Not Just Another Week For Texas

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: January 12, 2009

HOUSTON — The college football season may be over along with the college bowl games, but that won’t have nothing to do with two big events slated for Houston this week.

The Paul “Bear” Bryant College Football Coaching Awards will take place on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Houston. The annual event, which benefits the American Heart Association, honors the nation’s top collegiate football coach.

The Coach of the Year winner is chosen by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and announced live at the event. Finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coaching Award are: Mack Brown, Texas; Turner Gill, Buffalo; Houston Nutt, Ole Miss; Nick Saban, Alabama; Mike Leach, Texas Tech; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, and Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

Former Oklahoma Sooners head football coach Barry Switzer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented by the 2008 Lifetime Achievement honoree, Dr. Tom Osborne of Nebraska. The Lifetime Achievement Award was added in 2000 to recognize career achievements.

The 84th Annual East-West Shrine Game will be played in Houston on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. CT at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.

The game will be shown live on ESPN2.

A total of 21 players from the state of Texas are listed on both rosters. The West roster is composed of 16 players from the state, with five of them coming from the Greater Houston Area. The East roster features five players from Texas including Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.

Noteable players on the West roster include: Ryan Palmer, Texas; Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M; Stephen McGee, Texas A&M; Ryan Mouton, Hawaii; Ian Johnson, Boise State; Phillip Hunt, Houston; Cedric Dockery, Texas; Jarett Dillard, Rice; Mark Hafner, Houston; Michael Bennett, Texas A&M, and Roy Miller, Texas.

Missouri quarterback and Southlake, Texas native Chase Daniel from Missouri is one of the most well known players on the East roster.