The race for the Bobby Dodd Trophy — the national coach of the year award — is down to 18. And the Big Ten has four coaches in the running.
Officials from the Bobby Dodd Trophy Foundation released its new watch list Friday, officially naming 18 coaches from around the nation who are in consideration for the award.
The Dodd Trophy Midseason Watch List is officially here.
— The Dodd Trophy (@DoddTrophy) October 28, 2016
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Nebraska’s Mike Riley were among the names released Friday.
The Bobby Dodd Trophy Foundation originally released its preseason watch list of 25 college football coaches in June. Five Big Ten coaches on that list: Harbaugh, Meyer and Chryst, along with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio.
Riley is new to the list, and with good reason as his Huskers are undefeated and have made their way into the top 10 in the AP Poll.
Ferentz won the award last season.
Named after famed Georgia Tech coach Bobby Dodd, the award is given to “the FBS football coach whose program represents three pillars of success: Scholarship, Leadership and Integrity.”
Another update to the watch list will be released in November, and the winner will be announced during the week of the Chic-Fil-A Peach Bowl.