Ahead of the 2015 season, the Auburn Tigers were favored to win the SEC and head to the College Football Playoff, but that didn’t come to be as they finished the regular season 6-6 and nearly dropped a game to FCS opponent Jacksonville State.
Despite that and the possibility of being on the hot seat, head coach Gus Malzahn is not worried about his position with the team.
In April, Malzahn was given a one-year extension with Auburn, locking him down through the 2020 season at $4.725 million a year. He hopes that can help alleviate some recruiting concerns going into the 2016 having lost nine of the last 11 SEC match-ups.
“Well, I think it’s important to every head coach,” Malzahn said. “It shows that the administration has confidence in you. Like I said, I love coaching at Auburn, love being here and expect to be here a long time.”
Guz Malzahn has had an up-and-down tenure as Auburn’s head coach. In three seasons with the team, he has led them to a 27-13 record with an SEC Championship and appearance in the BCS National Championship Game in his first year in 2013.
The Tigers open the year against the Clemson Tigers at home on Sept. 3. What a better way for Malzahn to make a statement than by defeating the team that just missed winning the national title in 2015.