Bob Stoops was named to the mid-season watch list for the Dodd Trophy announced Friday by officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The list includes 20 of the nation’s top college football coaches representing all Power 5 conferences, the Mountain West Conference and Notre Dame.
The head coaches on the watch list represent programs with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy. Each of the coaches sits at the helm of programs with winning records, superior Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores and graduation rates, and a strong commitment to service within their communities.
“We are almost at the midpoint of the college football season and these 20 head coaches have separated themselves from the rest of the pack,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Whether it is their current on-field success, high academic standing or community involvement, these are the coaches who have best represented what the Dodd Trophy is all about."
Three other coaches from the Big 12 join Stoops on the Dodd mid-season watch list; Art Briles (Baylor), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) and Gary Patterson (TCU). The four Big 12 coaches on the watch list tie with the SEC and Pac-12 for the most by any one conference.
Stoops and Patterson have both won the award previously, with Stoops' win coming in 2003 and Patterson’s in 2009. The four Big 12 coaches on the watch list tie with the SEC and Pac-12 for the most by any one conference.
A voting panel of all previous winners, plus a a committee of media members, a member of the Dodd family and two College Football Hall of Fame members will determine the 2015 recipient. The winner of The Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl week.
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