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AP Taps Auburn’s Gus Malzahn As “Coach Of The Year”

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Congratulations to Auburn coach Gus Malzahn – he’s been named the Associated Press’ “Coach of the Year”.

Malzahn received the honor Monday after directing one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history.

He has led the second-ranked Tigers into the national championship game against No. 1 Florida State. They have gone from 3-9 to 12-1 in his debut season.

Malzahn says the honor is “very humbling” but awards like this are a team accomplishment.

He 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.

Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to win the award, joining Tommy Tuberville in 2004.

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