May 3, 2013
Dallas, Texas - Vanderbilt Athletics has been named one of the "Super 11" sports information departments in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2012 season by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
It marks the first time that Vanderbilt's athletic communications staff has been recognized since the national football writers association started the award in 2009.
Vanderbilt is one of two Southeastern Conference schools, joining the University of Georgia, to be recognized for its efforts in 2012.
"There are many outstanding sports information departments representing schools across the nation," said Tim Griffin, the FWAA's 2010 president and chairman of the Super 11 selection committee. "But we continue to feel it is very important to honor the best of the best - including some we've honored multiple times over the years. These 11 departments are consistently exemplary above and beyond the call of duty."
"It is our commitment to continue to honor in upcoming years the departments who understand the demands of our jobs and strive to do what they can to try and help us on a consistent basis."
The FWAA Super 11 Committee received input from other organization members covering college football from Feb. 1, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.
"Just by the mere fact we have nine new departments this season shows that a growing number of schools are realizing the importance of good SID departments," said FWAA executive director Steve Richardson. "We salute these schools and the ones in the past who have been selected to this group."
The Commodore athletic communications staff earned recognition based on a number of criteria deemed important to the FWAA membership, including efficient operation of the Vanderbilt Stadium press box, quality and timeliness of information provided such as game notes, statistics and post-game quotes, the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites and personal responsiveness to media inquiries as well as the accessibility of players, head and assistant coaches. The ratings also evaluate a staff's effort to go the extra mile to assist working media members.
In January 2009, at its board meeting, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee. The concept is supported by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members of the FWAA.
Since the FWAA's inception in 1941, one of the organization's charges is to provide better working conditions for writers across the country. Over the years, the FWAA has given out press box commendations to deserving schools and has conducted ratings of sports information departments.
The Football Writers Association of America is a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consisting of more than 1,200 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.