Although he and his team weren’t able to clinch themselves the BCS National Championship last Monday night, Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn orchestrated one of the more incredible turnarounds in college football history, and he has been rewarded multiple times for that.
On Wednesday, he was rightfully rewarded once again as Malzahn was named the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year for 2013.
Malzahn took over the Tigers after they went 3-9 last season–and 0-8 in SEC play–and head coach Gene Chizik was shown the door. This season, he led the Tigers to a 12-2 record, and SEC title, and that appearance in the BCS title game against Florida State.
After he was given the honor, Malzahn expressed how happy he was to win the award in Bryant’s name.
“When you’re growing up he’s the man,” Malzahn said. “The fact that I’m from the state of Arkansas and he’s from Fordyce, Arkansas and one of my best friends is coaching high school there makes it even that much more special.”
This one tonight just adds to the postseason hardware the coach has collected, including the AP Coach of the Year, the Home Depot Coach of the Year and the Eddie Robinson Award.