Malzahn: 'I want to be' Auburn's coach

Gus Malzahn and Kirby Smart

Gus Malzahn and Kirby Smart

Gus Malzahn didn't want to speak in definitive terms as to his future as Auburn's coaching on Sunday, but he has agreed to new contract to stay on the Plains.

According to reports, Guz Malzahn will continue to coach the Auburn Tigers after signing an extension.

Malzahn led the seventh-ranked Tigers into the Southeastern Conference championship game but had faced repeated questions about whether he was interested in the vacant Arkansas job in his home state.

Will he be the head coach at Auburn next year?


No. 7 Auburn (10-3) is headed to the Peach Bowl to play No. 12 UCF (12-0) on January 1. He was making about $4.725 million annually in a deal running through 2020.

Brandon Marcello of 247Sports.com was the first to report the news on Sunday.

It wasn't the result Auburn wanted in Saturday's SEC championship game, but from the week leading up to it to the game itself to the post-game interviews in the locker room, the players represented their school at the highest level. His name popped up in hot seat talk as recently as October 14 of this season when Auburn blew a 20-point lead in a road loss at LSU, but the Tigers reeled off five straight wins following that game, including two over then-top-ranked rivals Georgia and Alabama over a span of three weeks. And even in defeat, they still believe in and love Auburn. He led the Tigers to the national title game in 2013, his first season.

Malzahn had talked in recent weeks about how much more stable the program is at this point after a series of highly rated recruiting classes.

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