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Link Gumbo 12/7/11 - Chock Full O' Awards Edition

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We've got a whole bunch of awards to get through, so lets get started.

Les Miles

WINNER Home Depot Coach of the Year

WINNER Coaches SEC Coach of the Year

WINNER AP SEC Coach of the Year

FINALIST Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

FINALIST Liberty Mutual Insurance Coach of the Year Award

John Chavis

WINNER Broyles Award (Nation's Best Asst. Coach)

Tyrann Mathieu

WINNER AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year

FINALIST Heisman Trophy

FINALIST Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)

Morris Claiborne

WINNER Coaches SEC Defensive Player of the Year

WINNER AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team

FINALIST Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive Back of the Year)

The Bednarik and Thorpe Awards, along with the presentation of Coach Miles' Home Depot Coach of the Year award will be Thursday night at 8pm on ESPN, live from Orlando, while the Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday night at 7pm, live from New York. The other coaches awards that Miles is up for are awarded later in the bowl season.

While Mathieu's chances in New York are pretty slim, it could set him up with an early lead on next year's Heisman.

We all love Les here, but I find myself siding with the public vote over at TeamSpeedKills that the SEC Coach of the Year honors should have gone to Vandy's James Franklin. They are bowling this year, after all.

0 1st Downs in the 1st half. I should print that stat sheet out and frame it.

We're smarter than Bama too. (Vandy, of course, trumps all)

The Big East now has a West Division with the announced addition of Boise State, Houston, SMU, Central Florida, and San Diego State (as football only members in some cases)

The player bowl gifts for the BCS Title Game sound kinda lame.

Tons of Coaching news to talk about over the last few days. A&M let Sherman go in a not too pleasant manner, his last press conference is kinda difficult to watch. The list of Aggie candidates is currently all over the place.

The easy joke was that Ole Miss has hired a comic book villain as it's new head coach, but that was before The Reverend Hugh Freeze delivered his opening sermon. The Cuppers are optimistic.

The Dread Pirate Mike Leach has sailed for...Pullman? That left the Greenies to settle for the Saints WR coach, who may be certifiably insane.

LSU is touting how well it's doing recycling tailgating trash over the last few seasons (61 tons this year alone), but it's also SCIENTIFIC PROOF that the new parking regulations are destroying tailgating. It's going to get to the point where we don't even generate 40 tons of trash a game anymore. (Sure, I guess you might blame it on a lackluster home slate or an abundance of short, day game tailgates).

Here's a great gallery of some hi-res pictures from the SEC Championship game.

Time for the most awesome Pro Combat Unis: The Army-Navy game. (GEAUX ARMY! BEAT NAVY!)

After the break Les Miles's Pre-SEC Champ game interviews and the locker room in 360 DEGREE FUZZYVISION,

Les Miles on Okie St

Les Miles on Bo Schembechler

SEC Championship Locker Room