Coleman a finalist for Eddie Robinson Award

Arkansas-Pine Bluff football coach Monte Coleman is one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, it was announced Monday.

The award honors the national Football Championship Subdivision coach of the year and will be presented Dec. 17 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia.

Coleman’s Golden Lions finished with the best record in the SWAC (8-1), winning the Western Division by five games over second-place Prairie View A&M. That placed the Lions (9-2 overall) in the Dec. 8 SWAC championship game against Jackson State, which will be played in Birmingham, Ala., on ESPNU.

UAPB, which is on a six-game winning streak, is one victory from a setting a school record of 10 in a season.

Other Eddie Robinson Award nominees included Clint Conque, who led Central Arkansas (9-2) to its second straight berth in the FCS playoffs and a current six-game winning streak, and Karl Morgan, whose 5-6 Mississippi Valley State team has one more win than its combined total from the previous three seasons. Morgan’s defense also ranks fourth in the FCS.