Penn State Football: Bill O'Brien Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalist
For the second straight year, Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien has been named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
The award, established in 2006, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year recognizes coaches who demonstrate responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence on and off the field. Penn State was won 15 of its last 22 games under Bill O'Brien in his second year at the helm. All 15 wins, and all 22 games have come while the Penn State program has been under NCAA sanction.
Beginning today through December 22, Penn State fans can log their Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year vote for O'Brien or any of the other finalists by visiting coachoftheyear.com on their PC, tablet or mobile device and posting a pre-populated tweet.
Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: fan voting (20 percent), College Football Hall of Fame (55 percent) and media (25 percent).
Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners the morning of the BCS National Championship game, January 6, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. The FBS coaching winner will receive a $50,000 donation from Liberty Mutual to the charity or charities of his choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship grant in their name to their school’s alumni association
Finalists joining O'Brien for the award include Art Briles (Baylor), David Cutcliffe (Duke), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Todd Graham (Arizona State), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Jim Mora (UCLA), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).
Following the 2012 season, O’Brien was selected the Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year and Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year.