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Gus Will Drive the Bus! … As Auburn’s New Head Coach

By on December 4th, 2012 in Football, News 147 Comments »
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It’s been confirmed that Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn will be hired as Auburn University’s 26th Head Coach. Multiple media outlets, including Track ‘Em Tigers, exploded with the breaking news just before 3 p.m. CST today.

A formal announcement and introduction of the new Head Coach is expected from the University tonight at 8 p.m.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says the decision was unanimous.

“Coach Malzahn was the clear unanimous choice of our search committee, and I am pleased that Dr. Gogue has accepted our recommendation,” Jacobs said. “This is a great day for Auburn football and Auburn University.”

“I want to thank each member of the committee for their tireless effort in helping us find the right man to lead our football program and represent Auburn University. They were objective, thorough and thoughtful throughout the entire process. Their one and only agenda was doing what is best for Auburn.”

Malzahn was Auburn’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2011 and his offenses have broken records at every stop of his career.

His Arkansas State team just won the Sunbelt Conference Championship and will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 6th in Mobile.

147 Comments

  1. TexasAUTiger says:

    Crickets.

    • wilderr wilderr says:

      Gus’s first three games

      August 31 versus Washington State

      Game 2: versus Arkansas State

      Game 3: versus Mississippi State

      • wilderr wilderr says:

        Go to fbschedules.com for schedule for all teams for the next three years. Make sure that schedules is plural instead of singular.

  2. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    War Eagle! Glad to hear it! AU will finally have stability on offensive philosophy and play calling. Gus has done great things when he’s driving. It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!

  3. mayor says:

    Great choice! He knows us and we know him…he’s a class act and a proven winner who will take us to the pinnacle again. WAR EAGLE!!!

  4. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Great hire!

    I wasn’t sure Gus would come back but I’m glad he did. Now lets get back to winning again!

  5. mayor says:

    Jonathan Wallace will be a perfect fit in Malzahn’s offense!

    • tigertracker says:

      BUT, kiehl frazier is the arky product that gus recruited. He’ll get another chance, but wallace seems to have the chops for this gig. Then again Jeremy Johnson isn’t on campus yet.

  6. CapnVegetto says:

    I am quite happy! Good choice. Time to let it fly!!

  7. james4au says:

    Welcome back, Gus!

  8. DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

    Great news!

    Auburn will be back!

  9. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    Yes! Knew it! Can’t wait for next year. I bet the boys will see this as great news… It will be fun to watch Wallace and Frazier resume the qb competition. Now we can argue about who his staff will be…

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      Haha, and I’m sure we will argue over the staff. Wonder if he will keep any of the current AU staff? Personally I would like for him to keep at leas Boulware on special teams.

      • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

        He just better bring Kodi back. Kodi is a real “Auburn Man” and can be an example to the current players who need to get their head out of their nether regions.

      • tigertracker says:

        Gus strikes me as a workaholic. I’m guessing he will drop the ones that don’t share that philosophy. I liked troops enthusiam for a while, but the fact that outside of darvin and emory we have not had a consistent receiver has made me grow weary of the towel waving. How much of darvin was developed before troop got here, and I figure Jeff Blake developed emory from a young age throwing ball to him in the back yard.

        • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

          Yeah, I always like Trooper’s “good cop” approach with players and loved his game time intensity on the sideline but if he can’t coach… then he’s just a show pony. Put him in charge of water distribution so the players won’t get the dehydration.

          • rn4au rn4au says:

            Have to say I agree with the Troop idea. I’m not too impressed with our receivers under his watch. I love him as a motivator, but you got to coach performance to win in the SEC.

  10. TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

    Gus recruited these guys, now they can play in his offense! I’m thrilled – yayyy Gus!

  11. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I have to say I am disappointed but I will support fully.

    I hope he can hire the best staff available and recruit to compete. He absolutely needs to restructure this staff from top to bottom.

    If certain things are not done however (getting this team to be physical again)… I will hazzard a guess that AU will be right back where it started on November 26th 2012 after another $11M debacle.

    War Damn Eagle!

  12. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Welcome back home, Gus!

  13. restless6 says:

    Pathetic. Another crap job by JJ. The Bo and Pat and Mac committee was a sham.

    Jay Jacobs can go to hell.

    • DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

      You sound like a Bama plant.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        He gets that a lot….

        • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

          War Damn Curmudgeon!

