Unfortunately, Gus Malzahn is still the head coach of the Auburn Tigers.

Gus Malzahn is an average to below-average coach with a high school offense. Despite good recruiting, he has routinely failed to develop talent and deliver results. Players, especially skill position players, have routinely regressed under Gus Malzahn in subsequent seasons. His only success has come from transfers and inherited talent; his two best seasons at Auburn (2013 and 2017) have come with transfers at quarterback.

Gus Malzahn's failure to develop talent has lead to an increasing lack of depth. Gus has had eight years to recruit the players he needs and develop them to be what he needs them to be. He hasn't done it, plain and simple, and there is no reason to believe that is going to change. All the while, since 2014, every Gus Malzahn season at Auburn has had at least four losses.

Gus Malzahn has had eight years to deliver results and has not done so. Auburn continues to fall further behind the rest of the SEC and her traditional rivals, and further into mediocrity. And yet, somehow, Gus Malzahn is the 6th highest paid coach in all of college football?

High school coach. High school offense. High school results.

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Gus Malzahn: By The Numbers

As of Sunday, November 22nd, 2020, Gus Malzahn is:

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Under Gus Malzahn's new contract, signed at the end of the 2017 season, every loss during the 2020 season costs Auburn $690,000. [11] Auburn paid Gus Malzahn $1,380,000 and counting for games lost during the 2020 season.

Since the "Kick Six" victory in the 2013 Iron Bowl, Malzahn is 37-30 (55%) against Power 5 opponents. [11]

Gus Malzahn is a combined 8-16 (33%) against Alabama, Georgia and LSU. He is 0-11 (0%) in Athens, Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa.

Auburn has a 31-25 (55%) record in SEC games [since 2014] including 2-4 (33%) against Bama, 1-7 (13%) against Georgia and 3-4 (43%) against LSU. [12]

  1. Three straight losses 2014-2016.
  2. Three straight losses 2014-2016. Three straight losses, 2017-Present.
  3. 2016 win came as time expired.
  4. 2017 blew a 20 point lead to an LSU team that lost to Troy State and MSU.
  5. 2013 blew a 18 point lead with the National Championship on the line.
  6. Lost SEC championship game in 2017 7-28.
  7. Lost Peach Bowl to UCF 27-34. Last loss to a non-major conference team was 1991 vs. Southern Miss. (2007 loss to South Florida is often mentioned here - South Florida was a member of the Big East, which, at the time, was considered a major conference.)
  8. 2018 blew an 11 point halftime lead. Did not score a single point in the second half.
  9. Malzahn's contract pays him $6.7 million in 2018.
  10. Tennessee was 3-2 coming into the 2018 game, with a 0-11 SEC record. Last loss to Tennessee 1999, last loss to Tennessee at home 1998. Tennessee finished the season 5-7.
  15. South Carolina fired head coach Will Muschamp midseason after winning just 2 games to start the 2020 season. One of those two was Auburn.

Should these be the numbers of the 6th highest paid coach in college football?

* For the purposes of record keeping, "Power 5" and "major conference" should be read in the context of the year. Under the old BCS system, these would have been the automatic qualifying conferences. For example, the 2007 loss to South Florida counts as a major conference loss because South Florida was a member of the Big East at the time which was an automatic qualifying conference under the BCS, even though currently South Florida is not considered a Power 5 program.

What They're Saying

I get the sense that the emotional rollercoaster is starting to get boring. It's a natural occurrence that tends to happen when a coach has been at a school as long as Malzahn has been without winning numerous titles.

- Tom Fornelli

The Auburn offense is a mess and I don’t know how this is an easily fixable situation. You start doing the math and you start saying thank goodness for the head official in the Arkansas game or otherwise, we would be talking about a dire situation right now. You have to search three or four years back to see a Gus Malzahn offense working consistently.

There has to be a breaking point. Saturday was not the tipping point. It was close. It was bad, but it was not unexpected.

- Paul Finebaum

There are no ifs, ands or buts about it after Saturday’s embarrassing loss to South Carolina in Columbia: Gus Malzahn has got to go, and for the sake of Auburn football, that decision needs to happen sooner than later.

Yet Malzahn will never admit that maybe he isn’t the right person for the job. He’s still the smartest man in the room despite opposing defensive coordinators and coaches now laughing at him. Heck, the Tigers realistically should be 1-3 at best.

Let it sink in that while Malzahn has been watching, a lot of other SEC teams have improved in strides. Let it sink in that once defenses caught on to his system, Malzahn refused to adjust until completely giving up control to a coach who led Arkansas to exactly zero wins in two seasons as a head coach.

- Brian Stultz
This is an Auburn program with College Football Playoff expectations. And, now, three weeks into the season, it is mediocre. At best. This is vintage Auburn under Malzahn, the reason Gus Bus occupancy is always in transition. Auburn’s wild rollercoaster has returned. And most fans just want to get off.
- Doug Segrest
Changing coordinators is not the answer. Sweeping the deck chairs off the Titanic doesn’t solve the problem. You’re still going to hit the iceberg, and I think Auburn is heading for an iceberg.
- Paul Finebaum
Gus Malzahn let his team down.

Auburn had a chance, at least on paper, to make a game of it. Malzahn lit that paper on fire and threw it in the trash can.
- Barrett Sallee

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We are tired of losing.

We are tired of hearing about great practices.

We are tired of being told that "the future is bright" or "next year."

We are tired of excuses.

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