Michigan's Brady Hoke edged out for one national coach of the year award, up for another
Brady Hoke is the Big Ten's Coach of the Year.
He is not the national coach of the year, according to the Football Writers Association of America, which on Thursday afternoon named Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy its Eddie Robinson Award winner.
Hoke, one of five finalists for the award, has received national recognition for guiding the Michigan football team to a 10-2 season and Sugar Bowl matchup against Virginia Tech (8:30 p.m., ESPN) in his first season as coach. The Wolverines were 15-22 in the three years that preceded his arrival.
They jumped 100 spots to No. 7 in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 17.2 points per game under Hoke's watch. They also ended a program-worst seven-game losing streak to Ohio State and mined a consensus top-five recruiting class for next year.
The only Michigan coach to win the FWAA's top coach award was Bo Schembechler in 1969, before it was called the Eddie Robinson Award.
Gundy guided Oklahoma State to an 11-1 season and its first outright conference title since 1948. The other finalists were Hoke, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney.
Although Hoke was edged by Gundy, he also was named one of 10 finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award on Thursday. That honor is accorded by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and the winner will be announced Jan. 19 in Houston.
The only Michigan coach to win it was Lloyd Carr in 1997, when he led the Wolverines to their most recent national championship.