Auburn AD: Gus Malzahn will be Tigers’ head coach in 2019


It appears you can remove one name from the coaching hot seat.

Coming off a season in which Auburn beat rival Alabama, won the SEC West and reached double-digits in wins, Gus Malzahn was rewarded with a new seven-year, $49 million contract early on in the offseason.  Midway through the 2018 season, however, three losses in SEC play with two remaining combined with a new athletic director had some opining that Malzahn’s seat was getting warm.

Whether that was the case or not, the first-year athletic director has publicly proclaimed that Malzahn will be the Tigers’ head football coach in 2019.

“He’ll be the coach next year and I’m confident — he’s already proven we can get through adversity,” Allen Greene said by way of “Every team has it and I’m looking forward to working with him for a long time.”

It should be noted that, for all of the hot-seat talk, Malzahn’s new deal calls for a nearly $32 million buyout should the coach be fired at this point in time.

In his sixth season on The Plains, Malzahn has posted a 51-25 record overall and 28-18 in SEC play.  This season, the record stands at 6-3 and 3-3 with a home date with Liberty sandwiched between road trips to No. 6 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama remaining.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.