Bob Diaco wins Broyles Award

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 04, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 4, 2012

Notre Dame is in the national championship on the back of its defense, and defensive coordinator / linebackers / assistant head coach Bob Diaco is the leader of the group.

On Tuesday, Diaco won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

The Irish defense finished No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, No. 6 in total defense, and No. 4 in rushing defense. Linebacker Manti Te'o has been named one of three Heisman Trophy finalists. Diaco is the first Notre Dame coach to win the award since its inception in 1996.

Diaco was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award a year ago. He joined the Notre Dame staff in 2010, following Brian Kelly from Cincinnati, and his name has been thrown around for a few head coaching jobs in recent weeks.



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