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Ex-AU Coach Dye Says He Supports Malzahn, But He’d Have Hired Smart

We just don’t get the whole Pat Dye thing at Auburn.

Yep, he was a very good coach for the Tigers.  But he also left the school on probation and couldn’t win a national title with arguably the best athlete of a generation — Bo Jackson — in his backfield.  So why folks continue to run to Dye for his opinion on every move Auburn makes is beyond us.

Well, except for the fact that Dye never met a topic he wouldn’t discuss.  Yesterday, that topic was AU’s hire of Gus Malzahn.  Dye would have been happier if the Tigers had hired Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart:


“You know what?  If I had been on the selection committee, I probably would have chosen Kirby.  But I wasn’t on the committee and I don’t know what went on with Kirby… Gus and Kirby, either one of them is fine with me.  Some folks out there were wanting a campaign for someone I didn’t want (meaning Bobby Petrino)…

I don’t know how long it will take him to get the chemistry right at Auburn, but there’s a lot of defensive coaches int his conference who don’t want to play Gus Malzahn.  When Cam Newton was doing everything, somebody had to give him a little guidance.  Gus, he’s a workaholic…

(It’s) Coach Malzahn’s responsibility to get the right defensive coach because that is a problem when you run the spread.  He knows that.  They have problems at Oregon and everywhere else where you run the spread because they don’t take time off the clock.”


Dye finally added: “He’s my coach,” regarding Malzahn.  “I hope all the Auburn people feel the same way.”

Ah.  Glad he made that clear.

Dye is entitled to his opinion, of course.  He just needs to realize that his opinion will always make headlines across the SEC whether he’s talking to Paul Finebaum or a newspaper scribe.  If he did understand that, he might not have thrown his support behind Malzahn… by first stating that he’d have hired someone else instead.


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