Auburn Head coach Gus Malzahn, recipient of the AP’s SEC Coach of the Year on Monday, was named today the Home Depot National Coach of the Year.
He’ll be presented the award on national television Thursday during the Home Depot College Football Awards show at 6 p.m. Central time on ESPN.
Malzahn is the first coach in 66 years to win an SEC Conference Championship in his first season. Johnny Vaught of Ole Miss was the last coach to accomplish the feat in 1947.
The SEC Coach of the Year and architect of one of the greatest turn-arounds in the history of the sport is also a finalist for three additional National Coach of the Year Honors: The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and the Bobby Bowden National Coach of the Year.
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Congrats Coach Malzahn and …
Updated, 12-13-13: Coach Malzahn was named today to his second National Coach of the Year honor when the Sporting News recognized him and Duke Coach David Cutcliff as “Co” Coaches of the Year.