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Frost, Smart, Swinney voted AP coach of year finalists

  • FILE - In a Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney smiles during an NCAA college football press conferences for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against Miami at Bank of America Stadium. Swinney, UCF's Scott Frost and Georgia's Kirby Smart are the finalists for The Associated Press Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 18. (Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer via AP, File) Diedra Laird

  • FILE - In a Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart listens to a question during an NCAA college football news conference for the Southeastern Conference championship game against Auburn in Atlanta. Smart, UCF’s Scott Frost, and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney are the finalists for The Associated Press Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 18. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) David Goldman

  • FILE - In a Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 file photo, new Nebraska head NCAA college football coach Scott Frost speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. Frost, Georgias Kirby Smart and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney are the finalists for The Associated Press Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 18. Frost led UCF to an unbeaten regular season before taking the Nebraska job. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) Nati Harnik



Associated Press
Monday, December 18, 2017

UCF’s Scott Frost, Georgia’s Kirby Smart and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney are the finalists for the Associated Press Coach of the Year award.

The winner will be announced Monday.

Frost led the Knights to an unbeaten regular season before taking the Nebraska job. Frost plans to coach No. 10 UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn.

Smart, in his second season with Georgia, guided the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record and their first Southeastern Conference championship since 2005. No. 3 Georgia will face No. 2 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl.

Swinney has the defending national champion Tigers back in the playoff for a third straight year. No. 1 Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference, finished 12-1, and will face No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.