Harbaugh One of Seven Finalists for Bear Bryant Coaching Award

Dec. 17, 2009

HOUSTON-- Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is one of seven finalists for the Marathon Oil Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, named for the nation's top coach.

Harbaugh, who will lead his team to the Brut Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve, is joined on the list by fellow finalists: Mack Brown (Texas), Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech), Chip Kelly (Oregon), Chris Petersen (Boise State), Nick Saban (Alabama) and Kevin Sumlin (Houston).

Harbaugh has led an resurgence on The Farm, sending the Cardinal to its first bowl game since 2001, thanks in part to Heisman Trophy runner-up and Doak Walker Award winner Toby Gerhart.

The 8-4 Cardinal have set a school-record for scoring and rushing this season, posting three wins over top-25 opponents, including back-to-back wins over then No. 7 Oregon 51-42 and then No. 11 USC 55-21.

Harbaugh, has a 46-25-0 record in six seasons as a head coach at the University of San Diego and at Stanford. He is in his third year at Stanford.

The winner will be voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and announced live at an awards dinner benefiting the American Heart Association on January 14 at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. The coaching award is the only one of its kind voted on after the bowl season is complete.

Information for the event can be obtained by calling (713) 610-5026 or www.heart.org/bryantawards.

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