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LU Football Guide Garners National Honors

June 20, 2008
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Liberty's 2007 football media guide finished third in the annual CoSIDA publications contest, while garnering

Liberty's 2007 football media guide finished third in the annual CoSIDA publications contest, while garnering "Best in the Nation" accolades for its cover design.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have completed its annual publications contest, awarding third-place honors to Liberty University for its 2007 football media guide and "Best in the Nation" accolades for its cover design.

CoSIDA annually judges submitted publication and promotional materials in 57 different categories, giving media relations and sports information directors constructive feedback on the overall quality and usefulness of the publication.

Finishing ahead of Liberty was Murray State, as the nation's best publication, and three-time defending national champion Appalachian State at No. 2. Richmond rounded out the top-recognized publications at No. 4.

The football media guide, edited by LU Assistant AD for Media Relations Todd Wetmore marks the second time a football media guide cover design has been awarded the Best Cover nod from CoSIDA's annual contest. His 2002 football media guide cover also grabbed the same honor.

The pair of citations for excellence in publication design gives Wetmore five such honors from CoSIDA. Besides the two Best Cover designs (2002 and 2007) and this year's overall third-place finish for the football media guide, his 2000 football game program finished third in the nation and the 2004-05 women's basketball media guide placed third in the CoSIDA District 3 rankings.

Traditionally, CoSIDA has recognized several of Liberty's publications in its annual contests. Since 1977, publications produced by Liberty's Sports Information/Athletic Media Relations department have won 60 CoSIDA and NAIA-SIDA certificates at the national and regional levels, including 15 "Best in the Nation" awards.

Wetmore and his athletic media relations staff will be recognized for their efforts at this year's annual CoSIDA National Convention in Tampa, Fla., at the publication awards ceremony on July 2.