Chizik has company among ex-ISU coaches


During the college football awards show last week, it was a parade of outstanding achievers.

Among the Big 12 honorees were Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State (Biletnikoff Award), Von Miller of Texas A&M (Butkus Award) and Dan Bailey of Oklahoma State (Groza Award).

The 2010 Home Depot College Football Coach of the Year was a familiar name, too. Auburn’s Gene Chizik.

In two years, Chizik has brought national relevance back to Auburn football largely on the back of do-everything quarterback Cam Newton.

Although Iowa State may be in Chizik’s rearview mirror as he prepares for the BCS National Championship Game, his term in Ames will always be a part of his resume. He’s not, however, the first coach with ISU connections to go on and earn national COY honors.

Here’s a list of six former ISU head or assistant coaches (in addition to Chizik), who went on to earn seven national coach of the year honors:

Johnny Majors (Pitt) – 1973 FWAA and Walter Camp Coach-of-the-Year
Majors (Pitt) – again in 1976 – FWAA, AFCA and The Sporting News Coach-of-the-Year
Earle Bruce (Ohio State) – 1979 FWAA and AFCA Coach-of-the-Year
Jackie Sherrill (Pitt) – 1981 Walter Camp Coach-of-the-Year
Jimmy Johnson (Miami) – 1986 Walter Camp Coach-of-the-Year
Pete Carroll (USC) – 2003 Home Depot and AFCA Coach-of-the-Year
Mack Brown (Texas) – 2008 Bobby Dodd Coach-of-the-Year

There probably aren’t a lot of schools nationally that can brag of such a coaching history.

And, don’t forget that Pop Warner (who introduced the screen pass, shoulder and thigh pads and many other innovations to the game of football while winning four national championships) coached the Cyclones from 1895-99.

Chizik, indeed, has some pretty select company.

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