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Regarding Saturday's 40-29 win over Ole Miss, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm proud of our staff. I'm proud of our players."
"The way you win really means something," Malzahn said, "especially this time of year." Running back Kerryon Johnson agrees with that assessment well enough, saying, "We have a defense that can lift us [the offense] up, and we have an offense that can lift the defense up. That’s how you keep each other balanced. That’s how you win a lot of tough, close games like this one." After losing two of their first three contests, the Tigers are currently rolling on a five-game winning streak. The Iron Bowl looms on November 26, though contests against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama A&M will all need to be taken care of, first, before Auburn's dance with the Crimson Tide begins. Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:54:00 PM

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters OC Rhett Lashlee will call plays for the remainder of the season.

Malzahn served as the playcaller in Auburn's two losses to Clemson and Texas A&M, obviously difficult teams, but the victory over LSU pointed to Malzahn sticking with Lashlee. This isn't the first time Malzahn gave Lashlee this responsibility, making the same decision last season before taking it back in the offseason. Auburn faces ULM and Arkansas over the next few weeks.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 09:12:00 AM

Should Auburn choose to fire HC Gus Malzahn at the end of the season, they would owe him an estimated $8.95 million.

Malzahn signed a one-year extension over the offseason and his contract now extends through the 2020 season. Should Auburn opt to jettison Malzahn's staff, too, the bill would rise to a hefty approximate number of $13.79 million. In losses to Clemson and Texas A&M this season, the Tigers have managed to score just 29 points. They face LSU on Saturday as they attempt to dig out of their early 1-2 hole.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn believes that his program's early schedule is among the most difficult in the country.

"You know, I’m really, really excited that we’re playing at home [for the first five games]. You know, our players and our coaches and I know our fans are excited," Malzahn said. "We got a real schedule starting out. I would probably put our schedule up against anybody in college football, especially early." He isn't joking. The Tigers open the season against Clemson, Arkansas State, Texas A&M, LSU and Louisiana Monroe (all home games for Malzahn's crew). That collection of teams went a combined 42-24 last season. And that's including Louisiana Monroe's 2-11 record.
Source: SEC Country
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 07:53:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he "expect[s] to be here a long time."

Malzahn was awarded a one-year extension earlier this offseason and his contract is not set to expire until 2020. "It shows that the administration has confidence in you," Malzahn said. "Like I said, I love coaching at Auburn, love being here and expect to be here a long time." The only reason this is a discussion at all is that the Tigers managed to take a 2015 preseason ranking of No. 6 and turn it into a 7-6 record. They have lost nine of their last 11 in-conference games. For what it is worth (probably not much), AD Jay Jacobs has voiced steady support for Malzahn. "This league is tough every day. It doesn’t matter what year it is — year in, year out, how many years you’ve been here or whatever it may be," Jay said. "There is no doubt about it: [Malzahn]’s the right guy for Auburn."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 02:54:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he would be open to discussing a plan that would allow undrafted underclassman who declared to retain their collegiate eligibility.

"I think that is something to definitely look into. I know Bret [Bielema] from Arkansas, we talked about that, and I thought that was probably a good idea at least to discuss," Malzahn said. Credit to Bielema for keeping the momentum on this one. Arkansas' strange-cat-of-a-coach has been publicly pounding the pavement for undrafted underclassmen throughout the offseason and Malzahn's comments make it pretty clear that this isn't just Bielema saying things for public effect. For the time being, though, this outwardly logical idea has yet to gain enough traction in practicality for implementation in the immediate future.
Source: Rivals
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Auburn and Penn State are scheduled for a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.

Penn State will host the Tigers on September 18, 2021, with Auburn returning the favor on September 17, 2022. This will be the first time that Auburn has ever played a Big Ten opponent during the regular season. Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said, "This is another great opportunity for our players and fans to be part of something special. Bringing together elite programs rich in tradition is what college football is all about."
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said, "Auburn athletics [are] strong" despite the fact that the school's three major sports programs were historically bad over the last academic year.

The football, men's basketball and baseball teams at Auburn combined for a winning percentage of just .410 last season. Their in-conference mark was even more horrifying at .269. The three programs combined to go 15-41 within the SEC. "Absolutely we have to do better" Jacobs acknowledged, "but I can tell you this: we’re not sparing any resources to give each of those coaches — those three and the other 12 — an opportunity to be successful." To be fair, Auburn has found recent success outside of the aforementioned three sports, with the women's equestrian team winning the national championship and the softball team finishing as runner-up to national champ Oklahoma in the last academic year.
Source: SEC Country
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 08:10:00 PM

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.
Source: SEC Sports
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 10:47:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:42:00 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
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 06:37:00 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.
Fri, May 20, 2016 03:16:00 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.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 07:37:00 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.
Sat, Feb 6, 2016 04:28:00 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