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College Sporting News to establish Roy Kidd Award

Times Staff Report

December 27, 2013

RICHMOND – College Sporting News, one of the major news services covering the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), has announced that its NCAA FCS Coach of the Year will now receive the Roy Kidd Award.


CSN plans to hand out the inaugural Roy Kidd Award this January.


Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season as the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I FBS or FCS football history with an overall record of 315-123-8 (.715). During his 39 years as head coach at Eastern (1964-2002), Kidd led the Colonels to 16 Ohio Valley Conference titles and made a record 17 NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. EKU appeared in four consecutive NCAA Division I-AA national championship contests, winning the 1979 and 1982 national titles.


Kidd is a member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame, EKU Athletics Hall of Fame and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Eastern Kentucky’s football stadium is also named in his honor.


Kidd’s accomplishments helped establish EKU football as one of the most prominent programs in NCAA FCS football. The Colonels have won a record 21 OVC titles and reached the FCS playoffs 20 times, second most of any program in the nation.


Founded in 2001, College Sporting News is the largest and oldest news service solely devoted to publishing original content and other information of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. CSN annually names national coach, offensive, and defensive honors, pre-season and post-season All-America teams, national weekly student-athletes honors, and maintains the Gridiron Power Index (GPI) ranking of teams which the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee had used as a tool for the selection of teams since 2008.