Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is the Big 12's only representative on the list of finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
The other finalists are:
Auburn OC Gus Malzahn
Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst
TCU DC Dick Bumpas
Stanford OC Greg Roman
There are plenty of great coordinators on the list, but with respect to the other four, Holgorsen deserves this award.
He was working with a first-year starter at quarterback and turned Brandon Weeden into one of the most productive passers in the country. Oklahoma State's top returning receiver has been hurt for most of the season, but he took a player with 20 career receptions and helped make Justin Blackmon the favorite for the Biletnikoff Award.
That's not to say this is a gimmicky, chuck-and-duck offense. His running back was an All-American two years ago, and Kendall Hunter is right back there again this year, needing 39 yards to equal his production in 2008.
His passing offense ranks No. 2 nationally. His rushing offense ranks No. 31. Together, it ranks No. 3 in scoring offense and No. 2 in total offense.
And all that came from behind an offensive line with four new starters this year.
None of those other coaches equaled the excellence of Holgorsen's unit, using players with more moderate resumes to begin the season.
Holgorsen should be rewarded for doing so.