Auburn Hires Gus Malzahn As New Head Coach

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AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University has confirmed that Gus Malzahn will become the school’s 26th head football coach, according to a report from our sister station WHNT.

The school will hold a news conference at 8 p.m. Tuesday to introduce Malzahn.

After one year at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Malzahn returns to Auburn, replacing Gene Chizik as the Tigers’ head football coach.

Chizik, who finished the season with a 3-9 record and 0-8 in the SEC, was fired last month, only two years after winning the national title.

Auburn competes in the SEC West, the same conference and division as Arkansas, where Malzahn was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2006.

In his first and only season with the Red Wolves, Malzahn led the Arkansas State to an 8-3 record and Sun Belt title.

Malzahn earned a strong coaching reputation at the high school level in Northwest Arkansas, including at Springdale High, leading the Bulldogs to one state championship. He also won back-to-back state championships at Shiloh Christian.

During his three years as offensive coordinator at Auburn, Malzahn helped build the offense into one of the best in the country. He was a key figure in the team’s 2010 BCS National Championship team under the man he is replacing, Gene Chizik.

He left Auburn after the 2011 season  to become the head coach at Arkansas State.

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