Gatlin went undefeated in the sprints throughout the Indoor and Outdoor seasons, and now has won six consecutive NCAA sprint titles, a feat unprecedented in school history. He has at least tied for high scorer honors in the last three NCAA meets and last two SEC meets he has entered.
In an ironic twist, Doug Brown (formerly of UT) was tabbed SEC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year mere weeks after being fired by Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley.
Other awards ...
Female Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year: Lashinda Demus, S.Carolina
Male Outdoor Freshman of the Year: Bennie Brazell, LSU
Female Outdoor Freshman of the Year: Lashinda Demus, S.Carolina
Women's Outdoor Track Coach of the Year: Cursit Frye, S.Carolina
Meanwhile, the SEC has tabbed LSU track star Walter Davis and Alabama gymnast Andree' Pickens its Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. The awards were voted by the 12 SEC athletics directors.