What do the four College Football Playoff participants have in common? Their respective head coaches are up for the Maxwell Club’s national Coach of the Year Award.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley are among the six finalists for the prestigious honor, named after former University of Pennsylvania head coach George Munger. Swinney previously won the award in 2015.
Baylor’s Matt Rhule and Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck round out the list.
The six finalists for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award: #LSU's Ed Orgeron; #OhioState's Ryan Day; #Clemson's Dabo Swinney; #OU's Lincoln Riley; #Baylor's Matt Rhule and #Minnesota's P.J. Fleck.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 9, 2019
The Maxwell Club has been handing out its Coach of the Year Award since 1989. Past winners include Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Kirby Smart, Frank Beamer, Bob Stoops and Pete Carroll.
Army’s Jeff Monken won the award last season after he led the Black Knights to an 11-2 record and a win in the Armed Forces Bowl.
No question about it, this is an impressive honor. But Day, Orgeron and Riley would gladly rather win their first national championship instead of their first George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
The same goes for Swinney, who is searching for his third national title and could win the award for the second time.