Dec. 3, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award it was announced Monday by the Football Writers Association of America in conjunction with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Andersen, who is in his fourth year as Utah State's head coach, is one of nine coaches to be named to the final ballot along with Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), Bill O'Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).
Andersen led Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) to a school-record 10 wins in 2012 and its first outright conference championship since 1936. USU is currently ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.
Andersen was also named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Monday, becoming just the fourth coach in school history to earn that honor and first since John L. Smith was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 1997.
The finalists will be placed on a ballot which is being sent to the entire FWAA membership today. Ballots will be accepted from the membership through Dec. 8. FWAA members were asked to vote for their top choices in the order they believe the coaches are deserving of the award. The official presentation reception will be on Jan. 6, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The FWAA has honored a major college coach with its Coach of the Year award since 1957. Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University, has been the FWAA's coaching namesake for the past 15 years. The Fiesta Bowl joined with the FWAA a year later as the sponsor of the award.
Utah State will conclude the season with its second consecutive appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Toledo on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPN.
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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