DURHAM, N.C. -- The Blue Devil Network had two video pieces nominated for 2014 College Sports Media Awards as announced Monday by the Sports Video Group and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
"It is always an honor to have our work recognized by the SVG," said Blue Devil Network director of video Chad Lampman. "Our staff did a terrific job with the videos and we are excited to have two nominations. We look forward to continuing to build our brand through entertaining and creative video content."
Representing a wide array of college athletic and academic departments, as well as professional networks, production companies, and student productions, the nominees are spread across four divisions in a total of 16 categories. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the College Sports Media Awards ceremony on May 29 at the SVG College Sports Summit in Atlanta. The event will be hosted by ESPN’s Rece Davis.
Duke's first nomination, in the category of Outstanding Special Feature - College Athletics, is a season celebration of the 2013 ACC Coastal Division Champion Duke football team. The Blue Devils posted a school-record 10 wins and made an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season. Led by National Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe, Duke closed the year No. 22 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and 23rd in the Associated Press. The last time Duke received a final national ranking was in 1962 when the UPI slotted the Blue Devils at No. 14.
The 2013-14 Duke Basketball Countdown 2 Craziness Intro video was also nominated in the category of Outstanding Promotion, PSA, Tease or Marketing Campaign. This video piece was projected onto the floor at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium during Duke's Midnight Madness event and ignited the Cameron Crazies into one of their loudest roars of the season. The creativity and overwhelming fan approval of the video has led Duke to explore placing permanent projector and LED lighting in the 75-year old venue.
Duke also has ties to a pair of other nominees with ESPN's College GameDay feature on the journey of Andre Dawkins selected in the category of Outstanding Special Feature - National Networks/Professional and ESPN's coverage of the Duke-Syracuse game from Cameron Indoor Stadium (Outstanding Live Game and Event Production) earning recognition from the SVG.
“I want to congratulate this year’s nominees in the 2014 College Sports Media Awards presented by SVG and NACDA,” says Tom Buffolano, Chairman of the College Sports Media Awards. “Each year we see an increase in the quality of production, across all Divisions and Categories. The growth in the number of submissions, especially in both Collegiate Divisions, bodes well not only in the short term for those institutions, but long term for the industry as a whole.
“In fact, what we saw as a trend that started a few years ago has grown and accelerated with continued investment by universities in both their technology and people. Specifically, the ability of a university to harness its student population and deliver a consistent, high quality product plays a critical and significant role.”
A complete list of the 2014 nominees is available at http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2014/05/svg-nacda-announce-nominees-for-2014-college-sports-media-awards.