FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (FWAA) - Alabama coach Nick Saban was named the
winner of the 2008 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award for
the second time in six years on Tuesday night at a reception here.
Eddie Robinson Award is sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and
was presented in conjunction with the BCS 1-2 game to be played
Thursday night at Dolphin Stadium. The entire FWAA membership votes
on the association’s coach of the year award, which was narrowed
to nine finalists in early December.
"Nick Saban has proven to be a winner wherever he has gone,"
said 2008 FWAA president Ron Higgins. "He has re-established
Alabama as a national power in quick fashion. He was an
overwhelming choice by our members for this very prestigious
The FWAA has honored a major college coach with its coach of
the year award since 1957 and Saban is only the second coach to
win the FWAA award at two different schools. He also captured the
Eddie Robinson Award when he was coach at LSU in 2003. Lou Holtz was the FWAA
coach of the year in 1988 at Notre Dame
and also in 1977 at Arkansas.
After a 7-6 record in his first season at Alabama in 2007, Saban's
Crimson Tide won its first 12 games of the 2008 season. Alabama
eventually rose to No. 1 in country after a victory over Arkansas
State. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference's Western Division
and beat Auburn for the first time since 2001.
Saban previously was coach of the Miami Dolphins for two seasons
(2005 and '06) after spending 11 seasons as a head coach in the
college ranks at Toledo (one season) and five years each at Michigan
State and LSU. He won the national title at LSU in 2003. He's a
native of Fairmont, W. Va., and played college football and
graduated from Kent State.
In 1997, the FWAA coaching award was named after Eddie Robinson, a coaching legend
at Grambling State University for 55 years. The late "Coach Rob"
has more Division I victories (408) than any other coach. Coach
Robinson passed away on April 4, 2007. But his legacy will certainly
not be forgotten. He coached his entire career at Grambling and
produced numerous professional players and coaches as well as players
who graduated and distinguished themselves in other professional
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of 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, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
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