Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks to the media during a press conference at the Marriott downtown convention center in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Alabama is slated to square off against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. (AP Photo/B
Brynn Anderson
December 31, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

The award, presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Bobby Dodd Foundation, recognizes scholarship, leadership and success on the field.

Alabama ranked third in the Southeastern Conference with a 975 Academic Progress Rate.

Saban's foundation, the Nick's Kids Fund, has distributed more than $4 million to some 150 charities since 2007.

Alabama's 12-1 season included the school's 24th SEC championship. The Crimson Tide will play Ohio State in Thursday night's Sugar Bowl.

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