Auburn has fired head football coach Gus Malzahn, the school announced Sunday.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the Tigers finished the regular season with a 6-4 record after beating Mississippi State 24-10 on Saturday.

Malzahn finished with a record of 68-34. He is owed $21.7 million, 50% of which is due in the first 30 days.

The program reached the BCS National Championship in his first season in 2013 and competed in two other New Year’s Six bowl games.

Malzahn signed a seven-year extension worth $49 million in Dec. 2017 — a season in which Auburn won 10 games and appeared in the SEC championship game.

But Malzahn’s Tigers fell short in subsequent seasons, finishing fifth and third in the SEC West in 2018 and 2019, respectively.


Lovie Smith is out as Illinois‘ head football coach after five seasons, the school announced Sunday.

Illinois called a team meeting for noon ET Sunday to inform players of the decision. The Fighting Illini fell 28-10 to No. 14 Northwestern on Saturday to finish their regular season at 2-5. Illinois is slated to play an eighth game this week during Big Ten championship weekend.

Smith, 62, went 17-39 (10-33 in the Big Ten) in five seasons at Illinois, his first stop in college football since 1995, when he coached defensive backs at Ohio State. He had a lengthy NFL career that included head-coaching stops with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith guided the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and went 81-63 with the team