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From the Texas SID:
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Texas head coach Mack Brown, who was born and raised in Cookeville, Tenn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club. The Neyland Trophy is awarded annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics.
First awarded in 1967, the Neyland Trophy is named in honor of Hall of Fame and legendary head coach Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who coached the Vols from 1926-52 and was UT athletics director until his death in 1962.
“It’s a huge honor for me,” said Brown, “Not only to be getting an award in his name, but also looking at all the great coaches like [Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award winner] Coach [Lee] Corso who will be there with us that have won this award before.”
"Having grown up in Middle Tennessee, the legend of General Neyland has been with me all of my life," Brown added. "From the time I was a little kid, I can remember my dad and granddad, who were both football coaches, talking about him. I came to respect not only what he meant to the game of college football and to our state of Tennessee, but also what his military service meant to America.
“I always dreamed of playing at a place like Tennessee or coaching at a place like Tennessee and Coach Neyland was always a huge part of that.”
The award presentation will take place Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m., at the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville.
Brown will be honored on the field later that afternoon in pregame ceremonies before Tennessee's annual DISH Orange and White Game.
"I have always respected [Coach Neyland’s] patriotism,” said Brown, “and it is a true honor to be able to stand in the stadium named for him and receive an award that bears his name. When I look at the list of coaches who have gotten this award, I am both humbled and honored."
Brown completed his 15th season at Texas and 29th overall as a head coach in 2012. He led the Longhorns to a 9-4 mark and a victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, making his record 150-43 at Texas, and 236-117-1 overall. The 236 wins rank him 11th all-time. Brown is one of three active FBS head coaches to reach the 200-win plateau, and one of only two FBS head coaches to lead his team to 20 bowl games in 21 seasons and 22 winning seasons in the last 23 years. He has guided the Longhorns to six Big 12 South Division titles, two Big 12 championships, four BCS Bowl berths and two appearances in the BCS National Championship game, winning it all in 2005.
Recently named the 2013 AFCA President, Brown has been named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year three times and Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 2008. He earned Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a 13-0 record and a BCS championship, and in 2009, was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after a 13-1 season. The 2010 season ended a streak of nine straight seasons of 10 or more wins for the Brown-led Longhorns, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history.
Brown arrived in Austin after 10 years with the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to a 54-18 record in his final six seasons, including three 10-win seasons and six straight bowl games. Brown began his head coaching career in 1983 at Appalachian State, leading the Mountaineers to a 6-5 record for one season before being picked up as an offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma in 1984. Brown earned his second head coaching opportunity in 1985 at Tulane. He inherited a program that had suffered three straight losing seasons and led them to a 6-5 regular season record in 1987 and a berth in the Independence Bowl, the program's fourth bowl appearance since 1940.
Brown began his coaching career as a student assistant at Florida State in 1973, where he picked up coaching after an injury kept him from playing in his senior season. From 1975 to 1979, he worked as a wide receivers coach at Southern Miss, Memphis State and Iowa State before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Cyclones. After two years as the offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Brown became the quarterbacks coach at LSU in 1982.
His brother, Watson, is currently the head coach at Tennessee Tech.
Congrats to Coach Brown.
it's too bad they don't give out championships to the nicest football teams.
Well that didn't take long....
Mack is joining some pretty elite company and I think he'll fit right in.
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Congratulations to Mack Brown
Would be a great award to retire with. He'll be going out on top if he does it now, right?
Mack fits that criteria. Congrats, Coach Brown.
Signatures are stupid. You should block them.
Congratulations to Coach Brown.
He really deserves this award. I have never faulted Mack for giving back to college football... he truly is a man of honor in that respect and above everyone else that currently coaches college football...
Congrats to Mack!
Mack was also elected President of the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) not too long ago.
See, I can play nice.
+1. Agree, LM25. You can criticize the coach and still respect the man.
Never heard of the award but congrats to Mack.
Yes, by all means congrats to Coach Brown.
Man is a class act, well deserved.
Definitely well deserved as he's contributed to college athletics, but not really a good year to award him. He's had much finer moments previously where he deserved accolades more than he does now.
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