Notre Dame’s Diaco wins 2012 Broyles Award

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has won the Broyles

Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Notre Dame’s defense under Diaco has allowed the fewest

touchdowns in the country this season and is sixth overall in total

defense. The top-ranked Fighting Irish take on Nov. 2 Alabama for

BCS championship on Jan. 7.

The Broyles Award, announced Tuesday, is named for former

Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, whose assistant coaches included

Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs and Jackie Sherrill.

Other finalists this season were Georgia offensive coordinator

Mike Bobo, Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury,

Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Stanford defensive

coordinator Derek Mason.

Last year’s Broyles Award went to LSU defensive coordinator John