LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim
Heacock, whose unit held opponents without a first down on nearly
half of their possessions, won the Broyles Award on Tuesday, given
annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
The Buckeyes, who will play LSU in the BCS championship game
Jan. 7, allowed just under 11 points per game. Opponents went
'"three-and-out'" on 48.5 percent of their possessions.
Other finalists for the award were Missouri offensive
coordinator Dave Christensen, West Virginia offensive coordinator
Calvin Magee, Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and Kansas
defensive coordinator Bill Young.
The Broyles Award is named for Arkansas athletic director Frank
Broyles, who is retiring at the end of this year. Broyles formerly
was the Razorbacks' football coach and more than 25 of his
assistants became head coaches, including Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson,
Johnny Majors and Jackie Sherrill.