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Auburn's Gus Malzahn named AP coach of year

  • Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn talks to members of the media on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Julie Bennett) MAGAZINES OUT

AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn inherited a demoralized Auburn team that had just suffered through the program's worst season in decades with a stagnant offense and bullied defense.

Like usual, the coach known for fast-paced offensive play quickly went to work. He led the second-ranked Tigers' transformation into Southeastern Conference champions and has them in the national championship game Jan. 6 against No. 1 Florida State.

Malzahn's quick work made him The Associated Press national coach of the year.

"It's very humbling," he said Monday. "Any time you get awards like this, it's a team thing, as far as our staff and our players. It's been fun to be a part of this year."

Malzahn received 33 votes from AP Top 25 college football poll voters to beat out Duke's David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe received 17 votes after leading Duke (10-3) to its first 10-win season. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio each received three votes.


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