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Coach Gus Malzahn on hot seat? Auburn players don’t see it

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Monday, July 11, 2016.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Monday, July 11, 2016. AP Photo

Auburn players have a hard time believing their coach Gus Malzahn’s job is in jeopardy.

The team’s player representatives at SEC Media Days Monday dismissed suggestions Malzahn’s job is on the line following a second straight disappointing season.

“I don't really buy into those kinds of things,” senior wide receiver Marcus Davis said.

Auburn defensive lineman Carl Lawson blamed the media for creating the storylines.

“What do I think about that? I think the media put that up there,” Lawson said. “I think that’s what the media put up there. Coach Malzahn didn’t put his name up there.”

Both players along with Montravius Adams were part of the Tigers’ run during the 2013 season to the BCS national title game. Davis pointed to the program’s success in the not-so-distant past as proof Malzahn has what it get back Auburn into the SEC title picture.

“It's more about the players doing what we need to do to get things right and executing the plays because his resume speaks for itself,” Davis said. “He's a guy that can win games so it's all about everybody buying into what he has planned for us. I feel like we're on that pace right now to do that.”

Malzahn didn’t address his job security in his SEC Media Days press conference in the main ballroom at the Wynfrey Hotel. He briefly discussed the one-year extension he received this spring making his deal run through the 2020 season during a meeting with reporters that cover the team Monday morning.

“It’s important to every head coach, it shows the administration has confidence in you,” Malzahn said.

Malzahn emphasized his plans to be at Auburn for the duration of his contract.

“I love coaching at Auburn,” Malzahn said. “I love being here and expect to be here for a long time.”

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