With two of the five finalists, the Big 12 had a 40 percent chance of having one of its own named college football's national coach of the year. On Thursday, Mike Gundy, head coach at Oklahoma State took home one of two major national coach of the year honors.
Gundy, 44, beat out fellow Big 12 coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State to win the Eddie Robinson Award, selected by the 1,200-member Football Writers Association of America. The other finalists were Les Miles of LSU, Brady Hoke of Michigan and Dabo Swinney from Clemson. Gundy also was a finalist for this award last year.
Gundy, an Oklahoma State alum and former quarterback, led the Cowboys to their first outright Big 12 championship this season with an 11-1 record. The Cowboys will play Stanford in the BCS Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan 2, their sixth consecutive bowl appearance under Gundy. The OSU head coach has a 56-30 record in seven seasons coaching at his alma mater.
"We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl," Gundy said in a statement released by the university. "It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in."
Snyder also had an exceptional year, leading his Kansas State team to a 10-2 finish and second place in the conference after being projected to finish eighth in the conference in the preseason. Snyder was the choice of the Associated Press as the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
The AP will announce its national coach of the year early next week.
Gundy will receive his award at an official presentation Jan. 8 in New Orleans the day before the BCS National Championship game.
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