Should Auburn coach Gus Malzahn be Coach of the Year?

Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn talks with Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Auburn won 55-23. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

When Gus Malzahn took over as head coach of an Auburn Tigers football team that was coming off of a 3-9 season, no one expected much out of the team in his first year. With a junior college transfer at quarterback and a young and inexperienced defense, you couldn’t have imagined that the Tigers would be a threat in the SEC. But they are.

Now, with the college football season entering the final stretch, it is time to think about who should be named the Coach of the Year and Malzahn is a man that should be at the top of those lists.

Not only are the Tigers currently sitting with nine wins, but they have an upcoming match up with Alabama that will likely determine the SEC West title.

Win or lose, Auburn has put together an incredible season and Malzahn deserves plenty of praise.

While there are plenty of other coaches around the nation that should be in the running for the award, no one has done as impressive of a job and had as quick of a turnaround as Malzahn. Let’s see if those with votes see the great job he has been able to do.

Do you think Malzahn should be the Coach of the Year? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.

Topics: Auburn Tigers, Football, Gus Malzahn, Sec Football

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  • Chronos

    Anyone who thinks that a coach, whether it’s their first year or not, who was able to turn a team around and have only one loss in their conference after winning 0 the year before doesn’t deserve the COTY award is an idiot. No coach in college football deserve it more than than Malzahn even if Auburn goes 9-3 to finish the season (which is unlikely).

  • Patrick Moore

    Even as a Bama fan, I must say to take them from where they were last year to where they are now is very deserving of coach of the year…regardless of what happens from here on this year.

  • Andy Whatley

    He absolutely deserves to be COY. To take this team with only the addition of a dynamic junior college transfer and turn things around the way he has there is absolutely no doubt about it.

  • Carter Collins

    Yes Yes Yes…….The focus and leadership shown by Gus Malzahn has been nothing short of amazing. In a league full of quality coaches, Gus has been able to steady the ship. Knowing that luck often happens only when preparation meets opportunity, Gus seems to always have a plan and gets his kids prepared. We still have to face a couple of coaches that truly prepare their kids as well, the master of doing so being Saban at bama, but win or lose, with Gus I know we will be prepared and will earn the respect of them both.

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