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Gus Malzahn named Home Depot Coach of the Year

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Thanks to stunning seasons built on entirely different circumstances and history, Duke’s David Cutcliffe and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn are expected to go mano a mano for most if not all postseason coaching honors.  Thanks to an announcement today, it’s now Cutcliffe 1, Malzahn 1 on the 2013 national awards circuit.

Malzahn, it was revealed, has been named as the Home Depot Coach of the Year.  In his first season as the Tigers’ head coach, Malzahn has led AU to a 12-1 record, an SEC championship and a spot opposite top-ranked Florida State in the BCS title game.  He’s just the second first-year coach to lead his team to a BCS title game, joining Miami’s Larry Coker in 2001.

It was a stunning turnaround on The Plains, with Malzahn’s accomplishments coming just a year after Gene Chizik was fired following a season in which the Tigers went 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.  Chizik, oddly enough, won the same award following the 2010 season.

Last year’s winner was Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

Late last week, Cutcliffe was named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year to claim the first major national coaching honor.  Cutcliffe and Malzahn are also finalists for the Eddie Robinson and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year awards.

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8 Responses to “Gus Malzahn named Home Depot Coach of the Year”
  1. jdbaker01 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:58 AM

    Nick Saban named Home Depot’s Most Likely to Bolt.

  2. Deb says: Dec 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    Congrats to Coach Malzahn on a well-deserved honor. With a nod to Pinkel, I’d say Malzahn and Cutcliffe are the most deserving this year.

  3. taintedlombardis says: Dec 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    “Home Depot Coach of the Year”?!?!?

    WTF. Embarrassing. But anything for that almighty dollar!

    Does everything have to have a corporate sponsor? Makes everything feel so artificial.

  4. imaduffer says: Dec 11, 2013 1:03 PM

    Will he be in a commerical with Coach Saban for a DIY project on “how not to lose a National Championship game?”

  5. Charles Olson says: Dec 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    Reblogged this on CHARLESOLSONSPORTS.COM.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    Who’s the Lowes Coach of the Year? or the Ace Hardware Coach of the Year?

    How many damn Coach of the Year awards are there?

  7. overratedgators says: Dec 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    Well-deserved. The turnaround at Auburn has been nothing short of miraculous.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    overratedgators says: Dec 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    Well-deserved. The turnaround at Auburn has been nothing short of miraculous.

    Don’t know that I’d go as far as “miraculous” they did win a national title 3 years ago…. Not like they are coming from decades of obscurity like say Duke…

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