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.