Oct. 29, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik has been named to the watch list for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation has announced.
Chizik was one of seven coaches listed on the watch list by the Foundation, joining Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Boise State's Chris Peterson, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Oregon's Chip Kelly, Arizona's Mike Stoops and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.
Chizik has led Auburn to an 8-0 record and a No. 1 ranking in the Oct. 24 BCS standings. He has guided Auburn to a 5-0 record in Southeastern Conference games and helped the Tigers remain as the only undefeated team in the SEC.
Auburn has defeated four teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25 by the Associated Press under Chizik's command, while no other ranked team has beaten more than two. He has also guided Auburn to five come-from-behind victories this season, and helped Auburn win five games that were decided by single digits, including three victories by three points each.
The annual Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year winner is determined by a blue-ribbon panel of college football experts, plus all previous winners of the award. Although a winning record is necessary in order to qualify for the award, the recipient must also excel in other areas.
This year's winner will of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award be announced at halftime of the Chick-fil-A Bowl which will be televised nationally by ESPN on Dec. 31.