O’Brien was named a finalist for the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year award Wednesday morning, his third such nomination in as many days. The first year head coach was also named an Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalist by the Football Writers Association of America, as well as a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honor previously this week. Add those nominations to his previous sweep of the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year awards last week, and his addition to the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year watch list, and O’Brien could have quite the haul of hardware between now and the calenders turn to January.
O’Brien is joined on the Maxwell finalists’ list by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, who will coach the Fighting Irish in the Jan. 7 National Championship game against Alabama, as well as by Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. The 76th award winner will be announced Dec. 19, with an award ceremony of Maxwell Club award winners planned March 1st at the Maxwell Awards Gala in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Penn State’s senior class is already schedule to attend, as its’ senior class was the 2012 recipient of the clubs’ Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award, which will recognize their commitment, leadership, and outstanding effort during the season, according to a press release.