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Jim Knowles, Jeff Grimes Named Semifinalists for Broyles Award

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The semifinalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach, were named today and two Big 12 coordinators made the list. Baylor Offensive Coordinator Jeff Grimes and Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles have both helped their respective teams to be frontrunners for the Big 12 Championship at season’s end and they deserve all the credit in the world for doing so. The entire list of semifinalists is as follows (Big 12 Coaches in Bold):

Arkansas – Cody KennedyOffensive Line
Baylor – Jeff GrimesOffensive Coordinator/TE’s
Cincinnati – Mike DenbrockOffensive Coordinator/TE’s
Houston – Doug BelkAssoc. HC/ Def. Coord./Safeties
Ohio State – Kevin WilsonOffensive Coordinator
Oklahoma State – Jim KnowlesDefensive Coordinator
Ole Miss – Jeff LebbyOffensive Coordinator/QB’s
Pittsburgh – Mark WhippleOffensive Coordinator/QB’s
Texas A&M – Mike ElkoDefensive Coordinator/Safeties
Georgia – Dan Lanning, Fain & Billy SlaughterDefensive Coordinator/OLB’s
Iowa – Phil ParkerDefensive Coordinator/ DB’s
Michigan – Jeff GattisOffensive Coordinator/ WR’s
UTSA- Jess LeoppCo-Defensive Coordinator
Wake Forest – Warren RuggieroOffensive Coordinator/QB’s
Wisconsin – Jim LeonhardDefensive Coordinator

Neither Baylor nor Oklahoma State were picked to win the Big 12 in 2021, and there is a good chance that they both end up in the final game in Arlington on December 4. That is largely because of what Grimes and Knowles have been able to get out of their units this year.

The list of semifinalists will be trimmed down to five finalists soon, and then the five finalists will attend a two-day event in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 6-7. The winner of the award will be announced during a ceremony on the 7th.

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