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Dave Bartoo of the CFB Matrix that, according to his metrics, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn tied with Steve Spurrier as the worst coach in the SEC in 2015.
Malzahn "was four games below talent, schedule expectations. Something needs to turn around really quick down there," Bartoo told Paul Finebaum. Malzahn's first season was outstanding, leading the team to a 12-2 record. However, last season saw a major drop off to 7-6 which followed an 8-5 record. We certainly do not think Malzahn is a "bad" coach, but the 2016 season is an important one. He just signed on for an extra season, through 2020. Jun 9 - 10:47 AM
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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has signed a contract extension through the 2020 season.

Malzahn's last contract was signed in March of 2014. In the new deal, Malzahn will make $4.725 million per year. He know ranks in the top 10 nationally in salary, but behind Nick Saban and Kevin Sumlin. Malzahn is coming off of his worst season as Auburn's head coach, helping the Tigers to a 7-6 record, including 2-6 in conference. The team's top edge rusher, Carl Lawson, might be the best in the country. However, Malzahn will need to work his magic on offense.
Jun 7 - 10:42 AM

Former Auburn QB Cam Newton said that he does not believe that HC Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat.

"I know what he is capable of doing. He will always and forever be one of the best college football offensive minds that have ever coached," Newton told SEC Country, adding that "[w]hen [the offense is] ran the right way, it’s very fun to watch." The 2015 NFL MVP also chimed in on Auburn's currently unsettled quarterback competition between Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III. "One thing I do know is Coach Malzahn will play the best person," Newton said. "He prides himself on being a coach that has his players prepared, and come game day I know they will." The Tigers finished just 7-6 last season, but Newton is probably right that Malzahn has earned a long enough leash that (barring a disaster) his job should be safe in 2016. Cam isn't merely looking for Auburn to tread water, though. "I just feel as if this is Auburn’s year to make strides to getting back to the promised land," Newton said.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 5 - 6:37 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that "spring practice was very successful for us."

"We were fortunate not to have any injuries," Malzahn said. "I really felt like we improved." He indicated that while the Tigers have yet to name a starting quarterback between Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III, he hopes to do so early in August camp. Last season, early hype gave way to a fractured season in which Auburn finished 7-6. The Golden Nugget has set their 2016 win-total over/under at seven victories on the dot.
May 20 - 3:16 PM

Since the close of the 2014 season, eight Auburn assistant coaches have either willingly left or been fired.

Five, alone, have opted to jump ship in the last two-and-a-half months, headlined by DC Will Muschamp. The most recent Auburn defector was WR coach Dameyune Craig, who accepted the same position at LSU on Sunday. HC Gus Malzahn's squad finished with a disappointing 7-6 record (2-6 in conference) this past season. In and of itself, the coaching defections are just par for the course, but another poor season could lead to a more complete overhaul.
Feb 14 - 7:37 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that he called in the neighborhood 50 prospects in the 2017 class on Wednesday.

In case you had any doubt that coaches are completely insane, take it away, Coach. Said Malzahn, "[Wednesday] was a really good day. They got me on the phone with close to 50 guys coming up and I think that's a great thing. I'm excited to recruit those guys and I know our coaches are too." To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey, recruiting is a flat circle. As for the 2016 class, Auburn finished with Rivals' No. 9 class, highlighted by five-star DT Derrick Brown.
Feb 6 - 4:28 PM

Memphis interim HC Darrell Dickey said that he "expect[s] to see both [Auburn] quarterbacks" in the Birmingham Bowl.

While Dickey indicated that Memphis is preparing as though both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White will play, he added that "if they leave one of them out there the whole game, we've got to play against that one. Like I said, we have great respect for both of them." Auburn HC Gus Malzahn's gone cloak-and-dagger on this one, merely indicating that both Johnson and White have performed well in practice. Johnson started the first three games of the season before being benched for White, who started the next five before being waylaid by a knee injury. Then it was back to Johnson, who started the final four contests. All of this equaled out to a 6-6 record for the Tigers.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 04:51:00 PM

According to, Auburn will hire its next defensive coordinator sometime in the next week.

Come Monday, it will have been four weeks since DC Will Muschamp jumped ship to South Carolina. In the interim, the Tigers have been tossing hooks out there without a bite. They'll hire somebody, eventually, allegedly. Among the names that could be in play (per are South Florida DC Tom Allen and Mississippi State DC Manny Diaz. In the meantime, linebacker coach Lance Thompson will serve as the defensive coordinator when Auburn plays Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl on December 30.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:51:00 PM

Auburn LB coach Lance Thompson will serve as the team's defensive coordinator against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl.

With the departure of DC Will Muschamp for South Carolina, the task of stopping Memphis universe-destroying QB Paxton Lynch in the Birmingham Bowl will fall to Thompson. He last served as a defensive coordinator when he held the role for UCF from 2004-2006. "[Thompson]'s familiar with our defense, he's a veteran guy and these guys will work very closely together," said HC Gus Malzahn. While 2015 was his first year with Auburn, Thompson's already indicated that he would be interested in filling the vacated shoes of Muschamp on a full-time basis. Malzahn's been non-committal on that front.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 06:10:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 07:36:00 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 03:30:00 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.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 07:30:00 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