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Coach Jones nominated for USA TODAY

USA TODAY High School Sports is asking fans to choose the best high school football coach in the country in a contest that opened on September 30. USA TODAY has chosen eight active head football coaches in each state based on conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. Rick Jones, the head coach of the Greenwood Bulldogs, has been selected as one of the choices for Arkansas. Fans will decide the outcome.

There will be three rounds of voting. The state round began Monday and runs until October 8 at 11 a.m. Each state’s winner will advance to the regional round where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches. The regional round begins at 11 a.m. on October 9 and ends at 11 a.m. on October 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round. Voting for the national champion begins on October 21 and runs until the 29th of October. The champion is crowned based on the most votes in the final round.

The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Cash prizes are also given to second through fifth places. All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.

To read more about the contest and vote for your choice, please go to http://contest.usatodayhss.com.

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