Gus Malzahn's hot seat rating after Iron Bowl blowout? Paul Finebaum weighs in
One of the most consistent storylines in the SEC is the job security of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. And following the 42-13 loss in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, you might think that it is wavering this week.
But that may not be the easy answer. At least according to SEC Network host Paul Finebaum, who shared his thoughts on his regular appearance on “The Roundtable” on WJOX 94.5 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The question was posed to him if Auburn were to lose this week against Texas A&M, that would give Auburn 4 losses, would Malzahn be on the hottest of hot seats entering 2021?
“You mean the hot seat of about three years ago, or four years ago or five years ago. I don’t think so,” Finebaum said. “I know it’s so easy to go into the ‘Let’s get rid of Gus Malzahn mode, but it’s, at least for now, again it’s 7:00 on Monday morning, day after the day after the Iron Bowl, I don’t sense a quick move to unload him. I think circumstances would have to change pretty dramatically and the one thing Gus Malzahn has going for him is his record against Nick Saban. Everyone knows what the record is in Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa and Georgia overall, he has gone a long way with 3-5, maybe 3-4 technically against Nick Saban, 3-5 against Alabama. I could be misreading it from a little more distance than you guys have and we haven’t heard the reaction yet maybe I’m sure you have heard a little bit but I don’t think so.”
Obviously, no other active SEC coach has as many wins in that time period as Malzahn has over Alabama/Saban. The segment only briefly mentioned Malzahn’s $21 million contract buyout as something that might keep him at Auburn longer.