Colorado’s Deion Sanders named to Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list

Colorado’s Deion Sanders named to Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list

Coach Prime earns a spot among the best college football coaches

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders outkicked his coverage this season and finally got some recognition for his coaching efforts. The Buffs currently sit at 4-3, but it’s a monumental turnaround from one of the lowest points in program history.

Coach Prime was named to the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list on Tuesday. He was one of the select few to be added to the list of 26 college football coaches. Here’s a breakdown of the entire group.

ACC

Jeff Brohm – Louisville

Mack Brown – UNC

Mike Elko – Duke

Mike Norvell – Florida State

Big Ten

Ryan Day – Ohio State

James Franklin – Penn State

Jim Harbaugh – Michigan

Mike Locksley – Maryland

Big 12

Lance Leipold – Kansas

Steve Sarkisian – Texas

Brent Venables – Oklahoma

Pac-12

Kalen DeBoer – Washington

Dan Lanning – Oregon

Lincoln Riley – Southern California

Deion Sanders – Colorado

Jonathan Smith – Oregon State

SEC

Eliah Drinkwitz – Missouri

Lane Kiffin –  Ole Miss

Nick Saban – Alabama

Kirby Smart – Georgia

Mark Stoops – Kentucky

Group of Five

Troy Calhoun – Air Force

Curt Cignetti – James Madison

Jamey Chadwell – Liberty

Willie Fritz – Tulane

G.J. Kinne – Texas State

The winner of the award will be announced on January 10, 2024. A group of finalists will be decided by members of the media via the National Sports Media Association, the awards’ executives, and the Bryant Family.

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