Alabama coach Nick Saban on Wednesday evening was named winner of the 2020 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.
It is the second time Saban has won the award, which has been awarded every year since 1986 by the American Heart Association, the first in 2003 when he led LSU to the national championship.
The seven other finalists are Clemson̵7;s Dabo Swinney, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Jamey Chadwell from the Carolina Coast, Mario Cristobal from Oregon, Matt Campbell from Iowa and Tom Allen from Indiana.
Saban joined Gene Stallings in 1992 as the winning Alabama coach.
The award is one of several national awards to be named Coach of the Year. But it is the only award chosen after the season. Shadwell received the Associated Press’ Award, the Eddie Robinson Award and Walter Camp’s Coach of the Year.
Mike Rodak is Alabama’s winning reporter for the Alabama Media Group.Follow him on Twitter. @mikerodak.