          • mikeautiger says:

            Yes he gets that a lot, he is always negative about AU. I think he is a bamer. Go Gus, now we will really get to see his offense at ful throttle instead of the 2011 melt down or the one deme rial Cam days, more balance more points.
            Who is arkynstate DC, how was the D at Arky st? Scores do not look too bad for AS, playing in their league opponents scores in 20s so he might be possibility if he has an understanding of what it is like to be DC with Gus bus offense.

  14. BigDaddyAU says:

    Question…Does this mean Frazier gets another shot at QB? Personally I don’t think he can hold a candle to Wallace. For the sake of this team I hope Wallace stays the starter and Frazier finds a nice place at WR a-la Kodi Burns.

  15. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    WHAT A LETDOWN!!!

    Remember his Crazy Wife? He accepted the troubled Dyer while at Arky St.!? So why not accept more troubled athletes back at Auburn.

    We Need a QB to run his offense and we ain’t got one, period.

    Why did we hire Another Coordinator again?

    Maybe he wins 10 games his first year? Maybe he gets us to the SEC Championship in two years? Maybe he brings in Cam.2? Maybe he works, but with all the ‘name brand’ coaches out there we get our own Used Car Back.

    Bravo, Jacobs. Bravo. Thumbs down for now.

    • DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

      I uinderstand your feelings but remember Mac, Bo, and Pat signed off on this too.

      • WDEGirl says:

        As Morgan Jackson so aptly tweeted, Gogue and Jacobs had the final say. I’m sure Mac, Bo and Pat didn’t “sign off” on anything.

        This falls squarely on Gogue and Jacobs shoulders.

        Very underwhelming

        • DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

          And it should fall on JJ and Gogue but to imply that the three Auburn greats are nothing but stooges is at best disrepectible and at worst, preposterous. They deserve better treatment than that.

        • AUwaterboy says:

          Well they were at the press conference tonight saying they signed off on it.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      Pa-lease!!!

      – His wife isn’t crazy; it was edited sound bytes – we’ve been over this…

      – Coaches always try to go the extra mile for the ‘troubled kids’ – Gus could have been the only positive influence in Dyer’s life. There are many great athletes who get second/third chances. It’s called grace, forgiveness and restoration…

      – We have 2 qb who can run this offense.

      – Hire another coordinator? Because Auburn can’t pull proven top notch coaches away from winning programs – it’s that simple. Who would want to work under this athletic leadership???

  16. WDEGirl says:

    This is it? We needed a committee for this?? I think Morgan Jackson was right on the money. Gogue and Jacobs used a “committee” to cover their @$$, after making a terrible hire.

    Very disappointing. Auburn will remain in the SEC cellar. Malzahn will be fired in two years. Spread will never make it in the SEC.

    • DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

      So you basically saying that Mac, Bo Jackson, amd Pat Sullivan do not have any integrity? Come on, now’s not the time for that kind of talk. He’s the coach now, the players need to see the fans get behind him.

      • WDEGirl says:

        No, I’m saying that I wish Mac, Bo and Pat really did pick the Coach and drive the hire. I think it’s obvious they had nothing to do with it.

        • DothanTiger DothanTiger says:

          On that we will continue to disagree. But for now Malzahn is the coach and the team need to see us get behind him.

    • CapnVegetto says:

      Urban Meyer and Kevin Sumlin might have something to say about that.

      So would Bobby Petrino and Steve Spurrier in a hybrid sense.

  17. jeffinbham jeffinbham says:

    Oh well, at least it isn’t Petrino. Malzahn is at least a person of good character, and is by all accounts a hard worker. I’m behind him now, but I can’t say that I’m not disappointed…

  18. tigrrr tigrrr says:

    He was the only Auburn coach to beat Nick Saban.

  19. tigrrr tigrrr says:

    Nick AND Kirby can’t stop his offense. See 2010.

    GREAT HIRE!!!

    • WDEGirl says:

      They sure had his number in 2011. The entire SEC had Malzahn’s number in 2011.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Correction…..they couldn’t stop Cam. In fact if you look at the first 4 games of 2010, the only one who could stop Cam was Gus.

      • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

        Remember Chris Todd… zero to hero.

        • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

          I do, and he was 8-5.

          Not bad. Not good enough for Auburn though. Not when those 5 losses will be….Bama…UGA…LSU…Arky…..and Florida/USC

          The goal is 10 per season or better. Thats LSU’s spot, thats where we need to be.

        • TexasAUTiger says:

          I remember Chris Todd’s weak arm and hating the fact that other school’s had real quarterbacks and we were stuck with him.

  20. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Everybody act’s like it’s hard to find decent spread QB’s. It’s not, spread QB’s are what high schools are producing these days, that’s why we’ve had 5 years, of Tebows, Cams, RGIII’s, and Maziels. Fret not, the best QB’s in high schools are trained in the spread these days which means it will be harder and harder for Saban to find his “game managers” and longer for him to develop them. Dawn on the plains!

