BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club proudly announces its five finalists for the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.
David Cutcliffe: Duke University
Art Briles: Baylor University
Mark Dantonio: Michigan State University
Jimbo Fisher: Florida State University
Gus Malzahn: Auburn University
Voting for the Bowden Award is done by the Club and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and will conclude immediately after the BCS National Championship game.
Presentation of the award will take place in Birmingham, Alabama at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, March 2, 2014. Bobby Bowden will present the award to this year's winner, along with honoring College Football Hall of Fame member Vince Dooley with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is given to those who have excelled coaching football, while demonstrating perseverance, attitude, integrity, and determination.
Previous winners of this award include Nick Saban from the University of Alabama (2009, 2011, and 2012) and Gene Chizik from Auburn University (2010).
The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club is a nonprofit corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Courtesy of the American Football Coaches Association:
WACO, TEX. -- Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Craig Bohl of North Dakota State highlight today's announcement of the American
Football Coaches Association's 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners.
The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association's five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision,
Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by Active members of the Association
who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.
The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention
in Indianapolis, Indiana. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14.
In just his fourth year as head coach of Florida State, Fisher has guided the Seminoles to a 13-0 record, a second straight Atlantic
Coast Conference title, a No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings and a spot in the BCS National Championship game. Fisher is looking to
lead Florida State to its third national championship since 1993. Bohl earned his second Regional Coach of the Year Award by lead-
ing North Dakota State to a 12-0 mark and third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title in 2013. Bohl has the Bison in the
quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and has led NDSU to two straight FCS national titles in 2011 and 2012.
Football Bowl Subdivision
2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners
Region 1: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University
Region 2: Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri
Region 3: Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota
Region 4: Art Briles, Baylor University
Region 5: David Shaw, Stanford University
Football Championship Subdivision
Region 1: Joe Moorhead, Fordham University & Jack Cosgrove, University of Maine (tie)
Region 2: Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern University
Region 3: Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois University*
Region 4: Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University
Region 5: Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana University
Region 1: George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University
Region 2: Scott Maxfield, Henderson State University
Region 3: Bill Conley, Ohio Dominican University
Region 4: Josh Lynn, Eastern New Mexico University
Region 5: Aaron Keen, Minnesota State University-Mankato*
Region 1: Mike Welch, Ithaca College
Region 2: Jim Monos, Lebanon Valley College
Region 3: Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor*
Region 4: Tom Arth, John Carroll University
Region 5: Steve Johnson, Bethel (Minn.) University
Region 1: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson College
Region 2: Mike Woodley, Grand View University
Region 3: Larry Wilcox, Benedictine (Kan.) College
Region 4: Ross Cimpl, Dakota Wesleyan University
Region 5: Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.) College
Award History: The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established
the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper
chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.
The AFCA first recognized eight district winners in each of two divisions: university and college. In 1972, a ninth district was added
in each division.
In 1983, the award was changed to recognize regional winners instead of district winners, and the number of divisions was increased
from two to four, and five regional winners were selected in each division. This resulted in a more equitable selection process and bet-
ter represented the make-up of the membership. At the same time, the new system increased the number of honorees from 18 to 20.
In 2006, the AFCA Division II Award was split into separate Division II and NAIA divisions, giving us the 25 winners we now recognize.
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Repeat Winners: Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers, Minnesota State-Mankato's Aaron Keen and Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg are
the repeat winners from 2012. Fredenburg added his seventh Regional honor in 2013.
Multiple Winners: Other multiple winners in the 2013 class are Mike Van Diest (fifth; 2007-08-09-10-13), Jerry Kill (third; 2003-04-
13), George Mihalik (third; 1998-99-2013), Craig Bohl (second; 2011-13), Art Briles (second; 2010-13), Steve Johnson (second; 1996-
13), Chris Oliver (second; 2011-13), Ron Roberts (second; 2011-13), David Shaw (second; 2011-13), Mike Welch (second; 2008-13)
and Larry Wilcox (second; 1985-2013).
