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Full Voting For AP Coach Of The Year Revealed

A closeup of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wearing sunglasses and a Notre Dame visor.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Following the report that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly had been named AP Coach of the Year, the Associated Press released the full voting results.

The Coach of the Year winner was determined via a point-based voting system. A first-place vote was worth three points, a second-place vote was worth two points, and a third-place vote was worth one point.

Kelly won the award with 81 points. Alabama head coach Nick Saban came it at runner-up with 66 points, while UCF head coach Josh Heupel was a distant third with 33 points.

Here's the full ballot:

Coach

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

16

13

7

81

Nick Saban, Alabama

16

6

6

66

Josh Heupel, UCF

5

6

6

33

Mike Leach, Washington State

3

6

5

26

Dino Babers, Syracuse

5

3

4

25

Mark Stoops, Kentucky

3

5

5

24

Dabo Swinney, Clemson

1

8

5

24

Bill Clark, UAB

3

3

4

19

Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma

3

1

3

14

Jeff Monken, Army

1

1

3

8

Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

-

2

4

8

Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern

1

-

1

4

Dan Mullen, Florida

1

-

1

4

Ed Orgeron, LSU

-

2

-

4

Matt Rhule, Baylor

-

1

1

3

Chris Petersen, Washington

-

1

-

2

Luke Fickell, Cincinnati

-

-

1

1

Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State

-

-

1

1

Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State

-

-

1

1

Kelly and Saban were actually tied with the same number of first-place votes - 16. But Kelly edged out Saban on second-place votes - 13 for Kelly versus six for Saban - which proved to be the difference.

Notably, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney only got one first-place vote, but eight second-place votes - the second most. However, he finished tied for sixth place in voting with just 24 points.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley - the head coach of the fourth College Football Playoff team - came in ninth with 14 points. Only seven voters gave Riley any votes at all.