Alabama head coach Nick Saban and USC (interim) head coach Ed Orgeron headlined the list of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award, according to a release from the Maxwell Football Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Here is the complete list of semi-finalists:
|Name||School||2013 Record||2012 Record (Team)|
|Steve Addazio||Boston College||6-4||2-10|
|Tim DeRuyter||Fresno State||9-0||9-4|
|Jimbo Fisher||Florida State||10-0||12-2|
|Mark Dantonio||Michigan State||9-1||7-6|
|Rod Carey||Northern Illinois||10-0||12-2|
|Urban Meyer||Ohio State||10-0||12-0|
|Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State||9-1||8-5|
Source: Maxwell Football Club/ESPN
Saban's Crimson Tide have been No. 1 in the polls from wire-to-wire this season, and currently lead the SEC at 10-0 in pursuit of a third consecutive BCS National Championship (and fourth in five years).
Orgeron's road to becoming a semifinalist has been rockier. He began the year as USC's defensive line coach, but assumed the head job after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State and Lane Kiffin's subsequent firing at the airport.
Since taking over, the Trojans have gone 5-1, and they just debuted at No. 23 in the BCS standings after beating Stanford last week.
According to Paul Myerberg of USA Today, the Maxwell Club announced that Orgeron is the first interim coach to ever be named a semi-finalist:
Per the Maxwell Football Club, Ed Orgeron is the first interim HC to be named a semifinalist for the Maxwell COY award.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 20, 2013
Other notable inclusions include Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, who has led the Blue Devils to an unthinkable 8-2 record so far this year. His team controls its own fate in the ACC Coastal Division, and with games remaining against just Wake Forest and North Carolina, it stands a very realistic chance of reaching the ACC Championship Game.
Should that become the case, Cutcliffe would become a very strong candidate for the award.
Among the notable omissions are a pair of Pac-12 North coaches, Mark Helfrich at Oregon and David Shaw at Stanford. Of all the coaches whose teams are in the BCS Top 10, they are the only two not named semifinalists.
According to the release, semifinalist voting will begin on Nov. 21st and last until Dec. 2. Finalist voting will begin on Dec. 3 and end on Dec. 15, with the winner being announced on Dec. 17.
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