PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, has been named one of 20 finalists for the 25th Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the national coach of the year.
The winner of the Robinson Award, presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com, will be announced at the national awards banquet on Friday, Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the national championship game.
A panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the Robinson Award winner.
Voting will reflect only the regular season records of the finalists.
Murphy became the program's all-time winningest football coach this year and boasts a 120-59 (.670) record at Harvard. He won his sixth Ivy League title while guiding the Crimson to a 9-1 record. The Crimson went 7-0 in Ivy League games, finishing three games ahead of the four second-place teams.
All nine of Harvard's victories came by double figures with eight of the wins coming by at least 14 points.
Harvard set a single-season record for points (374) and ranked third nationally in scoring at 37.4 points per game.
Through the end of the regular season, the Crimson also boasted the nation's sixth-ranked squad in scoring defense (17.1 ppg), rushing defense (89.7 ypg), passing efficiency (158.3) and kickoff return average (24.4).
Harvard's senior class went undefeated against five of the Ivy League's seven programs including Yale and Princeton.
Under Murphy, Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of last 12 years and, in the past 13 years, Harvard has seen 23 players move onto professional football careers.
Every four-year player under Murphy has won at least one Ivy League title. In the classroom, 33 of Harvard's 49 upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better.