Another group is giving Penn State's Bill O'Brien consideration for national college football coach of the year.
The Maxwell Football Club on Wednesday joined the Football Writers Association of America and Liberty Mutual in making O'Brien a finalist for its award. O'Brien also is on the watch list for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award.
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Kansas State's Bill Snyder are the Maxwell Club's other two finalists.
O'Brien was named Big Ten coach of the year by both the media and conference coaches after leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record in his first year at the helm in spite of harsh NCAA sanctions that led several of the top players in the program to transfer just weeks before the first game. In their season finale, the Lions beat eventual conference champion Wisconsin in overtime.
The Maxwell Club will announce its coach of the year on Dec. 19. The club announced earlier this week that is was giving its 2012 Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award to the Nittany Lions senior class in recognition of their commitment, leadership and effort this season.
- Philip Cmor