Notre Dame's Brian Kelly named Eddie Robinson Award finalist

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has been named one of eight finalists for the 2015 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the Football Writers Association of America and the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Monday.

The other seven finalists are Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, Houston's Tom Herman, Temple's Matt Ruhle, Stanford's David Shaw, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. 

Kelly previously won the award in 2012 when he led the Irish to an undefeated regular season, and was named a finalist while serving as the head coach at Cincinnati in 2009. This season, he helped CFP and AP No. 8 Notre Dame achieve a 10-2 record and a spot opposite Ohio State (11-1) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, despite the team starting 37 different players in its 12 games due to injuries.

The winner will be revealed on Dec. 16.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly claps after a fighting Irish touchdown against Temple, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