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Call me when Cam, Tebow, RGIII or Manziel show up. It likely won;t be in time to save Gus from getting fired.

  21. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    Dog meet pony….have a great show.

    I’m VERY disappointed in Bo, Pat and Mac…if they really signed off on this.

    Basically we just brought back some of the cancer that we just cut out. If Gus was all that right and good about the team….why did they take the pipe HARD last year? Last year we had Michael Dyer and the offense STILL sucked. And if Gus can only have success running the HUNH, then look forward to more disastrous defense…good defense and HUNH offenses are not compatible.

    I will support Gus and hope for the best but he BETTER get somebody to coach the friggin WR’s yesterday.

  22. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    Know who is having a bad day?

    Kirby Smart

    He just found out he doesn’t have a head coaching job, still works for Nick Saban, and will have to try and stop the Gus Bus in next year’s Iron Bowl.

    War Damn Eagle

  23. TigerWoman says:

    I’m happy with the hire. I know he is not everyone’s choice but he is our coach now and we need to get behind him.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      I will support Gus but I am very disappointed that we “settled” for him.

      We needed and DESERVED a home run hire…..and all we got was a crisp single.

      I guess I will have to start my campaign to make CJ Uzomah the QB. We need to start developing another Cam if we are going to do anything with that offense Gus runs.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Your right on the wide receiver’s. We need to trade that recruiter we have there for a real coach.

  24. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Gus was my second choice behind Peterson and I am very happy with the hire. Now, I will be anxiously awaiting the staff position changes.

  25. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good hire

    Gus can get the job done.Especially since he won’t have anyone telling him to slow down his offense. I was pulling for another head coach but I ‘m okay with Gus. He just needs to get a hard nose DC. BVG need not apply.

    • TexasAUTiger says:

      Are you serious? BVG should most definitely stay. Look at his track record and then try to find someone better that would be willing to come to Auburn. Not his fault he took over with players that were not suited for his style and now we have some of the best defensive recruits committed and would risk losing them by switching to another DC. I sure hope we bring BVG back, it would make this Gus hire a little more tolerable.

      • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

        BVG’s credibility took a BIG hit when he waited until Chizik was falling out the door before he started talking about our lack of physical and mental toughness. If he knew that Chizik was being slack, all he had to do was DEMAND that HIS players get in the weight room and do their work if they wanted to play.

        Chizik may have been the head coach, but Van Gorder has a reputation and he easily would have won that face down if that information had somehow “leaked” to the press.

        • TexasAUTiger says:

          I think we recruited players for a different system and simply bulking up would not have fixed the issue. He needs more time and with the new players that are committed to Auburn (assuming they stay), I think he may finally get his wish. I trust the resume and don’t think that he just started sucking once he got to Auburn.

          http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/02/brian_vangorder_wants_bigger_p.html

          He said very early on that we needed bigger players and if you take a look at who is committed right now, he would finally get that. I just think he deserves more than one year, for God’s sake Chizik got 4.

          • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

            Well who doesn’t want bigger players? He had 7 months to get those kids bulked up and although that isn’t enough time to put on 10lbs of muscle it is enough time to get you physcially in shape to whip La. Monroes butt. BVG had no answer on that day and they wilted in the summer heat.
            That was theme all year long. BVG did a REALLY lousy job….he’s a linebacker guy and what was our worst position on defense….Linebacker. What did we hate about Roof’s secondary?,… the 10 yard cushion. What did BVG employ? The 10 yard cushion
            BVG never even put together any blitz packages to help spring Lemonier and Ford loose. Those guys were a total non factor by the end of the year.

            All in all BVG = epic fail

      • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

        Getting caned for 180 minutes by TAMU, UGA and Bama didn’t help his cause either. He didn’t offer even token resistance. The beatings subsided only when they decided to save the starters.

        Wait Manziel just scored again.

        • wde1988 wde1988 says:

          I have to agree with the Col… and if you look at it from another angle… if this was BVG’s bid to be a head coach… he screwed that up too.

          Obviously.

          WDE

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Yeah I’m serious. I was glad when he was hired eventhough he had spotted success with the Falcons at best. But what sticks in my craw is giving up 64 pts to A&M and then 38 to UGA and 49 to Bama. He can’t be the DC and not shoulder some of that responsibility. It happened on his watch. It was his players that quit in games late in the season. If Auburn had been great on defense this year you can bet he would have gotten the credit and he sure as hell deserves a lot of the blame. There is just no excuse for that. You can get your ass kicked by better more physical teams but you don’t quit!

