Michigan football coach Brady Hoke among 5 finalists for national coach of the year award
Brady Hoke already was named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year.
Now, he is one of five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the national coach of the year.
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The Wolverines won six Big Ten games -- as many as they won in the three previous years combined -- and on Sunday night were rewarded with a BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl. They will play Virginia Tech (11-2) on Jan. 3 in New Orleans.
Michigan hasn't played in a BCS bowl since finishing the 2006 season in the Rose Bowl. Hoke will try to help the Wolverines win their first BCS bowl since edging Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl.
He was named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year last week, and now has been named a league coach of the year three times in four years. He has never won a national coach of the year award.
His response was to deflect the credit — which often is the case when he's asked about personal accomplishments.
“Any type of awards that are given, whether it’s the Heisman Trophy or best taper — if you’re taping ankles — we have a great staff and we have a great group of kids," Hoke said last week of being named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
"My point is, it’s never one person or one guy. It’s everybody involved in the program. Jon Falk and how he gets the guys ready from the equipment standpoint to Paul Schmidt in the training room, and the people who take pride in feeding those kids and all that stuff."
The other finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award are Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney.
Swinney's Tigers handed Virginia Tech its only two losses this year, including a 38-10 defeat in last weekend's ACC championship game.
The winner will be announced Dec. 15.
Oregon's Chip Kelly captured the honor last year.