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The End of the Year and Decade Awards in College Football

The end of the 2009 year in college football demands a consensus regarding several important achievements.

The end of the first decade of the 21st Century requires a deep look into the past 10 seasons with a review of notable milestones and accomplishments on the gridiron.

Many great performers left it all on the field during the 2009 season. Football programs were made, and some broken, during this decade.

Coaches who were unknown to the nation at beginning of 2009 made a name for themselves in the cities of Eugene, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

Unknown coaches at the beginning of the decade, the trio of Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll, and Jim Tressel would perform so well they would be whispered in the same breath as Parseghian, Royal, and Neyland.

There were casualties along the way as well.

Nebraska's Frank Solich, Tennessee's Phil Fulmer, and Miami's Larry Coker were among a group of highly successful coaches at the beginning of the decade who failed to hold on to their jobs.

The NCAA investigation unit was hard at work during the decade, visiting some of the most dominant programs in the land. The question always in the ear, "Is that how they became the dominant programs?"

The 2009 season saw the end of an era at Florida State when Bobby Bowden stepped down after many years of loyal service.

There is no need to knock on the door, let us go inside and take a more in-depth look into the changes and accomplishments of players, schools, and coaches during the season and decade.

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