        • TexasAUTiger says:

          Not to mention that little stint with Georgia. So he gets one year with players he didn’t recruit and Chizik gets four? I’m not saying he shouldn’t shoulder some of the blame but to kick him out after one year with what the man has done on both a college and NFL level is a bit premature in my opinion. The only reason we have a good ranking in recruiting right now is because of the defensive talent that is currently committed and unless you want to see them de-commit, I say we hold off on getting rid of BVG. The man deserves more than one year.

          • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

            Bottom line is he quit on Chizik, just like the players. He saw he was on the Titanic and instead of doing what he could to stop the water from rising, he threw up his hands and said “Not my fault”

            I don’t care how bad Chizik sucked, BVG took $750K to do that job and he mailed it in. That kind of intergrity is not Malzahn needs on his staff. How do you go out and tell your players….”I know last year I didn’t give a damn because Chizik was going to get fired….but now we’re going to put our nose to the grindstone and be Champions!!”

            Yeah, right. I can already see them rolling their eyes.

  26. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Already made my comment but I do notice I am not the only one disappointed.

    My question is how can Arkansas hire the type coach that they did from Wisconsin… (who is going to the rose bowl)… and AU can only get Gus?

    I am feeling body parts beginning to shrivel!! I do not like the feeling or even the insinuation of the feeling.

    WDE

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      Wisconsin is 8-5 (4-4 in the Big Ten) this year. They won the conference by default since OSU, and PSU were ineligible and Michigan stinks. He has been fading since Barry Alverez’s recruits have graduated, the guy doesn’t recruit (I wouldn’t want to play for a whiner). I wouldn’t be too jealous of Arky, plus they probably offered him 4 mil per year. Ridiculous hire by the piglets. The only reason Bilema is getting all this press at the moment is because he wasn’t on the rumor list so that makes the hire a true “breaking news” sort of thing.

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        Good points about not being able to expand on Barry Alverez’s recruits… but still.

        I think we look back on this moment in 2-3 years and wonder what in the hell they were thinking by hiring Gus. Hope I am wrong…. but doubt it.

        I am laughing at your comment about his whining… because its just damned funny. I guess you got a point on that. But my response would be… who exactly do you want doing the talking for your team when trying to make your team’s case…. the HC… or the coach’s wife?

        *Ba dum dum*

        Just saying. Gus isn’t the most flashy guy in the room. Do you remember his last interview?

        Me neither. Now he has to do it every game. I don’t think I can take another Gene Chizik style press conference.

        WDE

  27. mikeautiger says:

    BVG can get it done with infusion of discipline from the top, new recruits will like hire and he will get his big guys. Gus might have some insight formDC to stop the spread. You always look for an antidote to make a good weapon of mass destruction like Gus bus. His D did not do too bad at Arky state in the league.

    I had hoped for a stronger D guy but ill take Gus and we will be back faster than people think.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Sorry, BVG took a flamethrower to any chance he could return with that dismal performance in the second half of the season.

      The league has passed him and Chizik by, he didn’t slow down a spread attack all year and then got totally anihlated by THE BIG BOYS. Remember, defense was where all of our “progress” was supposed to take place this year and it was unbelievably attrocious. BVG has to take responsibility for that epic failure. As bad as Loeffler was, he was the only thing keeping MAJOR heat from falling on BVG.

  28. mgizmo2005 says:

    Everybody get on the bus!

    I figured as much. Auburn has a penchant for underwhelming hires. I do think he is a great choice. I like this decision a lot better than I did when they hired Chizik. I like that we are hiring an offensive coach (no, not offensive like Bobby Petrino) It seems to me that I can’t remember having so much excitement from watching Auburn’s offense Gus’s first 2 years with us. It really was fun to watch and I imagine it would be more fun for the players too.

    I’m interested who he will bring in for a DC. Chances are good he’s had some time to think about how NOT to run a defense from seeing ours for 3 years. Hope he makes a good choice.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      You show me a team that runs the HUNH spread that has a good defense and I will break into North Korea to get a picture of that herd of unicorns they have.

      The D may actually improve next year and it will still be in the bottom 1/3 of the NCAA solely due to Malzahns offense.

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      Defense only has to be average with an effective HUNH offense to get to championship level play. AU proved that, but the thing is AU will still get top notch defensive recruits, so assuming a decent D-Coordinator can come along I think AU will surprise a lot of us on the defensive side of the ball next year.

