The United States Sports Academy has an impressive list of experts lined up to help determine its 2009 College Football Game of the Year.
The Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, Daniel Moore, developed the Game of the Year concept. Moore, a well known artist in Alabama for his paintings on legendary coach Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide, captures the spirit of the winning game each year with a painting.
BYU’s upset of third-ranked Oklahoma, 14-13, received the most nominations from the panel as the Week 1 Game of the Week. BYU quarterback Max Hall directed a long scoring drive with three minutes left in the game to give his team the lead for good. The BYU defense knocked out Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter.
The 2008 award was given to Texas Tech for its thrilling victory over rival Texas in an important Big 12 Conference victory. Tech is coached by Academy alumnus Mike Leach.
Fifteen men with distinguished backgrounds in major college football have agreed to work with the Academy’s Awards of Sports. The committee includes:
- Jack Lengyel
College Football Hall of Famer, former U.S. Naval Academy director, and the head coach who took over at Marshall University after 75 members of the team and coaching staff were killed in a 1970 plane crash, a story that was depicted in the 2006 film We Are Marshall;
- Robert Casciola
Former President of the National Football Foundation;
- Mike Cleary
Executive Director of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA);
- Ron Dickerson
Former football coach at Alabama State University and Temple University who was the first African-American NCAA Division I football coach;
- Vince Dooley
College Football Hall of Famer and Georgia head coach from 1964 through 1988, winning 201 games and the 1980 national championship, who also served as athletic director at Georgia from 1979 to 2004;
- James Jones
Former athletic director at Ohio State;
- Mike Lude
Former athletic director at Washington whose affiliation with college athletics dates back to the 1940s;
- Daniel Moore
2005 American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year who has been commissioned to create paintings for numerous sports organizations on the professional and college levels;
- Dr. Homer Rice
Former head coach at Rice University and longtime athletic director at Georgia Tech who also was a head coach for two seasons with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals;
- Dick Tamburo
All-American at Michigan State in the 1950s and a college coach for 13 years at Arizona State and Iowa before becoming an athletic director, most notably at Arizona State and Missouri;
- Roger Valdiserri
Former sports information director and associate athletic director at Notre Dame;
- Frank Windegger
Former athletic director at TCU who was elected to the NACDA Hall of Fame Class of 2000;
- Dr. Richard Young
Directed athletic programs for more than forty years at programs such as Bowling Green, Oklahoma State, and Washington State;
- Gene Policinski
Former USA Today Sports Editor/Executive Director and vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center;
- Dave Maggard
Former athletic director at California and Houston.
At the end of the season and bowl games a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning game will be announced during the first week of February.
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