In a bit of a surprise move, former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is returning to the Plains as the school’s new head coach. On Tuesday the school announced that Malzahn- who spent the last season as head coach at Arkansas State- will take over for his former boss Gene Chizik, who was fired after the Tigers finished 3-9 last season.
The school will welcome Malzahn in a Tuesday night press conference. In a statement, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs had this to say about the hire:
"We are tremendously excited that Gus Malzahn will be our next head football coach. Coach Malzahn was the clear unanimous choice of our search committee, and I am pleased that Dr. (Jay) Gogue has accepted our recommendation. This is a great day for Auburn football and Auburn University."
The news came as a bit of a surprise, if only because Malzahn’s name didn’t appear to be at the top of Auburn’s original list. When Chizik was fired two weeks ago, most assumed that Jacobs a...