Auburn hires Gus Malzahn

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Reports are surfacing that Gus Malzahn will become Auburn’s new head coach.

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.

Do you like the hire?

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  • Interesting hire indeed. I think Auburn figured out it ran off the wrong coach last season. We’ll find out if Kiehl Frazier can grow into the recruit Auburn had aspirations for two years ago under Malzahn.

  • Bad move in my opinion. Auburn needed that WOW coach, and what has more WOW factor than hiring away Saban’s right hand man from your in state rival. Would create alot of buzz.

  • At least the rest of the SEC can look forward to Auburn remaining mediocre for the next several years.