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Coach Of The Year Finalists 2011: Mark Richt Leads Georgia Bulldogs To Sec East Championship

Georgia's Mark Richt has been named as a finalist and currently sits in 5th place in the Liberty Mutual "Coach Of The Year" voting.

The 2011 Liberty Mutual 'Coach Of The Year' award has Georgia's Mark Richt as a finalist alongside Michigan's Brady Hoke, Bobby Petrino of Arkansas, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State and Bill Snyder of Kansas State.

Richt led the Bulldogs to the SEC East title with a 7-1 record within the East division, and a 10-3 record overall. Despite having a rough start to the season with back-to-back losses to Boise State and South Carolina, Richt righted the ship and led the Bulldogs to ten consecutive victories, including wins over then-ranked No. 20 Auburn and No. 23 Georgia Tech.

Georgia finished the season ranked 16th in the BCS standings after dropping the SEC title game to LSU 42-10. The Bulldogs will take on the Michigan State Spartans in the Outback bowl on January 2nd.

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