Dec. 10, 2009
University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly was named as the ESPN Home Depot Coach of the Year.
The award will be presented to University Kelly as a part of The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards - live on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
In his third full season at Cincinnati, Kelly led the Bearcats to a 12-0 record and their second consecutive BIG EAST Conference championship. Unranked in preseason polls, Cincinnati's undefeated regular season catapulted the Bearcats to No. 3 in the BCS standings this week and earned them an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Kelly earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors for the third time in as many seasons on the Bearcats sideline. Kelly led the Bearcats - who were picked third in the BIG EAST preseason media poll - to a 12-0 season, their second straight outright conference championship and their second straight appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game.
Kelly is also a finalist for four other national awards, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award (Football Writers Association of America), Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, and the George Munger Award (Maxwell Football Club).
Cincinnati finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the final BCS standings and is headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl to face No. 5 Florida.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson was the runner-up for the award in a close vote.