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Auburn gives Malzahn extension, pay raise

This article was published December 6, 2013 at 8:29 p.m.

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walks on the field during practice ahead of Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship college football game against Missouri, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has given football coach Gus Malzahn a new six-year contract worth $3.85 million annually.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the first-year coach's new deal Friday, the eve of the third-ranked Tigers' game against No. 5 Missouri for the Southeastern Conference championship in Atlanta.

Malzahn, a Fort Smith native and high school coaching legend in Arkansas, has led Auburn to an 11-1 season after taking over a team that won three games and lost all eight SEC contests in 2012.

Jacobs said, "we want coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time."

Auburn hired Malzahn last December and gave him a five-year contract worth $2.3 million annually.

The new deal includes a $250,000 raise each year.

Auburn is in line to play in the Sugar Bowl and possibly for a national championship with a win over Missouri. The Tigers upset No. 1 Alabama last weekend.

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maingear says... December 7, 2013 at 8:42 a.m.

It has become painfully apparent that Nutt had to get Malzahn out of his house. Malzahn's pure offensive skills made Nutt look bad. Nutt fancied hmself to be quite the offensive genius, and when clearly outshined, well, someone had to go. It should have been Nutt, and Arkansas could have had not only a great head coach, but a real Arkansan as well.

And, Mitch Mustain has the best Razorback QB record of QBs that hav played more than 5 consecutive games. He is 100% (8 starts, 8 wins). All of this while the Nutt smear machine was running in overdrive.

What a waste

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AlanGino says... December 7, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

Hate it we lost Malzahn, especially since I am an Arkansas State fan. Would really be interesting to see what he could have done with the Razorbacks however.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... December 7, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.

Well, Nutt went to an SEC championship game too. It's just Auburn's money though.

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Delta2 says... December 7, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.

Interesting, all these articles about Malzahn in the Razorback media guide, I mean the Demozette Sports, these days. Look, all this hindsight is pointless. Malzahn is certainly a talent, but Arkansas has a coach. He will do fine if he is just given some time. It's too late for second guessing the hire.

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AEinstein says... December 9, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.

You can thank El Beebe for Arkansas not getting Malzahn, even Wally Hall addressed it, since Auburn is now going to the BCS Championship game, he deserves every penny

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