(photo: Julie Bennet al.com)
The man who engineered one of the biggest turnarounds to a football program in college football history, picked up a big award today. Auburn Coach, Gus Malzahn was named the South Eastern Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.
He took a team that was winless in league play a year ago and led them to a conference championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship game.
Auburn Athletic Director, Jay Jacobs said, “What he’s done with this group that was a lot of broken pieces and pulling them together and getting them the confidence and the trust to buy in the system, that is a remarkable coaching job.”
Malzahn came in and hired a coaching staff second to none. He then took over a confused and dispirited group of players; gave them new hope, turned around recruiting, and enforced discipline. The players responded and got better as a team with each passing week. And now his Tigers are sitting on top of the SEC.
Congratulations Coach and War Eagle!
The Coaches also named Malzahn the SEC Coach of the Year on Wednesday.