Urban Meyer Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
ATLANTA (September 19, 2016) – 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 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 motivates his players in all aspects of their lives,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “His team has had an exemplary season – on and off the field – and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the Buckeyes the rest of the year.”
Ohio State went on the road this week and scored an impressive out-of-conference win as the Buckeyes defeated No. 14 Oklahoma 45-24 to move to 3-0 on the year. The Buckeyes surged to No. 2 in the AP Poll and look primed for another College Football Playoff run.
Off the field, Meyer strives to develop outstanding young men who will be prepared to succeed in life. This has been reflected with the Ohio State football team’s impressive Academic Progress Rate score of 971 last year.
Meyer also stays active in the community, creating the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research and recruiting cancer research experts to Ohio State. One of the organization’s annual events is the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, which has raised more than $8 million for cancer research.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is thrilled to honor Coach Meyer after a huge road win in Norman,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “Coach Meyers’ continued success on the field, as well as his player’s dedication in the classroom and his work throughout the community, embodies the principles off the Dodd Trophy.”
The annual Dodd Trophy – 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.
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.
Meyers joins Bret Bielema of Arkansas and Paul Chryst of Wisconsin as previous Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honorees.
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.bobbydoddfoundation.com.
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.