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Kirk? Tom? Daniel? Lauren?

Hawkeye fans can vote for 'Best Big Ten Finish' and one of the nominees is Iowa's 24-23 win against Penn State in football.

Hawkeye fans can vote for 'Best Big Ten Finish' and one of the nominees is Iowa's 24-23 win against Penn State in football.

June 18, 2009

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk? Tom? Daniel? Lauren?

    University of Iowa fans have an opportunity to reward head coaches Kirk Ferentz and Tom Brands on a job well done. They can also cast a vote for UI football kicker Daniel Murray and the rest of the Hawkeyes during a 24-23 last-second victory against Penn State or Lauren Pfeiffer and the field hockey Hawkeyes for their 2-1 win over Ohio State for the Big Ten Conference championship.

    The Big Ten Network will recognize the best of Big Ten Conference sports in 2008-09 with the second annual Big Ten Network Awards live at 9 p.m. (Iowa time) on Friday, June 19.

    Fan voting on BigTenNetwork.com will determine the winners in three categories, including Best Finish of the Year, Men's Coach of the Year and Women's Coach of the Year. Click HERE to place a vote.

    The announcement of two Big Ten Conference awards, the Suzy Favor Award, for the conference's best female student-athlete, and the Jesse Owens Award, for the best male student-athlete, will highlight the evening's festivities.

    The network also will have interviews with selected award winners, both coaches and players.

    Nominees for the Men's Coach of the Year award are Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo, Michigan State men's soccer coach Joe Baum, Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands and Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz. Nominees for Women's Coach of the Year are Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose, Illinois gymnastics coach Bob Starkell, Northwestern lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern tennis coach Claire Pollard and Ohio State basketball coach Jim Foster.

    The other award categories and nominees are as follows (these are not voted on by fans):

    Breakout Performance of the Year
    Darryl Clark - Penn State football
    Shonn Greene - Iowa football
    Samantha Prahalis - Ohio State basketball
    Monica Perry - Illinois softball
    Terrelle Pryor - Ohio State football
    Evan Turner - Ohio State basketball

    Most Dominating Performance
    Megan Hodge - Penn State volleyball (Final Four, 12/18 and 12/20/08)
    Deshawn Sims - Michigan basketball (Big Ten Tournament, 3/12/09)
    Brittany Weil - Iowa softball (10/4/08)
    Derrick Williams - Penn State football (9/27/08)
    Juice Williams - Illinois football (10/4/08)
    Alex Wimmers - Ohio State baseball (4/1/09)

    Most Courageous Performance
    Jamelle Cornley - Penn State basketball
    Robbie Hummel - Purdue basketball
    Jaevery McFadden - Wisconsin football
    Mark Mitera - Michigan hockey
    Joe Paterno - Penn State football
    Allie Southard - Penn State gymnastics

    Best Finish of the Year
    Illinois vs. Northwestern - men's basketball (2/12/09)
    Illinois vs. Penn State - men's basketball (3/5/09)
    Michigan vs. Purdue - football (11/1/08)
    Michigan State vs. Purdue - women's basketball (3/1/09)
    Minnesota vs. Michigan - women's basketball (2/15/09)
    Northwestern vs. Minnesota - football (11/1/08)
    Ohio State vs. Iowa - Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Championship (11/9/08)
    Ohio State vs. Northwestern - men's basketball (2/18/09)
    Penn State vs. Iowa - football (11/8/08)
    Purdue vs. Central Michigan - football (9/20/08)
    Purdue vs. Ohio State - Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Championship (3/8/09)
    Wisconsin vs. Michigan State - football (11/1/08)

    Men's Team of the Year
    Iowa football
    Iowa wrestling

    Michigan State basketball
    Michigan State soccer
    Ohio State tennis
    Penn State football

    Women's Team of the Year
    Indiana swimming & diving
    Iowa field hockey
    Michigan gymnastics
    Northwestern lacrosse
    Northwestern tennis
    Penn State volleyball

    Game of the Year
    Kansas vs. Michigan State - men's basketball (3/27/09)
    Michigan vs. Duke - men's basketball (12/6/08)
    Michigan vs. Purdue - football (11/1/08)
    Michigan State vs. Connecticut - men's basketball (4/4/09)
    Michigan State vs. Penn State - men's basketball (2/1/09)
    Minnesota vs. Wisconsin - men's basketball (1/15/09)
    Northwestern vs. Michigan State - men's basketball (1/21/09)
    Penn State vs. Iowa - men's basketball (3/7/09)
    Penn State vs. Iowa - football (11/8/08)
    Penn State vs. Nebraska - women's volleyball Final Four (12/18/08)
    Penn State vs. Ohio State - football (10/25/08)
    Ohio State vs. Wisconsin - football (10/4/08)
    Wisconsin vs. Michigan - football (9/27/09)