Celebrating Bobby Ross’s 25th Anniversary
ATLANTA (November 9, 2015) – The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will honor coach Bobby Ross’s 25th year anniversary of winning the national coaching award on Thursday, November 12 during the Jackets’ home football game against Virginia Tech. The presentation will take place on field between the first and second quarters.
The Dodd Trophy celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also representing programs with the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership and integrity on and off the field – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.
Coach Ross was awarded The Dodd Trophy in 1990 after an 11-0-1 record, an ACC Championship and a share of the national championship by finishing first in the Coaches’ Poll at Georgia Tech. The team won the Coaches Poll by a single point, 847-846, over Colorado. That season, two Jackets earned Academic All-ACC recognition and fullback Stefen Scotton earned first-team Academic All-American honors.
“The 1990 football season is remembered as one of the greatest team performances in Georgia Tech history, including a historic win over No. 1 Virginia,” said Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski. “That season had many defining moments and included some all-time Tech greats. We remain tremendously proud of what Coach Bobby Ross and his team accomplished that season and we look forward to their much deserved recognition Thursday night.”
During his time as head coach of Georgia Tech from 1987-1991, Coach Ross had an overall record of 31-26-1, including the undefeated season in 1990. The following year he led the Yellow Jackets to an 8-5 season and win in the 1991 Aloha Bowl over Stanford.
Overall as a head coach, Ross compiled a collegiate record of 103-101-2 and a NFL record of 77-68. In addition to his split national championship in 1990, he won four ACC championships, three during his time at Maryland, and an AFC Championship in 1994 when he was coaching the San Diego Chargers.
“We could not be any happier than to have the opportunity to recognize Bobby Ross at Georgia Tech nonetheless,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “As a Coach, he represented everything the Dodd Trophy stands for and we are excited to honor him with the rest of the Yellow Jacket family.”
Since 2014, officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl have celebrated the major anniversaries of previous winners of The Dodd Trophy by honoring them on-field during a game on their campus. Last year, inaugural winner Vince Dooley was recognized at the University of Georgia. This year, in addition to Bobby Ross, Bobby Bowden will be honored at Florida State to mark the 35th anniversary of winning The Dodd Trophy.
“Coach Ross not only led his players to an extremely high level of success on and off the field, but he mentored a successful tree of future head coaches who also went on to win The Dodd Trophy,” said Gary Stokan, President & CEO of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. “Frank Beamer, George O’Leary and Ralph Friedgen all started their coaching careers under his legendary tutelage.”
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.
Previous Winners of The Dodd Trophy:
|1976||Vince Dooley||University of Georgia|
|1977||Bo Schembechler||University of Michigan|
|1978||Tom Osborne||University of Nebraska|
|1979||LaVell Edwards||Brigham Young University|
|1980||Bobby Bowden||Florida State University|
|1981||Joe Paterno||Penn State University|
|1982||George MacIntyre||Vanderbilt University|
|1983||Ken Hatfield||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|1984||Jim Wacker||Texas Christian University|
|1985||Fisher DeBerry||U.S. Air Force Academy|
|1986||Dick Sheridan||N.C. State|
|1987||Dick MacPherson||Syracuse University|
|1988||Don Nehlen||West Virginia University|
|1989||Bill Curry||University of Alabama|
|1990||Bobby Ross||Georgia Tech|
|1991||George Welsh||University of Virginia|
|1992||Eddie Robinson||Grambling State University|
|1993||Barry Alvarez||University of Wisconsin|
|1994||Fred Goldsmith||Duke University|
|1995||Gary Barnett||Northwestern University|
|1996||Bob Sutton||U.S. Military Academy|
|1997||Mike Price||Washington State University|
|1998||Bill Snyder||Kansas State University|
|1999||Frank Beamer||Virginia Tech|
|2000||George O’Leary||Georgia Tech|
|2001||Ralph Friedgen||University of Maryland|
|2002||Jim Tressel||The Ohio State University|
|2003||Bob Stoops||University of Oklahoma|
|2004||Paul Johnson||U.S. Naval Academy|
|2005||Joe Paterno||Penn State University|
|2006||Jim Grobe||Wake Forest University|
|2007||Lloyd Carr||University of Michigan|
|2008||Mack Brown||University of Texas|
|2009||Gary Patterson||Texas Christian University|
|2010||Chris Petersen||Boise State University|
|2011||Dabo Swinney||Clemson University|
|2012||Bill Snyder||Kansas State University|
|2013||David Cutcliffe||Duke University|
|2014||Nick Saban||University of Alabama|
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 or find us on Facebook.