HOUSTON – Baylor football head coach Art Briles was one of 22 coaches tabbed to the watch list for the 2015 Bryant Coach of the Year Award Wednesday.
The 30th annual American Heart Association Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation seek to recognize excellence in college football coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke.
With Briles at the helm, Baylor has risen to a program-best ranking of No. 2 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. The Bears are 6-0 for the third-straight year – a program first – and 3-0 in conference play for a third-straight year as well.
Briles’ offensive attack leads the nation in yards per game (719.7) and scoring (63.8).
In December, five to 10 finalists for the honor will be announced. Finalists will attend an awards banquet Jan. 13, 2016, at the Hilton Americas Houston, where the winner will be announced live. The Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor determined after all bowl games are concluded and is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
This is the second coach of the year watch list that Briles has appeared on, after being named to the midseason Dodd Trophy watch list on Oct. 16.
Baylor will now host Iowa State at McLane Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday for Homecoming. That game will be nationally televised by ESPN.
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