Penn State’s O’Brien wins Bear Bryant Award

  • January 17, 2013
Head coach Bill O’Brien guided Penn State to an 8-4 record. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

HOUSTON (AP) – Penn State coach Bill O’Brien wins the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award Thursday night.

O’Brien led the Nittany Lions through an 0-2 start and NCAA sanctions to an 8-4 finish in his first season at Penn State.

Other finalists for the award were Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder, Stanford’s David Shaw and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

Snyder, Sumlin and Shaw were each finalists at the end of last season.

Former Brigham Young coach LaVell Edwards was the ceremony’s other honoree, receiving the Bryan Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Edwards retired in 2000 with 257 victories, 22 bowl appearances and one national championship in 1984.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Andjusic leads Cal men past Penn State-Fayette

Penn State fires offensive coordinator Donovan

Miles gets reprieve at LSU; Rutgers fires coach, AD

Swinney: No. 1 Clemson won’t be awed by title game

No. 13 Stanford rallies past No. 4 Notre Dame

Henry helps Alabama beat Auburn

Michigan State routs Penn State

Banks late 3-pointer helps Penn State beat Bucknell

Young scores 23 as Pitt beats Kent State

No. 8 Ohio State runs all over No. 12 Michigan in 42-13 win