Confirmed: Malzahn staying put at Auburn

Gus Malzahn, seen here during the SEC Championship game, will stay at Auburn.
Gus Malzahn, seen here during the SEC Championship game, will stay at Auburn.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Auburn spokesman says offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is staying put amid reports that he had been offered the Vanderbilt head coaching job.

Spokesman Kirk Sampson said Monday that Malzahn will remain with the Tigers, but did not confirm that the coach had been offered - and turned down - the Vanderbilt position.

"Gus Malzahn has played a large role in the success of our football program the last two years and we're very pleased to be able to give him a raise and extend his contract," Coach Gene Chizik said. "In my opinion we have the best staff in the country, and while we want our coaches to strive to become head coaches, retaining them as long as we can is important to me and the entire Auburn family. Gus is a very bright and talented coach and we are looking forward to beginning preparation for the BCS National Championship."

While the exact amount of Malzahn's raise was not disclosed, a person familiar with the situation says Auburn will "more than double" Malzahn's $500,000 salary.

"I'm very appreciative of Coach Chizik and the entire administration for their support," Malzahn said. "My family and I love Auburn and right now my main focus is helping Auburn win a national championship."

Auburn will face Oregon in the Tostitos BCS National Championship game on Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers begin bowl practice on Dec. 18.

Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach, is also Auburn's quarterbacks coach and works with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

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