Monday, December 5, 2011
Snyder, Gundy: Coach of the year finalists
By ESPN.com staff
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy are two of five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually to the best coach in college football.
Snyder and Gundy join Brady Hoke of Michigan, Les Miles of LSU and Dabo Swinney of Clemson as finalists.
From my perspective, Snyder and Miles are 1a and 1b for this award, but as the nation's only undefeated team, Miles may get the nod. The distractions LSU has played through all season, though most dealt with discipline issues, were remarkable. The Tigers never lost a beat and strung together one of the best regular seasons ever, beating the Pac-12 champion and Big East champion away from home, as well as beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Snyder's Wildcats went from No. 8 in the Big 12 preseason poll to No. 8 in the BCS at the end of the regular season, and second in the Big 12.
This should be an interesting award race.