Big changes may be coming to Auburn Tigers football.
Gus Malzahn has been the head coach at Auburn
In fact, they may already have that replacement in place.
Turns out, Gus Malzahn's job at Auburn isn't nearly as safe as once thought. There is a serious movement among high-powered officials at AU to fire him. To the point that a replacement has been identified and initial meetings held to gauge interest. Happy, Monday.— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) November 26, 2018
Auburn reportedly has identified and met with Malzahn's potential replacement already. In a stunning turn of events, it seems as if the coach's job isn't as secure as most would've thought.
That reasoning would be Malzahn's tremendous buyout at Auburn, which reportedly adds up to $32 million.
There is a reason for this potential move, however. The Tigers are wrapping up a disappointing season for the fourth time in the past five years. Malzahn had immediate success at Auburn in 2013, reaching the championship game after a 12-2 season only to lose to Florida State. Since then, the team has been painfully average save for a 10-4 season back in 2017.
As far as bowls go, Malzahn hasn't been too efficient either, going 1-4 in 5 appearances.
Auburn HC Gus Malzahn always waits and finds his wife Kristi after the game. This time he didn’t sugarcoat it. “Really got it handed to us tonight.” pic.twitter.com/n0jNANJxkO— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) November 25, 2018
Perhaps the last straw was a final game against Auburn's bitter rival
However surprising the move may be, it's not hard to see why a change might be needed in the eyes of Auburn's higher-ups. Malzahn has been good at times but not great. The other times?
There just hasn't been much to advocate for.