Colorado’s Sports Information Department has been named a Super 11 SID for the 6th straight year and the 9th time in the last 13 years. The nine awards tie CU with Clemson for the most Super 11 awards since 2009. This marks 12 times the Football Writers Association of America has awarded the University of Colorado. CU captured the award for Outstanding Press Box in 1987, 1992, and 1997 when schools were only eligible every five years. After a long hiatus (the award was stopped after 2000), the Super 11 awards have been handed out every year since 2009.
“We never take this award for granted, we strive to be recognized by working closely with the local and national media to meet most if not all of their needs,” said David Plati, CU’s SID since 1984.
“We’ve been honored 12 times through the years with six different head coaches, and the cooperation of their staffs plays a significant role in the honor. And we could not have won this prestigious honor without an excellent full-time staff, a veteran game day staff and the hard work of our student assistants.”
Buffs Wire was able to chat with David Plati about the award for his department, and he highlighted some of the reasons that Colorado stands above its peers when it comes to the Sports Information Department. Plati highlighted their great pre-game meals available to the press, the availability of players and coaches of each game after games, and the pre and post-game releases, stats, and notes pushed out by his department.
“We always prided ourselves on gameday operations. A lot of the stuff we modeled here, we modeled some of what we did after the Broncos, and the Broncos started modeling some of the stuff they did after us,” Plati said.