Paterno Up for Coach of the Year

Coach Joe Paterno has just been named as a George Munger Coach of the Year Award semi-finalist thanks to his turnaround effort this season for the Nittany Lions.

The only two Big Ten semi-finalists for the honor, Paterno and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, will square off this Saturday.

Paterno has brought Penn State back to the national spotlight with a 8-1 record, a possible Big Ten title and BCS bowl bid, a turnaround few expected.

The complete semi-finalist list for the 17th George Munger Award is:

Barry Alvarez University of Wisconsin
Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
Bobby Bowden Florida State University
Mack Brown University of Texas
Pete Carroll University of Southern California
Larry Coker University of Miami
Karl Dorrell UCLA
Les Miles Louisiana State University
Joe Paterno Penn State University
Mark Richt University of Georgia
Mike Shula University of Alabama
Charlie Weis Notre Dame


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