Muschamp up for Coach of the Year

Will Muschamp is one of 18 coaches named to the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year Award.

The second-year Florida Gators football coach certainly is deserving of the nomination with his Gators No. 6 in the latest BCS Standings. They are 9-1 heading into a 1 p.m. home finale against Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Last season, the Gators finished 6-6 in the regular season before beating Ohio State 24-17 in the Gator Bowl.

They’ll wrap up the regular season at Florida State on Nov. 24 before learning their bowl destination.

Florida is Co-SEC Eastern Division champs with a 7-1 mark this season after going 35 in league play a year ago. However, Georgia will represent the East in the SEC Championship game after winning the head-to-head matchup. The Bulldogs handed the Gators their lone loss, a 17-9 defeat on Oct. 27 in Jacksonville.

The Gators have played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to the NCAA. Their FBS opponents have combined for a 60-30 record heading into this week’s games.

A list of five to 10 finalists will be announced in early December and they will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 17, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

Muschamp is one of five SEC coaches on the watch list. Here is the list of nominees:

Coach School

David Cutcliffe, Duke

Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Chip Kelly, Oregon

Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Will Muschamp, Florida

Bill O’Brien, Penn State

Chris Petersen, Boise State

Mark Richt, Georgia

Mark Riley, Oregon State

Nick Saban, Alabama

David Shaw, Stanford

Bill Snyder, Kansas State

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

Charlie Strong, Lousiville

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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Mike Capshaw brings a wealth of experience to the Gator Country team. He’s been overseeing all editorial aspects of and Gator Country magazine by managing our team of staffers, interns and freelancers. He is now moving into a bigger role as a reporter by covering the football and basketball beats as well as providing coverage of all sports on campus. Mike’s 15 years in the business has included more than six years of covering SEC sports and recruiting at a daily newspaper in Arkansas. He has also helped launch a newspaper, magazines, websites and even a sports talk radio show. Because Mike puts family ahead of his career, he left the place where he was established when his wife received an opportunity to further her career at UF. He took a leap of faith that he could find a job in the Gainesville area and worked for a year at a newspaper group before joining the Gator Country family in November, 2011. Mike has won Florida Press Association awards for Best Sports Game Story and Best Sports Feature Story in the past two years as well as a company-wide award at his former newspaper group that includes some 60 publications, for Excellence in Sports Reporting. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeCapshawGC.