It remains to be seen whether or not Auburn's Gus Malzahn will add a national title to his resume in January, but he's got another coach of the year award he can put on it right now.
The Football Writers Association of America announced on Monday that Malzahn has been named this year's recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to the best coach in college football.
"This is a huge honor, and I'm very humbled to be named the recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Malzahn in the release. "I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Robinson and looked up to him as a coach and as an individual. I accept this award on behalf of our entire coaching staff and players, which have done an outstanding job this year getting our program turned around."
Malzahn has helped lead a remarkable turnaround at Auburn this season. He replaced Gene Chizik this season and took over a team that finished 2012 with a 3-9 record, including an 0-8 mark in conference play. Well, this season Auburn won the SEC and is currently 11-1 and getting ready to play Florida State for a national title.
Not a bad first season, and certainly one that's deserving of this latest award.
Other finalists for the award this year were Baylor's Art Briles, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Central Florida's George O'Leary, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Stanford's David Shaw. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm one of the voters for this award, and I voted for Malzahn. However, I don't think I get a prize for winning. Which is unfortunate for me.