None in Big 12 among top assistants

A Big 12 coach won't win the Broyles Award this year, given to college football's top assistant coach. Here are the five finalists:

  • John Chavis, DC, LSU

  • Paul Chryst, OC, Wisconsin

  • Greg Mattison, DC, Michigan

  • Garrick McGee, OC, Arkansas

  • Sal Sunseri, AHC/LB, Alabama

That's a pretty solid group there. Not sure the Big 12 has an argument.

Oklahoma DC Brent Venables, Oklahoma State OC Todd Monken, and Texas DC Manny Diaz were the only Big 12 candidates from the list of nominees, but I'd take Diaz as the best of that bunch this year. I don't think he warrants taking any of the five candidates off this list.

Oklahoma State's Dana Holgorsen was a candidate for last year's award, and though he should have won, the award was given to Auburn OC Gus Malzahn.