It’s been a tumultuous past few weeks for embattled Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, but the dust has settled, and Malzahn appears to have come out on the other side.
During media availability following the Tigers’ first bowl practice on Thursday, Malzahn confirmed that no changes were made to his contract, while also expressing optimism that he can get things turned around on the Plains. (RELATED: REPORT: Auburn Quarterback To Turn Pro)
Today @TheAthleticCFB: Gus Malzahn said Thursday night his contract hasn’t changed.
But his Auburn team has to change, and that may have started with his decision to return to what he called his “true comfort zone” as an offensive play caller. https://t.co/khveSJSaS8
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) December 14, 2018
“My contract hasn’t changed one bit,” Malzahn said. “I’ve got the support of our athletic director and president. There’s nobody hamstringing me from doing my job.”
Following a season that began with national title hopes but will end in the Music City Bowl, Malzahn has come under fire from Auburn supporters.
Gus Malzahn: “My contract has not changed one bit. I was never told I needed to change my contract to keep my job.” https://t.co/ycnWG8T1N6
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 13, 2018
With a $32 million buyout, however, there was never a real chance that Auburn would make a coaching change this year. Another 7–5-type season next year that coincides with a reduced buyout would mean trouble for Malzahn.
There is an urgency to win now and based on his recent comments; Malzahn appears to understand that.