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Gundy Named Eddie Robinson Coach Of The Year


Football Writers Association Of America




StillwaterNews.Net
12/15/2011


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(Stillwater, Okla) - Even though Oklahoma State Football head coach, Mike Gundy, didn't get his team to the BCS championship, he got them closer than they have ever been before. That was good enough for Gundy to win the Eddie Robinson Award, the Football Writers Association announced Thursday. Gundy was named the winner over four other finalists including Michigan's Brad Hooke, Kansas State's Bill Snyder, LSU's Les Miles and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. The Cowboys' Big 12 championship was the program's first outright conference title since 1949.

"What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Gundy said in a statement released by the FWAA. "We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way."

"Mike Gundy has earned this honor by inspiring excellence in his players," Fiesta executive director Robert Shelton said in the statement. "He led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 record in one of the nation's toughest conferences, and he did it with an entertaining style of play that captured the nation's attention."

Gundy led the third-ranked Cowboys to an 11-1 regular season, their first Big 12 championship and their first BCS bowl berth. They will face No. 4 Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2. The award is presented by the Fiesta Bowl and will be given to Gundy at a ceremony in New Orleans as part of the BCS national championship festivities.

The Associated Press will announce its national coach of the year Tuesday.

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