Little Rock, AR – The Broyles Award, established to honor college football’s assistant coach of the year, announced today that the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) was added to their selection process. In addition, the Broyles Award added College Football Hall of Fame coach and player Steve Spurrier and Oklahoma’s all-time winningest coach Bob Stoops to its selection committee.
“We are thrilled to add the FWAA, an organization who has intensely covered college football for eight decades, to our selection process. The addition of Coach Spurrier and Coach Stoops, means we are committed to having the sport’s very best evaluating the invaluable work of assistant coaches each season.” said Molly Arnold, vice president of the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation and granddaughter of Frank Broyles. Since the creation of Broyles Award in 1996, 42 finalists and winners have become head coaches, with 28 currently holding that title in both college and the NFL.
“Coach Broyles was an outstanding coach and person during his career in the Southwest Conference and later in the Southeastern Conference”, said FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson. “The establishment of this award in 1996 has benefitted in the promotion of assistant coaches. The FWAA is proud to be a part of it, simply because we share history with Coach Broyles and the winners of his award.”
The FWAA will announce the 10-12 members of the Broyles Award advisory panel later. The group will present a broad cross section of the organization’s members. There are several tie-ins between the Broyles Award and FWAA. In 1964 Broyles accepted the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy for the Arkansas Razorback’s national championship team. Additionally, the FWAA has selected a Coach of the Year since 1957. The FWAA Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has been presented in the name of the late Grambling State University Coach, Eddie Robinson for the past 20 seasons. The announcement of the winner is made in mid-December each year.
Coach Spurrier, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, won 228 games as a collegiate head coach including 6 SEC titles and a national championship for the Gators in 1996. Bob Stoops is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history with 190 victories.
Frank Broyles, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease on August 14 of this year. Coach Broyles, had a remarkable track record of recruiting, training and mentoring outstanding assistant coaches who would later become successful head coaches. His 27 assistants that became head coaches collectively won 6 Super Bowl titles in 14 years, 5 College National Football Championships, 40 conference titles and over 2000 victories. Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs, Johnny Majors, Hayden Fry, Raymond Berry and Jackie Sherrill represent a handful of successful head coaches who were assistants under Frank Broyles.
The winner of the 2017 Broyles Award will be announced at ceremony in Little Rock, Ark. on December 5. Proceeds from the Broyles Award support the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation and its mission of serving Alzheimer’s caregivers in crisis by providing resources, training and education, and counseling. Over 1 million copies of “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” have been distributed in 11 languages.
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About the Football Writers Association of America
The Football Writers Association of America, founded in 1941, consists of 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
The FWAA’s Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Broyles Award are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.