Gus Malzahn: SEC Network all about trying to get coaches fired
Apparently Gus Malzahn is not a fan of the SEC Network these days.
Malzahn, who was speaking at the American Football Coaches Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, said that the network was supposed to be “really cool” when it started. However, he believes the network has become all about trying to get coaches fired. Writer Zach Barnett with Football Scoop shared Malzahn’s comments on Twitter.
It really is an interesting take on the network as a whole. Many would think the coverage provided by the SEC Network would be a bonus for teams and coaches, but covering the SEC and the expectations associated with the conference can make coaching there a trying gig.
It is also interesting that Malzahn would make these comments after the whirlwind end to Auburn’s season. The Tigers were incredibly hot down the stretch but missed out on the Playoff after losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship. Malzahn also seemingly used interest from Arkansas to secure a lucrative contract extension from Auburn.
He followed up signing that extension by losing to UCF in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day. That bowl loss dropped him to 1-4 in bowl games during his stay and Auburn and caused some fans to question if Malzahn’s extension will be worth it.
Gus Malzahn: "This SEC Network was supposed to be really cool when it started three or four years ago. Now it's all about trying to get the coach fired."
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) January 9, 2018