Last year, Butler dominated the conference and was not awarded coach of the year, offensive player of the year, or defensive player of the year. I posted at that time that it was a bunch of BS. How is it possible that Butler annihilates the conference, has a historically dominant defense, and still can't manage any award for its players or coaches? How in the hell does that work?
Well, it happened again.
I don't have a problem with the offensive player of the year. Marshall is a great athlete, and he put up some numbers. I would have given it to Barnes. Smith was Butler's best option for OPOY, but he was injured/ineffective for the last 3 games. So, fair enough.
But, Tommy Sanders is the best defensive player in the league. I thought he made a good case for DPOY as a freshman. They guy is everywhere all the time, and he can fill up the stat sheet. He's plays the run, plays the pass, and is disruptive all over the field. He's johny on the spot all the time. He's the best player on the best defense in the league.
Troy is the best coach in the league. Is this seriously debatable? I mean, if you mow down the entire conference by an average margin of over 40 points and you don't have the OPOY or the DPOY, then how is it possible that you don't have the best coach? Garden City finished fourth, and fourth doesn't deserve a COY award in my opinion.
Troy Morrell is 137-16. He is the most dominant coach in the history of junior college football. He should win the award every year, but most especially in a year like this when there is no other really strong candidate (ala Independence a few years ago or Fort Scott in '09).
It's like the conference actively looks for reasons not to give awards to Butler. This isn't pop warner, and not everyone is a winner. There is nothing "fair" about spreading awards around to people who have not earned them. Butler should have taken two of these awards.