      • restless6 says:

        Sure…Auburn would have lost a handful of games in 2010 without SuperCam.

        The defense wasn’t stellar. Cam was the difference maker.

  29. killian says:

    This is pretty much what I expected and I’m relieved. Gus Malzahn is not a flashy big name hire that even I dreamed of.

    But he’s not Bobby Petrino. That hire would have reeked of desperation, a pathetic do anything to win, even sacrifice self respect. It would have acknowledged how scared shitless Auburn Athletics was of Alabama and Nick Saban.

    Personally, I would have been overjoyed by a Jimbo Fisher, Peterson or Patterson hire, but those were completely unrealistic. No big name coach would take this job in the state it’s in, having to measure up to an Alabama program every year that I begrudgingly admit is first class.

    Malzahn was the realistic hire. A coach of a small school, former coordinator with an impressive record. Let’s hope he’s more Kevin Sumlin and less Gene Chizik.

    To me, Chizik was a terrible HC hire at the time. At least there is hope with Malzahn. We have the players HE recruited to run his system.

    Now, the much larger question is who will take the reigns as DC. It is true that the spread offense brings a challenge to that team’s defense, but other teams (Florida, Texas AM) had found success balancing the two. May I suggest Gene Chizik?

    Kidding. That would be insane. I think.

  30. LakeShow says:

    I was really hoping that Auburn would hire Petrino but oh well… War Eagle & welcome back Gus!

  31. AUwaterboy says:

    Malzahn was my third choice but a great hire nonetheless. I’m very pleased with the hire..

    Welcome back coach Malzahn and War Eagle!

  32. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Great hire! Now the best offensive mind in college football needs to find a DC that runs a compatible defense.

    WDE!! Welcome back Gus!!

  33. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    I just had a good thought. I sure would like to see us running at the pace of TAM or Oregon. I think Gus wanted to do that but Chizik would not let him.

  34. spanky says:

    Looks like Rhett Lashlee if a very possible candidate for OC. Malzhan has taken him everywhere he goes all the way back to high school.

  35. Im4Auburn says:

    I’m thrilled by the hire. He will get us back on track quickly.

    Welcome home coach Malzahn!

  36. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Geez, I go away for a meeting and find the whole site melting down. Pull it together, people!

  37. KevinATL KevinATL says:

    Yawn. Guess I should fawn excitement and happiness. We hired an OC, with less than ten yrs experience in college. Less than 5 years in the SEC. He also will probably keep alot of the old staff ( since he was with them just one year ago).

    Lets be honest, the last thing AU needs to do is hold on to any of that staff. BUT we will.

    Our SEC tomb stone inscription will read – But he was an Auburn man!

    • WDEGirl says:

      We are now the Little Sister on the other side of the state.

      • restless6 says:

        You can thank JJ and the “committee” for this. They have accepted mediocrity.

        Meanwhile, Tennessee hired Charlie Strong.

        Makes you feel awesome, huh?

  38. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Frankly, I think Gus is the best candidate Auburn had a REAL chance to hire. And look at his track record. Took over at a small school in Arkansas, and won. Moved up to a big high school, and won. Was hired as OC by Houston Nutt, and everyone thought that was crazy. Arkansas won the division that year, and could have beaten Florida if Nutt hadn’t handcuffed the man. Broke records as the OC at Tulsa, then Chizik hired him. Folks were moaning about the crazy hire again, back in 2009. Gus gave us a top ten Auburn points season with Chris Todd, then blew the record book up with Cam. With big offensive line problems, and handcuffing from the defense-minded head coach, the offense struggled in 2011. Gus stayed through the bowl game, and when he was able to get his QB back in the game, we put up 43 on Virginia. Seeing developments he didn’t like, and having his offense slowed down, he took a big pay cut to take the Arkansas State job. And won the Sun Belt in his first season.

    …..Now, he’s still a crazy hire in lots of folks’ minds, and always will be. This guy has done nothing but win, as a head coach, and as a college coordinator. I’m pretty thrilled to have him back!

    …..Defensively, what I think you need to do when you run the hurry-up spread is be MORE aggressive. Force turnovers, maybe give up a big play or two. Then the offense gets it back, and runs even more plays. Disrupt, get it back, grind some more. Where we screwed up during the Chizik administration was with “keep it in front” defense. A lot of times, it was the Auburn D that got worn down. And when we couldn’t get off the field on third down, it kept subtracting from the offensive snaps.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Thank you…..Voice of reason everyone!

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..Great to have an ally! This is a good thing, this hire. If anyone can fix this, Gus can.

        • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

          I believe that you are correct. Gus has succeeded everywhere that he has been. The only times that he has remotely fallen short is when someone else was holding him back. This wasn’t a flashy hire, but it was solid; flashy only gets you so far.

          I’m excited to see who he will bring in and can’t wait to see how he starts to turn this around. I am looking forward to seeing how his staff will develop Jonathan Wallace……

        • ATL_AU_FAN says:

          You have another one — Haven’t posted a lot in the past year simply because I didn’t wish to sound overtly negative and, with the manner in which the season was heading, was thankfully drunk most of the time.
          But, great post Acid –
          I guess I’m a little bit shocked at some the the negatives being expressed by some of the regulars on here.
          The flashy big name hires, when coming to Auburn or to any school new to them, are also “unknowns” – not a single one of us has a clue how Peterson, Stoops, or whomever would do at Auburn.
          And, Col., I’m just not convinced that Auburn “settled” in this hire – Petrino might have been settling but, with HGM, this is a known commodity.
          I just ask that we now all be on board and support what is now our best chance to again be relavent.
          War. Damn. Eage.

    • killian says:

      Completely agree.

      In fact, back when we had Ted Roof, I was thinking the best way to operate the defense was being overly aggressive to force turn overs. As a New Orleans Saint fan, I watched my team create an effective, if illegal, defensive strategy were they gave up yards and scores because of their lack of talent but still able to put the ball back in Drew Brees’ hands.

      That lead to a Super Bowl. And suspensions, but let’s forget that part.

      I hate the state of Georgia. Truly.

      • rn4au rn4au says:

        Acid is right. There is a lot to be excited about with this hire. I am very pleased and think good things are in store for us.

  39. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    While I’m underwhelmed with the hire and I’m not warm and fuzzy that we’ve hired the right guy I guess it could have been worse and ill support Gus just like I did Chizik. War Damn Eagle Coach Malzahn.

    And please keep your wife off of YouTube!

  40. tray c rock her says:

    Im very conflicted about this hire. I consider CGM an Auburn man, but I feel like he abandoned us during our darkest hour. I think he believes in the creed, but his offense in 2011 sucked. I think that we will be right back in the hunt next year if we can find another Cam. If we cant find another player that is as special as Cam, then I think we will get curb stomped again. Im also very concerned about what is going to happend to CTT and CCL. They are family. I am very excited that Mrs Malzahn will represent the family as the first lady. I guess we will see. WDE!!!!!

  41. mikeautiger says:

    Sounds like most of the big recruits are excited about new coach! Makes me excited reading about their quotes.

    Now for the staff, I’m thinking one will bring hid OC he is a good kid understudy and it worked well at Arky st. Will van border stay or go? Thompson did a decent job at Arky state and has some experience in SEC or will he stick with NVG, that could work too. Not to high on pelton, Bulwark needs to stay, the rest is a ? Fr me some would be ok to stay some may need to go.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      ALL except VanGorder need to go.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I don’t know why BVG gets a pass. We were supposed to see improvements on D and they unraveled equally badly throughout the year. Additionally some talented players were inexplicably missing from the field and were keeping the benches warm. The stache is cool and all, but I don’t think enough was there to justify BVG keeping his job.

        • ATL_AU_FAN says:

          TOTM – I’m as shocked as anyone over the results of the BVG “era” – Not sure what to think over that. I do know he is an above average DC but WE certainly did not see that!

        • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

          VanGorder’s hands were somewhat tied, plus his defense was on the fields 70 + snaps a game. I would like to see how his defense would work with a head coach that knows what he is doing. His UGA defenses were very good.

  42. restless6 says:

    Tennessee hires Charlie Strong, thereby knocking Auburn farther down the relevant pole in the SEC.

  43. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Welcome Coach Malzahn. You are once again an Auburn Tiger and, It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger.

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  44. Malakai Malakai says:

    I like it, the hire FEELS right. I didn’t want Kirby Smart. l think a lot of defensive coaches in the SEC just checked when they have to play Auburn in 2013.

  45. Malakai Malakai says:

    On a side note I hope his wife keeps her opinions to herself and doesn’t have a weird meltdown moment in any churches.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      ……Here again, that’s pretty much a non-starter. Kristi was basically a victim of Adobe Flash editing. She’s got a loud voice. Not a crime…

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        Tell that to NCState and Kansas.

