Coach Of Year Finalists Include Former UM’s Murphy
Former UMaine coach and current Harvard coach Tim Murphy is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year award.
Murphy's Harvard team finished the season 10-0, including a win over FBS Army. His team is the only unbeaten team in FCS. The Crimson do not participate in football post-season .
Murphy spent two years as UMaine offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 1987 and 1988. He was the youngest coach(age 30) in the country at the time. His two year record at Maine was 15-8.
He left Maine to take the University of Cincinnati job for six years before taking over at Harvard in 1994. His record with the Crimson is 147-62.
UNH coach Sean McDonnell is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award. His Wildcats are the CAA conference champs and with a 10-1 record head into the playoffs as the #1 seed.
A year ago, UMaine's Jack Cosgrove was a finalist for the award. He finished third in nationwide voting.
Here's a list of finalists for this year. The winner will be announced December 15th...
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington (Big Sky Conference)
Has led Eagles to a third straight conference title, a 10-2 record, a No. 4 ranking in the final regular-season poll and into the FCS playoffs
Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
The Aggies won a share of the conference title for the first time since 2003 and posted their highest win total (nine) since that same season, while climbing into the Top 25 for the first time in over 10 years.
Clint Conque, Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference)
While improving a 3-9 record last year to 8-4 in Conque's first season, the Lumberjacks have defeated two Top 10 opponents and qualified for the FCS playoffs.
Marty Fine, Bryant (Northeast Conference)
The Bulldogs appeared in the Top 25 for the first time ever and won eight games - the most since their program moved into the FCS ranks in 2008.
Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
In his first season at his alma mater, Fobbs has turned around a 1-11 squad with a seven-win season and a chance to reach the SWAC championship game.
John Grass, Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Has led the Gamecocks to a perfect conference record in his first season as well as the No. 3 national ranking and a 10-game winning streak heading into the FCS playoffs.
Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
Has guided the Colonels to nine wins - the most in his seven seasons - second place in the OVC and into the FCS playoffs.
Russ Huesman, Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
With a perfect record in conference play, the champion Mocs are 9-3 and headed to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984.
Lee Hull, Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
The Bears were picked ninth in the MEAC under their first-year coach but have gone 7-5 with a share of their first conference title in 35 years, advancing to the FCS playoffs for the first time.
Chris Klieman, North Dakota State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
After a 9-0 start that was the best by a first-year coach in Missouri Valley history, the Bison are 11-1 and No. 2-ranked entering the FCS playoffs.
Mike Kramer, Idaho State (Big Sky Conference)
An 8-4 season represented the Bengals' combined win total over the previous five seasons, and they have moved into the Top 25 for the first time since 2005.
Dale Lindsey, San Diego (Pioneer Football League)
Has directed the Toreros to a 9-2 record and the PFL championship as well as a berth in the FCS playoffs for the first time.
Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire (CAA Football)
The Wildcats are No. 1 ranked and the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs after posting a 10-1 record, including a perfect season in CAA Football.
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
Led the Chanticleers to the No. 2 ranking and the first 11-0 start in Big South history while earning a share of the conference title and an FCS playoff berth.
Tim Murphy, Harvard (Ivy League)
Led the Crimson to the league title for an eighth time and a 10-0 record for the only unbeaten finish in the regular season among all FCS programs.
Tony Reno, Yale (Ivy League)
Early season victory over FBS member Army helped push the Bulldogs to an 8-2 record - their highest win total since 2007.
Mike Sanford, Indiana State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
In his second season, Sanford has turned around a 1-11 team with a seven-win campaign and the Sycamores' first FCS playoff bid since 1984.
Brock Spack, Illinois State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
The Redbirds have earned a share of the conference title, doubling their 2013 win total with a 10-1 record and earning a bid to the FCS playoffs.
Mark Speir, Western Carolina (Southern Conference)
A 7-5 record marked the Catamounts' first winning season since 2001 and they shared second place for their best finish in the conference since 1992.
Joe Susan, Bucknell (Patriot League)
With an 8-3 record, the Bison reached that win level for only the fifth time in their 129-year history, and finished second in the league standings.
Everett Withers, James Madison (CAA Football)
A seven-game winning streak to end the regular season has pushed the Dukes and their first-year coach to a 9-3 record and into the FCS playoffs.