HUGHES, Arkansas — It’s not often Gus Malzahn is moved to tears.
The Auburn coach, in a rare moment of his emotions getting the better of him, admitted to tearing up a bit while speaking to a gathering of about 20 former players at Hughes (Ark.) High on Monday. Our news partners at al.com were along for the trip.
The coach was here to meet with his former team, which finished the 1994 season as the state runner-up in Class 2A. It’s the 20-year anniversary of the most successful team in Hughes history, and the school decided to make a big deal about it and name the now-defunct high school stadium after Auburn’s national coach of the year.
“This is real humbling for me,” Malzahn said during a luncheon in front of 50-plus at the school cafeteria. “I have a couple of tears in my eyes. I’ll say this: I am unbelievably proud to start coaching at Hughes. This place helped get me to where I’m at.”
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