DALLAS (FWAA) – Colorado's Mike MacIntyre,
whose Buffaloes claimed the Pac-12 South Division title and completed
one of the best turnarounds in college football this season, has
been named the 60th annual FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of
Presented for a third straight year by the Allstate Sugar
Bowl, the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award honors
the top coach in the FBS as selected by the membership of the 76-year-old
"I'm honored and privileged to be the recipient of the Eddie
Robinson Award," MacIntyre said. "It is a testament to our players
and coaches for all their hard work and dedication. Eddie Robinson
was a trailblazer in our industry and was a man that was really
respected throughout the college coaching world and is still highly
regarded to this day."
The FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award will be highlighted
during a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 7, 2017, in
Tampa in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National
Championship. MacIntyre will accept the Eddie Robinson bust at Jackson's
Waterfront Room, near the championship game media hotel. MacIntyre
is the second Colorado coach to win the award after Bill McCartney
MacIntrye, 51, fashioned an FBS-best six-game turnaround (tied
with Central Florida) after a 4-9 record in 2015. The Buffaloes
(10-3) did it behind a stellar defense that has allowed just 20.2
points per game. Colorado, which was picked to finish last in its
division before the season, will make its first bowl appearance
since 2007 in the Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State on Dec. 29
in San Antonio. MacIntyre is just the second Pac-12 coach to win
the award since 1997. Oregon's Chip Kelly earned the honor in the
"The Sugar Bowl Committee is pleased to recognize Coach MacIntyre
for the outstanding job he did with Colorado this year," said Chuck
Lapeyre, President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "After leading the
Buffaloes to their first divisional championship since 2005 and
their first 10-win season since 2001, there is little question he
is very deserving of this honor. All of us here look forward to
joining the Football Writers in honoring Coach MacIntyre next month
"Congrats to Coach Mike MacIntyre and the Colorado University
Buffaloes football program on his winning the 'Eddie' this year,"
said Eddie Robinson III. "Coach MacIntyre represents all that
this award stands for."
"Simply put, Coach MacIntyre is one of the best stories in college
football," said 2016 FWAA President Mark Anderson of the Las
Vegas Review-Journal. "Enough can't be said about taking a
moribund program and turning it into a big winner. Colorado had
patience to let him do the job. CU's 2016 season bore the fruits
of strong rebuilding job in Boulder."
Previously, MacIntyre, now in his fourth season with the Buffaloes,
was head coach at San Jose State, where he turned around that program
before heading to Colorado. The son of former Vanderbilt head coach,
the late George MacIntyre, Mike MacIntyre has a coaching resume
dotted with several assistant coaching stops, including the Dallas
Cowboys and New York Jets in the NFL.
"I had the opportunity to get to know Eddie Robinson through
my dad when he was the head coach at Grambling," MacIntyre said.
"He was really just a distinguished man that I enjoyed being around.
He had unbelievable teams and a lot of great players and invested
in a lot of young men's lives. Again, thank you to the Football
Writers Association of America and the Allstate Sugar Bowl for selecting
the University of Colorado and me being able to accept this honor
on behalf of our team, our coaches and our fans."
The entire FWAA membership had the opportunity to vote on the
Coach of the Year Award, which was narrowed to five finalists earlier
this month. The other finalists were Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck,
Penn State's James Franklin, Washington's Chris Petersen and Alabama's
FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year
Award since 1957 when Ohio State's Woody Hayes won the inaugural
honor. Robinson, a coaching legend at Grambling State University,
has been the FWAA's coaching namesake since 1997.
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
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," took his show often 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 National
Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Eddie Robinson Museum is open in his honor in Grambling,
Louisiana where numerous memorabilia reside, including another bust
of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself
as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted
27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame
coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The
83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from
the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition
to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3
million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of
sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the
organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each
year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in
the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.
The Football Writers Association of America,
founded in 1941, consists of 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 game-day operations,
major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information
about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
The Eddie Robinson Award is a member of the National
College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses
the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast
more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org
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