On Monday, Auburn Tigers’ head coach Gus Malzahn was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association of America.
Malzahn did an incredible job with the Tigers in his first season. Last year, the Tigers posted a record of 3-9 and went 0-8 in the SEC. This season, they went 12-1 (8-1 in the SEC), defeated their arch rival, the then top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, won the SEC Championship and will play the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the BCS National Championship Game on January 6.
“This is a huge honor, and I’m very humbled to be named the recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award,” Malzahn said upon hearing the news. “I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Robinson and looked up to him as a coach and as an individual. I accept this award on behalf of our entire coaching staff and players, which have done an outstanding job this year getting our program turned around.”
Malzahn coached at Arkansas State last season and returned to Auburn, where he served as offensive coordinator from 2009-2011 after Gene Chizik was fired.
“Certainly, the job Coach Malzahn has done this year warrants this award,” said FWAA President Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times. “It is one of the best turnarounds in college football history and to do it in the first year at a school even adds to the accomplishment.”