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Monday, November 19, 2012
O'Brien named semifinalist for COY award

By Josh Moyer

Bill O'Brien is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club's Coach of the Year award.

Sixteen semifinalists were announced Monday, and O'Brien was just one of two Big Ten coaches to earn a spot on the list. Ohio State's Urban Meyer was the other.

The first-year Penn State coach boasts an overall 7-4 record and is the only coach to hold more than two losses. Still, by overcoming the sanctions and transforming the Nittany Lions' offense, the Maxwell Football Club looked upon him as one of the best.

The finalists will be announced Dec. 5, and the winner will be determined Dec. 19.

The entire list of semifinalists includes: