Each year, numerous media groups look to honor players, teams, and coaches for their hard work and accomplishments throughout the season. One of the most prestigious awards handed out is the Coach of the Year award, which seeks to honor a leader who stands out above all of his peers.
Often, the coach who receives the honor has to deal with adversity and must find a way to overcome certain obstacles. While the award has never been bestowed upon an interim head coach, this is the year that could, and should, change.
There are a number of very worthy candidates in 2013 – names such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Baylor’s Art Briles, and Alabama’s Nick Saban are popular choices for obvious reasons.
Malzahn has brought a team that went a dismal 3-9 last season to the brink of an SEC Championship Game berth.
Briles has been at the helm of a surprising squad that has dominated quality competition.
Saban has been the model of consistency and is yet again demolishing anything an...