Auburn fires head football coach Gus Malzahn

Dec 14, 2020

Credit Dothan Eagle

After eight seasons, two SEC West crowns, a conference title and a trip to the BCS national championship game, Auburn is making a change.

Gus Malzahn has been fired as the head coach of the football program, athletics director Allen Greene announced Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will serve as interim coach.

The decision was made after the Tigers completed a 6-4 regular season with a 24-10 win at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Malzahn celebrated it by dancing with his players in the visitor’s locker room at Davis-Wade Stadium. The rug was pulled less than 24 hours later.

Malzahn, 55, just finished the third year of a seven-year, $49 million deal signed after the 2017 season.
It carries a buyout of more than $21 million, half of which is due within 30 days. Malzahn will be paid the remainder of his contract.