DALLAS (FWAA) – The Football Writers Association of
America has announced nine finalists for the 2008 Eddie
Robinson Coach of the Year Award to be voted upon by the entire
With the 2008 regular season completed, the FWAA,
in conjunction with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, has tabbed the
following finalists: Texas' Mack Brown, USC's Pete
Carroll, Texas Tech's Mike Leach, Florida's Urban
Meyer, Penn State's Joe Paterno, Boise State's
Chris Petersen, Alabama's Nick Saban, Oklahoma's
Bob Stoops and Utah's Kyle Whittingham.
The finalists will be placed on a ballot which will be sent to the entire FWAA membership.
Two of the finalists, Boise State's Petersen and Utah's
Whittingham, have directed their teams to unbeaten regular
seasons, while seven of the nine coaches have led their teams to
Bowl Championship Series games.
Of the nine finalists, four have previously been named the
FWAA's National Coach of the Year, led by Penn State's Joe
Paterno, who has been honored by the FWAA three times (1978, '82
and '86). Paterno has been a finalist on two other occasions
(1997 and 2005). Florida's Urban Meyer (2004), Alabama's Nick
Saban (2003) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (2000) are the other
previous winners. Saban is trying to become the second coach to
win the honor at two different schools after earning the award
at LSU five seasons ago.
While USC's Pete Carroll has never won the award, he has been
a finalist three times in three consecutive years (2003-05).
This also is the third time Texas' Mack Brown has been named a
finalist, the second time at Texas (2005). In 1997, he was a
finalist for the award at North Carolina. Boise State's
Petersen is a finalist for the second time in three years, while
Texas Tech's Leach and Utah's Whittingham are the only
two first-time finalists. The FWAA began naming its coaching award
in honor of the late Robinson, the legendary Grambling State University coach, in 1997.
The winner of the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
will be announced and honored at a reception on Jan. 6 in Miami
sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and presented in conjunction with the
FedEx BCS Championship Game.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more nearly 1,000 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, visit
eddierobinsonaward.com or contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
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