Saving Auburn's recruiting class 

January, 29, 2013
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Gus MalzahnAP Photo/Todd J. Van EmstGus Malzahn has been effective on the recruiting trail since becoming Auburn's head coach.
On Dec. 4, Gus Malzahn stood at the podium in Auburn, Ala., adorned in his Pat Dye-issue navy blazer and orange tie. He was introduced as the Tigers' new head coach, said a few words and politely fielded a few questions. All the while he fidgeted, eyes darting around a bit as if he had somewhere else he wanted or, more accurately, needed to be.

Hey, Coach, what's the first task you need to tackle?

"It will be recruiting, immediately," Malzahn said.