        WDE

        • rn4au rn4au says:

          I like her! Sorry I know I am in the minority but I will tell you WHY… while I was at the NC game I followed just about the entire team’s tweets. I noticed that she talks to them on a level they get, she is almost a surrogate mother figure. She tweeted about keeping their heads up, about some of their struggles and how to stay away from trouble….stuff like that..to them… it was obvious through the conversation that she had a relationship with these guys. Most interestingly to me is how they responded to her. I could tell they listened and thought a lot of her. Now most of you may think this is stupid, but from the mother of twin boys… it means a lot if another adult, male or female, can get your kids attention and guide your kid in the right direction. I thought it was cool then and I am excited to see her back.

          • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

            Yes. Yes. and Yes. I also followed her on Twitter for a while and was impressed with her interactions with the players.

  46. DBAU81 says:

    Well. . .while I would have preferred starting over with someone with no ties to the Chizik regime, Gus is a solid football coach who has won championships everywhere he’s been. The most positive thing about this hire is that we have a new coach who knows exactly what he’s getting into and should already have a grasp of what the problems are. Now it’s up to him to deliver the solutions. The most telling sign early on will be what type of staff he hires and which, if any, of the current staff he retains. The keys are not so much the Xs and Os but restoring a culture based on discipline, hard work, and accountability. That may sound old-fashioned, but show me any consistently successful program that does not have those values at its core. If Gus can rebuild the foundation, the rest will follow. I seriously doubt he would have taken this job unless he was confident he could succeed. Whether Gus was your choice or not, he now needs and deserves our support. Let’s get on with it.

  47. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    The more that I think about this hire, the more that I like it!

  48. PortCouncil PortCouncil says:

    Coach Luper has shown that he is an excellent running back coach. Auburn has recruited better with him at the helm than at any other period. He’s back on the recruiting trail which, in my eyes, makes all the recent “breaking” news articles on violations a non-issue. Secondary violations at most. Why, again, would we want to get rid of him?

    Yes, Trooper waves a towel. He also helped turn a receiver that wasn’t sniffing playing time under Tubb’s regime into an all SEC receiver…Darvin Adams. Terrell Zachary wasn’t bad either. Emory Blake is one of the best possession receivers to come through Auburn in my lifetime. It is VERY difficult to have your receivers looking elite when the ball isn’t effectively delivered.

    Many folks on here seem to heed the Bama fans’ view that these two are somehow dirty recruiters. What for? There is no evidence indicating such.

    These two are probably two of the best recruiters in the country. I sure hope we keep them, myself.

    Unless this stop goes much different than the rest of Gus’s, a championship is around the corner.

    War Eagle!

    • mikeautiger says:

      Bammer’s think we are dirty recruiters because they know coach satan skirts the rules all the time any way possible.

    • ATL_AU_FAN says:

      I’m all for CGM retaining, or choosing not to retain, anyone on the staff. Pardon me, HIS staff. Let the man do the job for which he has now been hired – if It’s a wrong move we shall all know…

  49. mikeautiger says:

    Watched the news conference. Malzahn exuded energy and confidence! He is focused! Better make a coffee and gum run before he buys it all up! Sounds like he is his own man and will hire the staff he wants! I look forward for the ship to be turned around.

    So glad it was not Patrino…noticed one of the goals for the committee and in the seven words of wining fron Shug mentioned character, integrity and honesty. Patrino never had a chance.

    The standards of the Auburn Creed are still in tack. Go Gus, go Big Blue!

  50. almightytmc1 says:

    This is the worst choice ever. It is more of the same. Pat and his cronies are still behind the curtain and Auburn will have the same assistant coaches who did not coach the players to block read, and tackle this year.
    Folks I realize that unity is a good thing and that out of loyalty to your University you try to support decisions. But, this one is atrocious. Unless Malzahn cleans house and turns into a fire breathing dragon, you guys are in for the same thing you had this year. Sure the offense may be more dynamic, but if people are blocking, tackling and, playing as uninspired as they did this year (and they will if the position coaches are still the same). This is going to be a terrible, awful hire.
    As a “Bammer” I shouldn’t say this but I will…… Auburn deserves better than the people who made the last hire and this hire. Its the same show, same actors, Just a different go to man. You got a new Ted McGinley to play Ritchie Cunningham to Fonzie and the same crappy script writers, trying to phone it in.
    I mean no disrespect to you guys. I really dont. Even as deep as this rivalry runs with some people (and it used to be that way with me). But Pat, Jimmy and the boys have done it again and they did it behind the loyalty of Greats like Bo jackson and Pat Sullivan. If I werent in Australia, I would be at the airport waiting for Gus.
    Look. Some of my best freinds and my ex-wife are Auburn graduates. When I am back home, I sit at dinner with loyal Auburn supporters. They are freinds and family and people that I would catch a bullet for. They deserve better. They spend good money supporting the university.
    And I dont want to see another whipping like this year. Ever again. Whether or not Auburn is Bama’s rival Football has been the pride of the state of Alabama for a long time. Auburn deserves something new and better.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      As an admitted “Bammer” you don’t know what your talking about. For one thing, Pat Dye’s favorite was suppose to be Kirby Smart but yet you say he’s running the show. And for another, who the hell cares what a Bammer thinks about Auburn?

