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Gus Malzahn wins Bear Bryant Award

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Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was named the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year on Wednesday night after leading the Tigers from a 3-9 season to the brink of a national title one year later.

Malzahn said he was honored to be associated with the Bryant name.

“When you’re growing up he’s the man,” Malzahn said. “The fact that I’m from the state of Arkansas and he’s from Fordyce, Arkansas and one of my best friends is coaching high school there makes it even that much more special.”

Malzahn beat out Baylor’s Art Briles, David Bailiff of Rice, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and David Shaw of Stanford for the award.

It’s the latest in a armful of honors for Malzahn, who was also named AP National Coach of the Year, the Home Depot Coach of the Year and the winner of the Football Writers Association of America’s Eddie Robinson Award.

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11 Responses to “Gus Malzahn wins Bear Bryant Award”
  1. floridascuba1 says: Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM

    He runs gimmick offense and got lucky most games. I would say duke head coach deserves most coaching accolades.

  2. mcjon22 says: Jan 16, 2014 12:07 AM


    (Glances at Crystal football)

    Jimbo Fisher

  3. auburntigers34 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:06 AM

    gimmick offense, my @ss.

  4. 1990tiger says: Jan 16, 2014 8:14 AM

    auburntigers34 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:06 AM

    gimmick offense, my @ss.
    Agreed. You usually hear this from teams who couldn’t find a way to stop AU’s offense.

  5. whydoupost says: Jan 16, 2014 8:20 AM

    Yes, you usually do hear that from the team who lost. Gus created a great offensive scheme and is a good coach, however it is a gimmick offense. Over the long haul it will not last. Defenses will adjust. Smash a team. Beating them with strength and power, will and desire always does over time – look at the schools known as the power schools with the all the trophies! How many times has Auburn won it all? Gimmick. The Gus Bus will need new tires soon!!

  6. longtallsam says: Jan 16, 2014 8:42 AM

    whydoupost says: Jan 16, 2014 8:20 AM
    How many times has Auburn won it all? Gimmick. The Gus Bus will need new tires soon!!

    Well, they won it all in 2010 and were runner-up this year. Only one other school has done better than that in the past five years. You don’t take a team from 3-9 to 12-2 without doing something right.

  7. thraiderskin says: Jan 16, 2014 9:52 AM

    I thought this was an obvious pick…

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jan 16, 2014 10:10 AM

    What happened to Cuttcliff? He wasn’t in the running?

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 16, 2014 11:40 AM

    Kind of ironic that the Auburn coach getting an award named after the legendary Bama coach…

    But touché…

    As far as the gimmick thing. What makes Auburn’s and A&M’s and Oregon’s and so many other great offensive teams so potent is the pace at which they play.

    Your “strength and power and will” guy Jernigan was on the bench most of the drive where Auburn retook the lead after the KO TD. He was gassed by that pace.

    This fast paced trend is going to permeate it’s way up to the pros soon as its already reaping rewards in Philly. After a slow start the Eagles quickly turned into one the best offenses in the NFL averaging 6.3 yds per play.

  10. raysfan1 says: Jan 16, 2014 12:45 PM

    Malzahn ran potent offenses at Springdale High as HC, Arkansasas OC, Tulsa as OC, Auburn as the OC, and Arkansas State as HC as well as this past season as Auburn HC.

    His offense is based on tempo but is not finesses. There’s also plenty of tape for opposing coaches to study. Just accept that he’s a very good offensive coach and move on. The “gimmick” insult attempt is incorrect.

  11. chiggerticky says: Jan 16, 2014 4:32 PM

    IBM called upstart “personal computers” (by people like Jobs, Gates, etc.) “gimmicks.” The Beatles were popular only because of their gimmicks. The first defense of a wind-sucker is to call that which just blew by him a “gimmick.”

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