DALLAS (FWAA) – Texas Christian University's Gary Patterson has been named the winner of the
2014 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, becoming the eighth person to claim the writers' award at least twice in the first year of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's presenting sponsorship.
Patterson joins Nick Saban (LSU, Alabama), Lou Holtz (Arkansas, Notre Dame), Darrell Royal (Texas), John McKay (USC) and Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh) as two-time winners of the 58-year-old
National Coach of the Year Award. Woody Hayes (Ohio State) and
Joe Paterno (Penn State) each won the award three times during
"I'd like to thank the Football Writers Association of America," said
Patterson, the winningest football coach in TCU history (131-45). "I'm very
honored and humbled to be a part of such a great award and the man it
Patterson's 2014 TCU team, after being picked to finish seventh by the media before the season, claimed a share of the Big 12 Conference football title in only its third season in the league. Rebounding from a 4-8 record in the 2013 season, the Horned Frogs (11-1 overall, 8-1 in the Big 12) finished sixth in the final College Football Playoff
rankings. TCU will meet No. 9 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31
The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be highlighted during a
reception at the Renaissance Hotel on Jan. 10, 2015, in Dallas, where Patterson
will accept the Eddie Robinson bust at the College Football Playoff National
Championship Game media
hotel. He will place it alongside the bust he won five seasons
Patterson, in his 14th season as the Horned Frogs' head coach, also claimed
the Eddie Robinson Award in 2009 when TCU won a Mountain West Conference
championship, played in the Fiesta Bowl and finished with a 12-1 record and No.
6 ranking. Patterson was also a finalist for the award in 2003 and 2010. Previous to Patterson, the last Big 12 coach to win the award was
Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy in 2011.
What they are saying about Coach Gary Patterson ...
"The Sugar Bowl Committee is pleased to recognize Coach Patterson for the
outstanding job he did with his TCU squad this year," said Dennis Waldron,
President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "Throughout the season Coach Patterson
exhibited many of the same great characteristics for which Eddie Robinson was
known over his lifetime in coaching. All of us here look forward to joining the
Football Writers in honoring Coach Patterson with this great award next month in
"Congrats to Coach Gary Patterson, the TCU football program and the Big 12 on
his winning the 2014 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," said Eddie
Robinson III, grandson of the legendary coach. "It is indeed a well deserved
honor to be bestowed upon Coach Patterson, and his program's accomplishments
this 2014 season are reflective of what this award represents."
"Gary Patterson had a phenomenal season, " said 2014 FWAA President Kirk
Bohls from the Austin American-Statesman. "He was bold enough to revamp his
offensive philosophy and hire a pair of new offensive coordinators, and the
results were outstanding. He took TCU from a four-win season in 2013 to within a
whisker of the College Football Playoff semifinals in 2014 and coached the Frogs
to a Big 12 co-championship with an amazing turnaround."
The entire FWAA membership had the opportunity to vote on the winner of the
association's Coach of the Year Award, which was narrowed to eight finalists
earlier this month. The other seven finalists were Art Briles (Baylor), Jimbo
Fisher (Florida State), Justin Fuente (Memphis), Bryan Harsin (Boise State),
Mark Helfrich (Oregon), Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and Nick Saban (Alabama).
The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year Award
since 1957 when Ohio State's Hayes won the inaugural honor. Robinson, a coaching
legend at Grambling State University, has been the FWAA's coaching namesake
The late Robinson is the winningest coach in Division I history (408 games).
Robinson, who passed away on April 3, 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games during
his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern
Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His
Tigers claimed nine Black College Football Championships during his career spent
all at the same school.
Robinson, who was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who Made the
Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years," often took his show
on the road to places such as the Louisiana Superdome, the Cotton Bowl,
the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium. And with his star-studded array
of players, Robinson helped integrate professional football.
In 1949, Grambling standout Tank Younger was the first player from a
Historically Black College to sign with an NFL Team (Los Angeles Rams). By 1963,
Buck Buchanan became the first player from a Historically Black College to be
selected first overall in the professional draft (American Football League by
the Kansas City Chiefs). Over the years, Robinson produced a Who's Who of
professional football players, with more than 200 of his former players dotting
In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual All-Pro
Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling team and Alcorn State became the first
college teams to play a game in the Louisiana Superdome. The next season,
Robinson's Tigers, along with Morgan State, became the first American college
football teams to play in Japan.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the keys to
cities all over the planet, has been awarded in every form and fashion and has
honorary degrees from many schools. His bust is one of two coaching awards that
are displayed in the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Eddie Robinson Museum is open in his honor in Grambling, La., where
numerous memorabilia reside, including another bust of the Eddie Robinson Coach
of the Year Award.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 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 gameday 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 or 214-870-6516.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself
as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted
23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame
coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The
81st Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 1, 2015, will
be an integral part of a new era in college football as it will
be one of the first playoff semifinal games in the College Football
Playoff which begins with the 2014 season. In addition to football,
the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives
through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and
clinics. For more information, visit allstatesugarbowl.org.
The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National
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Eddie Robinson Award
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Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
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