On Sunday, the school declared that it had fired Gus Malzahn, Auburn football coach. The decision came hours after Auburn defeated Mississippi State by 24-10 and finished this season with a record-breaking 6-4.
Why Did Gus Malzahn Get Fired?
Allen Greene, Director, Auburn athletics, stated that after evaluating carefully the situation of the club’s football program they think that it is time to choose a new leader. They appreciated everything that Gus Malzahn did for Auburn’s program in these past eight seasons. They are on the search for a new coach that might help the football program to reach the topmost level. Gus Malzahn came to know about his firing on Sunday after the team meeting.
Kevin Steele, Defensive coordinator will become the interim coach. Malzahn finished his career at this club with a record 68-34. He will still get $21.7 million from the club and half of that amount are due within the first thirty days. In the program’s first season, it reached the BCS National Championship in 2013. It also competed in a total of two bowl games of New Year’s Six. In the season where Auburn played in the SEC championship game and won ten games, Malzahn signed an extension of seven-years worth $49M. That was in December 2017.
But over time, the consistency of the team dropped and it failed to come up with good stats.
The team was not performing that well lately. It has lost a bit of the spark and it appeared as if the football program that Malzahn was working on in the past eight seasons couldn’t compete well at the highest level. The club appreciates all the effort and hard work that Malzahn has shown in the past eight seasons. Malzahn’s Tigers didn’t play well in the next seasons, finishing third and fifth in SEC West in 2019 and 2018 respectively.