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Dodd Trophy Releases 2024 Preseason Watch List

Today, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc. have launched the list of 2024 Dodd Trophy presented by PNC Bank candidates. For the year, the list presents 21 of the nation’s leading college football coaches from all the Power Four conferences and one independent.

Sponsored by Peach Bowl, Inc. , and now, by PNC Bank, The Dodd Trophy represents college footballs’ most prestigious national coaching award that honors the head of the team – the man who achieves excellence on the field and understands the role of scholarship, leadership, and integrity, Petty’s coaching philosophy.

This watch list has been developed through a nomination and voting process by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and the Peach Bowl, Inc. and secondary uses factors that included APR, GSR, commitment to service and charity, among other factors to consider the projected success in the 2024 season.

This excluded first-year coaches with their current teams because they are not eligible to win The Dodd Trophy until their second year with the team.

“The Dodd Trophy remains still to be the most cherished coach of the year award because of what can be referred to as the Dodd difference whereby the coaches are scrutinized in addition to their performance on the field,” stated Jim Terry, the chairman of the Boddy Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. ”This award is not just about winning on the field but it attempts to capture how these coaches are leaders with their student athletes in the classroom and in their communities as well, Hence we only consider coaches and their programs with the highest APRs based on the NCAA formula We also require that any coach nominated has led his or her program for at least two years in order to allow time to set the pace and tone at his or her university. ”


The 2024 Dodd Trophy Presented by PNC Bank Preseason Watch List:

Coach

School

Conference

APR (2022-23)

Jeff Brohm

Louisville

ACC

982       

Mario Cristobal

Miami (FL)

ACC

1000

Ryan Day

Ohio State

Big Ten

1000

Dave Doeren

NC State

ACC

984

Eliah Drinkwitz

Mizzou

SEC

997

Kirk Ferentz

Iowa

Big Ten

993

James Franklin

Penn State

Big Ten

959

Marcus Freeman

Notre Dame

Independent

1000

Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State

Big 12

965

Josh Heupel

Tennessee

SEC

965

Brian Kelly

LSU

SEC

977

Lane Kiffin

Ole Miss

SEC

993

Chris Klieman

Kansas State

Big 12

1000

Lance Leipold

Kansas

Big 12

1000

Mike Norvell

Florida State

ACC

997

Brent Pry

Virginia Tech

ACC

990

Lincoln Riley

USC

Big Ten

987

Steve Sarkisian

Texas

SEC

997

Kirby Smart

Georgia

SEC

972

Dabo Swinney

Clemson

ACC

997

Kyle Whittingham

Utah

Big 12

971

Collectively these coaches have the four national championships, 39 FBS conference championships and have garnered 2,135 victories in a coaching career.

From the 21 coaches currently on the list 5 of them are past recipients of The Dodd Trophy this include Dabo Swinney from 2011, Kirk Ferentz from 2015, Brian Kelly from 2018, Kyle Whittingham from 2019 and Mike Norvell from 2023.

Furthermore, two of the competitors for the last year’s award are faced with Mizzou’s Eliah Drinkwitz and the 2023 Dodd Trophy winner Mike Norvell, the head coach of Florida State.

When it comes to the list of coaches, ACC and SEC are on top of all the conferences, has six coaches enlisted while the Big12 and the BigTen and have four each.

PNC has become a part of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc to present this award and according to Eddie Meyers, the PNC regional president for Georgia, he said, “PNC is honored to support the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Peach Bowl, Inc. and present this award. ” “It will be a pleasure to watch this brilliant team of collegiate coaches through the season to see how they cultivate leaders not only in the team but in all aspects of life. ”

”These 21 coaches have continued to embody the very essence of what The Dodd Trophy represents even as our sport changes year after year,” Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan said. >This year it has been a privilege to anticipate the start of the new age of college football with the newly increased College Football Playoff and to see how these coaches are paving the way in performance, in the classroom, and in their communities.

An interim shortlist, expanding or trimming it, will be issued in the fall out midseason. Ten spot award winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will select the final nominee list after the 2024 season. The 2024 Dodd Trophy Presented by PNC Bank Award will be awarded in Atlanta during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Games week.

Coaches of the teams having success on the playing field the previous week will be also be recognized from September on a weekly basis, as will the Dodd Coach of the Week, but the winning program has to represent the award’s principles of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

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