Voting underway for national Football Coach of the Year

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech fans have an opportunity to vote for Watson Brown for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award, an honor which would provide the Golden Eagle head coach $50,000 to donate to a charity of his choosing.

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year is awarded to the college football coach who best demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on and off the field.

In 2008, a Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year will be selected in each NCAA division: DI, DIAA, DII, and DIII. The award process will take place over the course of the college football season, and fan votes will influence the outcome.

Acts of responsibility take place all around us and deserve recognition. That's why, three years ago, Liberty Mutual created the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. It recognizes that academic standings mean as much as division standings, and that how you win is every bit as important as winning itself.

More than just a trophy, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award provides each winning coach with $50,000 to donate to one or more charitable organizations of his choice and a $20,000 grant to donate to his school's alumni association to enhance student scholarships and activities. As of last year, $300,000 has been donated to charity, and $100,000 given to alumni associations. Past recipients include:

* Athletes in Action
* Coach Kill Cancer Fund
* Crisis Nursery of Urbana
* Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana
* Fellowship of Christian Athletes - University of Illinois Chapter
* Friends of Pets
* National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
* Restoration Urban Ministries of Champaign - Urbana
* Saint John's University
* Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
* United Way of Champaign County

Criteria for selection

* Current-season wins
* Year-over-year wins change in comparison to respective conference
* Current-season ratings
* Year-over-year ratings change in comparison to respective conference

Team Discipline

* Total number of penalties in comparison to the respective conference average

On-Field Sportsmanship

* Total personal-foul penalties

Off-Field Integrity

* Absence of integrity violations by head coach or staff
* Absence of integrity violations per player per incident

Academic Progress
(DI and DIAA only)

* Current academic progress rate (APR*) scores
* Year-over-year APR* score change in comparison to respective division

Academic All-Americans
(DII and DIII only)

* Number of All-Americans during the current year
* Total number of All-Americans in the past three seasons ('06, '07, '08)

Community Commitment

* Activities (one-time) or programs (ongoing and/or repetitive) instituted and/or participated in during 2008