Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn was named Monday as the Associated Press coach of the year after orchestrating one of the best turnarounds in college football history.
The Tigers went 3-9 last year and didn’t win a game in the SEC, but are in the BCS National Championship Game where they will take on the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles.
Malzahn, in his first year at Auburn, is the second Auburn coach to win the award. Tommy Tuberville took home the award in 2004 after the Tigers went 13-0 in 2004.
Malzahn turned an anemic offense from a year ago into one of the most feared units in the country with the No. 1 ranked rushing attack let by Heisman finalist Tre Mason. Malzahn has already won the Eddie Robinson, Sporting News, Home Depot and SEC Coach of the Year Awards this season.
Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe finished second in the voting, receiving 17 votes to Malzahn’s 33 votes after he led Duke to their first 1-win season in program history and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Mark D’Antonio from the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans also received votes.