Paterno named Walter Camp coach of the year

Updated: January 27, 2006, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- Penn State coach Joe Paterno was selected the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2005 Coach of the Year on Friday.

The Nittany Lions capped an 11-1 season with a Big Ten championship and a 26-23 triple-overtime victory over ACC champion Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Paterno completed his 40th season as Penn State head coach and has a 354-117-3 record. He has led the Nittany Lions to 32 bowl appearances and two national championships (1982, 1986). The team has finished the season ranked No. 3 or higher nine times.

The Walter Camp recipient is voted on by the nation's 119 Division I-A coaches and sports information directors. It is the third time that Paterno has received this honor (1972 and 1994). He is one of two coaches -- Bob Stoops (Oklahoma, 2000 and 2003) -- to win the award more than once since its inception in 1967.

Paterno, Player of the Year award winner Reggie Bush (USC) and all of the members of the 2005 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the national awards banquet Feb. 11.


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