Finalists named for Bobby Dodd coach of the year award

The Bobby Dodd Trophy has named the five finalists to win the coach of the year award.

The Dodd Trophy does not allow first-year coaches to win the award,

so TCU’s Sonny Dykes is not in the running for the award despite taking the Horned Frogs to the College Football Playoffs.

Michigan‘s John Harbaugh, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, Tulane’s Will Fritz,

 Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, and Georgia’s Kirby Smart are the five finalists for the award.

John Harbaugh helped Michigan make the CFP for a second consecutive year.

Kyle Whittingham and Utah won the Pac-12.

 Tulane won the American Athletic Conference and is 12-1 under Will Fritz. Kansas State and Chris Klieman won the Big 12.

Lastly, Georgia’s Kirby Smart is 13-0 and won a SEC championship.

The Dodd Trophy winner will be announced at the CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.

The award factors in community service and academics as well as on-field performance.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart has already been named as the SEC’s coach of the year.

Why does Kirby Smart have a chance to win the Dodd coach of the year award after winning a national championship?

Why does Kirby Smart have a chance to win the Dodd coach of the year award after winning a national championship?

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