Auburn administration fires Gus Malzahn after eight seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Auburn Tigers have fired head football coach Gus Malzahn on Sunday. He was at the school for eight seasons.

The team has announced that Kevin Steele will finish the season. Steele was in his fifth season as the Tigers defensive coordinator, before the promotion.

Former Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn looks on prior to their game against the Tennessee Volunteers
Gus Malzahn looks on prior to their game against the Tennessee Volunteers (Getty Images)

The Southeastern Conference team has been considering firing Malzahn for the past several seasons. He was 68-35 at Auburn, including 39-27 in SEC play. 

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This season during the shortened conference-only schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tigers went 6-4. 

“After evaluating the state of the Auburn football program, we’ve decided that it was time to make a change in leadership,” Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene said. “We appreciate everything that Gus did for the program over the last eight seasons. We will begin a search immediately for a coach that can help the Auburn program consistently compete at the highest level.”

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Greene said that he did a “thorough analysis of the program” before making this move. School President Jay Gogue accepted Greene’s recommendation. 

As a result, Malzahn is due $21.45 million in a buyout. He’s due half of that buyout (nearly $11 million) in the next 30 days.

“Coach Malzahn led the Auburn football program with honor and integrity,” Gogue said. “We appreciate his service to Auburn Athletics, Auburn University and, in particular, our student-athletes. We wish him and Kristi all the best.”

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Each season under Malzahn, the team had a winning record. His best record at the school came in 2013 when he guided the team to a 12-2 record. 

Only twice during his tenure at the school, Malzahn guided the team to 10 or more wins. He also guided the team to a 10-4 mark in 2017.

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