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Gus Malzahn wins The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award

The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award. This year it will have Gus Malzahn on front.

How many national Coach of the Year Award’s will Guys Malzahn for engineering a turnaround that matches the biggest in college football history?  We now know at least one.

The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award will be presented to Malzahn as a part of The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN.

In his first season as Auburn head coach, Malzahn led the Tigers to a 12-1 season and a berth in the VIZIO BCS National Championship against Florida State on Jan. 6 on ESPN.  With a 3-9 record a year ago without Malzahn, Auburn already has improved its win total by nine games this season, best among all FBS teams.  Beating FSU would make Auburn’s improvement the best in FBS history.  Malzahn is only the second first-year head coach to lead his team to the national championship game (Larry Coker in 2001, Miami (Fla.)).

Malzahn was named SEC Coach of the Year earlier this week. By beating Missouri, Malzahn is the only first-year head coach to win an SEC Championship in the 22-year history of the title game.  He is the third coach in SEC history, and first in 66 years, to win an SEC title in his first year at a school, joining Bernie Moore at LSU in 1935 and John Vaught at Ole Miss in 1947.

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