Posted December 11, 2013

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn to be named Home Depot Coach of the Year

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Gus Malzahn quickly revitalized Auburn from a winless SEC season to a conference title.

Gus Malzahn took Auburn from a winless SEC season in 2012 to a conference championship in ’13. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be named the Home Depot Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the BCS Championship Game in his first season, ESPN announced Wednesday.

Auburn’s 59-42 victory over Missouri last Saturday made Malzahn the only first-year coach to win an SEC Championship Game. His Tigers are 12-1, are ranked No. 2 in the BCS and will face No. 1 Florida State in the BCS title game in Pasadena on Jan. 6.

In 2012 Auburn stumbled to a record of 3-9, and the Tigers were 0-8 in the SEC. Their poor performance led to the firing of coach Gene Chizik. To replace him, Auburn brought in Malzahn, who had been the Tigers’ offensive coordinator under Chizik from 2009 to ’11. When Auburn won the national championship in ’10, Malzahn won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

He left Auburn to become the head coach at Arkansas State in 2012. In his only season in Jonesboro, he led the Red Wolves to a Sun Belt Conference title.

Malzahn will receive the Coach of the Year honor at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12. It will be televised at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

8 comments
jkhall52
jkhall52

@SInow - Hope that Rice Coach David Bailiff was a finalist.

Lee3
Lee3

@alikueller@Jake2J1Buckeye@SInow If one of those two games you refer to happens to be the alabama game, you should remind yourself that the game was tied and would have gone into overtime, but for the decision, after bama petitioned the replay booth, to place one second back on the clock and attempt a field goal.  Alabama did this in an effort to avoid having to take the game to overtime.  Alabama had been stopped twice inside the Auburn 20 already and Auburn's run game was gouging them for huge chunks of yards.  Not believing that they could make the kick, Auburn called timeout and put their speed guys on the field.  We know what happened next.   Just because a team gets out coached doesn't mean the outcoached team defeated itself.

Lee3
Lee3

I'm an Auburn guy, but I do see your point.  Auburn has and has always had incredible athletes.  Cutcliffe had to what he did at Duke without that base and that is an incredible achievement.