Auburn notebook: Malzahn 'tickled to death' to be at AU
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn talks to official during the Tigers' win over Ole Miss. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn talks to official during the Tigers' win over Ole Miss. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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AUBURN — On Tuesday, a Sports Illustrated report cited an anonymous source that stated Gus Malzahn had once described Texas as his "dream job."

When asked about it following Wednesday's practice, Malzahn professed his fondness for his current position.

"The response is I’m tickled to death to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers," he said.

Malzahn, in the first year of a five-year contract, has led Auburn to an 11-1 record (7-1 in SEC) and has the team in Saturday's SEC Championship Game, where it will face No. 5 Missouri.

While still the coach at Texas, Mack Brown has had to fight off speculation about his job all season. Brown, in his 16th year leading the Longhorns, has the team ranked No. 23 in the latest BCS Standings.

MALZAHN REFLECTS: On Dec. 4 a year ago, Malzahn arrived in Auburn to take over the Tigers’ head coaching position.

One year later, he has Auburn back in the mix for the national title. Assuming the reins of a team that went 3-9 last season, many may be surprised that Malzahn led Auburn to an 11-1 record and an SEC West title in his first year on the job.

Don’t count Malzahn among that group.

“Auburn is a great place. Auburn is a place that expects to win championships,” he said. “When I got hired, I just knew it was a matter of time. Our players have done an excellent job to put us in this position.”

When asked to reflect what the past 365 days have been like, Malzahn said he was humbled to even be in charge of Auburn’s program.

“I’m very blessed to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers,” he said. “I really appreciate the guys who gave me this opportunity and believed in me. It’s been a lot of fun and a blessing to coach this team. We’re playing for the SEC Championship, so it’s been a good year.”

AUBURN'S BCS KEYS: To get to the national title game, Auburn is going to need help — a lot of it.

If Florida State, Ohio State and Auburn win their respective conference title games this weekend, the Tigers will need a major shift among human voters to get into the BCS National Championship Game.

How much?

“Auburn, if you do the math, is going to need approximately 75 percent of the voters to have them ahead of Ohio State on their final ballots for them to finish ahead of Ohio State in the BCS,” Brad Edwards, the BCS analyst for ESPN, said during a teleconference Wednesday. “(There is) a mathematical element of it that you can latch on and say, ‘This is what it’s going to take.’”

The Tigers’ reliance on human voters is because Edwards said they have already maxed out the points they have received from the computer element of the BCS formula.

"From everything I've learned from watching these computers operate over the last several years, I don't think that Auburn is going to gain much more, if any, ground on Ohio State computer-wise,” Edwards said, “and because of that, there's a ton of ground they would have to make up in the polls to finish ahead of them."
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