Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Texas coach Mack Brown and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach were among nine finalists named Thursday by the Football Writers Association of America for the Eddie Robinson Award for the coach of the year.
Here is the list of the nine finalists for the award, which will be announced Jan. 6 in Miami.
Texas coach Mack Brown
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach
USC coach Pete Carroll
Florida coach Urban Meyer
Penn State coach Joe Paterno
Boise State coach Chris Petersen
Alabama coach Nick Saban
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham