Hey everyone this is Sam and let’s talk about the firing of Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn. This firing isn’t a surprise especially with Auburn thinking they are at Alabama’s level. He wasn’t the kind of Coach to compete with them. Malzahn was fired despite his high buyout price of $21.45 million. The Tigers announced the head coach’s firing on Sunday after going 6-4. Malzahn’ had the second-worst season at the helm.
His Coaching Career
This was a little surprising because Gus Malzahn has been Auburn’s golden boy for so long. He played at Arkansas for two seasons then started his fantasy story of going from a high school coach to Tulsa’s assistant coach then to Auburn as assistant coach (2009-2011) that won everyone over. You need to remember he was the offensive coordinator when Can Newton was the QB. He needed some head coach experience, so he went to Arkansas State (2012). The Auburn boosters then went hard after him in 2013.
Auburn Coach (2013-2020)
Gus Malzahn had been Auburn’s head coach since 2013, leading the team to seven consecutive bowl game appearances prior to this season. In his eight years with the Tigers, Malzahn went 68-35 overall and 39-27 in the SEC.
Auburn advanced to the BCS Championship in 2013, but have failed to find similar success since. The team has finished in the top 10 of The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll just twice in Malzahn’s tenure. It was weird in the beginning with Auburn, he was the coach bringing high school basics and principals back to college. By the end, Malzahn was called over his head and not ready for the stress and a top program.
“After evaluating the state of the Auburn football program, we’ve decided that it was time to make a change in leadership,” director of athletics Allen Green said in a statement. “We appreciate everything that Gus did for the program over the last eight seasons. We will begin a search immediately for a coach that can help the Auburn program consistently compete at the highest level.”
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been named Auburn’s interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Let me know did he deserve to be let go for his Coaching. Who should they go after now? Let Sports Obsessive know in the comments below.