Gundy Named Eddie Robinson Coach Of The Year

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been named the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The award, which is presented by the Fiesta Bowl, is selected by the members of the Football Writers Association of America.

Gundy, a finalist for the award last season, is the first OSU coach to win the FWAA's coach of the year award and was selected in an association-wide vote from five finalists, including LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder, Michigan's Brady Hoke and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. Gundy is the third coach from the Big 12 to win the award in the past 12 years.

The official presentation of the Eddie Robinson trophy will be at a reception on Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Cochon in the New Orleans Warehouse District. ESPN's Mark May will host the event. Eddie Robinson Jr., officials from the Fiesta Bowl, the FWAA and the Eddie Robinson Museum will be in attendance.

"What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Gundy said in a release. "We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way."

Gundy led OSU to its first outright conference title since 1948, when the school was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cowboys (11-1) won their first 10 games before they suffered an upset loss in overtime at Iowa State. But they rebounded with a decisive 44-10 season-ending victory over rival Oklahoma to win the outright Big 12 title and earn the school's first berth in a BCS bowl.

"Mike Gundy has earned this honor by inspiring excellence in his players. He led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 record in one of the nation's toughest conferences, and he did it with an entertaining style of play that captured the nation's attention," said Robert Shelton, the Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. "The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is thrilled to match the Cowboys against the Stanford Cardinal in the highest-rated non-championship BCS bowl this year."

The Cowboys are one of the most explosive teams in college football this year, ranking second in the country in points per game (49.3), second in the country in passing offense (386.2 yards) and third in the country in total offense (557.0 yards).

"Coach Gundy is a very worthy winner of the Eddie Robinson Award this season," FWAA president Tommy Hicks said. "The Cowboys were one of college football's most exciting offensive teams and came within an overtime loss of making the national title game. Oklahoma State has risen to national prominence under Coach Gundy."

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