BOISE, Idaho Following the completion of an undefeated (12-0) regular season, Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen has been named one of nine finalists for the 2006 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.
In his first year directing the Bronco program, Petersen guided Boise State to its fifth straight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship and the school’s highest ranking in the USA Today’s Coaches poll at No. 9.
Boise State is also ranked 10th in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 8 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings. The Broncos eighth place ranking in the BCS standings has put the Boise State football program in position to receive its first ever invitation to a BCS Bowl game. A non-BCS conference team which wins its league title, and is ranked 12th or higher in the final standings, will receive an automatic berth to a BCS game. The final BCS rankings will be announced on Sunday (Dec. 3) during a live broadcast by Fox Sports.
The other finalists include Arkansas’ Houston Nutt, Rutgers’ Greg Schiano, Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe, Houston’s Art Briles, Hawaii’s June Jones, Michigan’s Lloyd Carr, BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops.
The finalists will be placed on a ballot which the members of the Football Writers Association will vote. The winner will be announced on Jan. 5 (Friday) in Glendale, Ariz.
, in conjunction with the BCS National Championship game.