Tuberville Wins Bear Bryant Coach Of Year Honor

Auburn's head football coach picked up his fifth major coach of the year award.

Houston, Tex.--Tommy Tuberville won his third national coach of the year award when he was named the winner of the 2004 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year on Thursday night.

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association presents the award annually.

Tuberville was earlier Schutt Sports and the American Football Coaches Association coach of the year awards as well as the SEC Coach of the Year awards presented by the the league's coaches and the AP.

The other finalists for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award were Southern California's Pete Carroll, Boise State's Dan Hawkins, Urban Meyer (formerly of Utah, now at Florida), Louisville's Bobby Petrino and Texas-El Paso's Mike Price.

"I am honored to be the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award winner," Tuberville said. "It is a great honor to be the next coach to win this prestigious award and to be mentioned along with the other finalists this year. The selection is based on all of the hard work the Auburn staff and players put in this season. This is a team award, not an individual award.

"I would also like to thank the American Heart Association and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for this award."

Tuberville's team finished 13-0, the first time an Auburn football team has won that many games in a single season. His Tigers are on a 15-game winning streak. They finished second in the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.

The Tigers won their first SEC title since 1989.

In six seasons as head coach at Auburn, Tuberville has posted a 51-24 overall record and 31-17 mark in SEC games Auburn has at least shared the Western Division crown in four of his six seasons and won the SEC title in 2004 for the first time since 1989.

Tuberville is the second Auburn head coach to win the award. Terry Bowden was honored in 1993. Tuberville was the first Auburn coach to win the AFCA's association award that was presented earlier this week.

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