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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chizik a finalist for Paul 'Bear' Bryant Award; Auburn releases upcoming practice schedule

Auburn's Gene Chizk was named one of nine finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, the only coach of the year honor given out after all the bowl games are played.

The other finalists are Chris Ault (Nevada), Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Jim Harbaugh (Stanford), Chip Kelly (Oregon), Gary Patterson (TCU), Bobby Petrino (Arkansas) and Mike Sherman (Texas A&M).

Chizik has already been honored as the Home Depot National Coach of the Year.

The winner of the Bryant Award will be announced Jan. 18 in Houston.

In other news, Auburn released its BCS title game practice schedule, which resumes Saturday. All practices are close to the public. Times are CT:
Dec. 18: 5 p.m.
Dec. 19: No practice
Dec. 20: 2 p.m.
Dec. 21: 5 p.m.
Dec. 22: 9 a.m.
Dec. 23-27: No practice
Dec. 28: 5 p.m.
Dec. 29: 5 p.m.
Dec. 30: 5 p.m.
Dec. 31: 5 p.m.
Jan. 1: 5 p.m.
Jan. 2: No practice
Jan. 3: TBA, Depart for Glendale, Ariz.


Kristi said...

I find that ironic. Chizik a finalist for Paul "Bear" Bryany award.

DaTigerman said...

I suggest he pass it up...not interested.

MikeP said...

Every Auburn coach since the award was started has won it. Terry Bowden won the first one. The Bryant award is kinda' like the stadium in Tuscaloosa, Auburn owns it. Coach chizik just as well pick his up this year.

War Eagle AC-47 said...

Oh the Irony Bowl is too sweet. An Auburn coach winning this award is like Crazy Horse riding into a Crow camp and stealing the chief's favorite pony. But instead of riding it proudly, uses it to haul firewood. Hookahey!

Joe Auburn said...

Andy - do you know why Auburn started practice so much later than Oregon? Does the NCAA/SEC dictate how many bowl practices a team may have, or is that coaches discretion?

Andy Bitter said...

That's the coaches' decision. I don't believe there's a limit on practice time. But there's a practical limit when it doesn't benefit you. I think Chizik gave them this time off to rest up mentally more than anything.