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Auburn HC Gus Malzahn honored recently resigned South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier by opting not to wear a visor during Thursday's contest against Kentucky.
Said Malzahn, "Coach Spurrier is one of the all-time greats and his influence on me and my coaching style goes back to my days as a high school coach when I started wearing a visor." Spurrier stepped down from South Carolina on Monday. Malzahn's would-be visor will now be auctioned off, with proceeds going to relief aid for South Carolina flood victims. Oct 15 - 7:36 PM

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Auburn HC Gus Malzahn was complimentary of Kentucky's schemes, noting that "they're very unique on defense."

Said Malzahn of Thursday's opponent, "[Kentucky is] very unique on defense the way they go about their pressures, the different looks they give you offensively." The Wildcats have jumped out to a 4-1 record this season, putting forward nice defensive efforts against South Carolina (22 points allowed), Florida (14 points allowed) and Missouri (13 points allowed). They've yet to play a team with a true high-powered offense. Auburn doesn't exactly fit that bill, either. The Tigers' season-best for points this season is 35 scored in an October 3 win over San Jose State.
Oct 12 - 3:30 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that despite a disappointing 3-2 start to the season, his players "want to get better, that's the big thing, and I really believe we'll continue to do that."

"This team has grown," said HC Malzahn. "We got a new defensive staff. Our quarterback, we've had some transition there, and anytime you do that there's going to be some growing pains and those things you work through." While Auburn did beat San Jose State 35-21 on Saturday, the defense has been downright embarrassing under new DC Will Muschamp. They've surrendered at least 400 total yards in four of their five games played this season. Auburn travels to face Kentucky a week from Thursday.
Oct 5 - 7:30 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn is strongly opposed to a proposed rule change that would allow defensive players to substitute for 10 seconds before the offense is allowed to snap the ball.

Malzahn has requested that the rule change discussion be shelved until 2015. "There's absolutely zero evidence, documented evidence, that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions," Malzahn said Tuesday. "What I asked (rules chairman Troy Calhoun) to do is move this to next year where it is a rule-change year, that we can hear both sides and have a healthy debate on moving forward with the rules." Washington State's Mike Leach, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze -- all creative offensive minds -- have also spoken out against the controversial proposal.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 02:04:00 PM

Gus Malzahn was named the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year.

He beat out Baylor's Art Briles, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio. It was Malzahn's sixth national coach of the year award this winter. The consensus pick for SEC Coach of the Year led the Tigers to a 12-2 finish and a berth in the championship game one season after Auburn went 3-9.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 07:31:00 PM

SI's Pete Thamel cites a source who said Auburn HC Gus Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching Texas is his dream job.

"If confronted with the choice between Auburn and Austin, it's a no-brainer move for Malzahn to bolt," Thamel writes. "The best job in the Big 12 is a much more stable place than The Plains, as even a play-caller of Malzahn's acumen isn't likely to make adjustments to historical trends." This adds an interesting wrinkle to the National Championship game. the article was written in early December, but the idea that Malzahn could be on Texas' radar stands.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is "very much a top candidate" for the Cleveland Browns head coach opening, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

"Vandy's James Franklin (is also) in the mix," tweeted La Canfora. "One of them or (Patriots offensive coordinator Josh) McDaniels (is) expected to get that job." Malzahn was named AP coach of the year last week after leading the Tigers to the BCS Championship one season after Auburn finished 3-9.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 10:13:00 PM

Gus Malzahn was named AP coach of the year on Monday.

"It's very humbling," Malzahn said. "Any time you get awards like this, it's a team thing, as far as our staff and our players. It's been fun to be a part of this year." Malzahn (33 votes) edged Duke's David Cutcliffe (17), Florida State's Jimbo Fisher (three) and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (three). Malzahn led the Tigers to the BCS Championship one season after Auburn finished 3-9.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:02:00 PM

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said he will discuss a contract extension with coach Gus Malzahn.

"All Gus is thinking about is Missouri," Jacobs said Tuesday. "When the season's over, he and I will sit down and talk about things and certainly we want Gus to be here at Auburn as long as he wants to be. It's been phenomenal what he's done this year, and we certainly want to make sure that he's adequately compensated for similar coaches in the Southeastern Conference. ... We'll begin to discuss those things once the season's over." Malzahn signed a five-year deal worth $2.3 million per season last December.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 06:21:00 PM