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    Jimbo Fisher named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

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    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

    Division II

    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*

    Division III

    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 *-2012 winner

    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.

    2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners Page 2 of 2 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. 

    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC Championship Game.

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    Bryan Stork named Rimington Trophy finalist

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    Courtesy of the Rimington Trophy:

    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. 

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    Duke coach complimentary of FSU athletics director

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    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."

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #FSUvsUF radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 37-7 victory in The Swamp:

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    Courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee:

    Miami Lakes, Fla. ( - The Orange Bowl will induct Peter Boulware, Terry Kinard and Mike Tranghese into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by Deloitte. The induction will take place at the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by Deloitte at Jungle Island in Miami on January 2, 2014. Boulware is the seventh player from Florida State to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. Kinard will be the fourth Tiger to receive the honor, including his former head coach Danny Ford. Tranghese is the third commissioner to make into the Hall.

    Peter Boulware is arguably the greatest pass-rusher to ever play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He cemented himself with that recognition in the 1996 season when he led the nation and set an FSU single season record with 19 quarterback sacks. The ACC rewarded him with the Defensive Player of the Year Award. That same year, Boulware and the Seminoles staged a fourth quarter comeback against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. An outstanding student, he graduated early from Florida State and chose to enter the NFL draft. He finished his three - year college career with 34 sacks, which was only 1.5 sacks short of FSU's school record. The Baltimore Ravens selected him fourth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. The young linebacker did not disappoint as he collected an impressive 11.5 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He played his entire nine-year professional career with the Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and led the team in sacks in three seasons. He ranks among the top in career sacks with the Baltimore (70). In 2000, he along with the Ravens' tenacious defense won their first Super Bowl. 

    Terry Kinard is one of the most decorated players in Clemson football history. The star safety led the Tigers' defense that helped capture the school's first and only national championship in the 1982 Orange Bowl.  He was the first Clemson player to be a unanimous All-America pick, first two-time Clemson All-American defensive back and a first-team AP All-American two years in a row. He was also named the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year for the 1982 season. Kinard was the all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with 17, a mark that tied the 20-year-old ACC record. He also holds Clemson's record for tackles by a defensive back with 294 in his career. Kinard was drafted by the New York Giants tenth overall in 1983. He was instrumental in helping the Giants win their first Super Bowl in 1986. He played with the team from 1983-89 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988. He then completed his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1990, finishing with 31 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Kinard was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in December 2001.

    Mike Tranghese has worked as an administrator in collegiate athletics for more than 40 years. Tranghese was the first full-time employee in the Big East Conference and was named the league's second commissioner - a post he served from 1990 until 2009, making him the longest tenured commissioner Big East history. During his reign as commissioner, he led the launch of Big East football which included the addition of football powerhouses Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. He also recruited Notre Dame as a member of the conference for basketball and other sports. Tranghese was one of the founding commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which started in 1998 - 99. Beginning with that year, under his leadership, the Big East Champion or the ACC Champion became the host team of the Orange Bowl.  For two years Tranghese was a lead administrator for the BCS. He also lent his talents to another sport when served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from 1996-2001. In October of 2013, Tranghese was selected as one of the thirteen inaugural members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. 

    The 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, which will be played on January 3, at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida, is part of the Bowl Championship Series and pits the ACC Champion (or another high-ranking team in the event that the ACC Champion is selected to play in the BCS National Championship) against a BCS at-large team. The Orange Bowl is currently accepting online applications for media credentials for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Accredited media can access the application by logging on to For additional information about the Orange Bowl Committee or 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, photos or logos, please visit or e-mail 


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