      • restless6 says:

        Do you really believe any of the propaganda coming from Auburn?

        In 2008, JJ says money is no object and he brings back Gene. Pat claims he had nothing to do with Tubs’ removal, yet Tubs tells a different story. I believe Tubs over Pat any day.

        In 2012, the bourbon boys fire Gene and create a faux committee, when Gus was their pick all along.

        The Auburn spin factory is showing signs of weakness. This entire thing is a carefully orchestrated event.

        The slide began in 2003, when these group of bourbon boys replaced the previous ones. Tubs was the best coach Auburn ever had, and I’m still pissed that these shadowy folks undermined him and ran him off.

        Most of what I loved about Auburn was due to Coach Tuberville. The good Ol’ boys have ruined Auburn athletics.

        • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

          I try not to get into confrontation but your “supposed Auburn fandom is getting old.
          Why don’t you as a Bammer guy just give it a rest and quit trying so hard to sew seeds of discord at this very important moment for Auburn?

        • killian says:

          um look, I respect Tubbs. And I’ll easily admit that Chizik is a downgrade from him.

          Aside from one small thing. Something Tubby was never gonna bring to Auburn that Chizik managed seemingly in spite of himself.

          A National mother-f***ing Championship. And one of the two people who was largely responsible for that is back.

          The other is stuck in Carolina, and seems pretty miserable. Not that I blame him. That Steve Smith is a dick.

          So… weakness? That woulda been if Jacobs rolled over and signed Petrino, a selfish sociopath of middling success, in a desperate last ditch effort to measure up to Saban, which was destined for failure.

          It wasn’t weak to sign a largely unproven commodity. Someone who had not been as tested. A hiring based only on speculated potential. That takes guts. Whether it was Chizik or Malzahn, those hirings came from strength and confidence.

          The question now is is that confidence misplaced? I don’t know. You certainly don’t. I mean, you could start shuffling some tarot cards, and make a prediction. And that would be as convincing as the conspiracy argument you’re making here. I’m sure Orly Taitz would back you up there.

        • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

          If you think Pat Sullivan would participate in some sort of “faux committee” then you have no idea what you are talking about.

          Tubs was a decent coach that underachieved in multiple seasons. Good riddance.

          • rn4au rn4au says:

            Agree about Pat Sullivan, go to church with him, and can attest that a “faux committee” would never fly with his integrity.

      • almightytmc1 says:

        Evidently you care what I think Pine. And as far as the Pat Dye thing goes, I may not have your insight on the inner workings. All I know is that I am not the only person from UA/AU who thinks that Pat is in the background. Most of the information I get is from decent, honest, hardworking people who have attended Auburn University and they have no reason to lie or embellish what they say. After all, what would they have to gain from it?
        Anyway, good luck with Coach Mahlzan, and I hope he does better than Coach Chizik did. For the money, Tuberville was the best of the lot for a long long, time.

    • restless6 says:

      Agreed 100%.

    • killian says:

      Yea this isn’t the worst choice ever. We hired Gene Chizik.

      But yes, if we play the way the same way we played this year, it will be bad. Obviously.

      And no, he may not rival the hiring coup of Nick Saban, which after a decade of terrible hires, Bama came through with, perhaps, one of the best hires of the BCS era.

      But does Gus Malzahn have a chance at doing something special here? I’d say so. Because, these things just cannot be predicted. I wasn’t the guy yelling at Jay Jacobs at the airport, but I thought Gene Chizik was a god awful hire. And look what his tenure gave Auburn.

      And on paper, Malzahn seems like a much better hire than Chizik was at that point of his career. Malzahn was something of a star coaching prospect as he made his way up. We’ll see how he does at this point.

      Would I like someone better, one of the big stars? A Nick Saban esque hire? Sure. But Stoops, Peterson, Fisher and Patterson are not going to touch Auburn with a ten foot pole. There is no reason to leave where they are for much higher expectations against much tougher competition.

      Thanks for your concern though.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Wrong. Dye wanted Kirby Smart.

  51. lionstigersbearsohmy says:

    Superb hire! Lets get ready for some fun football! All you haters need to sweeten your coffee…