Auburn Football: Gus Malzahn Departs Auburn for Arkansas State

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IDecember 13, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Challenger, a Bald Eagle circles the stadium during the national anthem for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After he turned down multiple head coaching jobs in BCS conferences, it was not money but the call of home that lured Gus Malzahn from Auburn. He appears to be headed to Jonesboro, Arkansas to fill the vacated head coaching job at Arkansas State.

Malzahn was the most successful offensive coordinator in the history of Auburn University, and the majority of offensive records were set under his watch. There is no word on who Auburn may be looking at to take over his duties.

Arkansas State was 10-2 this season and faces Northern Illinois in their bowl game. It is assumed that Malzahn will immediately report and assume the duties as head coach for this game. Malzahn was a personal friend of outgoing Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze.

Freeze moved on from Arkansas State to Mississippi to replace the ousted Houston Nutt.