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December 4, 2012

BREAKING: Gus Malzahn returns to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — No Auburn fan will ever forget the crystal-ball run from two years ago.

A primary piece of that title glory is coming back to the Plains.

Former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who championed the Tigers’ offense as Cam Newton and company sailed to a 14-0 season in 2010, has accepted an offer to become Auburn’s 27th head coach Tuesday after a one-year stint at Arkansas State, according to multiple reports.

Malzahn would replace his former boss, Gene Chizik, who was fired nine days ago after Auburn’s 3-9 season in the first year after Malzahn’s departure.

Once the university confirms Malzahn’s hiring – president Jay Gogue said earlier Tuesday the decision was imminent – exhaustive coverage of Malzahn’s hiring will follow on WarEagleExtra.com.

11 Comments

  1. wooohoooo!!! I’m happy!

    Comment by WayneW — December 4, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  2. If this isn’t the best news of the day, I don’t know what could top it. Wasn’t sold on rumors of Smart this morning, and while I’d like to know if we did indeed offer the Smart the job, I’m glad he didn’t take it.

    Welcome back, Gustav!

    Comment by SMDAU — December 4, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  3. War Eagle!!!

    Comment by Stan McCullars — December 4, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  4. Stupid hire. Should’ve gotten Smart.

    Oh well, we can try again in 3 years.

    Comment by Tennessee Tiger — December 4, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  5. Back on the GUS BUS!!

    Comment by jdinmacon — December 4, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  6. Tennessee Tiger…thats your opinion and i respect that..but Gus did in fact engineer one of the two best seasons we’ve had. If you remember from 2010 we did nothing to stop the other teams from scoring what seemed like a million points. We did however have a coach that overcame a weak defense and helped the team set how many offensive school record?? And that Crystal Ball Trophy? How easily we forget.

    Comment by WayneW — December 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Yep, Wayne. As soon as Cam returns to QB Gus’ offense, we’ll be kicking butt again.

    Comment by Tennessee Tiger — December 4, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  8. And I didn’t forget the trophy. I was there. I stayed forever after that game to drink in the scene.

    But we won’t be back running the meerkat, unless Cam comes running back through that door.

    Comment by Tennessee Tiger — December 4, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  9. lol….you may be right. but Gus did help a poorly talented team go 8-5…hmm no i don’t want 8-5!!

    Comment by WayneW — December 4, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

  10. Wayne, that 8-5 team was poorly coached, not poorly talented. If anyone thinks this guy is the long-term answer, I suggest you put down the bong. This is a desperation hire, just like Chizik was. The only reason Gus is back is because he won’t rock the boat. And remember this:

    With Cam, Malzahn went 14-0 and had the 7th ranked offense in the nation.

    Without Cam, Malzahn went 8-5 with the 100th ranked offense.

    And Gus also facilitated the transfer of an undisciplined pot smoker to the Arkansas State program.

    But oh well, we will get another chance after Gus’ teams go 5-7 and lose to Bama each year…

    Comment by RJ — December 4, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  11. your forgeting 2009 were he took us from being the worst offense in the sec to the second best behind florida with little to no talent look at the glass half empty all you want now but im super psyched its nice to have a head coach thats an asset for a change

    Comment by Joe — December 4, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

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