Auburn Football: Tigers Hire Arkansas State HC Gus Malzahn

12/4/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Auburn has hired Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn to fill the vacancy left by the firing of Gene Chizik, reports Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.Blog Photo - Auburn Football: Tigers Hire Arkansas State HC Gus Malzahn

Malzahn was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator from 2009-11 and helped lead them to their first-ever national championship in 2010.

He left Auburn at the end of last season to coach Arkansas State – his first head coaching stint – and will leave the Red Wolves after a 9-3 (7-1 Sun Belt) conference-winning year.

Malzahn, 47, is taking over a pretty big mess. Auburn finished with its worst season in 60 years at 3-9 (0-8 SEC) and is currently being investigated by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations.

But if there’s a man for the job, it’s Malzahn.

In Auburn’s national title year, the Tigers ranked seventh in the nation with 41.2 points per game, which was then led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton.

Arkansas State 36.4 points per game this season was good for 21st in the country. Now he’ll take over a program with a record-low offense that finished 114th overall in scoring (18.7) and 118th in total offense (305 yards per game).

Auburn also interviewed Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart for the same position on Monday.

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