Malzahn named Auburn offensive coordinator

AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn, who helped direct one of the nation’s most high-powered offenses at Tulsa, was named Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn on Sunday.

Malzahn brings a no-huddle, fast-paced attack to the Tigers, who abandoned a struggling spread offense in midseason and returned to a more smashmouth style.

Tulsa led the nation in total offense in 2007 and ranks second going into the Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl against Ball State in Mobile.

Malzahn, who spent one season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, will join Auburn’s staff after the bowl game.

“Gus is one of the great offensive minds in college football and we are very excited to have him join the Auburn staff,” Chizik said. “His track record at all levels of coaching is remarkable and his offenses have been extremely successful both running and passing the ball.

“It’s truly impressive that he oversees an offense that is in the top 10 nationally in all five major offensive statistical categories. We’re looking forward to having Gus on board.”

Tulsa ranks eighth nationally in rushing and Arkansas was fourth during Malzahn’s season behind Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden. The Razorbacks never made the switch to his wide-open offense and Malzahn left for Tulsa.

Tulsa is averaging 565 yards and 47 points this season, both second nationally.

“This is an exciting opportunity to coach at Auburn, get involved with the Auburn family and work for Coach Chizik,” said Malzahn, who won three Arkansas state titles at two high schools. “I can’t wait to get to Auburn and get started.”

The Tigers ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference in scoring, managing just 17.3 points a game. Coach Tommy Tuberville fired first-year coordinator Tony Franklin in midseason after the spread offense failed to take off.

Tuberville resigned after Auburn struggled to a 5-7 record.

Chizik has also retained linebackers coach James Willis from the previous staff.

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Comments » 17

wesw33z#667083 writes:

good luck. you'll need it...

allvolinatlanta writes:

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good luck. you'll need it...

Why do you say that? I think this is a good choice as he is obviously a good OC and would have put up much better numbers at Arkansas had Nutt let him.

Sound familiar to anyone?

HtownVol writes:

M Kiffins season is over! Now he can go get our big name defensive recruits! Good News!

smokyredbone writes:

They had McFadden and Felix Jones when he was co-coordinator. Malzone wanted to throw the ball 60 times a game with his high school QB and receiving corps. Don't think his offense will produce those numbers in the SEC,but should be interesting for awhile anyway!

pms151 writes:

Auburn is going to regret this move. This guy is a whiner and will not make it on the Plantation.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Gonna have to mull Malzahn/Chizik as a deadly SEC combination afore I opine too much.

bobbarbilly writes:

The swimming won't be as easy in the big pool. This water has sharks in it.

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

M Kiffins season is over! Now he can go get our big name defensive recruits! Good News!

curious..will Monte Kiffin be recruiting the next month? Not sure if that is one of his responsibilities this late in the game.

Jagob38 writes:

in response to yeavols#228407:

curious..will Monte Kiffin be recruiting the next month? Not sure if that is one of his responsibilities this late in the game.

CLK said Monte would be on the road recruiting the first week in January.

volbald writes:

We'll see. Sombody needs to give Ala. and Ole Miss. a run for their money in the West. We want Auburn and Ark. to be good, but not so good we can't beat them during the rotation. Now that Miles has run out of Saban recruits, he may be the next SEC West coach to go - unless Chizik struggles early and badly. I don't see Auburn giving the new guy a lot of rope to hang himself.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

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Right on Rich.

Can't throw 60 times with Casey D...ic..k.

However, this guy doesn't seem very loyal. He will spring for the first HC job available. If he has two seasons of success, he is gone.

I guess Auburn's spread QB's are going to be looking for a new home or new position.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

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You're right. I forgot that fact.

Boy Mustain really threw it all away huh? Destined to rot behind USC's future hall of famers and already used his transfer up. Any word on if he has progressed at all?

LifeTimeVOL writes:

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Seems like McFadden and Jones were that ENTIRE OFFENSE that year, the Frosh QB didn't have too much to do with it. Once McFadden started taking the snaps it was over for the freshman. I mean if that QB really accomplished anything, why did he transfer to USC?

wesw33z#667083 writes:

in response to allvolinatlanta:

Why do you say that? I think this is a good choice as he is obviously a good OC and would have put up much better numbers at Arkansas had Nutt let him.

Sound familiar to anyone?

i dont think it's a bad hire, i just dont think he has the personnel to make the spread work. franklin couldn’t do it. it’ll be rough going till he gets a qb who can run his system.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

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Should be interesting to see Rich. Sometimes offensive masterminds don't translate for some reason (Charlie Weis). My thought is that he will be successful in the short term and slightly above average in the long term.

jsm67vol writes:

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I agree with you on this RichR. The problem this guy has an offense that takes a while to get the team all on the same page, ala Dave Clawson. If the tigereagles give this guy time it will end up being a good hire more than likely. I'm just not sure AU fans or alums will have the patience to sit through what they and we UT fans sat through. But who knows, Chizic is a defenseive guy so maybe he lets Malzahn really control the off.

cjraney writes:

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I think he's probably a good coach. However, the way he organized a mutiny against the guy who gave his big break from HS football to the SEC is all I need to see. Nutt may or may not have promised Gus some things about their offense, but the new guy just destroyed that program after not getting his way. No thanks.

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