Despite being fired by the program, new UCF football head coach Gus Malzahn says he’s still a big Auburn Tigers fan and roots for their success.
The 2020 college football season did not go as planned for the Auburn Tigers. Still, there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the school and former head coach Gus Malzahn now that he has transitioned away from the program. Malzahn was fired after eight seasons with the team following a 6-5 season last year.
Malzahn posted a 68-35 overall record during his time as head coach of the Tigers. He managed an SEC championship, two SEC West titles, and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game during that time. He was also the offensive coordinator on the Tigers’ championship team in 2010. Despite not being able to leave on his own terms, the veteran coach says he still supports the program moving forward.
He posted this heartfelt message to the War Eagle community after his departure.
Malzahn doubled down on his stance on Paul Finebaum’s radio show on Wednesday.
Gus Malzahn says he still supports Auburn even after his firing
Auburn has announced that the Bryan Harsin era has now begun but Malzahn still has love for the team.
“It was a great experience. My family loves Auburn and we’re part of the Auburn family. We always will,” said Malzahn on the Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday. “We’ll be rooting hard from here for them. But it was just — both of my daughters graduated, my sons-in-law, both of them graduated from Auburn. We’ll always be a part of the Auburn family.”
The UCF community has to be happy to have a guy like Malzahn pick up where Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel left off. We’ll see if he can bring the Knights similar success in the near future.