Football fan or foe, by now you probably have read about Auburn’s stunning victory over archrival Alabama in Saturday night’s Iron Bowl. Here’s a gamer from The New York Times. But, basically, it came down to something like this in the final seconds.

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But drowned out by all the excitement and shouts of War Damn Eagle is a little under-reported nugget that made us wonder a bit. It turns out that the team’s soft-spoken coach Gus Malzahn is either very superstitious or has an insatiable appetite for Toddle House ham and cheese omelets, because he’s visited a Waffle House after every home victory since he began his coaching career at the high school level in Arkansas.

Before Saturday’s game against the visiting Crimson Tide he had reportedly visited the Waffle House on Glenn Avenue after every game. And this weekend was no exception, but this time he was greeted with a reserved booth (previously he stood in line like the rest of the second-shifters and drunk frat boys), notes from spirited fans and his own Waffle House hat. As for tipping? Malzahn makes around $2.4 million annually and has been known to drop $20 or more.

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