Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has been selected a finalist for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

The first-year Nittany Lion mentor last week was named the Big Ten's Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media) and Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches).

O'Brien is joined as a finalist for the 2012 Eddie Robinson Award by: Gary Andersen (Utah State), Dave Doeren (Northern Illinois), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Will Muschamp (Florida), David Shaw (Stanford), Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M).

The FWAA membership will vote this week and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year will be announced on Dec. 13.

The FWAA has selected a national Coach of the Year every year since 1957, with the award being re-named in 1997 for former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson. Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno earned the honor in 1978, 1982 and 1986.

Named Penn State's 15th head football coach on January 6, 2012, O'Brien became the seventh first-year head coach to earn the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year in the 41 years it has been awarded.

Also on the Watch List for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year, O'Brien led the Nittany Lions to victories in eight of their final 10 games, earning an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten, with the only losses coming to division winners Ohio State and Nebraska. O'Brien's eight wins are the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program.



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