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As part of his new contract, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn will draw a salary of $6.7 million in 2018.
Cover the ears of Ohio State AD Gene Smith, who just lashed out at the salaries made by Alabama's Nick Saban and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher, referring to them as "ridiculous." Malzahn's deal includes yearly escalating raises which would result in a salary of -- prior to bonuses -- $7.3 million for the 2024 season should he stay on for the duration of the contract. Malzahn was being hotly pursued by Arkansas after the close of the 2017 season before Auburn locked him up with a fresh seven-year contract. Feb 6 - 3:31 PM
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Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said of the SEC Network, "[It] was supposed to be really cool when it started three or four years ago. Now it's all about trying to get the coach fired."

Malzahn's displeasure with the network likely stems from near-continuous speculation about his job during the 2017 season. In November, Paul Finebaum made several digs, saying that Malzahn "[did] not look happy at Auburn" and he "didn't hear very much support" for the coach around campus. The SEC Network also -- on several occasions -- suggested that Malzahn would be taking the head-coaching job at Arkansas or at least would be wise to be looking forward toward other opportunities. Malzahn was one of the Razorbacks' top targets during their coaching search earlier this winter, but he ultimately re-upped with the Tigers on a reported new seven-year contract.
Jan 14 - 2:31 PM

247Sports' Brancon Marcello reports that Auburn HC Gus Malzahn has agreed to a new seven-year contract to stay with the program.

Arkansas has been pining after Malzahn, reportedly bandying about a seven-year, $50 million contract to entice him to leave for Fayetteville. No dice. Instead, he returns to Auburn on a fresh contract still licking the wounds of his team's SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia on Saturday. The monetary figures of the deal have yet to surface. Malzahn's crew finished with a 10-3 record this season and will face off with undefeated UCF (12-0) in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. With Malzahn off the board, Arkansas might next turn to Memphis HC Mike Norvell as replacement for Bret Bielema.
Source: 247Sports
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 06:15:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Arkansas expects Auburn HC Gus Malzahn to make a decision on whether to bolt for the Razorbacks by the end of Sunday.

Dodd relays that Malzahn is somewhat frustrated with the hot/cold perception some have held of him depending on which way the wind has blown during a given season. He additionally passes along that, according to one source, a seven-year, $50 million contract offer from Arkansas is not out of the realm of possibility, here. Following the SEC Championship Game, Malzahn said that he "want[s] to be the head coach at Auburn" next season, but we've heard plenty of coach speak along those lines over the years. Should Auburn manage to hang onto Malzahn, Arkansas is said to be viewing Memphis HC Mike Norvell as their Plan B.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 02:33:00 PM

Following Saturday's SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "I want to be the head coach at Auburn."

Arkansas is expected to make a hard charge at Malzahn now that the Tigers have fallen to the Bulldogs. He is previously acquainted with the Razorbacks, having served as offensive coordinator in Fayetteville back in 2006. Malzahn has accumulated a 45-21 record with Auburn since taking over at the wheel in 2013, including a 25-15 mark in conference. We've heard few other names attached with the open Arkansas job at this point and just where they might turn if they can't hit on Malzahn is a real question.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 11:24:00 AM

According to Fox Sports Bruce Feldman, several influential people attached to Arkansas would like to the school target Auburn HC Gus Malzahn to replace Bret Bielema as head coach in 2018.

Now this would be interesting. Arkansas just fired former Athletic Director Jeff Long, in large part due to the struggles of the football program. Malzahn does have a history with the Razorbacks; serving as offensive coordinator at the school before moving on to Tulsa. It's tough to see him leaving the school at this point -- Auburn is a prime national title contender on paper -- but if Arkansas comes up with a serious compensation package and Malzahn has interest in returning, this could be something to keep an eye on.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 08:32:00 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs will step down from his post on June 1, 2018.'s Kevin Scarbinsky reported back in September that the groundwork was being laid for a new athletic director by school president Steven Leath and the board of trustees. Scandals in the softball and basketball programs played a large part in the decision to move on. Jacobs has served as Auburn's athletic director since 2004.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 04:35:00 PM

Auburn is investigating if a part-time staffer took an exam for a player in 2015.

The player reportedly was not on the team at the time, but was returning to school to complete his degree. Tutors work with student-athletes frequently, so in this case one could have completed an exam for the player. Auburn states the claims are false.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:40:00 AM

Auburn will enter their Saturday showdown with Georgia Southern with just one player questionable due to injury.

If you believe in good omens, Auburn is in for a big year. The only player in doubt for Saturday's opener is freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow, who is dealing with a leg injury. Otherwise, no potentially sidelining injuries for the Tigers this month. No suspensions, either. Auburn is a true darkhorse Playoff contender.
Source: 247Sports
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 10:36:00 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said that the program has been in conversation with UAB regarding a future match-up.

"We've had conversations with them. We'd love to play them again if we can work it out on the schedule, but finding a common date is often difficult to do some times," Jacobs said. UAB AD Mark Ingram went a step further, saying, "I think it will happen." The two teams have not played since 1996. UAB is reentering the football fray this coming season after shutting down the program in December of 2014.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 05:45:00 PM

Auburn promoted director of player personnel Patrick Suddes to assistant athletic director for football.

With Suddes heading up the ladder, Stefan Schmidt will take his previous gig as director of player personnel while Brett Whiteside moves into the position of director of football operations. Jorrell Bostrom -- a former offensive lineman with the program -- will serve as director of player development.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017 02:07:00 PM

Auburn director of football operations Jamie Croley is leaving his position.

Croley will be moving on to work in helping to boot up a foundation started by Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and his wife, Kristi. He had been with the Tigers since 2013 and also worked with Malzahn as director of football operations at Arkansas State in 2012.
Source: 247Sports
Tue, May 9, 2017 09:22:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he believes that the Tigers will compete for a national championship this season.

"The big thing is I feel like we have quality depth at the quarterback position and that's been kind of an Achilles heel the last couple of years," Malzahn said. It's a fair enough statement, as last year's team was working with a quarterbacking stable of Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III. With Jarrett Stidham coming over from Baylor, though, the team now has two players with respectable starting experience in Stidham and White. OC Chip Lindsey spoke glowingly of the team's work this spring, saying that he was "really pleased with the progress we made all the way around." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is one analyst intrigued by Auburn's potential for the coming campaign -- he ranked them at No. 8 in his springtime top-30.
Sun, May 7, 2017 02:23:00 PM

Regarding Saturday's 40-29 win over Ole Miss, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm proud of our staff. I'm proud of our players."

"The way you win really means something," Malzahn said, "especially this time of year." Running back Kerryon Johnson agrees with that assessment well enough, saying, "We have a defense that can lift us [the offense] up, and we have an offense that can lift the defense up. That’s how you keep each other balanced. That’s how you win a lot of tough, close games like this one." After losing two of their first three contests, the Tigers are currently rolling on a five-game winning streak. The Iron Bowl looms on November 26, though contests against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama A&M will all need to be taken care of, first, before Auburn's dance with the Crimson Tide begins.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters OC Rhett Lashlee will call plays for the remainder of the season.

Malzahn served as the playcaller in Auburn's two losses to Clemson and Texas A&M, obviously difficult teams, but the victory over LSU pointed to Malzahn sticking with Lashlee. This isn't the first time Malzahn gave Lashlee this responsibility, making the same decision last season before taking it back in the offseason. Auburn faces ULM and Arkansas over the next few weeks.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 09:12:00 AM