Jan. 17, 2014
Gus Malzahn's big season included a trip to the BCS Championship Game (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn was named college football's national coach of the year Friday, and if that sounds familiar, well, it should.
The Auburn coach was named the recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award by the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club of the Birmingham area, the seventh national honor he has received since helping turn around the Tigers' fortunes during the 2013 season. Auburn made it to the BCS Championship Game and finished with a 12-2 record.
Malzahn won the award over fellow finalists David Cutcliffe of Duke, Art Briles of Baylor, Mark Dantonio of Michigan State and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State. Fisher beat Malzahn in the BCS Championship Game and succeeded Bowden as the Seminoles' head coach in 2010.
Still, Malzahn's turnaround story won the day. Malzahn will be honored with his latest award March 2 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham. Past winners have included Alabama's Nick Saban and former Auburn coach Gene Chizik.
Malzahn also won the Bear Bryant Award as national coach of the year Wednesday. Earlier, he won the Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Liberty Mutual, Associated Press and Sporting News coach of the year awards.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine