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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn addresses team depth chart, WSJ report on public administration major

Michael Niziolek


Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn announced plans to release a depth chart on Tuesday for his team’s week one game against Louisville at the Georgia Dome.

The Tigers have spent all week game planning for the season opener, but the coaching staff has declined to reveal starters at key positions including running back and wide receiver.

Malzahn said competition for starting spots was down to a “handful positions,” and added that the tentative plan is to reveal this season’s captains on Tuesday as well.

“We’ll get in that game week routine on Sunday and we’ll try to, it’s good that we’re finally almost there to get in that routine that we do the same thing every week,” Malzahn.

Malzahn briefly addressed the report put out by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday night about the athletic department’s efforts to keep a popular major with student-athletes from being suspended in 2012 and 2013.

Auburn’s curriculum review committee voted to suspend the major in early 2012, a move supported by provost Timothy Boosinger. The WSJ documents Boosinger’s change of heart, and efforts by members of the athletic department to try to save it.

Going into the 2015 season, 16 football players are majoring in public administration, a number that Malzahn doesn’t have a problem with. 

“Each individual player, they’ve picked their major, they pick what they want to graduate and what they want to do in life,” Malzahn said.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+