The mission of the Broyles Award is to shine some spotlight on a group of people who normally stand in the shadows - assistant coaches. In furthering that mission, the people behind the Broyles Award do something very, very smart: they let each of their five finalists speak.
The group of five finalists - Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt - helped their teams to a combined 57-6 record this season. Four won their respective conference championships, and the fifth (Roper) appeared in his conference title game against another Broyles Award finalist (Pruitt). Two of the five will meet each other in the BCS National Championship, one is headed to the Rose Bowl, another will coach in the Fiesta Bowl, and the fifth will appear in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Needless to say, they all had fantastic seasons.
Each finalist is a remarkably intelligent coach with wisdom to share. And share they will.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi (winner)
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee
Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery
Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt
Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper