HOUSTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards committee of the American Heart Association selected its Bryant Watch List for the 2008 College Football Coach of the Year. The selection committee consists of current and past event chairmen, Bryant family representatives, National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association representatives, Houston sports analysts and former collegiate players and coaches.
In December, a finalists list will be announced and comprised of five to ten coaches. Finalists will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 15, 2009, where the winner will be announced live. The winner of the Bryant College Coach of the Year is voted on by members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is the only college coaching award given after all the bowl games have finished.
Also during the January event, Oklahoma legend and Super Bowl Champion, Coach Barry Switzer, will receive the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Tom Osborne, Glenn "Bo" Schembechler, Jack Pardee and Lou Holtz.
Bryant College Coach of the Year Watch List in alphabetical order by coach:
Tim Brewster - University of Minnesota
Mack Brown - University of Texas
Pete Carroll - University of Southern California
Mark Dantonio - Michigan State University
Butch Davis - University of North Carolina
Pat Fitzgerald - Northwestern University
Ralph Friedgen - University of Maryland
Todd Graham - University of Tulsa
Mike Gundy - Oklahoma State University
Brady Hoke - Ball State University
Paul Johnson - Georgia Institute of Technology
Mike Leach - Texas Tech University
Bronco Mendenhall - Brigham Young University
Urban Meyer - University of Florida
Joe Paterno - Penn State
Gary Patterson - Texas Christian University
Chris Petersen - Boise State University
Nick Saban - The University of Alabama
Bob Stoops - University of Oklahoma
Kyle Whittingham - University of Utah
The Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Bryant himself suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs of the AHA. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, contact Kristin Rodriguez at 713-610-5026 or visit http://www.americanheart.org/bryantawards
|SOURCE American Heart Association|
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