STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- After piloting the Cowboys to an 11-1 regular season and the school's first-ever BCS Bowl berth, head coach Mike Gundy was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America.
Gundy becomes the first Oklahoma State coach to win the award and the third Big 12 coach to claim the prize in the last 12 years, beating out Brady Hoke of Michigan, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas State's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney.
"What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Gundy said in a press release. "We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS Bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way."
Gundy has piloted the Cowboys to their first conference championship since 1948, earning them a Fiesta Bowl berth, and had the Cowboys in the National Championship hunt for the whole season. In his seven-year career, Gundy and the Cowboys are 50-38 overall, including a 40-11 mark in the last four years.
The Cowboys will take on Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal Jan. 2, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.