Sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley has been hearing Gus Malzahn's name in relation to other jobs since last year and knew the day was probably coming, but on Wednesday it was made official that the coordinator would be moving on to Arkansas State. For Moseley the news hit hard, but he understands it's part of the business.
"We'd been hearing it for a while and we heard it last year," Moseley said. "I'm not saying we've been preparing for it, but we've been hearing it enough where you'd think it wouldn't be a shock. It was a weird feeling though, a lot of mixed emotions. I'm happy for him, at the same time, he's the reason why I'm here.
"I've been with him, that's the only thing I've known. It's different. But I'm happy for him, I know he's wanted to be a head coach – I've talked to him enough to know that. On one hand I'm happy for him, on the other hand I'm sad to see him go.
"He's done a lot of good things for me personally and a lot of great things for this program. He's definitely going to be missed, there's nothing to debate about that. It's a little weird – I don't really know what to think right now, I don't know how to feel about it honestly. It's just weird."
Something that Moseley said makes him very happy is that Malzahn is going to hang around and coach the bowl game before moving to Arkansas State full time. The quarterback said that he expected nothing less from the man he's gotten to know the last three years.
"I think that speaks for what he thinks of us," Moseley said. "That's just the type of person he is. He started this and he believes in what he believes in and he believes in what's right, and he probably wouldn't forgive himself if he left us before the bowl game because he started this year and some of us have been with him for three years and I just don't think it would have been right if he left before the bowl game, and I'm sure that's why he's staying. It would be a great time for him to start recruiting and getting adjusted, but he's not going to let us down. So that means a lot to us."
With one game left to play for Malzahn before a new coordinator takes over at Auburn, Moseley said it's important for the Tigers to do everything possible to send him out a winner.
"The 30th win for this staff since he's been here, and if I was told correctly, nobody's ever done that in their first three years," Moseley said. "That's something we'd like to do for him, just kind of give him something back for what all he's done for us. It would be great. It's almost a must-win for us."