The two defensive coordinators who will be on opposing sidelines Saturday night in Death Valley have been nominated for the Broyles Award which goes to college football's top assistant coach.
USC's Travaris Robinson and Brent Venables are on a list of 40 nominees who were chosen from nearly 1,500 assistants representing all Division I programs.
Robinson is in his first season as a defensive coordinator and spent the last five seasons coaching defensive backs under Muschamp at Florida and Auburn. Muschamp is a former finalist for the Broyles Award as is current USC offensive coordinator Kurt Roper who was up for the award when he was at Duke.
Venables, who was a finalist last year, was also a finalist when he was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma. He is in his fifth season with the Tigers.
The Broyles Award was established in 1996 to recognize legendary head football Coach Frank Broyles who had a stellar track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history. The legendary 18-member selection committee will select five finalists from the list of nominees and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Arkansas where the 2016 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 6th at 1:00 pm at the Marriott Hotel.
This year marks the first time the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation has presented the award. Proceeds from the 2016 Broyles Award will go to support the mission of the Broyles Foundation; to educate, support, and connect with Alzheimer's caregivers.