Gus Malzahn Is Done At Auburn, Says ESPN
Gus Malzahn is done at Auburn, says ESPN.
One of the funniest ongoing stories in college football is the open disdain with which Auburn football fans treat Malzahn.
Although he is not a bad coach by any stretch of the imagination, he is also no Nick Saban – which appears to be a fatal flaw to the fan base.
As a result of this attitude towards Malzahn, Finebaum has long campaigned for him to ditch Auburn for a better environment.
Finebaum continued that pitch this week after Auburn fell to Georgia 21-14.
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“I don’t know why anyone thought Auburn was going to win the game because these are the way these games end up,” Finebaum said WJOX-FM.
“It’s so predictable, and it’s really so sad. This is an Auburn team that isn’t far from being undefeated. I’m not going to go that far, but they could be pretty close. They could certainly be in the mix and they’re not now.
“This Iron Bowl now sets up in a strange way. Instead of Auburn hosting the No. 1, 2 or 3 team in the country with the best quarterback, they host a team that is really sideways without its star quarterback and the perception now is if Gus Malzahn can’t beat this Alabama team at home, what Alabama team is he going to beat.”
Finebaum did not stop there, though.
“I don’t know the machinations or what’s going on behind the scenes. Listen, we can whisper this, or we can scream it at the top of our lungs, if Gus Malzahn finishes the season 8-4, the appetite for him to return is going to be fairly muted at Auburn,” Finebaum continued.
“It will be below 50 percent. Gus Malzahn needs to leave. He needs to find somewhere else to go because he can continue, it’s like if you keep banging your head against the wall, you’re still going to get the same result.
“You’re going to have a headache and you’re going to feel terrible. You can quote Einstein or you can quote me, and I don’t see much of a path forward for him.”
Will Malzahn really leave Auburn this year? Time will tell.
Does Finebaum desperately want him to?