Media reacts to news of Gus Malzahn's firing from Auburn
Huge news came out of Auburn on Sunday — Gus Malzahn is out as the Tigers’ head coach.
Malzahn went 68-35 over eight seasons at Auburn, which included leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game in his first year in 2013. However, things didn’t go quite as well for Auburn this season, with it finishing the regular season at 6-4.
The Tigers ended with a 24-10 win at Mississippi State on Saturday, but it appears that wasn’t enough to save Malzahn’s job.
Here’s some of the reaction from social media following Malzahn’s firing:
If someone is willing to pay you 21.45 million to leave. They really really don’t want you around #Malzahn
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 13, 2020
Gus Malzahn has been fired. In a related story/advice: be careful what you wish for.
— Rece Davis (@ReceDavis) December 13, 2020
Gus Malzahn's decisions facilitated at least three or four of the stupidest and best CFB endings of the last decade, and I will always appreciate his contributions to the sport's lore
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 13, 2020
Looking very forward to the stories of what happened the last 12+ hours with the Malzahn situation. As I said last night, didn't think the powers were nearly organized enough to do this. But here we are.
— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) December 13, 2020
Auburn's Offensive SP+ during the Gus Malzahn years…
2013: 46.8 (5th)
2014: 45.2 (3rd)
2015: 36.1 (28th)
2016: 32.1 (49th)
2017: 35.4 (26th)
2018: 36.9 (19th)
2019: 33.9 (34th)
2020: 31.7 (46th)*
*heading into the MSU game last night
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) December 13, 2020
Can Senator Malzahn be far behind? https://t.co/NOFnVLz4Eu
— marc tracy (@marcatracy) December 13, 2020
In all honesty Malzahn is probably buying like 8 more Galaga machines and laughing at us all straight to the bank
— Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) December 13, 2020
Part of me was briefly stunned by the Gus Malzahn news but why would I ever be stunned about such a thing
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) December 13, 2020
Louisiana Ragin Cajuns administration when they see the Gus Malzahn news …. pic.twitter.com/1U3Nda8gI5
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) December 13, 2020
My halftime Auburn thoughts: Clearly, Auburn has very positive feedback from their desired candidate.
Also, I think Auburn’s power brokers feared one of two things: Malzahn’s random odd year magic – or – early losses that created a serious lame duck year.
— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) December 13, 2020
Honest truth here… Auburn people love Malzahn. A man of great character. He ran a clean program. He simply lost too much. https://t.co/t7UiRGp1nS
— Ben Stanfield (@Ben_Stanfield) December 13, 2020
Whatever you think about Malzahn, and many people have their opinions – he was one of only two active coaches in the SEC with a win over Nick Saban, and he had three of them.
— WilliamThornton (@billineastala) December 13, 2020
Gus Malzahn record at Auburn over 8 years: 68-35. Never had a losing record, 3 NY6 bowl appearances including one title game shot.
SEC football, man. https://t.co/wY5O0JqLnu
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) December 13, 2020
Actually kind of great for Malzahn
Goes out a winner dancin in the locker room with a 6-4 record
And now gets to chill and collect over twenty one million dollars
— T-Bob Hebert (@TBob53) December 13, 2020