Gus Malzahn Wins AP Coach of the Year
Awards like that happen when you take a team from worst to first.
A year ago, the Tigers were the second worst team in the SEC after trudging along to a 3-9 record. The most important stat of all, of course, was that none of those three wins came against SEC competition.
So, a season removed from going winless in the conference, Malzahn has carried Auburn to an SEC championship and is now a win away from adding a national championship as well.
As mentioned, he can also add AP Coach of the Year honors to the list of accomplishments this season.
Malzahn was the runaway winner of this year's award with 33 votes, while Duke's David Cutcliffe came in second with 17 votes.
Considering that Duke had its' first ever 10-win season, it would've been hard to argue with Cutcliffe winning the award. And in any other season, he probably would have.
But what Malzahn has been able to accomplish at Auburn in such a short amount of time has been nothing short of miraculous. I mean, it's literally been miraculous when you think about the two most memorable plays in recent memory coming in back-to-back games for the Tigers.
When Malzahn was helping run the show as offensive coordinator for the Cam Newton-led Auburn championship team in 2010, the signs were there that this guy would eventually be a big time head coach.
And sure enough, he has been extremely successful since his overall record now as a head coach is 21-4.
As we all know though, there's nothing Malzahn would like more than to make that record 22-4 on January 6 when the Tigers take on Florida State for the BCS national championship.
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