K-State Athletics Communications Staff Earns Super 11 Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Athletics Communications Office was named to the Football Writers Association of America "Super 11" field of sports information departments, which recognizes the best in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2015 season, the organization announced today.

K-State was joined on the list by Clemson (ACC), Mississippi State (SEC), Houston (American), Louisiana (Sun Belt), Indiana (Big Ten), Northern Illinois (MAC), Pitt (ACC), USC (Pac-12), Utah State (Mountain West) and Western Kentucky (C-USA).

"We look at this as one of the most important things that we do as an organization, honoring the very best SID staffs in the nation." said Tim Griffin, the FWAA's 2010 President and the Super 11 Committee chairman. "There are many great SID staffs around the country who are willing to work hard to help all media members. These 11 departments we are honoring are consistently exemplary above and beyond the call of duty. We hope this award will help to showcase them."

Associate Athletics Director for Communications Kenny Lannou and Assistant Director Ryan Lackey lead the office in matters related to the Wildcat football program, while additional in-season support is provided by the remaining staff of Associate Director Tom Gilbert, Assistant Director Randy Peterson, Assistant Director Chris Kutz, graduate assistant Josh Brunner and Office Manager Mary Gorman.

In addition to this recent honor, the staff has been recognized for its excellence in publications by its peers for the last 10 years garnering 24 Top 5 national finishes for their media guides and 37 Top-3 finishes within the district across all sports.

Criteria in determining the Super 11 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 and coaches. The ratings also took into consideration the departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.

“The FWAA takes seriously the relationships between reporters and sports information officials, and these 11 SIDs stand out because of their hard work and professionalism," said 2016 FWAA President Mark Anderson. "They are the best of the best and set a high standard for others to achieve."

The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists 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.

K-State opens its 2016 football season on Friday, September 2, as the Wildcats face Stanford in Palo Alto, California, in a nationally-televised matchup. Following an off week in which Bill Snyder Family Stadium will host the Wildcat Kickoff music festival featuring Zac Brown Band and Train, the Wildcats open their home slate on September 17, against Florida Atlantic.

A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2016 season go on sale online only on June 20. All six home games are anticipated to sell out quickly and extend the Bill Snyder Family Stadium sellout streak to 33 games.

Tickets to Wildcat Kickoff are on sale for as low at $39. Visit www.k-statesports.com for more details.