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March 11, 2012
Veteran newspaper columnist Caulton Tudor, who helped broker the arrangement that clarified and simplified the All-ACC awards process two decades ago, is the 2012 winner of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association’s Skeeter Francis Award. The citation honors an individual in the media, conference office or member institution whose work has facilitated and benefited coverage of ACC sports. As ACSMA’s chief administrator, Tudor presented Francis Award its first two recipients, in 1990 and 1991.
Tudor has been a reporter and columnist at the News and Observer and other publications in Raleigh, N.C., for the past 41 years. In that time, he has earned a reputation for fairness and an appreciation of historical context. As a high school student in 1964, Tudor and the game’s other nine starters played every minute of a 13-overtime affair still believed to be the longest contest in U.S. prep history. Tudor’s Angier High club lost to Boone Trail for the Harnett County (N.C.) championship that night.
Tudor would display a similar diligence in his professional career.
Twenty years ago, the Associated Press and other media outlets announced All-ACC honors, and the multiplicity of awards confused the public. In partnership with the AP, Tudor helped create an arrangement in which ACSMA would vote on the teams and other honors and the AP would announce them.