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American Heart Association Announces 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Yeah Finalists

American Heart Association Announces 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Yeah Finalists

One coach to receive coveted award for distinction on Wed., Jan. 11

HOUSTON, TX, Dec. 14, 2016 – American Heart Association (AHA) and title sponsor Marathon Oil Corporation announced today a powerhouse lineup of finalists for the 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award. Representing the country’s finest college football coaches, award nominees include: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan), James Franklin (Penn State), Clay Helton (USC), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Nick Saban (Alabama), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) and Dabo Swinney (Clemson). The winner will be announced live on Jan. 11, 2017 during the awards banquet in Houston at the Toyota Center.

These finalists join an elite group of coaches recognized for their distinguished leadership on and off the field. The American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded. It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association, formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and has honored many of the game’s greatest leaders, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in 2016.

College football fans can prep for bowl game season by following these finalists and the #bryantawards play-by-play at facebook.com/bryantawards.

Barry Alvarez, athletic director and former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous award winners include Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013), who now take their place in history beside legends like Bryant.

Since 1986, the Bryant Awards have raised more than $7 million to fund AHA research, advocacy and educational programs across the country aimed at the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Prior to his death of a heart attack in 1983, “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself and the Bryant Award offers an opportunity to do just that – to be a part of Team Bryant in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past eight years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness and supporting initiatives that promote the well-being of workers and their families both on and off the job. The Company also values the communities in which its employees live and work, and strives to partner with local community leaders to recognize and advance important public health initiatives that promote the common good and protect the public.

Fans who can’t experience the Bryant Awards in person will have two new options to stay in the game. Support the American Heart Association by taking part in the online silent auction, available for bidding online now. Notable auction packages include: Four Master’s Practice Round Golf Tickets, Viking River Grand European Cruise, Anvik River Lodge Alaska Fishing Trip, FOX Sports Studio Experience, St. Louis Cardinals Game Experience and more. Fans can also now enter the Toyota Trophy Tour Sweepstakes for the chance to win the grand prize that includes airfare, hotel accommodations, a stylish Toyota rental and two tickets to the Bryant Awards in Houston by registering at www.toyotatrophytour.com. Deadline to enter the Sweepstakes is Jan. 1, 2017.

For the second time in its history, sports aficionados can enjoy the Bryant Awards live on FOX College Sports – available through most cable providers.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, please contact 832-918-4009 or visit us at  www.bryantawards.com.

About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is a global exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2015 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.

EMBARGOED UNTIL:
3:30 p.m. CST on 12.14.16

Media Contacts:
Hayden Rome, hayden@dpwpr.com
Allison Wright, allison@dpwpr.com
Jamie Sava, jamie@dpwpr.com
Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations
(713) 224-9115

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Winsconsin’s Barry Alvarez to Receive Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

 Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez To Receive Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award

HOUSTON – Legendary Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez is the 2017 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Alvarez, the Badgers’ coach for 16 years and the university’s current athletic director, will receive the American Heart Association’s award presented by Marathon Oil Corporation at the 31st annual presentation on Jan. 11, 2017, in Houston.

Alvarez revitalized the Badgers’ football enthusiasm during his coaching tenure from 1990-2005 and is by far the winningest coach in Wisconsin football history (119-74-4 record). When he was hired in 1990, Wisconsin was a meager 9-36 in the previous four seasons, but Alvarez propelled the Badgers to 12 bowl appearances, including three Rose Bowl titles and a stunning Capital One Bowl upset over Auburn to close his career on the sideline in 2005.

He is the only Big Ten coach ever to win the Rose Bowl in consecutive seasons and just the 10th coach in conference history with 100 victories at one school.

“As last year’s recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, I’m thrilled to extend a warm congratulations to Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. There is no doubt he’s been a driving force in the lives of young men on and off the field” said Mack Brown, 2016 recipient and current ESPN College Football Analyst.

Alvarez, 69, balanced his head coaching job with an athletic director role from 2004-05 before turning solely to athletic director. In September he received a contract extension that will keep him in the position through January 2021. Wisconsin sports have won 56 conference titles and 14 national championships in his 13-year tenure.

The Bryant Awards, celebrating 31 years, are named for renowned Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, who died of a heart attack in 1983. About 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases, one every 40 seconds. The event raises money to fund American Heart Association research, advocacy and educational programs that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The 30th anniversary event in 2016 raised nearly $1 million, a new record.

The Lifetime Achievement Award highlights a coach who embodied excellence both on and off the college football field throughout his career, and past recipients include Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013).

