Bob Stoops Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 17, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bob Stoops has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The award honors the football coach whose program embodies The Dodd Trophy’s three pillars: scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also enjoying success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Coach Stoops is a former Dodd Trophy winner, and has shown the type of leadership and loyalty that you like to see out of a head coach,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “His leadership was evident this past weekend when his team went on the road and came away victorious against No. 6 Baylor in a game that puts the Sooners right back in the mix for the College Football Playoff. With his successful tenure as head coach, academic success and his own foundation that supports disadvantaged kids, we are thrilled to award Coach Stoops with this weekly honor.”

Since Bob Stoops became head coach in 1999, Oklahoma football student-athletes have been successful in the classroom as well as between the white lines. In 2014, the team achieved an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 963 out of a possible 1,000, which ranked second-best in the Big 12. The Sooners have had 135 Academic All-Big 12 First Team selections since Stoops took over, along with three National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes and seven CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Coach Stoops has a long history of helping those in need, in particular underprivileged children. His Bob Stoops Champions Foundation benefits disadvantaged and ill children in the Oklahoma City and Norman areas. Since its inception in 2000, the Champions Foundation has contributed more than $1.2 million to worthy causes such as the March of Dimes, Infant Crisis Center, OU Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many other local charities.

On Saturday night in Waco, Oklahoma defeated No. 6 Baylor 44-34 to improve its overall record to 9-1 and 6-1 in the Big 12 Conference. With the victory, the Sooners climbed five spots in the AP Top 25 Poll and check in at No. 7 this week. Now in his 17th year as head coach, Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma football history. He has led the Sooners to 16 consecutive bowl berths and eight overall Big 12 titles. He has guided the program to eight or more victories each of the past 15 seasons, which is the longest streak of any FBS head coach. Since Stoops took over in 1999, no team from a Power Five conference owns more wins than Oklahoma.

The winner of The Dodd Trophy in 2003, Bob Stoops led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record and a Sugar Bowl appearance that season. Off the gridiron, the Sooners had eight Academic All-Big 12 First Team members that year as well as running back Renaldo Works, who was a recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award.

The Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

This season’s Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Honorees include:

Week Coach School AP Ranking
(at time of win)
 
1 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern No. 20 Read more
2 Mark Dantonio Michigan State No. 7 Read more
3 David Shaw Stanford No. 15 Read more
4 Jim Mora UCLA No. 18 Read more
5 Dabo Swinney Clemson No. 5 Read more
6 Kyle Whittingham Utah No. 4 Read more
7 Justin Fuente Memphis No. 18 Read more
8 Paul Johnson Georgia Tech  n/a Read more
9 Brian Kelly Notre Dame No. 8 Read more
10 Nick Saban Alabama No. 3 Read more
11 Bob Stoops Oklahoma No. 7  

The winner of the 2015 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

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ABOUT THE DODD TROPHY
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. More information about The Dodd Trophy is available at TheDoddTrophy.com.

ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.