Video: Hoolahan, Waters among honorees at Football Writers breakfast
NEW ORLEANS – Former Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan and Sun Belt Conference commissioner Wright Waters received lifetime achievement awards from the Football Writers Association of America at its annual awards breakfast Monday at the Sheraton, just hours before LSU and Clemson kicked off for the national championship.
Hoolahan oversaw 25 games for the Sugar Bowl before his retirement in June. He is also a former athletic administrator at North Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Waters, who is set to retire as executive director of the Football Bowl Association this spring, spent 14 years as the Sun Belt commissioner, where he oversaw the adding of football to the league’s menu and helped launch the New Orleans Bowl. The Sun Belt was Waters’ third job in Louisiana after stints at then-Southwestern Louisiana and Tulane.
Wally Hall of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette received the FWAA’s Bert McGrane Award, the organization’s highest honor.
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