Dec. 18, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw was named today a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award, as announced by the American Heart Association.
This is the second straight year for Shaw to be named a finalist for the award, which is the only of its kind to recognize the nation's top coach after all post-season bowl games have concluded.
The Bryant Award is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. The winner is announced live in Houston at the Jan. 17 Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards, in its 27th year, to benefit the American Heart Association.
Shaw, the two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, has led Stanford (11-2) to its first Pac-12 Championship in 13 years and a berth in the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. Following up an 11-2 Fiesta Bowl season of a year ago, Shaw has piloted the Cardinal to an 11-2 record that included an eight-game winning streak down the stretch against conference opponents, tied for the longest such streak in the nation among BCS conferences.
Under Shaw's leadership, Stanford during the regular season defeated the AP No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation, the first school to do so since 2000. The Cardinal closed its season with four straight wins over four ranked opponents, with Shaw tabbing sophomore QB Kevin Hogan for his first four career starts.
This is the second national coaching award for which Shaw has been named a finalist this year, following the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
The other finalists for the 27th annual Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award are James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Bill O'Brien, Penn State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State and Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M.
Paul "Bear" Bryant's coaching career included 323 career wins, six national championships, 29 bowl berths and retirement as college football's winningest coach. But there was one battle he didn't win. Just 28 days after coaching his final game, he lost his fight with heart disease in 1983.
At the request of the Bryant family, proceeds from the annual college coaching awards ceremony are donated to the American Heart Association to further life-saving research to fight heart disease and stroke.