HOOVER, Ala. — SEC fans are passionate and none may be more obsessed with football than Shannon Villa.
The moment Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, fresh off a one-year contract extension, walked Monday morning into The Wynfrey Hotel for the start of SEC Media Days, the Alabama fan holding a wrestling belt and donned head to toe in Alabama gear, yelled at the fourth-year Tigers coach.
“Roll Tide!” Villa said over the heads of the fans seeking autographs. “Congratulations on your extension! We are happy for you!”
Why was Villa happy for Malzahn? Simply put, the coach has lost two straight games in the Iron Bowl and is a heavy underdog heading into the 2016 season.
“I love the idea of an extension,” Villa said. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to a vacation next year.”