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Ohio State’s Meyer finalist for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year after 12-0 season

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is a finalist for
the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award promotes
charity and scholarship while also honoring coaches for their
sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence, on and off the
field.

Meyer, also a finalist this year for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America, guided the
Buckeyes to a 12-0 record – just the sixth undefeated/untied season in
school history – and to the championship of the Big Ten Conference Leaders
Division.

Urban Meyer (megasportsnews.com photo)

The 10 Football Bowl Subdivision finalists for the Liberty Mutual award
were determined as a result of fan voting through CoachOfTheYear.com and
Twitter from September 12 through December 1, and evaluated through an
objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame.
The coaches were also evaluated against a series of on- and off-field
criteria; including wins, team penalties, sportsmanship, academic
performance by the student-athletes, and charitable commitments in their
communities and beyond. Among Meyer’s charitable activities this year:

§  Buckeye Cruise for Cancer in February;

§  Naples Buckeye Club event to raise money for scholarships in March;

§  Columbus City Schools Special Olympics in May;

§  Speaker at “Lauren’s First and Goal” football camp in June;

§  Held the Ohio State Football Women’s Clinic in June to raise money for
Spielman Foundation and the James Cancer Hospital;

§  Participated in the Chick Fil A Bowl Challenge to raise money for
charity in July;

§  Honorary chair for Red Cross golf outing in August;

§  Keynote speaker for Team Focus, a program that mentors young men; and

§  Keynote speaker for Champions for PLAY, a grant program that provides
opportunities for underprivileged area youth.

Finalists, in addition to Meyer, are Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Jim Mora,
UCLA; Bill O’Brien, Penn State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Nick Saban, Alabama;
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Charlie Strong,
Louisville.

The Coach of the Year will be determined using a combination of College
Football Hall of Fame selection committee vote, fan vote – fans can log
onto www.coachoftheyear.com<http://www.coachoftheyear.com>  to vote
through Dec. 20 – and media vote. The winner will be announced the morning
of Jan. 7.

Meyer, the second-winningest active Football Bowl Subdivision coach with a
winning percentage of .835, is now 116-23 overall, a record that includes
a 65-7 home record, a 68-18 mark against conference competition, a 24-7
record against teams in the Top 25 and a 22-3 record in “rivalry games.”

Urban Meyer Coach of the Year(s) Honors
2000-09          Sporting News Coach of the Decade
2000-09          Sports Illustrated Coach of the Decade
2006                National Coach of the Year (All-American Football
Foundation)
2004                National Coach of the Year (Home Depot, Maxwell Club,
FWAA)
2004                Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year
2003                National Coach of the Year (Sporting News)
2003                Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year
2001                Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year

http://www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com

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