First Time Winners: Twelve coaches earned their first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2013: Charleston Southern's
Jamey Chadwell, Dakota Wesleyan's Ross Cimpl, Eastern New Mexico's Josh Lynn, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Fordham's Joe
Moorhead, Grand View's Mike Woodley, Henderson State's Scott Maxfield, John Carroll's Tom Arth, Lebanon Valley's Jim Monos,
Maine's Jack Cosgrove, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Ohio Dominican's Bill Conley.
Most Awards: Mount Union's Larry Kehres (1986-90-92-93-96-97-99-2000-01-02-06-07-08-09-10-11-12) has the most district/
regional honors in AFCA history, with 17. Penn State's Joe Paterno (District 2: 1967-68-71-72-73-77-78-82; Region 1: 1985; Region
3: 1994-2005) is second with 11 District/Regional Coach of the Year honors. Following Kehres and Paterno is Bloomsburg's Danny
Hale with 10 awards (College Division I, Region 1 1986-87-88-94-95; Division II, Region 1, 2000-01-05-06-08). Hale won his first three
awards while at West Chester. Eight coaches have won the award seven times: Tubby Raymond, Delaware; Jim Butterfield, Ithaca;
Pete Fredenburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Bo Schembechler, Miami (Ohio), Michigan; Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, Nebraska; Mel
Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State and Carmen Cozza, Yale. Five coaches have won Regional honors six times: Vince Dooley,
Georgia; Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; John McKay, USC; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State; and Darrell Royal, Texas.
Most Winners by School: Mount Union-18 (Ken Wable-1, Larry Kehres-17); Nebraska-15 (Bob Devaney-7, Tom Osborne-7, Frank
Solich-1); North Dakota State-12 (Darrell Mudra-1, Ron Erhardt-4, Jim Wacker-1, Don Morton-3, Earle Solomonson-1, Craig Bohl-2);
Penn State-12 (Rip Engle-1, Joe Paterno-11); Texas-11 (Darrell Royal-6, Fred Akers-2, David McWilliams-1, Mack Brown-2); USC-10
(John McKay-6, John Robinson-2, Pete Carroll-2); Wittenberg-10 (Bill Edwards-3, Dave Maurer-4, Ron Murphy-1, Joe Fincham-2);
Alabama-9 (Bear Bryant-4, Bill Curry-1, Gene Stallings-2, Mike Shula-1, Nick Saban-1); Ithaca-9 (Jim Butterfield-7, Mike Welch-2); Michi-
gan-9 (Bump Elliott-2, Bo Schembechler-6, Lloyd Carr-1); Arkansas-8 (Frank Broyles-4, Lou Holtz-1, Ken Hatfield-1, Houston Nutt-2);
New Hampshire-8 (Clarence Boston-1, Jim Root-1, Bill Bowes-3, Sean McDonnell-3); Ohio State-8 (Woody Hayes-4, Earle Bruce-1,
John Cooper-3); Oklahoma-8 (Chuck Fairbanks-3, Barry Switzer-2, Bob Stoops-3); Texas A&M-Kingsville-8 (Gil Steinke-2, Ron Harms-5,
Bo Atterberry-1); Yale-8 (Jordan Olivar-1, Carmen Cozza-7).
Two Consecutive Years, Two Schools: Kevin Sumlin (Houston, 2011 & Texas A&M, 2012) joined five other coaches who have earned
AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at two schools in consecutive years: Fred Akers (Wyoming, 1976 & Texas 1977), Dick Sheridan
(Furman, 1985 & North Carolina State, 1986), Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, 1989 & Texas State, 1990), Joe Tiller (Wyoming, 1996
& Purdue, 1997) and Hal Mumme (Valdosta State, 1996 & Kentucky, 1997).
