Dec 12, 2020; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn walks onto the field during a timeout during the fourth quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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Ex-coach Malzahn thanks Auburn for ‘true honor’

Former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, who was fired over the weekend, wrote a lengthy thank-you letter to the program and its players Monday.

Malzahn, who went 68-35 in eight seasons as Auburn coach, showed no hard feelings after his dismissal. He reportedly will collect a $21.45 million buyout.

“I’m incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to coach at Auburn for 11 years, including the last eight as head coach,” Malzahn said. “It was a true honor to lead our program.

“Auburn will always hold a special place in mine and Kristi’s life. Our two daughters, Kylie and Kenzie, both graduated from Auburn, as did our two sons-in-laws. We are very thankful for the many friends we’ve made along the way.

“I want to thank every player I’ve been fortunate to coach during my tenure. It was a true blessing, and I’m incredibly appreciative of how you represented the program and most importantly, yourselves. We shared a lot of special memories together. I enjoyed watching you guys grow into Auburn men.”

Malzahn led Auburn to a Southeastern Conference championship and a BCS National Championship appearance in his first season at the helm.

The Tigers named defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as interim head coach while they search for Malzahn’s replacement.

“Lastly, I want to thank the Auburn Family that made our time here incredibly special,” Malzahn said. “You are the reason it is such a great place. I wish Auburn nothing but the best in the future. To the next head coach, you will be inheriting a great group of young men that will give their all for Auburn.”

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