Mike Norvell, Mack Brown headline group of ACC coaches on Coach of the Year watchlist
Mike Norvell and Mack Brown are two of four ACC head coaches who are on the watchlist of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
The watchlist, which was published on Tuesday, includes 25 head coaches who are still being considered for the honor. Norvell and Brown have both led their teams to undefeated records entering Week 8 of the 2023 season.
Louisville’s Jeff Brohm and Duke’s Mike Elko also represent the ACC. Both the Cardinals and Blue Devils have just one loss so far this season and have exceeded expectations overall.
Norvell has led Florida State to its first 6-0 start since the 2015 season. The Noles are widely considered to be legitimate contenders for the College Football Playoff.
Brown’s re-tooled North Carolina team is also 6-0 on the year. The Tar Heels have improved defensively this season while maintaining its efficient offense with quarterback Drake Maye under centers.
Louisville started the season with a 6-0 record and a win over Notre Dame, but lost last week on the road at Pittsburgh. It’s still be a great season so far for Brohm, who is in his first year at the helm of his alma mater.
Elko continues to impress as Duke’s head coach. After winning 9 games a year ago, Elko has led the Blue Devils to a 5-1 start in 2023. Duke is one of three teams that remains undefeated in conference play so far this season.
The last ACC coach to take home this award was Dabo Swinney in 2018. Swinney has won this honor three times during his coaching career.