Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison left off assistant coaching award ballot
The American Football Coaches Association announced its 2011 Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of the Year winner Monday.
And, no, it wasn't Michigan football defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.
The award went to Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. The other two finalists were Auburn's Trooper Taylor and Oregon State's Danny Langsdorf.
On the field, Mattison helped turn around a Michigan defense that finished 110th in total defense a year ago and pushed it into the top 20 this season.
After allowing 450.8 yards and 35.2 points per game a year ago, Michigan's 2011 defense has allowed 317.6 yards per game and 17.2 points per game.
Iowa's defense has allowed 387.6 yards and 23.3 points per game this season.
Mattison is a nominee for the 2011 Frank Broyles Award, an honor given annually to the country's top assistant coach. The Broyles Award will be announced on Dec. 6.