The Football Writers Association of America announced today the five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Brady Hoke is one of them, along with: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Les Miles (LSU), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), and Dabo Swinney (Clemson). The winner will be announced December 15.
The press release included this blurb on Hoke:
• Brady Hoke, Michigan: Qualifying for a BCS bowl in his first season in Ann Arbor was probably not in Hoke's thoughts when he moved over from San Diego State. His 10-2 Wolverines are headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl to play Virginia Tech. That, plus beating Ohio State to break a seven-game losing streak to the Buckeyes, makes the former Michigan assistant coach a worthy candidate.
According to the list of all-time winners, Bo is the only Michigan coach to have won the award, having done so in 1969. Lloyd Carr was a finalist in 1997 and 2006.
EDIT: The list of winners also includes the final AP ranking for each coach's team. Only about a half dozen or so times has the award gone to the coach of a team not ranked in the top ten. Of course, a win in the Sugar Bowl should vault Michigan into the top ten.