Nick Saban Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (November 10, 2015) – 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 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.

“Under Coach Saban’s leadership the past nine years, Alabama football has become one of the most consistent programs in the country,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “With this past week’s victory over No. 2 LSU, Saban has once again put his team in a position to compete for an SEC and National Championship. With his on-field success, a top-15 APR ranking, and a Foundation that has given out more than $6 million, you can see why he is a previous winner of The Dodd Trophy.”

Not only has Alabama performed exceptionally well on the football field, but in the classroom as well. The team boasts an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 978 out of a possible 1,000, which ranks 15th in the country. In 2014, the Crimson Tide had 22 graduates on the roster at the end of the season, tied for the most in the nation, and seven players with their master’s degree in hand, which was tops in the nation. Since Coach Saban’s arrival in 2007, Alabama Football has produced seven Academic All-Americans, two National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winners and two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners.

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.

On Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama defeated No. 2 LSU 30-16 to improve its overall record to 8-1. With the victory, the Crimson Tide jumped four spots in the AP Top 25 Poll and check-in this week at No. 3. Now in his ninth year as head coach, Saban has won three national championships and has put together a 92-12 record in his last eight seasons. In 2014, the Tide reached the 10-win milestone for the seventh consecutive season and won 11 or more games for the fourth straight year which set a conference record. With another SEC Championship win in 2014, Saban is now 9-1 all-time in conference or national championship games.

The winner of the 2014 Dodd Trophy, Nick Saban led Alabama to a 12-2 record and the top seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinals. The Crimson Tide student-athletes had the third best APR in the SEC and his foundation, Nick’s Kids, awarded more than $600,000 to state and local organizations.

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  

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.