Gus Malzahn signed a huge new deal after beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl and going to the SEC Championship. Just over a month later, many fans are off the bandwagon.
Auburn Undercover, the 247Sports site covering the Tigers, has been running an approval poll for Gus Malzahn all season.
Malzahn started the year at 51.51-percent approval, but after the Tigers Clemson loss, he hovered in the 30s and 40s for much of the year. Malzahn's popularity spiked as the Tigers picked up steam and turned into a College Football Playoff contender, despite two losses.
After the Iron Bowl, over 95-percent of polled fans approved of the job Malzahn was doing. The next poll was posted on Wednesday, following losses to Georgia in the SEC Championship and UCF in the Peach Bowl, that approval has plummeted to 36.66-percent. The poll will run for a few more days, but as of now, that's the lowest mark since after Auburn's loss to Clemson and a fairly uninspiring win over Mercer.
Malzahn agreed to a huge seven-year, $49 million extension after riding the wave from the Iron Bowl win, and some leverage provided by Arkansas's dogged pursuit of him in their coaching search. Evidently, a number of fans don't feel great about the possibility of seven more years of Malzahn today.