BOSTON – December 10, 2013 – Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles among the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, honoring coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field.
Now in its eighth year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football-coaching award that promotes both charity and scholarship through its winners. Since 2006, more than $1.8 million has been distributed to over 100 charities and colleges across the country through the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award program. Should Coach Briles win, he will receive $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution to the Baylor Alumni Association for scholarship. Liberty Mutual Insurance will announce the four Coach of the Year winners prior to the BCS Championship game on January 6, 2014, in Newport Beach, Calif.
Beginning today through December 22, fans can vote daily at CoachoftheYear.com or Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear. Bears fans have a voice in the final outcome, with 20 percent of each finalist's ultimate standing dependent on fan votes. In addition, each vote during this period will serve as an official entry into the "Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Fan Experience Sweepstakes," awarding one lucky fan tickets and airfare for two to the 2014 regular season college football game of their choice. The sweepstakes winner will be chose by a random drawing on December 23.
the voting process, Baylor and their fans and alumni showed tremendous
support for Coach Briles, speaking volumes to his importance to the
community both on and off the field," said James MacPhee, senior vice
president and Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
"Liberty Mutual Insurance is proud to recognize Art Briles as one of
this year's FBS finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
Award, celebrating his leadership and mentorship to his players, as well
as his dedication to the Baylor community."
all, 25 finalists – 10 in FBS and five each in the Football
Championship Subdivision, Division II and Division III – were determined
by an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of
Fame, incorporating such criteria as wins, team penalties,
sportsmanship, academic performance by the student-athletes, and
charitable commitments in their community and beyond. To qualify for
the scoring model, each coach needed to finish among the top 15 in fan
voting in his division from September 24 until December 3.
The other nine FBS finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award are, in alphabetical order: David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Guz Malzahn, Auburn; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jim Mora; UCLA; Bill O'Brien, Penn State; Nick Saban, Alabama; and Dabo Swinney, Clemson. Past FBS winners have been Brian Kelly, Notre Dame (2012); Les Miles, LSU (2011); Gene Chizik, Auburn (2010); Gary Patterson, TCU (2009); Nick Saban, Alabama (2008); Ron Zook, Illinois (2007); and Greg Schiano, Rutgers (2006).
The winners, to be announced January 6, 2014, will be determined by a weighted voting system. Fan votes in this period will account for 20 percent of each coach's final score, with votes from two committees of college football media (25 percent) and College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches (55 percent) also being considered.