AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn is up for yet another coaching award.
The man in charge of Auburn's program was already named the SEC's coach of the year by the AP on Monday. Now, Malzahn is one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Malzahn has led the Tigers to a 12-1 overall record and a conference title in his first season on the Plains. Ranked No. 2 in the final BCS Standings, Auburn will play No. 1 Florida State in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6.
The other seven finalists are Baylor's Art Briles, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Central Florida's George O'Leary, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Stanford's David Shaw.
The award, voted on by members of the Football Writers Association of America, will accept ballots through 6 p.m. ET on Friday. The winner will be presented at an official reception on Jan. 4 in Newport Beach, Calif.
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Malzahn is also a finalist for another national coach of the year award, this one given by the Maxwell Football Club. One of three finalists — along with Cutcliffe and Pinkel — the winner will be announced Dec. 19. However, the winner won't be formally presented with the award until March, when the Maxwell Club holds its banquet in Atlantic City, N.J.