Thursday, November 29, 2012
Poll: SEC's Coach of the Year
By Chris Low
It's going to be one of the fiercest debates of the postseason: Who is the 2012 SEC Coach of the Year?
Five or six different coaches could end up getting votes.
But here's your chance to cast your vote in our SportsNation poll, and we'll go over the results later this week or the first of next week.
The five candidates we've listed might be runaway winners in any other season.
Vanderbilt's James Franklin has the Commodores headed to a bowl game for the second straight season, which is a first, and it's their first eight-win season in 30 years. Their five SEC wins are the most Vanderbilt has won in a season since 1935.
Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze took over a program that had lost 14 straight SEC games, and here they are 6-6 and headed to a bowl game in Freeze's first season despite being way down in scholarship numbers and playing a ton of first-year players.
Florida's Will Muschamp has the Gators (11-1) headed to a BCS bowl in his second season. They've beaten four teams ranked in the top 13 of the BCS standings, all this after not beating a single team a year ago that finished the season with a winning record.
South Carolina's Steve Spurrier led the Gamecocks to their second straight 10-win season, and they'd only had one season of 10 wins or more in their history prior to the Head Ball Coach's arrival. He beat rival Clemson for a fourth straight time and did it with his backup quarterback.
Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin guided the Aggies to 10 wins in his first season on the job and the Aggies' first season in the SEC. Their signature win came on Nov. 10 against Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium, and they lead the SEC in just about every offensive category. So much for not being able to win big in this league with an up-temp0, spread offense.
So go ahead and cast your votes. Can't wait to see the results.