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Auburn's Malzahn says Marshall 'embarrassed' after legal run-in

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Nick Marshall made it tougher on Gus Malzahn at SEC Media Days. The Auburn coach was forced to discuss his quarterback's off-field incident last Friday when he was cited for marijuana possession.

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says quarterback Nick Marshall will 'suffer the consequences' but isn't elaborating on what punishment he'll face after being cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop in Georgia.

'We have high expectations for our players, specifically our quarterback being the face of our program,' Malzahn said at SEC Media Days. 'Up until last Friday, Nick has been a model student, model teammate and model citizen. But he made a mistake, and he's going to have to suffer the consequences of that mistake. I'm not saying what that consequence is right now but it will be addressed.'

Auburn opens the season against SEC opponent Arkansas on Aug. 30. Asked if Marshall could be suspended for all or part of that game, Malzahn said he's 'not at that point yet.'

Marshall was pulled over Friday for a window tint violation Friday afternoon in Reynolds. He won't have to appear at a Sept. 10 court date if he pays $1,100 in fines.

'He's very regretful, and he's embarrassed that he hurt his teammates, his family, his coaches, all of the above,' Malzahn said.

SPURRIER, SOUTH CAROLINA TRY TO TAKE NEXT STEP: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier doesn't necessarily sit in recruits' living rooms emphasizing the chance to go 11-2.

The Gamecocks have posted that record three years running, but still were relegated to spectators for the SEC championship game. So, Spurrier sells a shot at making history to prospects.

'I can assure you I tell those recruits, 'If you come here, hopefully you'll be on the first SEC championship team ever,'' Spurrier said Tuesday. 'That's still our goal. We haven't quite done it. I think we've been close but not close enough.'

Spurrier had glowing reviews of his current team, which figures to join Georgia as two of the favorites in the East.

MUSCHAMP UNCONCERNED ABOUT JOB SECURITY: Florida coach Will Muschamp is confident he has the remedy for questions about his job security: Winning a lot of football games.

'There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business and that's part of it,' Muschamp said. 'The way you combat that is by having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do.'



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