Swinney named to national coach of the year watch list
ATLANTA (October 31, 2014) - Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have released the first watch list for the 2014 Dodd Trophy. The list includes 13 of the nation’s top coaches in college football.
Recognizing the head coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, The Dodd Trophy award celebrates the total football program.
The head coaches on the watch list represent programs with the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field - the cornerstones of both legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophies. The 13 coaches named to the watch list represent programs with winning records, the nation’s top APR scores and graduation rates, and a strong commitment to community service.
The first 2014 Dodd Trophy watch list includes:
COACH SCHOOL CONFERENCE David Cutcliffe Duke ACC 2013 Winner Mark Dantonio Michigan State Big Ten Brian Kelly Notre Dame Independent Gus Malzahn Auburn SEC Urban Meyer Ohio State Big Ten Jim Mora UCLA Pac 12 Dan Mullen Mississippi St SEC Mark Richt Georgia SEC Nick Saban Alabama SEC Bill Snyder Kansas State Big 12 1998, 2012 Winner Bob Stoops Oklahoma Big 12 2003 Winner Dabo Swinney Clemson ACC 2011 Winner Kyle Whittingham Utah Pac 12
As the season continues, the watch list will be narrowed and released again in November.
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media pundits, a member of the Dodd family and one College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2014 season. The winner of The Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl week.