Gus Malzahn Named AP Coach Of The Year

Submitted by MJ14 on December 23rd, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Malzahn received 33 votes from The Associated Press Top 25 poll voters to beat out Duke's David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe received 17 votes after leading the Blue Devils (10-3) to their first 10-win season. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio each received three votes.

Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to win the award since it began in 1998, joining Tommy Tuberville (2004), and he's the second coach to win it in his first season with a new team. Ralph Friedgen was AP coach of the year in 2001, his first season with Maryland.

Link to the story: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10186348/auburn-tigers-g…

This has to be the obvious choice right? I'm just glad someone kept Alabama out of the championship game. 

Comments

LSAClassOf2000

December 23rd, 2013 at 4:06 PM ^

Gus Malzahn took a seemingly forlorn 3-9 Auburn which I believe did not win at all in the conference in 2012 to 12-1 and champions of both the SEC and what is its tougher division. I would say it is a well-deserved nod. That made for a great story throughout the year. Malzahn said regarding it:

"It's very humbling. 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."

Perkis-Size Me

December 23rd, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

There's definitely justification for Cutcliffe, but you can't argue with Malzahn getting the nod. That team is one year removed from being winless in the SEC and being Bama's boytoy.

Well deserved for Malzahn. The only question now is whether or not he stays if Texas should come calling.

BlueinOK

December 23rd, 2013 at 4:31 PM ^

Cutcliffe should get it. Yeah Malzahn turned Auburn around, but they were bad last year because of the coaching, not because of talent. They should not have been so awful a season ago. 

antidaily

December 23rd, 2013 at 6:48 PM ^

Cutliffe would have had my vote. But Malzahn despite getting very lucky in a couple games is certainly deserving.

Could make an argument for Urban Meyer too. Just kidding. Fuck Urban Meyer.

TTUwolverine

December 24th, 2013 at 12:29 AM ^

I think Gary Pinkel should been in the discussion as well.  Mizzou and Auburn were similar last season, but Auburn was a hair worse and went one game farther than Mizzou did this season, so kudos to him.