Reports are surfacing that Gus Malzahn will become Auburn’s new head coach.
Breaking News: I have confirmed through multiple sources that Gus Malzahn will be named the next head football coach at Auburn University
— AStateNation (@AStateNation) December 4, 2012
Auburn’s 247Sports site has also confirmed the hire as well.
Malzahn was the offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik from 2009-2011 before leaving Auburn to take the head coaching position at Arkansas State.
Malzahn had long since thought to be Auburn AD Jay Jacobs’ guy, and as it turns out, it looks like he was the hire all along.
Malzahn was 9-3 at Arkansas State this season in his first year, with a Sun Belt Conference championship.
Auburn was reportedly down to Malzahn and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart earlier today.
Malzahn’s return to Auburn completes a massive rise from a legendary Arkansas high school coach to being the leader of one of the SEC’s most prominent universities.
To me, Malzahn’s hire is a safe hire, but I thought they would go in a different direction. With the top teams winning with pro-style offenses like Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia – Texas A&M is the exception because of Johnny Manziel – the league is trending towards Old Man Football. But Malzahn’s offense is spread-based and takes a dynamic quarterback.
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