|DALLAS (FWAA) – The FWAA All-America
Committee has arrived at a list of six finalists for the association's
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
The six coaches – USC's Pete Carroll, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz,
Utah's Urban Meyer, UTEP's Mike Price, California's Jeff
Tedford and Auburn's Tommy Tuberville – are on the ballot which
will go out to all FWAA members via e-mail next week.
The FWAA membership's final vote will be revealed in late December or
early January during a nationally-televised football game.
The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year
Award since 1957. Among the six finalists, there is only one previous winner
– Mike Price in 1997 when he was head coach at Washington State.
The FWAA's coaching award is named after Eddie Robinson, a coaching legend
at Grambling State University for 55 years. He has more Division I victories
(408) than any other coach.
The winner of the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be
honored at his campus before a football game next fall.
Here's a capsule look at the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists:
• Pete Carroll has led USC to another Pac-10 championship. The unbeaten
and No. 1-ranked Trojans are one win away from making the Orange Bowl. They
play UCLA on Saturday in Los Angeles. Carroll was an Eddie Robinson Award
finalist last season when the Trojans won the FWAA's Grantland Rice Trophy
for the national title.
• Kirk Ferentz's Hawkeyes (9-2) grabbed a piece of the Big Ten title
on the last weekend of season when they beat Wisconsin. Ferentz is a past
Eddie Robinson Award finalist. The Hawkeyes' regular season is complete.
They are headed to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year's Day.
• Urban Meyer's Utes are in the Bowl Championship Series, in either the
Rose or Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Utah (11-0) team has won the Mountain West
Conference title and has completed its regular season. Meyer is one of the
hot, young coaches in college football and has made Utah a national power
in his two seasons.
• Mike Price, in his first season in El Paso, led the Miners to an 8-3
record and a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference behind
Boise State. After a 2-11 mark last season, the Miners are headed to the
Houston Bowl after one of the great turnarounds in college football this
• Jeff Tedford's Golden Bears (9-1) have lost only to top-ranked USC
this season and have their most conference wins since 1949. They play at
Southern Mississippi on Saturday and need to win that game to stay in the
BCS mix and contention for a Rose Bowl berth opposite Michigan.
• Tommy Tuberville's job status was shaky a year ago when the Tigers
suffered through a five-loss season. But Auburn has rebounded with a dazzling
11-0 record going into SEC title game against Tennessee Saturday in Atlanta.
For more information about the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award,
go to www.footballwriters.com.
• Eddie Robinson Coach of the
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