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Coach of the Year Award move changes FWAA calendar slightly

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With the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year announcement moved up a month to Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, the FWAA Awards season will be a little more crowded as the 2010 regular season ends in early December.

On Nov. 21, FWAA members will be receiving ballots via e-mail with six to 10 finalists for the FWAA Coach of the Year Award. They will be asked to submit their final ballots for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the following Saturday in order for the winner to be determined.

The FWAA Awards season is just around the corner as teams move into the final third of their regular season in November. The rest of the FWAA Awards Calendar should hold to the form of past years.

In this issue of The Fifth Down:
• Griffin: Marriott moving in a new direction
• Coach of the Year Award move changes FWAA calendar
• Nagurski Legend: Mike McCoy

FWAA members will receive initial defensive ballots on Nov. 8 to pick their top 11 defensive players by position in college football. They must complete those ballots by Nov. 13-14 and send them to their representative. In addition, we will allow members to nominate a player for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (given each year to the best defensive player in college football.)

The same process will be used the following week for the offensive side of the ball and special teams. A space on the offensive ballot will be left for members to vote for the Outland Trophy winner (Best Interior Lineman in college football on offense or defense).

The FWAA All-America Committee will meet twice by conference call to determine the 2010 team. The FWAA All-America Committee is listed online and can be reached by clicking on “Awards” at the top of the www.fwaa.com home page. Every conference in the Division I Bowl subdivision has a representative as do the major independents. Each person’s ballot will be sent to the member on the committee you choose in correspondence with the conference or school you cover.

The FWAA Awards Calendar is listed on this page. As has been the case for about two decades, the Outland Trophy winner will be announced on Dec. 9 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Florida. The FWAA All-America Team is scheduled to be announced on Dec. 11 on ABC.

• Nov. 8: All-America defense ballots sent to membership
• Nov. 14: All-America defense selection committee call
• Nov. 15: All-America offense/special teams ballots distributed to membership
• Nov. 16: Eddie Robinson Award finalists announced
• Nov. 18: Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists (5) announced
• Nov. 21: All-America offense/special teams selection committee call
• Nov. 21: Eddie Robinson Coach of Year Ballots sent to membership
• Nov. 22: Outland Trophy finalists (3) announced
• Dec. 6: Bronko Nagurski Trophy announcement/ presentation (Charlotte, N.C.)
• Dec. 6: Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award announcement/presentation (New York City)
• Dec. 9: Outland Trophy winner announcement (The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show)
• Dec. 11: FWAA All-America Team announced (ABC)
• Jan. 3: Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award on-field presentation (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
• Jan. 10: Freshman All-America Team announced (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
• Jan. 11: Grantland Rice Trophy announcement/presentation (Tentative, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
• Jan. 13: Outland Trophy presentation banquet (Omaha, Neb.)

KEY FWAA CONTACTS

• Bert McGrane Award nominees: Mark Blaudshun (blauds@aol.com)
• Volney Meece Scholarship nominees: Dave Sittler (davesitt@aol.com)
• Website, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week: Ted Gangi (webmaster@sportswriters.net)
• Membership Directory: Charlie Fiss, AT&T Cotton Bowl (charlie@attcottonbowl.com)
• Ethics/Press Relations Committee: Kirk Bohls (kbohls@statesman.com)
• College Football Playoff Liaison: Gina Lehe, College Football Playoff (glehe@collegefootballplayoff.com)
• Eddie Robinson Award: Steve Richardson (tiger@fwaa.com)
• Fifth Down Blog/FWAA Best Writing Contest: Ken Stephens (ken.stephens@sbcglobal.net)
• Bronko Nagurski Award: John Rocco, Charlotte Touchdown Club (jrocco@touchdownclub.com)
• Outland Trophy, All-America Team: Steve Richardson (tiger@fwaa.com)
• Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll: Phil Marwill, National Football Foundation (pmarwill@footballfoundation.org)
• Discover Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award: George Schroeder, USA TODAY (gschroeder@aol.com), Ron Higgins, Nola.com (rhigg@aol.com)
• Freshman All-America Team: Mike Griffith, MLive Media Group (mgrif32@aol.com)

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