I think just about every conference award is a lock, except for Coach of the Year.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater seems the overwhelming favorite for Offensive Player of the Year; Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene seems the overwhelming favorite for Defensive Player of the Year. But as Matt and I discussed earlier today, there are three excellent candidates for Coach of the Year.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood could be in the mix as well.
So with the Big East awards announcement set for Wednesday, we present this handy dandy poll to you, the reader -- Who is your choice for Big East coach of the year? Let us know what you think!
Here are the choices:
Kyle Flood, Rutgers. First-year coach led Rutgers to a share of the first Big East title in school history. With a win in the bowl game, Flood would become the only first-year coach in school history to win 10 games in his first season at Rutgers.
Butch Jones, Cincinnati. Led the Bearcats to at least a share of their fourth Big East title in the past five seasons and has them on the verge of a 10-win season for the fifth time in six years. He did it without the 2011 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Doug Marrone, Syracuse. Led the Orange to at least a share of the Big East title and bowl game, despite a 2-4 start. Syracuse won five of its final six games, including a victory over then-No. 9 Louisville.
Charlie Strong, Louisville. Led the Cardinals to a 9-0 start -- the best start in school history. Louisville won 10 games and is in the BCS for the first time since 2006. The No. 21 Cardinals are the only Big East team ranked in the final BCS standings.