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Gus Malzahn says Auburn moving to SEC East ‘makes sense’

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HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday he would not be opposed to the Tigers moving to the SEC East.

The idea has been broached numerous times since Missouri and Texas A&M joined the league in 2012, and former Auburn coach Pat Dye recently said the Tigers and Mizzou should switch divisions.

“You look at the map and obviously it makes sense,” Malzahn said before teeing off at the Regions Traditions Pro-Am, though he did acknowledge, “There’s a lot more to it than just the map and all that.”

Malzahn addressed the topic last year with ESPN.com and said he believed there would be a “discussion on that.”

One potential sticking point, obviously, would be keeping the Iron Bowl rivalry with Alabama. But if Auburn does switch divisions, the conference keeps an eight-game league schedule and Alabama-Auburn is the annual crossover game, the Alabama-Tennessee rivalry goes away.

As currently constructed, Georgia is Auburn’s annual cross-division rival and Tennessee is Alabama’s.

Malzahn also said that Tigers wide receiver Kyle Davis, who missed spring practice for personal reasons, is scheduled to be at a team meeting Wednesday night. “He’ll be ready to go,” Malzahn said.

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