Arkansas State HC Gus Malzahn Reportedly Agrees to Coach Auburn

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

The Auburn Tigers are reportedly bringing back a familiar face to be their new head coach. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 4 at 9:36 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

War Eagle Extra's Aaron Brenner passed along the details of the deal.  

Jacobs: Gus Malzahn's contract is 5 years, $11.5 million.

— Aaron Brenner (@wareagleextra) December 5, 2012

If Malzahn coaches well enough to keep this job for five years, chances are his contract will be extended before it expires. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 4 at 5:09 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Auburn made this news official on its official website. The report contained this statement from Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs:

We are tremendously excited that Gus Malzahn will be our next head football coach. Coach Malzahn was the clear unanimous choice of our search committee, and I am pleased that Dr. Gogue has accepted our recommendation. This is a great day for Auburn football and Auburn University.

They also passed along this statement from Malzahn: 

I'm grateful for the opportunity to become the head football coach at Auburn University. It's an outstanding institution with a storied football program that I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand for three years. I deeply appreciate the confidence that Dr. Gogue, Jay Jacobs and the search committee had in my ability to turn this program around and to bring Auburn back to national prominence. This is a homecoming for me and I look forward to being reunited with the Auburn family.

So let the Malzahn era begin. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec 4 at 4 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

ESPN is confirming the news of this hire. 

Breaking News: Gus Malzahn accepts head coaching position at #Auburn. More details on #CFBLIVE on @espn right now

— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 4, 2012

At this point, it is safe to assume this is a done deal. 

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According to's Mark Murphy, Auburn will hire Gus Malzahn to replace the recently fired Gene Chizik. Malzahn was the offensive coordinator under Chizik when the Tigers won the 2010 national championship. 

He stayed on for the next season before accepting the head coaching job at Arkansas State in December of 2011. 

Malzahn coached the Red Wolves to the Sun Belt Conference title this season on the strength of a 9-3 record. They were rewarded with a spot in the Bowl against Kent State. 

Success has followed Malzahn everywhere he's been. He was a highly successful high school coach before jumping to the University of Arkansas in 2006 as offensive coordinator. 

He then made the jump to Tulsa, again as offensive coordinator, and led a prolific offensive attack in 2007 and 2008. That stint carried him to Auburn in 2009. 

This was the logical move for the Tigers. Malzahn's value to the Tigers' recent success was on vivid display by their failure in his absence. He is familiar with the program and the recruiting territories. 

Malzahn is going to have his work cut out for him with this job, though. The Tigers did not fare well while he was gone, and they went just 3-9 this season and did not win a single game in the SEC. 

Despite this terrible showing, it's not like Malzahn will be met with low expectations. Tigers fans expect wins, and Malzahn will have to produce them in a hurry or his seat will start heating up.