The Auburn offense regressed significantly in 2015, and now Gus Malzahn is spending time sharing football ideas with Baylor’s offensive mastermind, Art Briles.
The pair of coaches were spotted together in Waco, Texas, and attended a basketball game between Baylor and Kansas on Tuesday night, according to Brandon Marcello of AL.com.
Visits between coaches aren’t uncommon in college football and Malzahn has made friendships in his years climbing through the coaching ranks. Arizona State coach Todd Graham has previously talked about seeking the council of Malzahn, who previously coached under Graham at Tulsa.
But in Malzahn’s trip to visit Briles, it’s likely the Auburn coach who is looking for pointers after a poor offensive season in 2015. One year after averaging 485 yards per game, the Tigers offense managed just 370 per game in 2015, which ranked 94th in the FBS.
Baylor’s 616.2 yards and 48.1 points per game both led the nation, despite dealing with injuries suffered by each of the team’s top three quarterbacks on the depth chart. Malzahn and Briles have a friendship that dates beyond this week. The Baylor coach was a guest speaker at Malzahn’s coaching clinic last April.