Time for Gus Malzahn to leave? Paul Finebaum says Auburn coach should consider it
After Auburn squeaked out a win over Ole Miss on The Plains Saturday, coach Gus Malzahn is dealing with a result that some fans believe felt like a loss. That doesn’t sit right with SEC Network host Paul Finebaum.
On his regular weekly appearance on “The Roundtable” on Birmingham-based JOX 94.5 radio station, Finebaum suggested Malzahn should make a major move.
“I don’t think this is ever going to end at Auburn,” Finebaum said. “I’ve got respect for Gus Malzahn. I think Gus Malzahn ought to call (agent) Jimmy Sexton and say, ‘Jimmy, get me out of here. Get me a new job. Find me one, there are plenty of openings right now. There’s one at Florida State. There may be one in the SEC West, and let’s figure out a way to do this on a high caliber fashion with class and let’s move on. I’m not saying that in a negative way, I’m saying no matter what Gus Malzahn does, I don’t think it’s going to be enough for the Auburn family.”
Finebaum recalled how Auburn beat two No. 1 teams, Georgia and Auburn, two years ago over a 14-day period, and, “it wasn’t enough.”
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“Last year it was a struggle and you can pick your poison if that game against Oregon had gone differently, if the game Saturday had a couple of more plays, here we have Gus Malzahn coaching for his coaching life,” Finebaum said. “I don’t know if he really is or not, but what I heard Saturday, guys you hear the same thing, that fans decided to pile on after the (Joey) Gatewood (transfer) situation.”
Finebaum concluded that despite the big contract, the criticism is tiresome after a while, and it may be time to look for a fresh start.