Former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was hired to be the next head football coach at UCF on February 16, 2021.
And while you might expect that the former Tigers coach would have some bad feelings about his exit from The Plains following a 6-4 season in 2020 that resulted in his firing, you might be surprised to find out that he doesn’t.
At least not any that he’s admitting to publicly.
The new Knights coach made an appearance on The Paul Finebaum show on Wednesday and was asked about his feelings toward the Tigers program in the months after his firing.
What Gus Malzahn Said About Auburn During His Paul Finebaum Interview
“I was at Auburn 11 years and I’ve got nothing but great memories. It was a great experience. My family loves Auburn and we’re part of the Auburn family. We always will. We’ll be rooting hard from here for them. But it was just — both of my daughters graduated, my son-in-laws, both of them graduated from Auburn. We’ll always be a part of the Auburn family.”– New UCF head coach Gus Malzahn
Malzahn also told Finebaum that he’d call plays for the rest of his career after having that privilege taken away from him at the end of his Auburn tenure.
Gus Malzahn’s Introductory Press Conference at UCF
Malzahn has been on a media tour in recent days after accepting the UCF job earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, he addressed the Central Florida media in Orlando. Here’s a look at his performance:
Gus Malzahn’s Career Record at Auburn
Malzahn compiled a 68-35 record over eight seasons as the Tigers coach.
His most notable season was perhaps his first in 2013. Malzahn led Auburn to the BCS national championship game, where his team lost to Florida State.
Malzahn did, however, win a national championship with the Tigers as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2010. He briefly left the team for a one-year stint as the head coach for Arkansas State before returning to The Plains in 2013.
Malzahn was replaced at Auburn by former Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin.
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