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Bill O’Brien a Finalist for Third Coach of the Year Honor

by on December 05, 2012 12:42 PM

The end of season awards are validating what became obvious with Penn State’s 8-4 record: Bill O’Brien has done one of the best coaching jobs in the country in 2012.

Penn State’s first-year coach was named a finalist for his third national coach of the year honor in as many days Wednesday, when he joined Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder as finalists for the Maxwell Football Club’s Collegiate Coach of the Year.

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Earlier this week, O’Brien was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. He also is on the watch list for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year.

The winner will be announced Dec. 19 and will be honored at the Awards Gala on March 1 in Atlantic City, where Penn State seniors will be honored with the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award for the "commitment, leadership and outstanding effort" during the season.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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