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Auburn fires Gus Malzahn — and it could have an impact on Tennessee

Another SEC opening.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Clemson Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC has another opening today as the Auburn Tigers have decided to move on from head coach Gus Malzahn. The University made the announcement this afternoon.

Auburn beat Mississippi State last night 24-10.

Malzahn held a 67-35 overall record at Auburn, including an appearance in the national championship game back in 2013. However, he only won double digit games twice in eight seasons. A 6-4 season in 2020 was enough to spur a change.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been named the interim head coach.

Obviously, this would impact Tennessee in a big way should they opt to make a change at head coach. That doesn’t seem likely at this point, but it’s worth pointing out that this would be an obvious place for Hugh Freeze to land. Freeze had Nick Saban’s number during his time at Ole Miss and makes a lot of sense for the Tigers here.

The Hugh Freeze to Tennessee rumors have been floating around out there for the last few weeks, but again, a change doesn’t seem likely at this point.

South Carolina has already fired Will Muschamp and hired Shane Beamer. Vanderbilt is also open, while Auburn came open today. The window for Tennessee to make a change is quickly closing, as the Volunteers sit at 3-6 under Jeremy Pruitt in year three with a game against Texas A&M remaining.

If we’re going to see any movement here, you’ll likely have to see it very soon.