Dec. 5, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl, announced Monday (Dec. 5) that first-year University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke is one of five finalists for the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.
This is the third coaching accolade Hoke has picked up in recent days. Last week, Hoke was awarded the inaugural Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honor, as determined by Big Ten coaches, and became the sixth first-year coach to earn the conference's Dave McClain Coach of the Year award, as picked by the media.
Hoke led the Maize and Blue to a 10-2 overall record, including a 6-2 mark in Big Ten play. He is the second Michigan coach to win at least 10 games in his first season at the helm and first since Fielding Yost won 11 games in 1901. He also became the fifth Big Ten coach to win at least 10 games in his first season as head coach, joining Wisconsin's Bret Bielema (12-1, 2006), Ohio State's Earle Bruce (11-1, 1979), Yost (11-0, 1901) and Minnesota's Henry Williams (10-0-2, 1900).
The Wolverines' 10-2 record also ties for the second-best win improvement by a first-year Michigan head coach. Yost's 1901 team had a four-win improvement (11-0) from the 1900 team that went 7-2-1, while Frank Barbour's 1892 team went 7-5 after a 4-5 season in 1891.
Sunday (Dec. 4), Hoke and the Wolverines earned an at-large selection into the Bowl Championship Series, receiving a bid to play in the 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. This will be Michigan's fifth appearance in a BCS bowl game and first since participating in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Hoke is the third U-M head coach to be named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award. Lloyd Carr was named a finalist in 1997 and 2006, and Bo Schembechler earned Coach of the Year in his first season as the Wolverines' head coach in 1969.
The other four finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award are Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Les Miles (LSU), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson). The winner of the FWAA's 55th annual Coach of the Year award will be announced on Dec. 15, 2011, after balloting by the entire FWAA membership.
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