Auburn football: Gus Malzahn selected as finalist for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 10, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI Auburn's Gus Malzahn was named the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year on Friday, his sixth national coaching award since leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record and an SEC championship.


AUBURN, Ala. — The honors keep rolling in for Gus Malzahn.

Auburn's coach was named one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday. Monday, Malzahn was selected as the SEC's coach of the year by the Associated Press as well as being a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

The other nine finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year are Baylor's Art Briles, Duke's David Cutcliffe, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Arizona State's Todd Graham, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, UCLA's Jim Mora, Alabama's Nick Saban, Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Clemson's Dabo Swinney.

In Malzahn's first year on the Plains, he has led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and an SEC Championship. His 12 victories are a record for an Auburn coach in his first season, bettering Terry Bowden's 11-0 campaign in 1993.

There is only one game left for Malzahn this season, as he takes the second-ranked Tigers into a tussle with No. 1 Florida State in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6.

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