Pregame coverage on CBS ahead of the SEC Championship is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and SEC fans will see a familiar face in studio. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will be on hand as one of 3 SEC coaches to have faced both Georgia and LSU.

CBS announced the addition, something Malzahn has done before, such as last season for the Georgia-Florida game, which was during Auburn’s bye week. Previously, Malzahn has said this kind of exposure helps Auburn in recruiting. Florida’s Dan Mullen and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher are the only other coaches to have the kind of perspective of both teams that Malzahn has this season.

The first time Malzahn did this kind of work was in 2014 when he was in studio during the broadcast of the Georgia-South Carolina game. That game had a weather delay of more than an hour, which caused Malzahn to learn on the fly.

“I was getting a little antsy there,” Malzahn said. “I was watching my clock but I was able to get the work done we needed to get done.”


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The CBS crew decided to rebroadcast the second half of the Tigers’ Kick Six victory against Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl.

“I was OK with it, but, no, it wasn’t my idea,” Malzahn said, according to “I was learning on the job is what I was doing.”

That report also said Auburn’s sports information department approached Malzahn in August that year about the possibility of serving as a guest analyst for CBS during the Tigers’ bye week.

“It was very convenient for me to do my work on the plane going there and coming back,” Malzahn said.