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Gus Malzahn coaches without visor to honor retiring Steve Spurrier

Gus Malzahn, who says he has worn a visor every game he's coached since his days at the helm in high school, went without one Thursday night in Auburn's 30-27 victory over Kentucky in honor of his friend and longtime SEC coach Steve Spurrier.

The Head Ball Coach retired from South Carolina this week.

"Coach Spurrier is one of the all-time greats, and his influence on me and my coaching style goes back to my days as a high school coach, when I started wearing a visor," Malzahn said in a news release before kickoff. "I'm very appreciative for everything he's done for me and the game of football. He's played a large role in making Southeastern Conference football what it is today and will be missed."

The visor Malzahn would have worn during the game was autographed and will be auctioned off by the university, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross and South Carolina flood relief efforts.

"Going visor-free for tonight's game is a small way to pay respect to Coach Spurrier and help raise money and awareness for a great cause," Malzahn said.