KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Texas coach Mack Brown has been named 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy. Lee Corso is this year's recipient of the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award.
The award presentation takes place Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m., at the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville.
Brown and Corso also will be honored on the field later that afternoon in pregame ceremonies before Tennessee's annual DISH Orange and White Game.
Texas head coach Mack Brown, who was born and raised in Cookeville, Tenn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club.
First awarded in 1967, the Neyland Trophy is named in honor of Hall of Fame and legendary head coach Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who coached the Vols from 1926-52 and was UT athletics director until his death in 1962.
“Having grown up in Middle Tennessee, the legend of General Neyland has been with me all of my life,” Brown said. “From the time I was a little kid, I can remember my dad and granddad, who were both football coaches, talking about him. I came to respect not only what he meant to the game of college football and to our state of Tennessee, but also what his military service meant to America.
“I have always respected his patriotism, and it is a true honor to be able to stand in the stadium named for him and receive an award that bears his name. When I look at the list of coaches who have gotten this award, I am both humbled and honored.”
Brown completed his 15th season at Texas, and 29th overall as a head coach in 2012. He led the Longhorns to a 9-4 mark and a victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, making his record 150-43 at Texas, and 236-117-1 overall. The 236 wins rank him 11th all-time. Brown is one of three active FBS head coaches to reach the 200-win plateau, and one of only two FBS head coaches to lead his team to 20 bowl games in 21 seasons and 22 winning seasons in the last 23 years. He has guided the Longhorns to six Big 12 South Division titles, two Big 12 championships, four BCS Bowl berths and two appearances in the BCS National Championship game, winning it all in 2005.
Recently named the 2013 AFCA President, Brown has been named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year three times and Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 2008. He earned Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year honors in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a 13-0 record and a BCS championship, and in 2009, was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after a 13-1 season. The 2010 season ended a streak of nine straight seasons of 10 or more wins for the Brown-led Longhorns, which is the second-longest streak in NCAA history.
Brown arrived in Austin after 10 years with the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to a 54-18 record in his final six seasons, including three 10-win seasons and six straight bowl games. Brown began his head coaching career in 1983 at Appalachian State, leading the Mountaineers to a 6-5 record for one season before being picked up as an offensive coordinator at the University of Oklahoma in 1984. Brown earned his second head coaching opportunity in 1985 at Tulane. He inherited a program that had suffered three straight losing seasons and led them to a 6-5 record in 1987 and a berth in the Independence Bowl, the program’s fourth bowl appearance since 1940.
Brown began his coaching career as a student assistant at Florida State in 1973, where he picked up coaching after an injury kept him from playing in his senior season. From 1975 to 1979, he worked as a wide receivers coach at Southern Miss, Memphis State and Iowa State before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Cyclones. After two years as the offensive coordinator at Iowa State, Brown became the quarterbacks coach at LSU in 1982.
His brother, Watson, is currently the head coach at Tennessee Tech.
One of the most colorful characters and well-known personalities in sports broadcasting, Lee Corso is this year's recipient of the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award.
“Lindsey Nelson was a legend,” Corso said. “He was one of the first all-time legends in the sports broadcasting business and I’m honored to be given an award with his name on it.”
Following a successful coaching career, Corso has become a household name as an ESPN analyst on the College Football Gameday television show since its inception in 1987. Since then he has become famous for his Gameday predictions in which he dons the head of a team mascot to indicate his selection.
Corso began his run in college athletics as a two-sport standout at Florida State. He starred on both offense and defense on the football field, leading the Seminoles in interceptions in 1954, rushing in 1955, and passing in 1956. He was the FSU career interception leader with 14 until Deion Sanders tied him in the late 1980s. He was an Associate Press Honorable Mention All-American as a senior in 1956 and was selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star game. Corso was also a terrific outfielder on the Seminole baseball team.
After his playing career Corso moved on to coaching, spending 28 years at the collegiate level with stints as an assistant at Maryland and Navy. He then spent three years as the head coach at Louisville, nine years leading the Indiana program and one year at the helm at Northern Illinois, amassing an overall record of 73-85-6. He also took the reins of the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League for one season in 1985 and served as the general manager of the World League’s Orlando Thunder from January-July 1991.
