Mack Brown receives Bobby Dodd Award
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas coach Mack Brown took home another major honor Tuesday after he was presented with the Bobby Dodd Award during ceremonies at the Erwin Center in Austin.
The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award is an annual college football award given to the FBS head coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The award was established in 1976 to honor the values that Coach Dodd exemplified. The recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of college football experts.
Brown was a unanimous choice for the award after his team finished an 12-1 season capped by a dramatic comeback victory over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
That comeback served as the punctuation mark for one of Brown's most satisfying seasons as a coach, he said.
"It's why I'm here tonight. I'm excited and humbled to accept this award in honor of our football team," Brown said. "They liked each other, and they liked playing. They liked the competition. And that's why they were so much fun to coach. I'm not sure I've ever had more fun coaching than last year."
Former Alabama and Kentucky coach Bill Curry, the president of the award's foundation, was in Austin to present the award to Brown. He said that Brown was the first unanimous winner in his memory.
"There was only one choice," Curry told Texas Sports.com.
Brown becomes the third Big 12 coach in history to win the award, joining Bill Snyder of Kansas State in 1998 and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops in 2003.
Another winner at a Big 12 school before the conference was formed was Nebraska's Tom Osborne in 1978.