LSU football’s Coach Ed Orgeron is one of five college football coaches named Dodd Trophy finalists for their embodiment of the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced the finalists, who represent all of college football’s Power Five conferences, according to Dillon Faulkner.
“The Dodd Trophy is the sport’s most coveted coach of the year award, because it is reserved for the most impactful coaches in all areas of a student-athlete’s success,” Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan said. “This group has separated itself from the rest of the field this year and together have delivered some of the best moments and stories from a fantastic year of college football.”
Orgeron’s Tigers have produced several memorable moments this season, and he led the team to a 13-0 season that yielded a victory against some of LSU’s biggest rivals, including Alabama.
Orgeron’s SEC championship-winning season has given him more nominations, including being named a semifinalist for the Munger Coach of the Year Award, a finalist for the 2019 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and a finalist for the College Football Coach of the Year.
Other coaches who join Orgeron, the coach of the nationally ranked No. 1 team, in being finalists for the Dodd Trophy are Dabo Swinney of No. 3 Clemson, Matt Rhule of No. 7 Baylor, Kyle Whittingham of No. 11 Utah and P.J. Fleck of No. 18 Minnesota.
A panel consisting of previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member chose those finalists, according to Faulkner.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 28 at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, where LSU will face No. 4 Oklahoma.