Corso began his television career serving as an analyst on bowl games for the Mizlou Television Network (1979-82) and USFL games for ABC (1983). He debuted on ESPN in 1987 as a game analyst, calling one season of Arena Football and two seasons of college football.
Corso’s seasoned presence and insightful analysis on College GameDay have helped the show earn a huge following. The in-season Saturday morning show won a Sports Emmy in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and received nominations for Sports Emmys in 2000 and 2003 and for CableACE Awards in 1994, ’95 and ’97. In 2006, College GameDay received the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
A highly sought-after motivational speaker, Corso was honored with two prestigious awards in 2010. He received the US Sports Academy Ronald Reagan Media Award given to those who have made outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting. Corso also earned the National College Football Awards Association Contributions to College Football Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to college football and a lifetime of achievement and integrity. In 2011, he received the Jake Wade Award from CoSIDA, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics.
As College GameDay’s national appeal has grown, Corso’s opinions, analysis and daring predictions have become one of the most anticipated in sports television. In 2001, Sporting News Magazine selected Corso as the 17th most influential person in college football. The magazine in January 2004 ranked Corso and fellow GameDay hosts – Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit – as 2003’s “Most Powerful Media Personalities in Sports.”
Gen. Robert R. Neyland Trophy
The Neyland Trophy is awarded annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics. The first presentation in 1967 went to Nathan W. Dougherty and Herman Hickman. Dougherty was the man who hired Gen. Neyland in 1926, and Hickman was Neyland's his first All-America lineman who later became head coach at Yale. The permanent trophy is displayed in the Tennessee Hall of Fame Exhibit in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on the University of Tennessee campus.
1967 - Nathan W. Dougherty, Tennessee
1967 - Herman Hickman, Yale
1968 - Wallace Wade, Alabama
1969 - Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech
1970 - John Barnhill, Arkansas
1971 - Jess Neely, Rice
1972 - John Vaught, Mississippi
1973 - Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma
1974 - Fritz Crisler, Michigan
1975 - Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, California
1976 - John McKay, Southern California
1977 - Darrell Royal, Texas
1978 - Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn
1979 - Frank Broyles, Arkansas
1980 - Bob Devaney, Nebraska
1981 - Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame
1982 - Bill Murray, Duke
1983 - Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama
1984 - Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1985 - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
1986 - Bob Woodruff, Tennessee
1987 - Charles McClendon, LSU
1988 - LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young
1989 - Vince Dooley, Georgia
1990 - Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1991 - Murray Warmath, Minnesota
1992 - Bobby Bowden, Florida State
1993 - Grant Teaff, Baylor
1994 - Jerry Claiborne, Kentucky
1995 - Dan Devine, Notre Dame
1996 - Hayden Fry, Iowa
1997 - Terry Donahue, UCLA
1998 - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
1999 - Eddie Robinson, Grambling
2000 - Tom Osborne, Nebraska
2001 - Doug Dickey, Tennessee
2002 - Gene Stallings, Alabama
2003 - Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh
2004 - John Gaglidardi, St. John's (Minn.)
2005 - Barry Switzer, Oklahoma
2006 - John Cooper, Ohio State
2007 - John Robinson, UNLV
2008 - Lloyd Carr, Michigan
2009 - Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee
2010 - Ken Sparks, Carson-Newman
2011 - R.C. Slocum, Texas A&M
2012 - Fisher DeBerry, Air Force
2013 – Mack Brown, Texas
The Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award
Nelson's radio and television career began in 1948 as the very first Voice of the Vols. He helped form the Vol Network before embarking on a national broadcasting career in which he covered thousands of sporting events over the next five decades. Nelson, who died in 1995, is a member of 13 different halls of fame.
In memory of his contributions to the broadcasting profession, this award is bestowed on a broadcaster who has exemplified Nelson's passion for broadcasting in their careers.
1998 - John Ward
1999 - Keith Jackson
2000 - Ron Franklin
2001 - Cawood Ledford
2002 - Chris Schenkel
2003 - Verne Lundquist
2004 - Jack Cristil
2005 - Jim Fyffe
2007 - Larry Munson
2009 - Mike Gottfried
2010 - George Mooney
2011 - Jim Hawthorne
2012 - Bob Neal
2013 – Lee Corso