DALLAS (FWAA) – Three first-time winners and
eight previous ones comprise the 13th Annual Super 11 Awards,
which the Football Writers Association of America rewards annually
to the best performing sports information departments in the Football
Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2021
In addition, the FWAA presented a Super 11 Coach of the Year
Award to Boston College Coach Jeff Hafley who granted
outstanding access to his program during the 2021 season. He is
the fourth head coach to win this award, which began with the 2018
As for the 2021 departmental awards, Clemson and Colorado each
collected a ninth award and Nebraska an eighth. Navy won for a fifth
time, Kansas State a fourth time, and Iowa, Miami (Fla.) and Ole
Miss each a second time.
The first-time recipients in 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.
Sports information offices in some cases were still doing zoom
calls for interviews, but there were also many in-person interviews
with players, head coaches and assistant coaches observing social
distancing and health safety protocols when interacting with the
"The 2020 and 2021 football seasons featured unprecedented
challenges for all of us, but some sports information departments
worked with coaches and players to go above and beyond and to make
sure media could do their jobs and provide fans with the information
they crave,” said David Ubben, 2022 FWAA President. “That allows
all of us to have jobs, and we’re appreciative of these departments
for providing that access while also making sure both media and
members of football programs remain safe. College football is better
and grows 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 the week of the game and after the game – with a program’s
players, coaches and assistant coaches – along with the other listed
criteria on page 22 of the 2021-22 FWAA Directory.
“What is always encouraging is that we had first-time winners,”
said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. "Our membership
wants 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 give stories depth.
Over the years, for a variety of reasons this access has been restricted.
"We believe there are many good stories out there that can
be told if they are allowed to be told if our members are allowed
FWAA members provided input during the season and made comments
in an FWAA Awards survey after the 2021 season. In addition, SID
press boxes were judged on how well they were run and maintained
in terms of neutrality, pool reporters and noise level that could
affect a media person’s ability to do his or her job. In recent
years, the availability of nearby press parking 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 11 to 77 different
programs over the years.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of
America consists of journalists, broadcasters, publicists,
photographers and key executives in all areas of college football.
The FWAA works 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 and its program and initiatives,
contact Executive Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or
The 2021 Super 11
Kansas State (4)
Ole Miss (2)
New Mexico (1)
South Carolina (1)
2021 Super 11
Coach of the Year
Jeff Hafley, Boston College
Super 11 Awards (including
complete selection criteria)