Staying put: Gus Malzahn agrees to new deal with Auburn Tigers

By The Sports Xchange  |  Dec. 3, 2017 at 8:55 PM
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Gus Malzahn isn't going anywhere.

Amid rumors that the football coach could make the jump to Arkansas, Auburn locked up Malzahn to a new seven-year deal, according to multiple reports Sunday.

The terms of Malzahn's deal were not immediately reported. Malzahn's previous contract paid him $4.75 million per season, and Arkansas was reportedly prepared to offer him close to $50 million for seven years.

247Sports.com was first to report the deal.

Malzahn, 52, played college football at Arkansas and was a longtime high school football coach in the state. He previously served as an offensive coordinator at Arkansas and was a head coach at Arkansas State.

Malzahn guided the Tigers to a 10-3 record (7-1 in Southeastern Conference) this season. Auburn lost 28-7 to then-No. 6 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, dropping the Tigers from No. 2 to No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Auburn will face 12th-ranked Central Florida in the Peach Bowl.

In five seasons under Malzahn, Auburn is 45-21 (25-15) and has appeared in five straight bowl games. In his first season in 2013, the Tigers made it to the BCS national championship game but lost 34-31 to Florida State.

Malzahn has an overall head coaching record of 54-24 after going 9-3 in his lone season at Arkansas State in 2012.

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