With Auburn’s season basically in the shitter, fans calling for his head, Alabama emasculating the same Tennessee team that one week before had rolled into Auburn to end a long losing streak, his team clinging to a one-score lead in the third quarter on the road against Ole Miss, Gus Malzahn stared into the abyss and found something deep inside himself: an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for complaining about a holding call (yeah, I know this is the SEC, but stay with me here).
Here’s the sound of a team trying to convince itself this was a meaningful act.
“That was the first time I’ve ever seen Coach Malzahn just get that upset in a game for us,” Davidson said. “I mean, it was incredible. That gave us drive. When you see your coach fighting for you, you want to fight for your coach. I love Coach Malzahn. I hope he’s here for a long time, especially with me.”
Redshirt-junior left guard Marquel Harrell said he has seen that side of Malzahn before — just never on gamedays. That type of reaction has only been solicited in practices before, and even then, it is pretty rare to see.
Following the penalty, as Auburn’s offense marched back toward the new line of scrimmage at the Tigers’ own 32-yard line, several offensive linemen turned toward the contingent of Auburn fans in the southeast corner of the stadium and tried to pump them up.
“It was exciting man, because Coach Malzahn is usually like a chill person, but then seeing him get the 15 yards, I was like, ‘Yeah, Coach,’ and super happy because I was yelling at the sideline,” Harrell said. “I was like, yeah, just trying to get the crowd into it. I’m proud, man.”
Whatever floats your boat, brother.
“You could tell, I don’t know what he’s talking to himself about, but he has a different swagger about himself,” Davis said. “I don’t know if it’s because we’re in the position we’re in. We’re 5-3 or whatever our record is right now. But he’s a different guy, I can tell you that.”
“We’re 5-3 or whatever our record is right now.” Wow, talk about being fully engaged in your season.
It’s almost a shame Georgia isn’t traveling to play there this time.
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“I’ve got your back, boys, and I’m with you to the bitter end! And just to show you how much I love you guys, I’m gonna send you back another 15 yards!”
Maybe that’s how Gus practices “tough love”?
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If ever it could be demonstrated that to much money can totally ruin a guys drive and determination Gus is example 1. Seven years for 49 million will bring the WGAF attitude I guess.
I like driving in my truck.
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I’ve said it before, but I dpn’t see how Malzahn makes his program work with Georgia and Alabama recruiting at insane levels and LSU meeting expectations on that front.
Can’t what for the Auburn AD to officially announce his vote of confidence in Gus. That always ends well.
Auburn is likely to win about 6 games this regular season. They already have lost 3 and they still have to play Georgia, Bama and ATM. If they get matched up in a bowl against somebody decent like a Memphis, who is motivated, and lose the bowl again Gus could easily be gone.
He was so upset he stopped picking his nose for a few minutes.
Seriously, how was that unsportsmanlike conduct when you have people like Muschamp absolutely losing their shit on the sidelines with regularity?