After a 7-0 start and a tough loss to No. 11 Wisconsin, Mike Riley is getting some national recognition. Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced that Riley is one of 18 coaches added to the Dodd Trophy Mid-Season Watch List.
The coaches added to the watch list represent programs which hold "the highest ideals of leadership, scholarship and integrity on and off the field". Each of the coaches represent teams with winning records, superior Academic Progress Rate scores, high graduation rates and commitment to serving the communities.
“We are at the midpoint of the college football season and in our opinion, these 18 head coaches have separated themselves from the rest of the pack,” Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation said. “Whether it is their current on-field success, high academic standing or community involvement, these are the coaches who have best represented what the Dodd Trophy is all about.”
Riley is one of four Big Ten coaches added to the list, including Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst and Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer.
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