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After one of the biggest wins of his career, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was in no mood to talk about any other Southeastern Conference jobs.
His name is already being tossed around as a possible successor to Bret Bielema, who was fired Friday after five years as Arkansas' coach.
Malzahn meets Alabama coach Nick Saban at the middle of the field after Auburn's victory in the Iron Bowl. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Malzahn played two years for the Razorbacks, coached high school football in the state and had a stint as the head coach at Arkansas State.
The 52-year-old Malzahn is in his fifth season as Auburn's coach. He has compiled a record of 45-20, including a trip to the national championship game in 2013.
After No. 6 Auburn (10-2) defeated top-ranked Alabama 26-14 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game, Malzahn was asked about all the openings around the league. Florida and Tennessee are also looking for new coaches.
"Whoa," Malzahn interruped. "Let me just tell you: We just won the SEC West, we're fixin' to play for the SEC championship. Man, I don't get into rumors."
He did have this to say to CBS right after game:
“It’s so hard to do — 2 out of 3 weeks play the No. 1 team. Our guys did it. We beat ‘em handily.” pic.twitter.com/CDSGzrUlXa
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) November 26, 2017