ANOTHER Coaching Candidate Turns Down Auburn

It has been a very busy week for head coaching candidates either being eliminated from the process to be Auburn’s next coach or flat out turning them down. On Monday, it was revealed that Auburn DC Kevin Steele and Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian were out. Then, Louisiana head coach Billy Napier turned them down. Now, according to Pete Thamel, so has Clemson DC Brent Venables:

It would be pretty wild if Auburn really paid a $21 million buyout to Gus Malzahn without a more cohesive plan in place. I remain firmly in the camp of hoping for one of the 2020-est scenarios possible, where Hugh Freeze reemerges in the hunt for the Auburn job.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Next coach will be…Sarah Fuller. She gives motivating half time speeches. She makes decisions on the fly like squib kicks. And she knows the SEC. There is history, sorry herstory, to be made here! It’s an obvious pick.

  2. Auburn has set a course down the Tennessee Road. Run Fulmer out of town on rails and look where it got them. Malzahn is a good coach, but that no longer is good enough. Let’s see how the next 20 years play out for Auburn, Tennessee fans are growing old of their crow season after season

    • Bingo!

      Notre Dame went down this road firing Lou Holtz. Then Nebraska dumping Frank Solich. All these schools fire winning coaches because they don’t win enough, or the big games, etc… What they do is tell any prospective hire that their standards are ridiculous. And nothing you do will be good enough, even if you win a national championship (Gene Chizik).

  3. It seems obvious that those who have said no don’t want to subject themselves to the pressure cooker that is the Auburn HC job after examining it closer. Quite frankly they put themselves in Malzahn’s shoes and given the circumstances of the season believe they couldn’t have done any better. This is all a good reminder that the school and the candidate are auditioning one another…and that perhaps the power structure at Auburn has justifiable high demands but an unreasonable timeframe.

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