Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Gus Malzahn agrees to new deal to remain at Auburn, spurns Arkansas

Gus Malzahn agrees to new deal to remain at Auburn, spurns Arkansas

According to a report by Auburn beat writer Brandon Marcello, Gus Malzahn has agreed to terms with Auburn and will not be the next head coach at Arkansas.

Malzahn reiterated several times that he was to remain with the Tigers, saying "I'm happy at Auburn".

If the best is yet to come following this deal, that is welcome news for the Auburn faithful. "We're on solid foundation and have a chance to do some special things". Malzahn is 2-3 against Auburn's biggest rival, including a 26-14 win this season.

When asked if Arkansas should not try and court Malzahn away from Auburn, he put an end to the questioning.

However, he has continually said he "plans on" being at Auburn.

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"We have great players". That's what is exciting for me. "I would particularly like to say Go Dawgs to my neighbors, the Faulkners, at 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning". "We've worked hard the last five years to get our program to this point, and there's a lot more out there for us".

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.

Georgia won its first SEC title since 2005 and punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff in the process Saturday, downing Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship game.

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.

"We didn't finish the SEC championship game the way we wanted to this year, but I'm proud of what this team accomplished", Malzahn said.

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