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 practiceDec. 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 practiceJan. 3: TBA, Depart for Glendale, Ariz.