DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced nine finalists for the 2006 Eddie Robinson
Coach of the Year Award to be voted upon by the entire membership.
With the regular season heading into the final week, the FWAA,
in conjunction with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, has tabbed the following
finalists: Houston's Art Briles, Michigan's Lloyd Carr,
Wake Forest's Jim Grobe, Hawaii's June Jones, BYU's
Bronco Mendenhall, Arkansas' Houston Nutt, Boise State's
Chris Petersen Rutgers' Greg Schiano, and Oklahoma's
The finalists will be placed on a ballot which will be sent out
to the entire FWAA membership. FWAA members will be asked to vote
for their top three choices in the order they are deserving.
The FWAA coaching award is named after 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 announced and honored at
a reception on Jan. 5 in Glendale, Ariz., in conjunction with the
BCS 1-2 game.
It is a particularly competitive year in the coaching profession.
As a result, the FWAA All-America Committee, which selects the finalists,
believed it was up to the membership to decide among an array of
Surprising years by Arkansas, Wake Forest, Michigan and Rutgers
were reasons for the competitive balance.
Nutt's Razorbacks came out of nowhere after losing their opener
badly to USC, won 10 straight games, and secured a place in the
SEC title game opposite Florida. Wake Forest, under Grobe, likewise
rather stunningly made the ACC title game with the first 10-win
season in school history.
Rutgers may be the Cinderella story with Schiano, after taking
East Coast football by storm and contending for the Big East title.
Michigan, after a sub-par 2005 season, stormed back to win its first
11 games before falling to top-ranked Ohio State. The Wolverines
have virtually secured a spot in a BCS bowl game.
Meanwhile, strong seasons by BYU, Houston and Hawaii all qualified
those coaches as Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year candidates.
Boise State's Petersen has directed the Broncos to the only other
unbeaten regular season in major college football besides Ohio State
and a virtually assured spot in the BCS. Stoops' Sooners will be
playing in the Big 12 title game against Nebraska after losing their
starting quarterback and top running back.
Of the nine candidates, only Stoops is a previous winner. He
won the Eddie in 2000, the same season his Sooners won the FWAA's
Grantland Rice Trophy, symbolic of the national championship.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the Eddie Robinson Award, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
Eddie Robinson Award
• Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Award | All-time winners