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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Bob Diaco notches two awards

By Matt Fortuna

If Monday was Manti Te'o Day, Tuesday may be Bob Diaco Day.

Notre Dame's associate head coach and defensive coordinator notched a pair of honors: the Frank Broyles Award and the FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year award.

The Broyles Award goes to the nation's best assistant coach.

"It's a life-long dream for me," Diaco said in an interview the award's Twitter page linked to following the ceremony. "All I ever really wanted to be was a great servant to the players and a great servant to the head coach. And this award is specific in that it only is acknowledging that job well done. I sit here, I represent a fantastic job the offense did protecting the defense, a fantastic, spectacular defensive staff and a group of players that are second to none, so it's an honor. I really sit here and just represent that."

Diaco and his pupil, Te'o, may have to slug it out for who has a better week, depending on the next few days.

Te'o is touring the award circuit, appearing in a different city every day this week for a number of national ceremonies, while Diaco is one of three finalists for Boston College's vacant head-coaching position, colleague Brett McMurphy reports.