Meyer nominated for pair of national awards

BY Marcus Hartman • December 9, 2014

Urban Meyer was not named Big Ten Coach of the Year, but he is accumulating potential honors on the national level after leading Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday morning the head coach of the Buckeyes is up for its National Coach of the Year Award along with Mark Helfrich of Oregon and Dan Mullen of Mississippi State. Mullen was an assistant for Meyer at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida before taking over the Bulldogs program in 2009. The winner of the MFC award will be announced Dec. 22.

Earlier this week, Meyer was named one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

The other finalists for the FWAA's honor are Art Briles of Baylor, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State, Justin Fuente of Memphis, Bryan Harsin of Boise State, Gary Patterson of TCU, Nick Saban of Alabama and Helfrich. The winner will be announced Dec. 15.

Meyer previously won both awards as head coach of an undefeated Utah team in 2004.

The last Ohio State football coach to win a national coach of the year award was Jim Tressel in 2002.

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