Gus Malzahn and the Auburn football program are headed to Atlanta next weekend for a clash with the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship after upsetting top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
It will be the second time this year that the Tigers and Bulldogs meet, with Auburn taking the first meeting over Georgia which was ranked No. 1 at the time.
But despite the strong end to the season for Malzahn and company, Auburn’s leading man finds himself entrenched in all of college football’s coaching carousel rumors; specifically the Arkansas Razorbacks opening.
In order to put any rumors to rest while his team prepares for its biggest game of the year, Malzahn commented on the speculation following the Iron Bowl victory.
“Let me just tell ya, we just won the SEC West and we’re fixing to play for the SEC Championship,” Malzahn said, via AL.com. “I don’t get into rumors. You can see kind of where we’re at now. We’re starting to get depth and we’re starting to have quality depth and talent and we got a real chance for a long time. … 2013 was obviously a huge win for our program and where we were at and all that, but this is different.
“We’re a little more stable right now. I like where we’re at. I like our staff. I like our players. We’ll have most of our guys back next year.”
Outgoing Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs also shared his thoughts on Malzahn’s future.
“Gus and I, we haven’t spoken about a new contract,” Jacobs said.
“We spoke about his future here and he’s very happy here and I expect him to be here for quite some time. … Gus and I will talk about (a new contract), but the way Gus is, he doesn’t like to talk about things until everything is over.”
With the way Auburn has closed out the season, you can expect the Tigers to do everything in their power to keep Malzahn in town.
Will he ultimately leave for another job? That remains to be seen, but there are currently only two teams preparing for the SEC Championship and adding a conference championship to his resume seems to be all that’s on Malzahn’s mind for now.