Ole Miss Media Relations Recognized By FWAA

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The Ole Miss media relations department was included in the FWAA's

May 13, 2014

DALLAS – The Ole Miss athletics media relations department was recognized for its hard work during the 2013 football season Tuesday, as the Football Writers Association of America named the staff to its fifth “Super 11” field. The award is given to 11 sports information departments deemed the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2013 season.

Ole Miss, which was named to the Super 11 list for the first time, was one of only two Southeastern Conference programs honored, along with Georgia. The field also consists of Colorado, Duke, Fresno State, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, SMU, South Alabama, Southern California and Texas Tech.

“I’m really proud of our staff, and also for being included on this list with so many other outstanding media relations departments across the nation,” said Kyle Campbell, assistant athletics director for media and public relations. “In a profession of working behind the scenes, it’s rewarding to see our staff’s dedication recognized on a national level. We value our relationship with the media and their coverage of our student-athletes and will continue to work hard to accommodate their needs.”

The Ole Miss athletics media relations department includes Campbell, Kim Ling, Bill Bunting, Joey Jones, Daniel Snowden, Jessica Poole and Metz Camfield. Graduate assistant Austin Miller and countless student assistants are also key to the operation, while legendary former sports information director Langston Rogers continues to provide support as a special assistant to the athletics director.

Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press boxes/operations were run, but the quality and timeliness of information provided, the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites, personal responsiveness to media inquiries, as well as the accessibility of players, head and assistant coaches. The ratings also took into consideration the departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.

The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members covering college football during a period from Feb. 1, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014.

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.

The FWAA, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 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 game-day operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.

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