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Clemson Earns Record 11th FWAA Super 11 Honor – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Clemson Earns Record 11th FWAA Super 11 Honor – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

DALLAS (FWAA) – Two first-time winners and nine previous ones comprise the 15th Super 11 Awards, presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the best performing College Sports Communicators departments in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The awards announced this week are for the 2023 season.

In addition to the departmental awards, the FWAA is presenting a Super 11 Coach of the Year Award to Mike Norvell of Florida State. Norvell, entering his fifth season in Tallahassee, has granted outstanding access to his programs over the years. He is the sixth head coach to win this award and it comes in a season in which he won the ACC title in an undefeated regular season.

Previous recipients of the Super 11 individual award since its inception in the 2018 season have been Herm Edwards (Arizona State), Chris Klieman (Kansas State), Tom Allen (Indiana), Jeff Hafley (Boston College) and Sonny Dykes (TCU).

This Super 11 Award is a record 11th for Clemson and its staff led by Ross Taylor, Assistant Athletic Director for Football Communications. Nebraska and its staff led by Keith Mann, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, earned its 10th. Other awards with their CSC directors and their staffs went to Navy (Scott Strasemeier) for the seventh time, Kansas State (Ryan Lackey) and Pitt (E.J. Borghetti) each a sixth time, Kentucky (Susan Lax) and Oklahoma (Mike Houck) a third time and BYU (Brett Pyne) and Cal (Kyle McRae) a second time. The first-time recipients in the 2023 Super 11 Awards are Illinois (Brett Moore) and LSU (Michael Bonnette). The Super 11 dates back to the 2009 season.

This year’s winners were deemed to have had excellent accessibility during the week of their games and after the game with a program’s players, coaches and coordinators/assistant coaches. Other criteria regarding beat reporter access, interview requests, and decorum and protocols in the press box and locker room are listed in the 2023-24 FWAA Directory.

“We once again honor some programs who have provided great assistance to writers for many years and have demonstrated a culture of excellence in what they do in their pressbox and in terms of accessibility to players and coaches,” said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. “We applaud those programs as well as the two newcomer programs.”

“I want to thank these departments for fostering a welcoming environment and proving terrific access, allowing us to tell the stories that…

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