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Episode 45- Gus Malzahn on Embracing the Little Details for Big Wins

Gus Malzahn, Auburn Football

Under the leadership of head football coach Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Tigers are back in the national conversation. In five seasons as head coach, Gus has led the Tigers to a 45-22 record, a SEC Championship, and an appearance in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. On this episode, we talk about how he was able to orchestrate one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history, what it takes to change a program’s culture, and the importance of setting big goals while embracing the little details.

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Show Notes

  • Gus Malzahn’s leadership style (2:08)
  • How he structures his time and daily routines (2:38)
  • What he learned in his first year as a head coach at Arkansas State (4:04)
  • The keys to Cam Newton’s success (5:30)
  • On leading Auburn to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history in 2013 (6:18)
  • Laying the foundation of a championship approach (8:50)
  • The importance of setting the standard, clear expectations, and consistent consequences (9:38)
  • Defining the culture of Auburn Football (10:44)
  • How he approaches the hiring process (11:48)
  • The best advice he’s received (15:52)
  • What he wished he knew earlier in his career (17:33)
  • How his leadership has evolved over time (19:27)
  • How to deal with high expectations and the pressure of competing in the SEC (20:10)
  • The importance of keeping big goals in front of you (21:16)
  • The approach after tough losses… and big wins (23:05)
  • What he looks for in players during the recruiting process (26:28)

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