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Gus Malzahn wins AP coach of the year

Gua Malzahn AP

Gus Malzahn was named the AP coach of the year on Monday, a week after the Auburn skipper won the FWAA’s Eddie Robinson Award.

Malzahn received 33 votes, topping Duke’s David Cutcliffe (17 votes), Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher (three votes) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio (three votes). He’s the fifth SEC coach win the honor and the second at Auburn, with Tommy Tuberville (2004) the other recipient.

“It’s very humbling,” Malzahn told the Associated Press. “Any time you get awards like this, it’s a team thing, as far as our staff and our players. It’s been fun to be a part of this year.”

These coach-of-the-year honors are well deserved for Malzahn, who engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in college football history at Auburn. Going from 3-9 to the BCS Championship will add a few trophies to a coach’s mantle.

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8 Responses to “Gus Malzahn wins AP coach of the year”
  1. be4bama says: Dec 23, 2013 1:09 PM

    Well deserved!!!

  2. afrancis55 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    It would’ve been a travesty if the award was given to anybody else

  3. blackmike2 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    congrats, coach, on taking auburn to the place that earned you the award. although one more step remains, perhaps your team will be able to beat the team that defeated bethune-cookman. even with a number of other coaches doing good jobs themselves, whether you win or lose the one upcoming game you are still deserving of this year’s accolades.

  4. baredon says: Dec 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    Nice play coach….

    But one BIG but…. It’s not your team, you did not recruit 90% of it… Your riding the coat tails of a fired coach who was only 2 years from winning a National Championship….

  5. 1990tiger says: Dec 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    congratulations coach, well deserved!

  6. 1990tiger says: Dec 23, 2013 2:58 PM

    baredon says:
    But one BIG but…. It’s not your team, you did not recruit 90% of it… Your riding the coat tails of a fired coach who was only 2 years from winning a National Championship….
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    It is a coach of the year award….not recruiter of the year award. Your are aware that Malzhan was the offensive coordinator at AU when they won the NC in 2011 aren’t you? He only left for one year (last year) for the HC job at Arkansas State so he actually did recruit some of the players on the current roster.

    I wouldn’t say he is riding the coat tails of anyone. Many of the players on the current roster were on the 3-9 team last year.

  7. 24pointlead says: Dec 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    He may not have recruited a large percentage of the team (which I could easily argue against), but he coached 100% of it and outcoached some fine coaches in the process. Well deserved, Coach!

  8. aw230012 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:47 PM

    For those saying he didn’t recruit this team are morons. Where the F do you think Malzahn has been? He was only away from Auburn one year, in 2012. He came back before the 2013 signing day which means he had to keep current recruits and recruit for others.

    So when exactly was he not involved in the recruitment process for these players?

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