It appears that Gus Malzahn will in fact be staying at Auburn.
As first reported by Brandon Marcello of 247Sports, Malzahn has agreed to a deal to stay at Auburn, despite overtures from Arkansas. According Brett McMurphy, Malzahn’s deal is for 7 years.
Auburn confirmed the news of a new deal for Malzahn in a statement released to reporters Sunday night. According to the statement, Auburn and Malzahn have “agreed to the broad outlines of a new contract.”
“Strength and stability go hand-in-hand, and we have both in coach Malzahn,” Leath said in the statement. “We’re excited for the future of Auburn football. This means a lot to the Auburn family.”
Malzahn was asked about his job security on the Peach Bowl conference call Sunday afternoon.
“I’m planning on being at Auburn,” Malzahn said. “I said that’s last night that’s where I want to be. Nothing’s changed.”
Malzahn had been out recruiting for Auburn on Sunday, a day after his team lost to Georgia in the SEC title game. Malzahn’s Tigers beat both Alabama and Georgia this year. Auburn will play UCF in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. Malzahn went 10-3 this year, with losses coming against Clemson, LSU and Georgia.
Arkansas will likely turn to Mike Norvell of Memphis with its opening. Norvell led Memphis to an 11-2 record this year, with both losses coming against unbeaten Central Florida. He has spent two years at Memphis after taking over for Justin Fuente.
Arkansas and Tennessee are the only two SEC vacancies. Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Florida and Ole Miss have all named new head coaches.