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Communications Office Recognized on "Super 11" by FWAA


The Texas Tech Athletics Communications office was honored Tuesday with the "Super 11" Award by the FWAA.

May 13, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Athletics Communications office was recognized for its work on a national level Tuesday as part of the "Super 11" field of sports information departments that are determined annually by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

The FWAA "Super 11" award is designed to reward and honor communications staffs for assisting football writers across the country both in the press box and on a daily basis. Texas Tech is one of just 42 schools who have been honored in the awards existence.

"I am pleased that the Football Writers Association of America has recognized our communications team and the exemplary work they do each football season," Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "Under the leadership of Blayne Beal, our communications team works to provide the best gameday press box operations and experience during the football season. We have a talented team and I am excited to see them recognized in this tremendous way."

Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press boxes 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 accessibility of student-athletes, head and assistant coaches.

The ratings also took into consideration the department that went the extra mile in servicing the media, according to the FWAA. Texas Tech was the only Big 12 Conference department recognized by the FWAA and one of just two in the state of Texas.

"We are very honored that our Athletics Communications office has been recognized as a `Super 11' program in the country by the Football Writers Association of America," said Steve Uryasz, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations and Development. "Blayne Beal and his staff have done an outstanding job of representing not only our student-athletes but Texas Tech University as a whole."

The Texas Tech Athletics Communications office is directed by Associate AD Blayne Beal and he is assisted by Scott Lacefield, Britton Drown, Matt Dowdy, Travis Cram, Trenten Hilburn, Courtney Davis and Sheila Tucker as well as numerous student interns.

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