AP source: Auburn hires Gus Malzahn as head coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm •  Published: December 4, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has hired Gus Malzahn as head coach and will introduce him on Tuesday, said a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the hire.

Auburn was looking for a coach to revive a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning a national title with Cam Newton operating Malzahn's high-powered offense to perfection.

Malzahn was the offensive coordinator during the Tigers' 2010 national championship run in 2010, but spent last season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position.

He led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Malzahn returns with his fast-paced, no-huddle offensive style. He replaces Gene Chizik, who was fired one day after a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama to complete a 3-9 season.

The Tigers had the nation's 115th-ranked offense last season, averaging 305 yards a game. The Red Wolves were ranked 19th in total yards.

It's the second straight time Auburn has turned to one of its coordinators from an unbeaten team. Chizik ran the defense for the 13-0 team in 2004 but was hired by the Tigers despite a 5-19 record in two seasons at Iowa State.

Auburn owes more than $11 million in buyouts to Chizik and his coaching staff. Malzahn's contract and salary information was immediately available.

The NCAA has also been investigating the recruitment of signee Jovon Robinson, who was ruled ineligible after a guidance counselor admitted to creating a fake transcript.



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