Gus Malzahn thinks about a pair of state championship losses as a high school coach just as much as he thinks about the national championship loss to Florida State in 2014.
Malzahn was one of several SEC coaches who took part in an ESPN article discussing their worst losses.
“Those were the three. It motivates you. The only time I think about the championship (we won) is when somebody brings it up, but once a week I think about [those losses] and it just motivates you as a coach, Malzahn said in the article.”
Yes. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen still regrets that delay of game penalty at the end of the loss to LSU last season.
Mullen’s nightmare came in a 21-19 defeat last September. His team drove to the 29-yard-line in the final seconds of the game. Mullen didn’t take a timeout as the play clock ran down even though he had one, and the delay of game penalty resulted in a more difficult field goal that was ultimately missed.
For new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, it’s a loss that came when he was on the staff at LSU in 2004 that sticks out. LSU went into Jordan-Hare Stadium and lost to Auburn 10-9 that year.
“If that game comes back up on ESPN Classic, I’ll see it, and I’m like, ‘That is amazing that those four things happened for the outcome to be what it did.’ They went on to an undefeated season. I guess if they had lost four or five games it wouldn’t have been as big of a loss, but it’s a fact that they went on to win them all. I’ll be honest with you, when I say it haunts me, it’s one of the ones that sticks out the most, because I thought we could’ve won it,” Smart said.