Houston Head Coach A Finalist For Bryant Award

    UH head football coach Kevin Sumlin is a finalist for the Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.
    UH head football coach Kevin Sumlin is a finalist for the Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.
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    Dec. 17, 2009

    Houston, Texas - Just a week removed from being named the 2009 Conference USA Coach of the Year, University of Houston head football coach Kevin Sumlin was named on Thursday a finalist for the Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Award.

    Mack Brown, University of Texas; Jim Harbaugh, Stanford University; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Chip Kelly, University of Oregon; Chris Petersen, Boise State University and Nick Saban, University of Alabama join Sumlin as a finalist.

    The winner will be voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and announced live at an awards dinner benefiting the American Heart Association on Jan. 14, 2010 at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. The Marathon Oil Corporation Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards is the only college football-coaching award voted on after all bowl games are played. January's event will also recognize The University of Georgia's legendary former coach and athletic director, Vince Dooley, as the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Recipient.

    For the second consecutive season Sumlin has guided the Cougars to a bowl game, leading Houston into the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force on Dec. 31. Last season, Sumlin led UH to a 34-28 win over the Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl...the first bowl win for Houston in 28 years.

    Sumlin led the Cougars to a 10-3 record and captured the C-USA West Division with a 6-2-league mark. Houston enters the bowl game ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and spent 11 of 14 weeks ranked in either the Coaches' or Associated Press polls and made its first-ever appearance in the BCS Standings this season.

    The Cougars boast the nation's No. 1 total offense and passing offense and the No. 2 scoring offense.

    "Marathon is honored to be the title sponsor of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards," said David E. Roberts, Jr., Marathon executive vice president, Upstream. "The funds raised during this event are invaluable in supporting the American Heart Association's mission to fight heart disease and stroke and we are pleased to be able to assist in this effort.



    The Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs for the American Heart Association. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, contact Kristin Rodriguez at 713-610-5026 or visit www.heart.org/bryantawards.

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