Malzahn, Saban named Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year finalists
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award was narrowed to 10 finalists, including Gus Malzahn, Nick Saban and David Cutcliffe.
Gus Malzahn and David Cutcliffe, finalists for several national coach of the year awards, headline the group of 10 finalists named for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
Unlike some other national coaching honors, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year gives 20 percent of the vote to the fans, via CoachOfTheYear.com. The group of finalists does include several of the names from other coaching awards, but does not inclue Florida State's Jimbo Fisher or Missouri's Gary Pinkel.
In total, fans and voters must decide between 10 coaches before Dec. 22.
Art Briles, Baylor
David Cutcliffe, Duke
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Todd Graham, Arizona State
Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Urban Meyer, <span data-shortcode= State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">
Jim Mora, UCLA
Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Nick Saban, Alabama
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
One notable finalist from the other divisions is North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl. Bohl was recently hired as the next Wyoming head coach but will continue coaching the undefeated Bison in the FCS playoffs before beginning his duties with the Cowboys.
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