Football Writers Association of America Jan. 1, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
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Award announced during Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
UTAH'S MEYER CLAIMS 2004 EDDIE
ROBINSON COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

TEMPE, Ariz. (FWAA) Utah coach Urban Meyer, whose Utes won the Mountain West Conference and posted an 11-0 regular-season record, was named the winner of the Football Writers Association of America/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Saturday night.

An announcement was made on ABC television during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Meyer

Meyer coached the Utes in the Fiesta Bowl, but he will head to Florida to coach the Gators following the bowl game. He will be honored by the FWAA, Fiesta Bowl and Eddie Robinson Foundation before his first game as Florida's coach on Sept. 3 against Wyoming in Gainesville, Fla.

The other finalists for the award were Southern California's Pete Carroll, Auburn's Tommy Tuberville, UTEP's Mike Price, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and California's Jeff Tedford.

Meyer has been one of the rising success stories in college football during the past four years. As coach of Utah for two seasons, he had compiled a 21-2 record going into the Fiesta Bowl. Previous to that, Meyer was the head coach of Bowling Green University where he had a 17-6 record in two seasons.

Meyer, who led the Utes to a 17-0 victory over Southern Mississippi in the 2003 Liberty Bowl, is the first coach from a non-Bowl Championship Series school to coach his team to a BCS Bowl.

"He certainly is an outstanding winner," said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. "We had six great candidates, any one of whom who could have won the award. Coach Meyer has been on a meteoric rise in the college football coaching profession. And there is no reason to think he won't keep streaking at his new job."

Michael Watkins, Eddie Robinson's grandson and executive director of the Eddie Robinson Foundation, presented the award to Meyer. "It's an honor to present this award to Coach Meyer for leading Utah to its greatest season in school history," Watkins said.

The FWAA has presented a Coach of the Year Award since 1957 and annually selects the winner by a vote of its entire membership. The FWAA honors the outstanding coach in the name of Grambling State University's Eddie Robinson, the winningest Division I head coach in college football history.

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