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Central Florida head coach Gus Malzahn knows what it’s like down on the Plains. The former Auburn Tigers head coach, along with former head coaches including Gene Chizik and Tommy Tuberville, to this day still own homes inside or just outside Auburn’s city limits.

Clearly, he and the other former coaches still have a lot of love for Auburn. Malzahn still supports his former school and new head coach Hugh Freeze.

“I love Auburn. I want them to do well and the fact one of my friends is the head coach, any help he needs, I want to give,” says Malzahn, who still owns a home at nearby Lake Martin. “It’s just an unbelievable place. It’s kind of hard to explain, but if you go on the campus, you just feel it. The good thing about Hugh is he’s coached against Auburn numerous times, so he has a good feel from the outside.”

Malzahn coached the Tigers for eight years before he was let go. Bryan Harsin of Boise State replaced Malzahn as the Auburn coach. Harsin only lasted in Auburn for two years before Freeze replaced him.

Freeze says that he and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are good friends too but Malzahn cautioned that won’t last after his first Iron Bowl.

“It’ll take just one Iron Bowl,” said Malzahn. “That’ll change everything, let’s put it that way.”

All is fair in love and war, until the Iron Bowl.

{Brandon Marcello}

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.