The Home Depot College Football Awards show won’t be televised until tomorrow evening, but one of the winners has already been revealed.
SPOILER ALERT (you know, in case you ignored the headline)
Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn, who led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and an SEC championship in 2013, has been named the Home Depot Coach of the Year. He is the first SEC coach in 66 years to lead his team to a conference title in his first year as head coach. (Malzahn was previously Auburn’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2011, and he was named the top assistant coach in the nation in 2010.)
As AL.com reported a few days ago, Malzahn is going to be sticking around Auburn for a while. The school signed him to a huge contract last week: $3.85 million per year in a contract with a $250,000 raise each subsequent year (under those conditions, Malzahn will make $5.1 million in 2019 if he stays for the full duration of the contract).
Congratulations to Malzahn on the Home Depot award and the new contract. Maybe he can purchase himself a new visor with all that money.