I laughed at first. You probably will, too.

“You’ve dealt with fanatic fans, obviously, at Auburn, but do you have a good grasp of the pressure cooker you’re walking into here?”

That was a real question asked Monday of new UCF coach Gus Malzahn, who is in the process of receiving about $21.5 million to not coach Auburn. He was fired in December after going 6-4 in an all-SEC regular season. His three wins in eight tries against Alabama’s Nick Saban are three times as many as the other 13 coaches in the SEC have combined. (In case you’re counting, LSU’s Ed Orgeron has one and the other 12 have combined for jack squat.) Malzahn won the SEC West a little more than three years ago and played in the national title game a little more than seven years ago, but he could satisfy neither the rank-and-file fans nor the writers of big checks at Auburn. Both those constituencies believe that no matter how good rivals Alabama and Georgia…





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