BOISE, Idaho - The Football Writers Association of America, in conjunction with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, has announced its eight finalists for the 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and Boise State University head coach Chris Petersen is among the group.
Petersen joins Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, Auburn's Gene Chizik, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Oregon's Chip Kelly and TCU's Gary Patterson.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 6 (Monday) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Petersen was also a finalist for the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
The FWAA award is named after the late Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University of 55 yards. He has more Division I victories (408) than any other coach in the history of college football. The FWAA has presented a national coach of the year award since 1957, and named the award in Robinson's honor in 1997.
In his fifth year directing the Bronco program, Petersen's overall record is 59-4 for a 93.7 winning percentage. He has guided Boise State to three Western Athletic Conference championships and two victories in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
This year he has once again positioned the Broncos as one of the top teams in the country. Undefeated at 10-0, Boise State is ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches', Associated Press and Harris Interactive polls. The Broncos are fourth in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings. Boise State also has the longest winning streak in the country at 24.