May 30, 2014
Gus Malzahn accepts Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from United States Sports Academy’s Arthur Ogden (Lauren Barnard photo)
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. – Another football season is rushing closer, but Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn continues to be honored for the last one.
Malzahn, who led Auburn to the biggest turnaround in college football history and to within 13 seconds of the national championship in his first season, accepted the United States Sports Academy’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, here Friday.
It was the eighth national award Malzahn has won after taking the Tigers to a 12-2 record, No. 2 national ranking and SEC championship.
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award can go to any coach in a men’s sport. Among the former winners are Eddie Robinson, Tony Dungy, John Wooden, Bobby Bowden Tom Osborne and Billy Donovan.
Dr. Arthur Ogden, chairman of sports management at the USSA, presented the award.
“In short, the recipient exhibits the exemplary qualities of the iconic American coach after who it is named,” Ogden said.
Malzahn accepted the award with praises for others who played major parts.
“It’s a huge honor,” Malzahn said. “I accept this award on behalf of our staff and also our players and administration. Our theme this past year was “together.” That’s how we did it. We were together. From the coaches, the players, the administration, the trainers, the doctors, the equipment people, we all did it together. That’s the fun thing about sports.
“It’s very humbling to get awards like this. Any time you get individual awards, it’s a team thing. We are all in this together.”
Ogden said Malzahn clearly belongs among the former winners of the award.
“Gus Malzahn is a man,” Ogden said. “In today’s culture, there is plethora of males floating around out there but not too many men. Men prize dedication and diligence as the path to success. Men do not compromise principle for experience.”
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