On Wednesday the Broyles Award announced it’s 56 nationwide candidates for the nation’s top assistant coach. Once again Cougar defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is on the list. And why not, with the Cougars 10th in the nation in total defense three years after Grinch took over a unit that was frankly a sieve. Grinch has been at WSU for three years and has been a nominee for this award each time.
15 semi-finalists will be chosen from this group and they will be eventually whittled down to five finalists. The finalist’s will travel to Little Rock, Ark where the winner will be announced on December 5th. Last year’s winner was Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who after winning is not eligible for the award this year. The Broyles award was first created in 1996 to honor former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles legacy of developing great assistants.
Other recognizable candidates for the award this year are former EWU head coach and current Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, North Texas offensive coordinator and former Cougar assistant Graham Harrell, and UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.
Lot’s of good candidates, but i would be shocked if Grinch wasn’t a finalist this year.
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