BYU’s Kalani Sitake Named To Coveted Bear Bryant Coach Of The Year Watch List
Nov 18, 2020, 11:56 AM
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
PROVO, Utah – BYU head coach Kalani Sitake has been named to the 2020 Paul “Bear” Bryant award list. The Bear Bryant Award recognizes the top coach in College Football in a given season.
Sitake is one of 24 coaches who will be considered for the highly coveted award.
Coach @kalanifsitake named to the 2020 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award watch list.
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) November 18, 2020
“I’m just thankful I have really great assistant coaches and players that allow us to get some recognition,” Sitake said on his weekly coaches show (KSL NewsRadio, Tuesday, 9 p.m.). “But I couldn’t do it without the assistant coaches, they do a phenomenal job for us.”
Sitake has led BYU to only its fourth 8-0 start in program history, the first since 2001.
This is Sitake’s fifth year as head coach of the Cougars. A former BYU player, Sitake’s BYU teams are 35-25 since he took over in 2016.
“Coming into the program through the ups and downs, he’s always been optimistic, he’s always been more about football, there’s more to him. He literally cares about every one of us and we feel that the fans see that,” BYU nose tackle Khyiris Tonga said about Sitake. “I feel like he deserves everything that’s coming towards him and more. He’s a great coach, great mentor, great father figure, and we’re grateful to have him here at BYU.”
The Bear Bryant Award is presented each January and is the only college football honor selected after the postseason bowl games and the national championship game are concluded.
2020 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List
Tom Allen, Indiana University
Matt Campbell, Iowa State University
Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina University
Paul Chryst, University of Wisconsin
Mario Cristobal, University of Oregon
Ryan Day, The Ohio State University
Manny Diaz, University of Miami
Karl Dorrell, University of Colorado
Luke Fickell, University of Cincinnati
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M University
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State University
Clay Helton, University of Southern California
Tom Herman, The University of Texas at Austin
Doc Holliday, Marshall University
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame University
Gus Malzahn, Auburn University
Dan Mullen, University of Florida
Jay Novell, University of Nevada
Lincoln Riley, University of Oklahoma
Nick Saban, University of Alabama
Kalani Sitake, Brigham Young University
Kirby Smart, University of Georgia
Dabo Swinney, Clemson University
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