Gus Malzahn became the first SEC coach since Johnny Vaught at Ole Miss to win the SEC Championship in his first season as head coach.
Malzahn is now 21-4 as a head coach and seven years ago he turned down Arkansas State to be its head coach because he felt Springdale High was about to do something special. The Bulldogs won the state championship and Malzahn took four of his players and went to Arkansas as offensive coordinator.
He spent one rather odd season with the Razorbacks, two at Tulsa as offensive coordinator and three at Auburn before going to ASU.
He was not Auburn’s first choice to take over a team that returned 10 starters, but last week got a raise and contract extension.
He and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze are the only SEC coaches who were high school coaches.
He and his wife Kristi celebrate Auburn wins by going to the Waffle House and he has a ham-and-cheese omelet.