AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn understands everyone has an opinion. Auburn’s coach can hear what others have to say. Rarely, however, does he pay much attention to outside comments.
That was true after former Auburn fullback Heath Evans took to Twitter on Saturday night proclaiming he would take over as Auburn’s coach for a lower salary.
Malzahn responded Tuesday: “I can’t remember if I’ve spoke to Heath since I’ve been the head coach. He’s a TV guy. TV guys, they’ve all got opinions. As a coach, I control what I can control.”
Malzahn continues to insist he’s “been doing the same thing the whole time” and is not involved in offensive play-calling. Still, Malzahn also emphasized that he takes “responsibility for everything that happened” in Auburn’s 27-23 loss at LSU after leading 20-0.
Evans, who played on the Plains from 1998-2000 before he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2001 NFL Draft, also included plans he’d execute as coach at his alma mater.
Ahead of Auburn’s loss at LSU, Malzahn said media attention was “a challenge” that all head coaches have to deal with. While Malzahn tries to insulate his players from the outside opinion, he also must follow the same process when it comes to opinions about himself.
“And we’ve got a good team and we’re going to finish this thing strong,” Malzahn said. “People are frustrated and people have a voice. They can voice their opinion. That’s just an opinion.”
Even after one of the worst losses in his tenure at Auburn, Malzahn isn’t worried about his job security. If his seat is warming up, Malzahn isn’t noticing.
“No, I’m not,” Malzahn said. “The only thing I’m worried about is beating Arkansas and coming back and getting healed up for a week and try to finish this thing with the goals that we started to.”
The Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC) travel to Arkansas this weekend. The Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3 SEC) will be coming off a 41-9 loss in Tuscaloosa.
This was the tweet Evans posted on Saturday evening following Auburn’s loss in Tiger Stadium:
— Heath Evans (@HeathEvans44) October 14, 2017