December 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM
Bill O'Brien was named a finalist for yet another coach of the year award on Wednesday.
The first-year coach was named one of three finalists for the 2012 Maxwell Football Club's Collegiate Coach of the Year. The other two finalists for the honor are Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Bill Snyder of Kansas State.
The Maxwell Football Club will announce a winner on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and that person will receive the award at an gala on March 1, 2013 in Atlantic City.
O'Brien and the Nittany Lions bounced back from NCAA sanctions, the loss of nine players who transferred and an 0-2 start to finish the season with an 8-4 record. Last week, O'Brien was named the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year by both conference coaches and the media, and he is up for a multitude of other national honors.
The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator is a finalist for both the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. O'Brien is also currently on the watch list for the title of Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year.