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The Coach of the Year Award recognizes a current college football coach for an outstanding season and is the only award of its kind presented after a season’s bowl games. It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association (formerly known as National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) and has honored many of the game’s all-time greats, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in 2016. Finalists for the 2017 award will be announced later this year and will join Alvarez at January’s event.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past eight years, underscoring the company’s commitment to health and wellness and supporting initiatives that promote the wellbeing of workers and their families both on and off the job. The company also values the communities in which its employees live and work and strives to partner with local community leaders to recognize and advance important public health initiatives that promote the common good and protect the public.

For more information on the Bryant Awards, or to purchase tickets, visit www.bryantawards.com or call 832-918-4030. Find us on social media at www.facebook.com/bryantawards and hashtag #bryantawards.

About American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is a global exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2015 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at http://www.marathonoil.com.

Media Contacts:
American Heart Association
Suzie Flores, (832) 918-4039, suzie.flores@heart.org
Shelly Millwee, (832) 918-4035, shelly.millwee@heart.org

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American Heart Association And Marathon Oil Release Watch List for 31st Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Award

American Heart Association And Marathon Oil Release Watch List for 31st Annual AHA Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach Of The Year Award

(HOUSTON) October 19, 2016 – This year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Paul “Bear” Bryant Watch List includes a dynamic lineup of new faces and old favorites. Representing America’s top college football coaches, the contenders will go head-to-head to compete for the coveted title of Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced live on January 11, 2017 during the awards banquet in Houston at the Toyota Center.

The 23 coaches on this year’s watch list are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bret Bielema – Arkansas
  • Paul Chryst – Wisconsin
  • Larry Fedora – North Carolina
  • J. Fleck – Western Michigan
  • Jim Grobe – Baylor University
  • Jim Harbaugh – Michigan
  • Bryan Harsin – Boise State
  • Tom Herman – Houston
  • Dana Holgorsen – West Virginia
  • Butch Jones – Tennessee
  • Mike MacIntyre – Colorado
  • Gus Malzahn – Auburn
  • Jim McElwain – Florida
  • Urban Meyer – Ohio State
  • Ken Niumatalolo – Navy
  • Chris Petersen – Washington
  • Bobby Petrino – Louisville
  • Mike Riley – Nebraska
  • Nick Saban – Alabama
  • Kevin Sumlin – Texas A&M
  • Dabo Swinney – Clemson
  • Willie Taggart – South Florida
  • Kyle Whittingham – Utah

The season’s starting to heat up as we head into Week 8. Fans can follow these coaches and the #bryantawards play-by-play at facebook.com/bryantawards.

The Coach of the Year Award is the only college coaching honor presented after all bowl games are concluded. It is voted on by the National Sports Media Association and has honored many of the game’s greatest leaders, including Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in 2016.  Five to 10 finalists will be announced this December who will then attend the awards banquet in January.

During the banquet, Barry Alvarez, athletic director and former head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be recognized as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. First presented in 2000, this award honors a coach for outstanding career accomplishments both on and off the college football field.  Previous award winners include Mack Brown (2016), Jimmy Johnson (2015), R.C. Slocum (2014) and LaVell Edwards (2013), who now take their place in history beside legends like Bryant.

The Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation has raised more than $7 million in the past 31 years to fund AHA research, advocacy and educational programs across the country that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The record-breaking 30th anniversary event in 2016 raised nearly $1 million. Prior to his death of a heart attack in 1983, “Bear” always talked about being bigger than something other than himself and the Bryant Award offers an opportunity to do just that – to be a part of Team Bryant in the fight against cardiovascular disease.

Marathon Oil Corporation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Bryant Awards for the past eight years, underscoring the Company’s commitment to health and wellness and supporting initiatives that promote the well-being of workers and their families both on and off the job. The Company also values the communities in which its employees live and work and strives to partner with local community leaders to recognize and advance important public health initiatives that promote the common good and protect the public.

To purchase tickets to the Bryant Awards, contact 832-918-4009 or visit www.bryantawards.com.

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.  The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

About Marathon Oil Corporation

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) is a global exploration and production company. Based in Houston, Texas, the Company had net proved reserves at the end of 2015 of 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent in North America, Europe and Africa.  For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.marathonoil.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Suzie Flores, (832) 918-4039, suzie.flores@heart.org
Hayden Rome, (713) 224-9115, hayden@dpwpr.com
Allison Wright, (713) 224-9115, allison@dpwpr.com

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