The Dawgs are 10-3 on the season and won the 2011 SEC Eastern Division. They are preparing to play against the No. 12 ranked Michigan State Spartans in the Outback Bowl scheduled for January 2.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award recognizes the guidance and leadership that coaches extend beyond the playing field in terms of leaving lasting impressions on the players they mentor and the communities they reach. The 10 finalists were determined by fan voting and through an objective scoring model by the College Football Hall of Fame.
“College Football fans clearly recognize Coach Richt as one of the game’s true leaders, and we agree he is an excellent finalist for the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award,” said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual senior vice president. “Each year, we ask fans to vote for the coaches who best exemplify the award’s characteristics – sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the field. Coach Richt does just that, through his success on game days, as well as providing leadership to his student-athletes and commitment to the greater Georgia community.”
Fans can vote for Coach Richt by going to www.CoachoftheYear.com between December 6th and December 22nd. The winner will be announced prior to the BCS Championship game on January 9, 2012. If Coach Richt is named the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year for the FBS, he will receive $50,000 to donate to the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant to his school’s alumni association.
2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalists (listed alphabetically)
Football Bowl Subdivision:
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State University
Brady Hoke, University of Michigan
Mark Hudspeth, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Mike London, University of Virginia
Les Miles, Louisiana State University
Bobby Petrino, University of Arkansas
Mark Richt, University of Georgia
Nick Saban, University of Alabama
Bill Snyder, Kansas State University
Dabo Swinney, Clemson University