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Penn State Football: O'Brien Named Finalist for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award

by on December 04, 2012 11:40 AM

Another day, another nod toward Bill O'Brien becoming a national coach of the year award recipient.

O'Brien was named one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday, Penn State announced. The award aims to honor the coach who demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence both on and off the field.

O'Brien is joined by: Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Jim Mora, Jr. (UCLA), Nick Saban (Alabama), Mark Richt (Georgia), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

From now through Dec. 20, fans can log-on to coachoftheyear.com and cast their vote for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

Fan voting is worth 20 percent of the total vote. Members of the College Football Hall of Fame (55 percent) and national college football media (25 percent) make up the other percentage of the vote.

The winner will be announced Jan. 7 and 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. A coach is chosen from each college football division.

On Monday, O'Brien, the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year, was named one of nine finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. That winner will be announced Dec. 13.

 



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