Malzahn returns to Auburn as head football coach

Gus Malzahn
Gus Malzahn

AUBURN, AL (WAFF) - Gus Malzahn will return to Auburn as head coach, replacing his old boss, Gene Chizik, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs announced Tuesday afternoon.

Chizik was fired last month after the Tigers finished with a 3-9 record two years after winning the national championship.

Malzahn, who came to Auburn in 2009, was the offensive coordinator during Auburn's 14-0 run to the national championship in 2010. The Tigers set multiple school offensive records and QB Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy.

Malzahn left AU in December 2011 to become head coach at Arkansas State, where he directed the Red Wolves to the 2012 Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth in Bowl.

Malzahn previously served as offensive coordinator for Houston Nutt at Arkansas, joining the Razorbacks staff in 2006. That first season he produced one of the nation's most prolific offenses and helped Arkansas to the SEC Championship Game.

He left Arkansas for Tulsa in 2007, where his offense was first in the NCAA for two seasons before he came to Auburn to join Chizik's first staff.

He was a successful high school coach in his home state of Arkansas before entering the college coaching ranks.

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