Iowa's Kirk Ferentz will receive the prestigious Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award tonight in Glendale, Arizona, site of national title game on Monday.

Ferentz coached his Hawkeyes to a 12-0 regular season. His team lost to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game and then lost in the Rose Bowl to Stanford. The 12 wins is a school record.

Ferentz was head coach of the UMaine Black Bears for three years starting in 1990. He left Orono to join the coaching staff of the NFL Cleveland Browns under a head coach named Bill Belichick.

When he left UMaine, Jack Cosgrove was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach.

This season was the 17th for Ferentz as Hawkeyes head coach.