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Saturday November 10, 2012A chance for Gator fans to help Muschamp win National Coach of the Year

Updated: 12:01pm, November 10

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Photo: Florida fans can help Gators coach Will Muschamp win National Coach of the Year.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp is receiving attention as a potential candidate to be named National Coach of the Year.

In Muschamp's second season, the Gators are ranked seventh and 8-1 heading into today's game against Louisiana. Florida finished 7-6 a year ago in Muschamp's first season as a head coach.

Gator fans have an opportunity to help Muschamp win the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award by voting at coachoftheyear.com.

Fans can place their votes through Dec. 1. Muschamp is currently in 15th place so Florida fans can help him out by going to the website and casting their vote.

According to a press release for the award, the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is the only college football award that supports both charity and scholarship through its winners according to the award's website.

Coaches who finish in the Top 15 among fan votes will qualify for an objective-scoring model endorsed by the National Football Foundation.

The model scores each of the 15 coaches on a variety of on- and off-the-field metrics and determines the 10 FBS finalists (similarly, the model produces five finalists each for FCS and Divisions II and III).

The finalists will be announced on Dec. 4 in New York City in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Voting will then re-open for fans and committees of college football media and College Hall of Fame players and coaches, and the winners will be announced Jan. 7 in advance of the BCS championship game.

For more information about the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, please visitcoachoftheyear.com, and connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LMCoachoftheYear, Tumblr at LMcoachofyear.tumblr.com or Twitter at @lmcoachofyear.

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