Malzahn Returns To Auburn, Not Arkansas
by Dan Harralson
Jul 23, 2013 4:14 AM EDT
Last year's 3-9 team was Auburn's worst football in years. Auburn has had bad years before, but not to the extent of 2012's winless SEC record.
The end result was the firing of Gene Chizik, two years removed from Cam Newton allowing him to hoist the crystal ball in Glendale, Ariz.
The outcome of Chizik's firing was the hiring and return of Gus Malzahn. Malzahn, one year removed from being Auburn's offensive coordinator, turned down an opening in his home state, where he is a legend.
Malzahn recently was inducted into the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame, where he won three high school state championships. Malzahn also was Houston Nutt's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2005 and 2006. He was successful in his lone season as Arkansas State's head coach last year, going 10-3. Malzahn won the GoDaddy.com Bowl and finished the season winning eight straight games.
He has won everywhere he has been and looks to continue that trend back on the plains of Auburn.
Malzahn took question after question about different Arkansas topics this offseason. What made Malzahn shy away from taking over at his beloved Arkansas?
Malzahn at Auburn is a good fit, but why the Tigers over the Razorbacks?