ESPN has learned that Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn has spurned a lucrative offer from Arkansas to remain with the Auburn Tigers.
It may seem unusual for Malzahn to consider leaving Auburn-which reached the SEC Championship Game and beat Alabama this season-for an Arkansas program that fired Bret Bielema and went 4-8, but Dodd noted the coach had grown "frustrated at the always-shifting perceptions of him" with the Tigers.
CBS Sports reported earlier on Sunday (Dec. 3) that Arkansas had offered Malzahn a seven year deal that was worth close to $50 million.
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Malzahn still did not answer the initial question by saying he will be the head coach at Auburn, only that he wants to be, or in this case that he is "planning" to be. The Tigers were selected to face undefeated UCF in the Peach Bowl.
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Malzahn is an Arkansas native and was a walk-on receiver for the Razorbacks from 1984-85.
Auburn's head coach was pressed on the rumors and reports coming out of Arkansas throughout this past weekend. "I would particularly like to say Go Dawgs to my neighbors, the Faulkners, at 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning".
With all of the coaching turnover in the SEC, Malzahn is now the only coach left in the conference with a win over Alabama's Nick Saban. "As I said before this game, we worked extremely hard to get here to this point, and we've got a very good foundation built, and I think the best is yet to come".
Malzahn is 45-21 in five seasons at Auburn and has apparently done enough for the school to thwart him from leaving for Arkansas.
Auburn has also brought in a top-10 recruiting class in every year of Malzahn's tenure and is on track to bring in another in 2018.