NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Gus Malzahn's wife gave him some important advice before Auburn's last national championship season.
Kristi Malzahn told her husband he needed to make sure quarterback Cam Newton knew he cared even if he was tough on him.
The night before the opener, Malzahn let Newton ''know I was a real person and that I care about him. That helped our relationship moving forward.''
Then the offensive coordinator, Malzahn admits he's all about football sometimes.
Malzahn has the second-ranked Tigers in Monday night's BCS championship game against No. 1 Florida State. Newton won the Heisman Trophy and Auburn the national title during that 2010 season.
The Malzahns are a pretty good team, too. The coach says Kristi plays a big part in his career and ''I wouldn't be here without her.''