Report: Arkansas preparing big-time offer for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
Texas A&M just hired title-winning coach Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State on Friday, luring him to College Station with a massive 10-year, $75 million offer, which makes him the second-highest paid coach in the SEC (behind Alabama’s Nick Saban).
However, Fisher could have some company in the $7 million-a-year club soon, if Arkansas manages to hire its top candidate.
According to CBS Sports reporter Dennis Dodd, the Razorbacks are prepared to offer Auburn coach Gus Malzahn a deal worth about $50 million over seven years, which averages out to about $7.14 million a year:
Sources close to Malzahn here over the weekend indicated that a possible departure to Arkansas is realistic though not necessarily a done deal.
“Arkansas is dead serious,” said a different source close to the situation. “They want him in the worst way.”
Malzahn has said he’s happy at Auburn (what else was he supposed to say?), but as we learned with the Fisher situation, money talks.
An offer like that to return to a state that he has deep ties to may be too much to pass up. Whatever happens in Fayetteville, things are about to get very interesting in the SEC West.