Gus Malzahn Fired By Auburn, Collects Enormous Buyout

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Auburn football announced today that Gus Malzahn has been relieved of his duties as head coach and that defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will be the interim head coach for the Tigers. Don’t shed too many tears for Malzahn, who will reportedly collect a $21.5 million buyout — a total that as of this past October was 12th-highest in the nation.

This was Malzahn’s eighth season at Auburn. The Tigers were 6-4 this season, with losses against Alabama, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Georgia. Overall, Malzahn went 68-35 at Auburn.

If you were Auburn AD Allen Greene, who would you be going after for this 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. If you take away the easy out of conference wins power teams buy which is say 2.5 a year at least for see teams since they have 4 out of conference games, that leaves him with a 48-35 record. He’s ok, nothing special. 6-4 is basically what he really is year in and year out.

  2. Not enough talk on here about a $21.5M buyout to get rid of a guy. Auburn’s a public university, so that’s tax money getting flushed down the toilet. State legislatures around the country need to get together and ban these kinds of contracts from being instituted in the first place.

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