Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Ohio State's Jim Tressel have been named finalists for the 2010 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which celebrates coaches for their sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence and for giving back to their teams, schools and communities, on and off field. The finalists were determined as a result of online fan voting at www.CoachoftheYear.com and through an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame. Illinois' Ron Zook was named the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year in 2007, the Big Ten's lone winner since the award's creation in 2006.
From now through Dec. 28, fans can visit www.CoachoftheYear.com to vote among the finalists. Fan votes constitute 20 percent of a coach's final score, with a College Football Hall of Fame committee accounting for 55 percent and national media 25 percent. Liberty Mutual will announce the four winners, one from each division, Jan. 10 in Scottsdale, Ariz., prior to the BCS National Championship Game. The winner will receive $50,000 to donate to the charities of his choice and a $20,000 grant to his school's alumni association. Now in its fifth year, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award will surpass $1 million in support to dozens of national and local charities and college scholarship funds on behalf of its 2010 and past winners.