AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn doesn’t seem too bothered by Jimbo Fisher’s comments about Auburn’s ‘illegal’ offensive tendencies.
The Florida State head coach used his weekly press conference platform to challenge NCAA rules that favor offenses. He specifically mentioned Auburn as a hurry-up team that uses questionable strategies. FSU beat Auburn in the 2013 BCS title game.
“The rules are bent for them,” Fisher said Monday. “It’s illegal. What you do now on offense is illegal. It should never be a part of football, and I’m an offensive guy. When you can have linemen go three yards down the field and it is a pass, something is wrong with that.”
Malzahn doesn’t seem to agree with Fisher’s philosophy in that regard. Asked about the comments Tuesday, Malzahn deflected the idea that Auburn does anything illegal offensively.
“I don’t know,” Malzahn said. “I think we do a good job playing within the rules.”
Fisher didn’t stop by generally accusing offenses. He specifically called out plays seen during the 2013 Iron Bowl, which Fisher said cost Alabama a national championship.
He was referencing a late touchdown play that the Tigers, according to Fisher, had a lineman well beyond the 5-yard threshold permitted.
“When we played Auburn for the national championship, they had a lineman seven yards down the field on the pass they threw that tied it up before the ‘Kick Six,'” Fisher said. “They would have never been there, should have been illegal. Last year when they played Ole Miss on TV? Had linemen six yards down the field.”