Nick Saban Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (October 17, 2016) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban 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.

“Under Coach Saban’s leadership, Alabama football has become one of the most consistent and successful programs in the country during the past decade,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “After this weekend’s convincing victory over No. 9 Tennessee, Coach Saban has once again put his team in a position to compete for an SEC and National Championship. With his success, both on and off the field, as well as his community and charitable work, you can see why Coach Saban was an easy pick for this week.”

Alabama traveled to Knoxville to take on No. 9 Tennessee in a matchup of two long-time rivals. The Crimson Tide took an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. Alabama outgained Tennessee by more than 400 total yards, including an impressive 438-32 advantage on the ground. The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on every side of the ball, adding an interception and punt return for scores. Alabama improves to 7-0 on the year and 4-0 in the SEC.

Coach Saban, the 2014 Dodd Trophy recipient, is fresh off his fifth national championship, joining former Crimson Tide coach Paul “Bear” Bryant as the only other coach to win five national titles in the modern era. His on-the-field success has been matched in the classroom as Alabama earned an impressive Academic Progress Rate score of 979 last year.

Along with his wife, Terry, the Sabans started the Nick’s Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children, family, teacher and student causes. To date, the Nick’s Kids Foundation has distributed more than $6 million to more than 150 charities. Additionally, Nick and Terry Saban have personally donated more than $1 million to the First Generation Scholarship at the University of Alabama.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is proud to honor Coach Saban after another big win for the Alabama program,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “As a previous winner of this prestigious award, Coach Saban is certainly a deserving recipient of this honor and we look forward to seeing the Crimson Tide continue to succeed this season under his leadership.”

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.

2016 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Paul Chryst Wisconsin
2 Bret Bielema Arkansas
3 Urban Meyer Ohio State
4 Gus Malzahn Auburn
5 Larry Fedora North Carolina
6 Ken Niumatalolo Navy

The winner of the 2016 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 2016 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. 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 the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first College Football Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent (26 of 48) of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $150 million in team payouts during its 48-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 $19.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.