Urban Meyer will be recognized at a banquet in Houston.
Jan. 6, 2004
Utah head football coach Urban Meyer has been named a finalist for the Bear Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Meyer is one of nine finalists for the National Coach of the Year honor, which has been awarded annually since 1957. The American Heart Association became the award's sponsor in 1986 and re-named it to honor Paul "Bear" Bryant.
The finalists for the 2003 Bear Bryant College Football Coach of the Year, in alphabetical order, are: Tommy Bowden (Clemson), Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Pete Carroll (USC), Terry Hoeppner (Miami, Ohio), Paul Johnson (Navy), Steve Kragthorpe (Tulsa), Meyer (Utah), Nick Saban (Louisiana State) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma).
Meyer, The Sporting News National Coach of the Year and Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, led the Utes to a school record-tying 10-2 record, their first outright conference championship since 1957 and a final national ranking of No. 21 (in both the Associated Press and ESPN-USA Today Coaches polls) in his first year at Utah.
The winner will be announced at a dinner benefiting the American Heart Association on Jan. 15 in Houston.