Gus Malzahn may be coaching his way to the SEC Championship game, but he’s doing so with whispers about a potential departure from Auburn following the regular season.
In the days leading up to Auburn’s 42-14 win against Louisiana-Monroe, national football reporters and analysts such as ESPN’s Booger McFarland and Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman connected Malzahn to the Arkansas job, should the Razorbacks decide to part ways with coach Bret Bielema.
Malzahn was asked about the rumors after the Tigers’ victory on Saturday.
“Yeah,” Malzahn says about ignoring the coaching carousel talk, per SEC Country’s Lauren Shute. “One week you’re getting fired, one week you’re taking another job.”
“I’m worried about the durn SEC West championship.”
To be fair to Malzahn, he does have perhaps the biggest game of his career since the 2013 season to coach next week. With a win against Alabama in the Iron Bowl, the Tigers would win the SEC West and earn a date with the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC title game. A win in that game might put Auburn in position to advance to the College Football Playoff in spite of two losses on the record this season.
Not that Malzahn would be expected to elaborate on the question in the moments after coaching a game, but that response is actually pretty open-ended. It was not really a denial of interest in returning to his home state, should the opportunity present itself.