Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder is one of nine coaches to be named a finalist for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced Monday.
It is the second coach of the year award Snyder is in the running for, as he was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award last month.
This year’s designation marked the second straight season Snyder has been a finalist for the award and the fifth overall (1993, 1995, 1998).
The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year Award since 1957. In 1997, the FWAA coaching award was named after Eddie Robinson, the coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 years. The late “Coach Rob” is the second winningest coach in Division I history (408 games).
Snyder, who is the only Big 12 coach to be a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, led K-State to the third conference championship in school history thanks to an 8-1 Big 12 record that was capped with a 42-24 victory over No. 18 Texas last Saturday.
The Longhorns became the sixth ranked opponent the Wildcats defeated this year, setting a school record. The victory also served as the 11th win of the season, a mark that had only been accomplished six other times and only one other time (1998) during the regular season.
Additionally, the Wildcats garnered their first-ever No. 1 ranking the BCS standings earlier this year.
Joining Snyder as finalists for the award are Gary Andersen (Utah State), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), Bill O’Brien (Penn State), David Shaw (Stanford) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).
Named the 32nd head football coach at K-State on Nov. 30, 1988, and again as the 34th on Nov. 24, 2008, Snyder has amassed a 170-84-1 (.669) record during his tenure with the Wildcats, including an 97-65-1 (.598) mark in Big Eight/Big 12 games. His 170 victories are the 11th-most among active FBS coaches and are more than triple the man in second place on K-State’s all-time coaching victories list.
Sixth-ranked K-State will take on No. 4 Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3 in Glendale, Ariz. The game, which will be K-State’s second appearance in a BCS bowl, will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium at 7:30 p.m., with a nationwide television audience watching on ESPN.