Nashville, Tenn. (WKRN)- Another head football coach in the Southeastern Conference is being shown the door. On Sunday, Auburn University announced that Gus Malzahn has been relieved of his head coaching duties after eight seasons with the Tigers.
Auburn University Press Release:
Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Sunday a leadership change for Auburn football as Gus Malzahn will no longer direct the program. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will serve as interim head coach.
In eight years, Malzahn compiled a 68-35 record including a 39-27 mark in Southeastern Conference play. He led the program to an SEC Championship and BCS National Championship appearance in his first season and an SEC West title in 2017.
Malzahn will be paid the remainder of his contract. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene Statement:
“After evaluating the state of the Auburn football program, we’ve decided that it was time to make a change in leadership. We appreciate everything that Gus did for the program over the last eight seasons. We will begin a search immediately for a coach that can help the Auburn program consistently compete at the highest level.”Will Muschamp was also fired before the end of the season
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will serve as interim head coach.
Malzahn is owed $21.7 million, 50 percent of which is due to him in the first 30 days.
Auburn isn’t the only SEC team to fire its head coach before the end of the season. South Carolina parted ways with Will Muschamp in November; since then the Gamecocks hired Shane Beamer as their new head coach.
Vanderbilt also relieved head coach Derek Mason of his duties in November. Todd Fitch is currently serving as the interim head coach.