This comes from Ole Miss media relations.
HOUSTON — Just a couple weeks after his historic victory at the AT&T Cotton Bowl, Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt will return to the state of Texas as a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Football Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Thursday, Jan. 15 at an awards dinner benefiting the American Heart Association at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston.
The eight finalists were selected by a committee consisting of current and past event chairmen, Bryant family representatives, NSSA representatives, college football sports analysts and former collegiate players and coaches. The winner is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).
The Bryant College Football Coach of the Year is the only college coaching award given after all the bowl games have finished. Other finalists include Mack Brown, Texas; Turner Gill, Buffalo; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Nick Saban, Alabama; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma and Kyle Whittingham, Utah.