It is officially college football watch list season, and the coaches got in on the fun on Friday.
The preseason watch list for The Dodd Trophy, which is presented to the FBS coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom, and in the community, was revealed to include five SEC coaches.
- Jim McElwain, Florida
- Les Miles, LSU
- Nick Saban, Alabama
- Kirby Smart, Georgia
- Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz won the award last season.
Though the SEC is considered college football’s premier conference, the list of SEC coaches that have won the award since its inception in 1976 is actually pretty short.
- 1976: Vince Dooley, Georgia
- 1982: George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt
- 1989: Bill Curry, Alabama
- 2014: Nick Saban, Alabama
Here’s a complete look at the 2016 watch list:
Introducing the 2016 Dodd Trophy Preseason Watch List. ?
— The Dodd Trophy (@DoddTrophy) July 8, 2016