Article Written By: Justin Pollock
Gus Malzahn is the AP’s coach of the year after taking Auburn from a 3-9 record to a 12-1 record in his debut season.
After last season’s embarrassing 3-9 record Auburn’s AD fired former Head Coach Gene Chizik and promoted OC Gus Malzahn to HC this season and the Tigers went 12-1 winning the SEC and finishing No. 2 in the Nation. Auburn plays in the National Championship game Monday, January 6 against No. 1 Florida State.
“It’s very humbling,” Gene Chizik said Monday. “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.”
Malzahn received 33 votes from AP Top 25 college football poll voters to beat Duke’s HC David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe received 17 votes after leading Duke (10-3) to its first 10-win season in program history. Florida State’s HC Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State’s HC Mark Dantonio both received three votes each.
Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to win the award in school history. The only other head coach to win the award at Auburn was Tommy Tuberville (2004). He is also the second coach to win it in his first season with a new team. Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen was AP coach of the year in 2001.
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