It's about more than wins and losses
Earlier this week I received my ballot for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. With a number of very worthy candidates on the ballot I know that this should be a close race when the votes start being counted by the Football Writers Association of America.
Brian Kelly has Notre Dame back on the top of the college football world, playing for a BCS championship in January with a Heisman finalist playing in the middle of his defense. Urban Meyer also took his Ohio State team from playing .500 football last year to an undefeated regular season with nothing to show for it. Will Muschamp has Florida back in the SEC discussion the way Meyer had them at their height not so long ago.
David Shaw took Stanford to a Pac 12 championship few expected in a year many anticipated a colossal showdown between Oregon and USC. Shaw and Stanford, without Andrew Luck, beat them both.
Kevin Sumlin led Texas A&M in to the SEC in grand fashion, sending a freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel to New York as a Heisman frontrunner and shocking the SEC by knocking off Alabama in Tuscaloosa to earn some serious respect in their new conference home this season.
Bill Snyder once again found a winning formula using a bunch of players long forgotten in recruiting trails looking to make others regret passing on them, and if not for one poor game the Wildcats would be playing for a BCS championship.
Dave Doeren, heading to North Carolina State, is largely responsible for sending Northern Illinois to the BCS, the first team to do so out of the MAC conference, after winning 12 straight games capped by a double overtime victory in the MAC championship game. Gary Andersen led Utah State to a 10-2 season and the final WAC championship to be awarded in conference history. Utah State's two losses this season both came on the road, at Wisconsin and BYU, by a combined five points.
To put it simply, all of these coaches are worthy of coach of the year honors for a variety of reason. My vote, however, has gone to Penn State's Bill O'Brien.