Esteemed and eagle-eyed colleague Michael Carvell — the man reads everything — passes along this nugget: Georgia’s Mark Richt is among 12 finalists for the Dodd Trophy, which the modest folks who oversee its presentation claim “is the preeminent coach of the year award.”
Here’s who’s not a finalist for the Dodd Trophy: Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech.
Here’s where Bobby Dodd became a coaching legend: Georgia Tech.
Here’s the sponsoring body of the Dodd Trophy: The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Here’s where the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is based: Atlanta, Ga.
Here’s where Georgia Tech is based: Atlanta, Ga.
Here’s how many ACC coach of the year awards Johnson has won this season: Two.
Here’s how many SEC coach of the year awards Richt has won this season: Zero.
Here’s how many division titles Johnson’s Jackets won this season: One (of a possible one).
Here’s how many division titles Richt’s Bulldogs won this season: Zero (of a possible one).
Here’s how many of the finalists’ teams Johnson’s Jackets beat this season: Two. (Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is also among the dozen. Holy mackerel.)
I have nothing to add — nothing you’re not already saying to yourselves — except that balloting must have been conducted with 18 seconds remaining in the Tech-Georgia tilt.