Kelly a finalist for coach of the year award

November, 23, 2009
11/23/09
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Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly is one of three finalists for the George Munger Award, which is given to the nation's coach of the year.

Kelly is joined on the finalist list by Temple's Al Golden and TCU's Gary Patterson.

Kelly has the Bearcats at 10-0 despite losing 10 starters on defense from last season. Patterson has TCU at 11-0 and ranked No. 4, one spot ahead of Cincinnati. Golden has engineered a remarkable turnaround at Temple, which is 9-2 this season.

I don't know how you choose, since all three would make excellent choices for the award. I suspect Golden will win, because voters for these kinds of awards tend to favor those coaches who lead major improvements from the previous year, and TCU and Cincinnati were both strong teams last season.

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