Auburn's Gus Malzahn Jabs at His No-Huddle Critics During Local Bingo Game

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 05:  Auburn Tigers Head Coach Gus Malzahn speaks to media during a Vizio BCS National Championship press conference at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel and Spa on January 5, 2014 in Newport Beach, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was hosting an event called "hurry-up, no-huddle bingo"—yeah, seriously—at Oak Park Nursing Home for the program's recent Tiger Give Back Community Service Day, and he took the opportunity to make a charming little joke about the critics of his uptempo offense.

Here's a video of the jab (scroll to the 4:00 mark):

"I’ll slow down," Malzahn said when he was going too fast to keep up with. "That sounds like some of my players. That we go too fast and got to slow down. Or it sounds like some of our opponents."

The punchline was met well by the group of senior citizens, who are, like the rest of us, no doubt aware whom Malzahn was referring to: Alabama's Nick Saban and Arkansas' Bret Bielema.

Saban and Bielema, after all, were the ones (allegedly) stirring the pot by lobbying for the 10-second runoff rule earlier this offseason, bringing the matter up at an NCAA committee meeting.

The proposed rule was met with widespread disapproval—ESPN conducted a survey showing 73 percent of FBS head coaches were opposed—and Malzahn himself chimed in by saying, "There's absolutely zero documented evidence that is hazardous on the pace of play, only opinions," according to David Ching of

The rule was eventually tabled, but the saga was not a good look for Saban and Bielema, who championed the need for safety but came off looking scared to face teams that play too fast.

But football isn't bingo, and Malzahn won't slow down for no one.