Urban Meyer Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Meyer coaches Buckeyes to historic comeback win against No. 2 Penn State to soar into the top three of the AP Poll

Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy 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.

“Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes pulled off a comeback for the ages,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “A win of this magnitude can certainly go a long way in helping the Buckeyes punch a ticket to their third College Football Playoff appearance.”

In his sixth season at Ohio State, Coach Meyer has coached the Buckeye football program to success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. His latest success came when Ohio State took down No. 2 Penn State in a thrilling 39-38 come-from-behind victory in front of 109,302 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes rallied back from two separate 18-point deficits, marking the largest deficit overcome by an Urban Meyer-coached team.

Overall, Coach Meyer is 68-7 through five seasons leading one of the most storied programs in college football. He lead the Buckeyes to the program’s eighth national championship by winning the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) in 2014, along with a Big Ten crown that year as well. With 16 seasons under his belt as a head coach, his .851 winning percentage (172-30) is the highest among all active coaches with at least 10 years of experience at a four-year school, and is third-highest in Division I history.

The Buckeyes are just as dedicated off the field as they are on it, earning an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 975 last season. Additionally, four of Meyer’s student-athletes earned academic All-American honors the past three years and one National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award. The team is also coming off its finest academic semester under Meyer last fall with a record number of students with 3.0 (or above) grade point averages for the semester.

In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Meyer and his wife Shelley created The Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. It is a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research for all cancers. Each year, the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer sets sail on a cruise ship full of Buckeye greats and athletes, along with thousands of fans from Buckeye nation. Proceeds from the Buckeye Cruise benefit the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research.

On top of his numerous accomplishments on and off the field, Meyer also recently made the list of 20 distinguished coaches for the 2017 Dodd Trophy Midseason Watch List. He also was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week in 2014 and 2016 after big wins over Michigan State and Oklahoma to remain undefeated.

“Coach Meyer is an excellent example of a coach who is active on the field, in the classroom and throughout his community,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “We are proud of all that he and his wife are doing to raise money for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research.”

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.

2017 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Jim Mora UCLA
2 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
3 Dan Mullen Mississippi State
4 Gary Patterson TCU
5 Mike Leach Washington State
6 Matt Campbell Iowa State
7 Dino Babers Syracuse
8 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
9 Urban Meyer Ohio State

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.

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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 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 of 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/CFAPeachBowl.