HOUSTON (Nov. 15, 2012) – American Heart Association and The Paul Bear Bryant Awards’ Title Sponsor Marathon Oil Corporation today announced the full watch list for the coveted Coach of the Year Honor, which will be revealed at the 27 th annual event on Jan. 17, 2013 in Houston. Coaches topping the watch list for the 2013 Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award include (alphabetical order):

  • David Cutcliffe, Duke
  • Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
  • Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
  • Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
  • Chip Kelly, Oregon
  • Urban Meyer, Ohio State
  • Will Muschamp, Florida
  • Bill O’Brien, Penn State
  • Chris Petersen, Boise State
  • Mark Richt, Georgia
  • Mike Riley, Oregon State
  • Nick Saban, Alabama
  • David Shaw, Stanford
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State
  • Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
  • Charlie Strong, Louisville
  • Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
  • William “Dabo” Swinney, Clemson


In early December, a finalists’ list comprised of five to ten coaches will be announced. Finalists will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 17, 2012 in Houston, Texas at the HYATT Regency Hotel Downtown, where the winner will be announced live. The Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor voted on after all of the bowl games are concluded.

January’s event will also recognize former Brigham Young University coach and 7 th all-time winningest coach in Division I football history LaVell Edwards, who will receive the Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes excellence in coaching on and off the field during a career, allowing recipients to take their place in history alongside legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant. Recent Lifetime Achievement recipients include Barry Switzer, Glenn “Bo” Schembechler, and Bobby Bowden.

The Bryant Awards honor excellence in coaching while raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Bryant himself suffered a heart attack prior to his death in 1983. Funds raised benefit research, community education and outreach programs of the AHA. For more information, or to purchase tickets or a table for the event, contact Kristin Rodriguez at 713-610-5026 or visit www.bryantawards.com

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org .

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation is an international energy company engaged in exploration and production, oil sands mining and integrated gas. At the end of 2010, Marathon Oil had net proved reserves of more than 1.6 billion barrels. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company has proved reserves in North America, the North Sea and Africa. For more information, visit the Company’s website at http://www.marathonoil.com.