Most Schools: South Carolina's Lou Holtz is the only coach to earn AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at four different
schools. Holtz has earned the honor at North Carolina State (1972), Arkansas (1979), Notre Dame (1988) and South Carolina (2000).
Brian Kelly (Grand Valley State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame) became the seventh coach to win district or regional honors at three differ-
ent schools in 2012. He joins Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky), Darrell Mudra (North Dakota State, Western Illinois,
Northern Iowa), Houston Nutt (Mississippi, Arkansas, Murray State), Mike Price (UTEP, Washington State, Weber State), Jim Sweeney
(Montana State, Washington State, Fresno State) and Jim Wacker (North Dakota State, Texas State, TCU) on that list.
Consecutive Years: Mount Union's Larry Kehres is the only coach to win district/regional honors in seven consecutive years, winning
in Division III from 2006-12. Northwest Missouri State's Mel Tjeerdsma and Nebraska's Bob Devaney are the only coaches to win district/
regional honors in five consecutive years. Tjeerdsma earned the honor in Division II from 1996-2000. Devaney earned the honor in the
AFCA's old University Division (1962-66). Carroll's Mike Van Diest joins Trinity's (Texas) Steve Mohr, North Dakota State's Ron Erhardt
and Kehres as the only men to win the award four years in a row. Van Diest earned the honor in NAIA from 2007-10, while Kehres won
his four in a row from 1999-2002 in Division III. Erhardt earned district honors in the AFCA's old College Division (1967-68-69-70) while
Mohr earned the honor in Division III (1996-97-98-99). Thirteen coaches have earned district or regional honors three years in a row.
Ithaca's Jim Butterfield (1978-79-80 and 1984-85-86) earned the award in three consecutive years on two different occasions.
AFCA National Coach of the Year: The AFCA will announce its five 2013 National Coach of the Year winners at the 2014
AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. All head coaches who were eligible for regional honors are eligible for national honors as well.
Finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football, are:
Reese Dismukes (Auburn)
Hroniss Grasu (Oregon)
Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma)
Tyler Larsen (Utah State)
Bryan Stork (Florida State)
Travis Swanson (Arkansas)
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 12, 2013, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Both shows will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams.
While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:
*Walter Camp Foundation (WCF) *Sporting News (SN) *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America teams.
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had some very nice things to say about FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox today at his ACC Championship Game press conference. Wilcox, who was hired by FSU President Eric J. Barron earlier this year, was formerly the Blue Devils Senior Deputy Director of Athletics.
Here is a transcript of Cutcilffe's Wilcox-related comments:
Opening statement - "Good afternoon. I first have to say our good friend Stan Wilcox, I think magic follows him wherever he goes apparently as the Director of Athletics at Florida State. Stan, it's great to see you. He's been very close to our program the previous five years, and we're very proud of contributions that Stan has made to Duke football, and I know that the Florida State family is very fortunate to have him there.
Also very honored to play a Florida State team that truly is the No. 1 team in the country. I've had the good fortune through the years to play some No. 1 teams in this profession, some of them looked like No. 1 teams, some of them don't. Florida State certainly is. So a huge challenge."
Q: Getting back to Stan, he said he got to see the second half of your game against NC State. Did you guys make an appointment for tomorrow? And what's the irony of a guy that helped you build this now is now trying to tear it down? -
"You know, we did talk about that there's some destiny involved in this back when. I knew they were holding up their end of it. That was easy. I wasn't so sure that we would be able to. You know, there's a lot of irony in there, but when you work with special people, and Stan is special, you're not going to break the bond of the friendship we've formed. And I would say that even as the Director of Athletics at Florida State, Stan has to feel some form of a sense of pride with these young men at Duke that he has relationships with and he's happy for them. We all know who he's for in the ballgame, including me, I'm not kidding myself. But I think it's a special circumstance, and that's why I opened with that, because our players are very, very fond of Stan Wilcox."