It is the day before the SEC Championship Game, and it seems Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is getting more publicity about the future of his job than the performance of his team.
The Tigers will line up against Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with an SEC title and a likely trip to the College Football Playoff on the line. But even with those stakes on the line, many folks can’t get away from the question of whether Malzahn will return to Auburn or leave for Arkansas after the game.
SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson is one of many who have Malzahn on record in recent days indicating that he’s planning to return to Auburn for the 2018 season.
But not everyone is buying that, especially if Auburn loses the title game in Atlanta. Count SEC Network analyst and former Auburn football player Cole Cubelic among the doubters.
“I think if they lose, he’s gone,” Cubelic said Friday during an appearance on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas radio. “Because that’s just an easy transition to say Sunday morning, ‘Hey, I’m going over to Arkansas. Things don’t feel stable at Auburn even though we’re having success on the field. ‘ I don’t think he takes the hit to his reputation that a lot of people believe, because he can say, ‘This is what I’m passionate about. This is my dream job where I’ve always wanted to be.’ And there’s a phrase that has become really popular since the coaching search began this offseason– restarting your clock.”
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Malzahn certainly would be restarting his clock in his home state, but would he be setting himself up for a better chance at winning football games? That’s the dilemma he must reconcile in the coming days.
Of course, if the Tigers take care of business on the field that is likely a moot point as his Auburn team almost assuredly would be on the way to the College Football Playoff.