award and Nebraska an eighth. Navy won a fifth time, Kansas State a fourth time, and Iowa, Miami (Florida) and Ole Miss each a second time. The Navy SID office was also honored by the FWAA in 2016, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

The first recipients of the award series, which dates back to the 2009 season, are Louisville, New Mexico and South Carolina. Seven of the 10 FBS Conferences are represented among the 11 winners.

In some cases, sports information offices were still making zoom calls for interviews, but there were also many in-person interviews with players, head coaches and assistant coaches observing social distancing and safety protocols. health when interacting with the media.

“The 2020 and 2021 football seasons presented unprecedented challenges for all of us, but some sports news services worked with coaches and players to go above and beyond and ensure the media could do their job. and providing fans with the information they’ve been craving,” said David Ubben, FWAA 2022 President. “It allows all of us to have jobs, and we appreciate these departments for providing that access while ensuring that the media and members of football programs stay safe. College football is better and thrives when sports information departments are able to provide as much access as possible.”

This year’s winners were deemed to have had excellent accessibility during game week and after the game – with a program’s players, coaches and assistant coaches – as well as the other criteria listed on page 22 of the directory FWAA 2021-22.

“What’s always encouraging is that we had winners for the first time,” said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. “Our members want access to players and coaches after games, of course, but also for human interest and analytical stories during the week. Assistant coaches are also part of the mix that gives stories depth. Over the years, for various reasons, this access has been restricted.

“We believe there are many good stories that can be told if they are allowed to be told if our members have good access.”

FWAA members provided input during the season and provided feedback as part of an investigation into FWAA awards after the 2021 season. Additionally, SID press galleries were judged on the quality of their operation and maintenance in terms of neutrality, journalist pool and noise level which can affect a media outlet’s ability to do its job. In recent years, the availability of a nearby press car park has become a plus.

In January 2009, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee. The concept is supported by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The FWAA has awarded Super 11s to 77 different programs over the years.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America is made up of journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers, and key executives in all areas of college football. The FWAA strives to govern media access and game day operations while presenting awards and honors, including an annual FWAA All-America team. For more information about the FWAA, its program and initiatives, contact Executive Director Steve Richardson at 2144-870-6516 or

The Super 11 2021
Clemson (9)
Colorado (9)
Iowa (2)
Kansas State (4)
Louisville (1)
Miami (2)
Ole Miss (2)
Navy (5)
Nebraska (8)
New Mexico (1)
South Carolina (1)


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