Maxwell Football Club Announces Collegiate Coach of the Year Finalists

December 3, 2013 Philadelphia, PA

The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) announced today three finalists for the Club’s Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. Named as finalists are David Cutcliffe (Duke), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), and Gary Pinkel (Missouri).

Cutcliffe has led Duke to its first 10-win season in school history and an ACC Coastal Division title. Duke (10-2, 6-2 in the ACC) will play No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) Saturday at 8 p.m. in Charlotte for the ACC title and the right to go to the Orange Bowl.

In just his first year at Auburn and just the second year of his career as a head coach at the collegiate level, Malzahn turned what was a 3-9 team in 2012 into a national championship contender. Auburn shocked top-ranked Alabama last Saturday night in the Iron Bowl to secure the SEC West championship and a spot in this weekend’s SEC Championship Game with Missouri. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS rankings.

Pinkel has led Mizzou to one of the top turnaround stories in college football this season, as his Tigers currently stand 11-1 overall, and atop the Southeastern Conference East Division standings at 7-1. Mizzou enters this weekend's SEC Championship Game against No. 3 Auburn carrying a ranking of No. 5 in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings, a dramatic turnaround from the 2012 season when the Tigers had a losing record and won just two conference games.

Voting is now open for the finalist selection for the MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year. Eligible voters include, NCAA Bowl Subdivision Head Coaches and Football Sports Information Directors, Maxwell Football Club members and selected national media. The winner announcement will be made on December 19, 2012 and the award will be formally presented at the 77th Maxwell Awards Gala which will be held in March 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and is the oldest football club of its kind in America. The organization is devoted to recognizing excellence at all levels of football from high school through the NFL ranks. Under the stewardship of MFC President Ron Jaworski the Club has grown rapidly and has members in 40 states. The MFC provides educational and training programs for players and coaches, and also provides scholarships to outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Contact Info

Information of Maxwell Football Club membership can be seen at www.maxwellfootballclub.org. Questions concerning the MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year Award should be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert mwolpert@maxwellfootballclub.org or by calling the Club’s offices at 215-643-3833.

The MFC Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.NCFAA.org.