On Thursday afternoon, the Bobby Dodd Trophy cut the current 2020 watchlist to 19 semifinalists. Each and every year, the trophy is awarded to a college football program and head coach that “represents three pillars of success: Scholarship, Leadership and Integrity. The award honors the coach of a team with a successful season on the field and equally as important, stresses the importance of academic excellence and desire to give back to the community.”
Knowing these are the three qualities assessed, it should come as no surprise to see the Oklahoma Sooners and Lincoln Riley on the midseason list of candidates. Also representing the Big XII Conference are three other programs and coaches including Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
In an official release, Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & president said “Each of these coaches have had successful seasons to date, but what sets them apart is how they’ve empowered their players in the classroom and impacted their communities in a positive way.”
Forced to navigate a pandemic as well as racial tensions, this year’s winner will certainly be deserving of the honor. The recipient will be announced during the week of the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
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