Originally written on Shirts With Random Triangles  |  Last updated 12/14/11

LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 09: Gene Chizik the Head Coach of the Auburn Tigers talks with a game offical during the SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Is it time to press the panic button at Auburn? It's been a downward spiral the past couple of  months for last year's BCS title winners, with losses to Georgia and Alabama and the suspension of running back Mike Dyer. Now comes word that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is leaving  Gene Chizik's coaching staff  to become head football coach of Arkansas State. What's worse? He's taking a pay cut to do so. "Malzahn, who made $1.3 million a year at Auburn, is expected to earn around $850,000 a year with his new school, according to people familiar with the hiring. Malzahn will  replace Hugh Freeze, who was named Ole Miss' head coach last week." Malzahn is taking a $450,000 pay cut to coach Arkansas State. While the move is a sort of homecoming for Malzahn it's still  big chunk of money to give up to coach the second-best college team in Arkansas. The move puts into question the relationship between Malzahn and Chizik.  ChuckOliver.net contributor Chadd Scott noted on Tw...
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