DOTHAN, Alabama — Gus Malzahn is extremely bullish when it comes to the next few years at Auburn.
The fourth-year Auburn coach reiterated his stance that the next three to four years will be the best he has had yet at Auburn as he prepared to deliver a speech to a crowd on his Tiger Trek tour in Dothan on Thursday.
“I just know the future is very bright with the talent base that we have with recruiting the way we’ve done the last three or four years and with the staff we have,” Malzahn said. “My goal is to keep this group together and the fact that I’ve been a coordinator when we won an SEC championship and won a national championship and the first three years as a head coach we won the SEC Championship and played for it. I know what it feels like, I know what it looks like and we’re going to have to get it done, we’re going to have to earn it, but I like where we’re at the next three or four years.”
Auburn won the SEC title and fell 13 seconds short of winning a national championship in 2013, Malzahn’s first year as the Tigers’ head coach. The Tigers, however, have lost nine of their last 11 SEC games heading into the 2016 season. The good news is that Auburn should be loaded with talent. Auburn’s first four recruiting classes under Malzahn have all ranked in the top 10 nationally, according to 247Sports Composite.
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Simply put, Malzahn reiterated, he has that feeling in his bones again, especially with a staff he is very familiar with and has worked with at previous stops. He hired five new staff members, but he knows two of them extremely well: receivers coach Kodi Burns and offensive line coach Herb Hand.
“I feel very good about where our program’s going and like I’ve said, I really like our players and I really like our coaches,” Malzahn said.