In Saturday’s 35-17 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night, Auburn Tigers’ linebacker Anthony Swain appeared to flop in order to slow down the opposing offense (Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson defended Swain, claiming he suffered a bruised knee in the game).
The play has probably been blown out of proportion because of what looks to be the beginning of a nice rivalry between Tigers’ head coach Gus Malzahn and Razorbacks’ head man Bret Bielema, who has spoken out against the type of fast-paced offense Malzahn runs.
On Monday, Malzahn spoke about the incident.
“At the time I did not see it happen, but after watching the TV copy I could see why people questioned it,” Malzahn told Julie Bennett of AL.com. “I’ve coached for 23 years and I’ve never told any player to fake an injury.”
So it appears as though Malzahn is pretty much admitting it looks like a flop, but he never ordered anyone to do it.
“I promise you this, moving forward there will be no questionable issues like that again,” Malzahn said.
The Tigers will be in Tennessee to take on the Volunteers at noon EST Saturday while the Razorbacks will hit the road to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at 12:21 pm EST.