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Gus Malzahn claims Bobby Bowden coaching award

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Two days ago, Gus Malzahn received a coach of the year award named in honor of a coaching legend who’s no longer with us.  Friday, he received one whose namesake is still with us.

In the fifth year of the award, the Auburn head coach was named as the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year.  The award, handed out annually by Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Touchdown Club, has never left the state of Alabama, with Alabama’s Nick Saban winning it three times and Auburn’s Gene Chizik once.

Malzahn was one of five finalists for this year’s award, joined by Baylor’s Art Briles, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.

The Bowden award is the sixth major coaching honor Malzahn has earned since the end of the 2013 regular season.  Cutcliffe has been on the receiving end of five.

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3 Responses to “Gus Malzahn claims Bobby Bowden coaching award”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 17, 2014 5:16 PM

    Ironic… Malzahn first wins the coaching award named after the legendary coach at Bama, now he wins the award of the legendary coach of the school that just beat him in the BCSNC….

    I mean if ever there was a year to give the “Bobby Bowden Award” to an FSU coach…. isn’t this the year?

  2. terrysteelman says: Jan 17, 2014 5:41 PM

    These awards are just like bowl games. They have waaaaay to many bowl games and most simply don’t mean a thing. Now they have like 11 coaches awards. It just doesn’t mean anything anymore!

  3. floridascuba1 says: Jan 17, 2014 6:19 PM

    Still say he is an over-rated gimmick coach. He doesn’t have staying power.

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