Auburn notebook: Malzahn addresses film-exchange issue
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Gus Malzahn has a new contract worth at least $26.85 million. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Gus Malzahn has a new contract worth at least $26.85 million. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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AUBURN — It didn't take long for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to explain his team's policy on film exchange Tuesday.

In fact, he didn't even wait for a question about it, addressing it during the opening statement at his regular news conference.

"We'll always operate with the utmost integrity in everything we do, and if there's ever anything I don't know about that's brought to my attention, we'll deal with it in a prompt matter," he said. "The SEC office is aware of all the details on both sides. And that's all I'm going to say regarding that."

Film exchange became a popular topic of conversation Monday, when Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said the game tape Auburn provided didn't match the TV copy. Bielema took umbrage with one formation in particular, citing the Tigers' swinging-gate formation used on extra-point and 2-point conversion attempts, which is called "Batman."

Bielema then submitted the tape to the SEC for review. The first-year head coach violated league policy by discussing the issue publicly.

Malzahn said he was notified of the matter Monday.

When asked whether any other SEC teams had contacted the league regarding discrepancies with the Tigers' film, Malzahn responded, "No. That's all I'm going to say," he said. "I already addressed it."

MARSHALL IS 'DAY-TO-DAY': Though he sat out the final three quarters of Saturday's 45-10 blowout of Florida Atlantic, Nick Marshall was back at practice Sunday. Malzahn termed the junior quarterback's availability "day-to-day" for the remainder of the week.

"The fact that he was out there practicing Sunday I thought was a positive," Malzahn said. "We'll know more each day."

During the game, Malzahn wasn't aware that Marshall's decision to deliver a hit at the end of a 9-yard run was the same play that caused his shoulder injury. With that in mind, Malzahn said he and the rest of the coaching staff have to do a better job of educating players — and quarterbacks in particular — when to try to extend plays and when to step out of bounds.

"He's a great competitor, there's no doubt," Malzahn said. "You'd rather have to pull him back than ever have to prod him on. He's a great competitor. He's a tough guy, and we've just got to be a little bit smarter the next time we're in that same situation."
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