Oct. 10, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins fans can vote now for Blue Jay football coach Jim Margraff for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. The Blue Jays are currently 5-0 on the year and ranked 11th in the most recent AFCA Division III Coaches Poll and have been ranked in the AFCA's top 25 every week since the start of the 2011 season.
Now through December 1, fans can use their PC, tablet or mobile device to visit coachoftheyear.com and post a pre-populated tweet (see below) to cast their Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year vote. Fans can then follow the Coach of the Year voting and discussion on Twitter using #COTY2012.
Fan votes and an objective scoring model endorsed by the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame will determine the finalists, who will be announced December 4 at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner Press Conference in New York City. The winners will be announced January 7, 2013, in South Florida, in advance of the BCS championship game.
To vote for coach Margraff, Blue Jay fans should tweet the following:
I vote Jim Margraff of Johns Hopkins for @lmcoachofyear #COTY2012 @JHU_Football coachoftheyear.com
Fans can also go to www.coachoftheyear.com and vote there. Sign in with your twitter account and search for coach Margraff to cast your vote. Reminder that you must tweet the line above for your vote to count.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award celebrates college football coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III for their successful seasons, student-athletes' performance in the classroom, and charitable and civic support in their communities. Each winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance to support the charity or charities of their choice, and $20,000 to award to their school's alumni association to promote scholarship. Since 2006, Liberty Mutual Insurance has awarded more than $1.5 million to over 90 charities and colleges across the country as part of its annual Coach of the Year Award.
The 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year voting and selection is a unique process involving fans, College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, and college football media:
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Timeline
September 12 - December 1: Fans can tweet their vote once daily at coachoftheyear.com from their PC, tablet or mobile device. The top 15 coaches with the most fan votes in each of the four college football divisions - FBS, FCS, Division II, and Division III - advance to an evaluation process using an objective scoring model endorsed by the National Football Foundation to measure coaching excellence, sportsmanship, integrity, academic success and community commitment. December 4: Finalists are announced - 10 coaches from the FBS and five coaches each from the FCS, Division II, and Division III.
December 4-20: Finalist voting open to all fans at coachoftheyear.com, and they can continue to follow the voting and conversation at #COTY2012. Votes are also cast by two select panels - one representing the College Football Hall of Fame and one comprised of select members of the media. Members of these panels include: Archie Manning, Lou Holtz, Vince Dooley, Ronnie Lott, Archie Griffin; and famed sports analysts, including Ivan Maisel, Stewart Mandel and Tim Brando. Winners are ultimately determined using the following voting weight: Fans 20%, College Football Hall of Fame 55%, and Media 25%.
January 7: The 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award winners will be announced in advance of the BCS championship game in South Florida.
To support your coach's responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence, visit coachoftheyear.com, and connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear, Tumblr at LMcoachofyear.tumblr.com or Twitter at @lmcoachofyear.
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