Okay, this sounds like a silly topic but bear with me because it is.
While seeing coaches like Bill Snyder and Bill O'Brien turn teams around that did not look very good, one would think that they would win the coveted Coach of the Year Award. However, the coaches who receive high praise and become greatly disappointed do not receive the recognition for how bad their job at coaching was. This got me to thinking that there should be an award for those coaches. This award was inspired by the Fulmer Cup, which was indirectly awarded to the teams with the most negative activity off the gridiron. The award was not named after a head coach, but appropriately after our FAVORITE Assistant Coach All-Time, the Walrus himself, Jim Bollman!
There will be one winner from each conference and each winner will go against each other to determine the recipient.
With that, here are the nominees in the BCS Conferences:
(List subject to change)
Frank Beamer (VT, Record: 4-4. Preseason ACC Coastal Favorites)
Paul Johnson (GT, Record: 3-4. ACC Coastal Preseason Dark Horse)
Mike London (UVA, Record: 2-6. Won 8 games last year. Last place in whole ACC)
Doug Marrone (SYR, Record: 3-4. Had high expectations and includes loss to Minnesota. Keep in mind Marqueis Gray was injured during this game, and Minnesota is a bigger trainwreck without him.)
Paul Chryst (PITT, Record: 3-4. Lost to Youngstown State but beat ACC JBACOTY Nominee Frank Beamer's VT Hokies)
Skip Holtz (USF, Record: 2-5. Worst record in Big East. Son of Dr. Lou.)
Mack Brown (UT, Record: 4-2. Got blown out by Oklahoma. Pulls in top recruiting classes yearly.)
Charlie Weis (KU, Record: 1-6. Worst record in Big 12. Has a decided schematic advantage.)
Art Broyles (BU, Record: 3-2. Will probably not win the award due to RGIII's loss hurting his team's performance.)
Mark Dantonio (MSU, Record: 4-4. One of the top B1G teams in the preseason.)
Brady Hoke (UM, Record: 5-2. Record is deceiving. Much more difficult games coming up down the stretch. Ranked in preseason top 10. Preseason B1G Champs.)
Danny Hope (PU, Record: 3-4. Coming into B1G play, was favorite to represent Leaders division in Indy. Still getting used to it, I guess.)
Mike Leach (WSU, Record: 2-5. Called entire senior class lazy. Lost to currently 1-win Colorado.)
Jeff Tedford (CAL, Record: 3-5. Blown out in The Big Game, has top WR prospect.)
Kyle Wittingham (UTAH, Record: 2-4. Lost to Utah State.)
Gene Chizik (AUB, Record: 1-6. Lost to Arkansas)
John L. Smith (ARK, Record: 3-4. Has Jim Heacock, but lost to ULM, blown out by Alabama. Preseason Top 10. Smiles when losing.)
Gary Pinkel (MIZZ, Record: 3-4. Lost to Vanderbilt and was blown out at home vs Alabama and Georgia.)
Again, the names will flip around weekly, but the favorite is listed at the top of each conference, so let's hear who your favorites are.
*- Kirk Ferentz is permanently ineligible for this award due to him being the greatest coach to ever coach the game of football.