NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Tennessee State head football coach Rod Reed was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year.
Reed joins 20 other coaches for the award which is presented by the Sports Network to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Coach of the Year.
This season, TSU sits at No. 25 in the latest coaches poll, is 9-3 (6-2 OVC) and is enjoying its finest year since its league championship team in 1999.
Reed has also raised his team’s win total from three during his first campaign in 2010, to five and then eight during last season.
Tennessee State’s 25 victories over the past four years are the most by the Tigers since 1998-2001 and Reed's .454 winning percentage is the best start for a TSU head coach since L.C. Cole.
Voting will reflect only regular-season results and will be conducted by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation to be held Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.
The winners of the three FCS player awards - the Walter Payton (FCS outstanding player), the Buck Buchanan (FCS outstanding defensive player) and the Jerry Rice (FCS freshman of the year) - also will be announced at the national banquet.
2013 Eddie Robinson Award Candidates
Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington
Craig Bohl, North Dakota State
Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern
Jack Cosgrove, Maine
Bruce Fowler, Furman
Jay Hopson, Alcorn State
Russ Huesman, Chattanooga
Bobby Lamb, Mercer
Ed Lamb, Southern Utah
Jimmye Laycock, William & Mary
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina
Joe Moorhead, Fordham
Mark Nofri, Sacred Heart
Jim Parady, Marist
Buddy Pough, South Carolina State
Rod Reed, Tennessee State
Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana
Bob Surace, Princeton
Matt Viator, McNeese State
Eric Wolford, Youngstown State