BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU's Les Miles is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after guiding the top-ranked Tigers to a spot in the BCS championship game.
Miles received 30 votes from AP poll voters to beat out Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who got 16 votes.
Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy was third with six votes, Michigan's Brady Hoke received three votes and Southern California's Lane Kiffin got one.
Miles won the award, which has been given out since 1998, for the first time. He's the second LSU coach to win the award, joining Alabama coach Nick Saban, who won it with the Tigers in 2003.
Miles and LSU play Saban and the Crimson Tide on Jan. 9 in New Orleans for the BCS title.