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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

OU's Bob Stoops a finalist for American Heart Association's Paul 'Bear' Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award





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December 16, 2008

HOUSTON, Dec 16, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards committee of the American Heart Association selected its Bryant College Football Coach of the Year finalists. The winner will be voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) and named live at an awards dinner benefiting the American Heart Association on Jan. 15, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston.

The selection committee consists of current and past event chairmen, Bryant family representatives, NSSA representatives, college football sports analysts and former collegiate players and coaches. The Bryant College Football Coach of the Year is the only college coaching award given after all the bowl games have finished.

Also during the January event, Oklahoma legend and Super Bowl Champion, Coach Barry Switzer, will receive the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Tom Osborne, Glenn "Bo" Schembechler, Jack Pardee and Lou Holtz.

The 2008 Paul Bear Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Finalists, in alphabetical order: Mack Brown, University of Texas; Turner Gill, University at Buffalo; Mike Leach, Texas Tech University; Houston Nutt, University of Mississippi; Chris Petersen, Boise State University; Nick Saban, University of Alabama; Bob Stoops, University of Oklahomaand Kyle Whittingham, University of Utah…

…Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma - Stoops has become the first coach in Big 12 history to win three consecutive conference titles. Under his direction, Oklahoma has captured six Big 12 titles in nine years and the 42nd conference championship in Sooner history. In his 10th year with the Sooners, Stoops has led his team to a 12-1 overall record and a 7-1 record in the Big 12 Conference. With the No. 1 BCS ranking, Oklahoma will now have the chance to win another national title on Jan. 8.

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