Auburn's turnaround among the top AP sports stories of the year

December 28, 2013 | 11:17 p.m. CST
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, center, watches the first half of the Nov. 2 football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Malzahn led the second-ranked Tigers' transformation into Southeastern Conference champions and has them in the national championship game Jan. 6 against No. 1 Florida State. Malzahn's quick work made him The Associated Press national coach of the year. Auburn's victory over Alabama was one of AP's top sports stories of the year.