Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was an overturned touchdown away from losing on Saturday.
That didn’t deter the officials of the Bobby Dodd coach of the year award from naming the Tigers coach their national coach of the week following a 18-13 win against LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The explanation from the chairman made it seem like an easy choice:
“Coach Malzahn was an easy choice for this week’s Coach of the Week honors, as no one had a more thrilling win than his Auburn Tigers,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the year Foundation. “Any time an unranked team can beat a ranked team it’s a big accomplishment, but for Auburn this was truly a must-win game.”
The weekly award is an extension of the Bobby Dodd Trophy, which is given to the nation’s best coach at the end of the season.
The annual Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.
Malzahn’s Tigers moved to 2-2 on the season after the victory. Auburn will host ULM on Saturday.