Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Gus Malzahn continues to field questions regarding future at Auburn, Arkansas job

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Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 16:16

According to 247Sports' Brandon Marcello, who first reported the agreement, Malzahn will remain at AU for at least five years and receive a raise up to $7 million per season.

David, an Auburn fan, and wife Katie, a UGA fan, put their house-divided rivalry aside to say their "I-dos" inside the University of Georgia chapel. "We're on solid foundation and have a chance to do some special things".

Malzahn has said in the past that Arkansas is his "dream job", but Auburn's trip to the SEC Championship game encouraged Auburn officials to re-sign Malzahn to a long term deal.

Auburn was selected to a New Year's Six bowl game for a second straight year and will face UCF in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on January 1.

This news comes after fellow SEC school Arkansas reportedly expressed interest in hiring Malzahn.

"I'm very appreciative of President [Steven] Leath and the Auburn administration for their belief in me and their commitment to our future", Malzahn told ESPN. The moderator of the call eventually requested that no more questions be asked about the coaching situation and even cut one reporter off.

In Malzahn's first season as Auburn's head coach in 2013, he led the Tigers to the BCS national championship game, but they lost 34-31 to Florida State.

Malzahn has drawn criticism during his time on the Plains, with most of that coming during the three-year stretch from 2014-16 when Auburn failed to win more than eight games in any of those seasons. I love the school and love where we're going.

With all of the coaching turnover in the SEC, Malzahn is now the only coach left in the conference with a win over Alabama's Nick Saban.