College football notebook: Auburn's Malzahn wins top coach award

2013-12-16T16:17:54Z 2013-12-16T22:02:06Z College football notebook: Auburn's Malzahn wins top coach awardThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 16, 2013 4:17 pm  • 

DALLAS — Gus Malzahn of Auburn is the winner of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.

Malzahn had led the Tigers (12-1) to the BCS national title game in his first season after taking over a team that went 3-9 in 2012.

He is the third coach to win the award in the first season with a school, joining Ralph Friedgen of Maryland in 2001 and Tom Cahill of Army in 1966.

Malzahn said Monday he isn’t a candidate for the open position at Texas or any other job.

“I’m a good fit for the Auburn Tigers,” he said. “That’s why I signed the contract the day before the SEC championship. I’m tickled to death to be here.”

Malzahn agreed to a new, six-year deal on Dec. 6, which is set to pay him $3.8 million per year starting in next season.

Stanford coach staying put

STANFORD, Calif. — David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he’s going to leave Stanford for the NFL after this season: no chance. But the Cardinal coach said Monday night that the growing mention of his name for NFL jobs is “very flattering.”

He said he was bothered by the speculation last year, but now “it’s just a testament to being a really good college football program.”

Oregon suspends cornerback

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon backup cornerback Troy Hill, who had 29 tackles this season, was suspended indefinitely by the No. 10 Ducks after his arrest on Friday.

Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich released a statement Monday saying everyone affiliated with the program is expected to represent the university with “class, pride and integrity.”

Extra points

• New Washington coach Chris Peterson received his first verbal commitment from a recruit, pilfering three-star defensive back Darren Gardenhire from Washington State in the process.

• Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will not play in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4 after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

• Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins is leaving to become assistant head coach at Wake Forest under new Demon Deacons football coach Dave Clawson.

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