NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) – TCU coach Gary Patterson
has been named the winner of the 2009 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach
of the Year Award. Patterson is the second Mountain West Conference
coach in six years to win the honor.
Eddie Robinson Award, which is sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta
Bowl, will be highlighted during a reception Tuesday evening
in Newport Beach, Calif., in conjunction with the 2010 Citi BCS
National Championship Game. Coach Patterson will be presented with
the trophy at that time.
The entire FWAA membership votes on the association's Coach of
the Year Award, which was narrowed to seven finalists in early December.
Urban Meyer, then at Utah, is the only previous Mountain West Conference
coach to win the award in 2004.
Patterson led the Horned Frogs to a 12-0 record and their first
BCS bowl appearance, a Jan. 4 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl date with Boise
State. TCU has put together its first undefeated regular
season since its 1938 national championship season.
TCU is the only team in the nation to rank in the top five in
both total offense and total defense. The Horned Frogs are No. 1
in total defense for the fourth time in the last 10 seasons and
fifth nationally in total offense. In 2009, TCU set single-season
school records for points scored (488) and total offense (5,629
Patterson's 85-27 record (.759) is the best mark of TCU's four
coaches who guided the team in at least 100 games. Patterson's 85
wins are second on the Frogs' career victory list. In terms of victories,
he trails only Dutch Meyer (109-79-13, .575), who coached TCU to
its 1935 and '38 national championships. With a 17-16 victory over
Boise State in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, TCU has won four straight
bowl games. Entering the current bowl season, TCU was one of just
seven schools nationally to have a current bowl winning streak of
at least four games.
In nine seasons as the head coach at TCU, Patterson has coached 113 All-Conference
selections, seven All-Americans, 12 Freshman All-Americas and one
Academic All-American. Patterson has had 21 players drafted with
a total of 41 in NFL camps.
The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of
the Year Award since 1957. 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 endeavors.
The Eddie Robinson Museum will be dedicated in mid-February in
Grambling, La., where Coach Robinson established his coaching legacy.
A gala banquet is scheduled at the Grambling State University Assembly
Center on Feb. 12. Many of the former National Football League players
guided by Robinson during his record-setting career at Grambling
are scheduled to be in attendance, both for the banquet and the
museum's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 13.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 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.
The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded
in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to
protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige
of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism
and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards
and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information,
visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.
For more information on the Eddie Robinson Award, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
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