Lincoln Riley Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (Sept. 12, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that first-year Oklahoma Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.
“In just his second game as head coach, Riley has already proven to be influential leader on the field,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “After a marquee non-conference victory in the Horseshoe, the Sooners look to be serious contenders heading into conference play.”
Coach Riley and the Sooners secured the team’s first road win of the season against No. 2 Ohio State last Saturday. After trailing 13-10 in the latter stages of the third quarter, the Sooners scored 21 straight points to take command in the battle of top five teams. Oklahoma’s 31-16 win at Ohio Stadium catapulted the Sooners into the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25 Poll, and on Monday resulted in a national honor being named the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week. The victory registered Oklahoma’s 12th consecutive true road win, which ties as the third longest streak in school history.
Riley was named Oklahoma’s 22nd head coach back in June of 2017 after serving two seasons as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He joined the Oklahoma staff prior to the 2015 season, the same year Baker Mayfield began his Oklahoma playing career. Since the start of that campaign, the Sooners have produced the nation’s most productive overall offense. Since the start of 2015, OU has been ranked No. 1 in passing efficiency, No. 1 in completion percentage, and No. 3 in scoring offense and total offense. Before taking the reins as head coach, Riley earned the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach after the Sooners ranked No. 4 nationally in scoring (43.5 ppg) and No. 7 in total offense (530.2 ypg).
The Oklahoma team has also seen success in the classroom, earning an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 965 last year. Oklahoma has ranked fifth or better in the Big 12 in each of the last 10 years in the academic ranking. In his first year at the helm, Coach Riley looks to continue to lead the Sooners toward academic success.
“Even before stepping in as head coach, Riley led Oklahoma to great success both on and off the field as an assistant coach,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “His efforts and dedication to his team makes him deserving of this recognition. We look forward to watching him continue to excel in his first year and lead the Sooners to success throughout the remainder of the season.”
The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
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 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
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. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.
About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history, traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.