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ESPN takes suspense out of coach of the year award. (It's Nick Saban.)

December 9, 2008 |  3:18 pm

Nick Saban The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards show is live Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Pacific time, but you don't need to tune in if you want to be surprised at who is the coach of the year.

That would be Alabama's Nick Saban. I'm not spoiling anything here.

ESPN announced the winner today. Maybe it's so non-Saban fans (I'm looking at you LSU Tigers folks who felt spurned when Saban bolted for the NFL, and you Miami Dolphins supporters who felt hoodwinked when Saban went back to college after having been an NFL loser). But Saban is the Home Depot coach of the year. Nice sponsorship for the coach who keeps on moving.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Alabama Coach Nick Saban after his team lost to Florida on Saturday in the SEC Championship game. Credit: Marvin Gentry / US Presswire