2019 Dodd Trophy Midseason Watch List Announced
22 coaches named to midseason watch list, including five former winners
ATLANTA (October 17, 2019) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl released the midseason watch list for the 2019 Dodd Trophy. The list includes 22 of the nation’s top college football coaches representing seven conferences and Notre Dame.
The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.
The midseason watch list was created through a selection process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, taking into consideration each program’s current performance during the 2019 season, Academic Progress Rate (APR), and each coach’s commitment to service and charity in the community.
Considering The Dodd Trophy represents more than just a coach’s performance on the field, a coach in his first year, who has not had a full season to establish his own impact on APR and the local community, is not eligible to win.
“This group of coaches go out every single day and work hard to embody the scholarship, leadership and integrity that Coach Dodd cared about so much,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “This award is more than just winning on the field, and every one of these coaches cares deeply about seeing his players grow and mature as young men on top of winning football games. That is what The Dodd Trophy is all about.”
The 2019 Dodd Trophy Midseason Watch List:
|Coach||School||Conference||Current AP Ranking||Current Record||APR Score|
|Paul Chryst||Wisconsin||Big Ten||No. 6||6-0||979|
|Mario Cristobal||Oregon||Pac-12||No. 12||5-1||968|
|Sonny Dykes||SMU||American||No. 19||6-0||967|
|Herm Edwards||Arizona State||Pac-12||No. 17||5-1||980|
|Kirk Ferentz||Iowa||Big Ten||No. 23||4-2||973|
|Luke Fickell||Cincinnati||American||No. 21||5-1||983|
|P.J. Fleck||Minnesota||Big Ten||No. 20||6-0||978|
|James Franklin||Penn State||Big Ten||No. 7||6-0||979|
|Jim Harbaugh||Michigan||Big Ten||No. 16||5-1||982|
|Bryan Harsin||Boise State||Mountain West||No. 14||6-0||979|
|Tom Herman||Texas||Big 12||No. 15||4-2||972|
|Brian Kelly||Notre Dame||Independent||No. 8||5-1||966|
|Gus Malzahn||Auburn||SEC||No. 11||5-1||982|
|Dan Mullen||Florida||SEC||No. 9||6-1||975|
|Ed Orgeron||LSU||SEC||No. 2||6-0||951|
|Chris Petersen||Washington||Pac-12||No. 25||5-2||991|
|Matt Rhule||Baylor||Big 12||No. 18||6-0||976|
|Lincoln Riley||Oklahoma||Big 12||No. 5||6-0||966|
|Nick Saban||Alabama||SEC||No. 1||6-0||984|
|Kirby Smart||Georgia||SEC||No. 10||5-1||963|
|Dabo Swinney||Clemson||ACC||No. 3||6-0||992|
|Kyle Whittingham||Utah||Pac-12||No. 13||5-1||989|
Of the 22 coaches on the midseason watch list, the Big Ten and the SEC lead the way with five coaches each. Right behind them is the Pac-12 with four, followed by the Big 12 and AAC with three and two coaches, respectively. A total of 10 coaches on the list remain undefeated going into the eighth week of the season.
This year’s midseason watch list includes five former winners of The Dodd Trophy with Brian Kelly (2018), Kirk Ferentz (2015), Nick Saban (2014), Dabo Swinney (2011) and Chris Petersen (2010) all making the list. Additionally, five of the coaches were finalists for last year’s award, including Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley, Brian Kelly, Kirby Smart and Dabo Swinney.
The coaches on the list together have appeared in the College Football Playoff 15 times, winning four national championships, and in the classroom, their teams have earned an average Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 976.
“The Dodd Trophy is truly different from other coach of the year awards, and this list really highlights the level of excellence that it takes to be considered for it,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & president. “We are excited to see what the rest of the season brings and which of these elite coaches will emerge during the final stretch of the season.”
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame members will identify a list of finalists at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The winner of the 2019 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during bowl week at this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.