WACO, Texas, Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Football Coaches Association® (AFCA®) announced today that it will air the American Football Coaches Awards, featuring the AFCA National Coach of the Year, on CBS Sports Network on January 10, 2017 at 9 p.m. EST – one day after the national championship game.
This marks the first time the AFCA will televise its annual awards, which are voted on by AFCA-member coaches.
The live one-hour program will air from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, and coincide with the AFCA's annual convention. Coaches from all 128 FBS college football programs are scheduled to appear to help celebrate some of the greatest accomplishments from the 2016-17 college football season.
"The American Football Coaches Awards offers a great platform to showcase the success of all 11,000-plus AFCA member coaches, while also recognizing a few who have had exceptional performances with their teams this year," said AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry. "We also have a special 30th anniversary presentation of the AFCA Coaches' Trophy, which will be presented to the No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches Poll."
The iconic Waterford® Crystal football, affectionately referred to as the Crystal Ball, has been awarded to the Amway Coaches' Poll national champion since its inception in 1986. Additionally, the AFCA has made the Crystal Ball available to all AFCA Coaches Poll winners since 1950.
In addition to presenting the AFCA Coaches' Trophy, the show will feature several other prominent and prestigious awards including the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, FBS Regional Coaches of the Year, FCS National Coach of the Year, Play Call of the Year, Comeback Coach of the Year and the FBS National Coach of the Year.
More details about the American Football Coaches Awards, including the emcee, will be forthcoming. Until then, please follow @WeAreAFCA or visit AFCA.com for more information. Check for local listings at http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder.
About the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."
About CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, airs more than 400 live games annually, showcasing an array of college and professional sports, as well as in-depth studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBS Sports Network also provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports' Championship events, including the Super Bowl, The Masters and PGA Championship.
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