Auburn has turned to Gus Malzahn to restore a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning a national title with Cam Newton operating his high-powered offense to perfection.
Malzahn was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator during their 2010 national championship run before heading to Arkansas State for his first college head coaching position.
He led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl then parlayed that into a job in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
“It’s an outstanding institution with a storied football program that I had the pleasure of experiencing firsthand for three years,” Malzahn said in a statement. He thanked school representatives for their confidence “in my ability to turn this program around and to bring Auburn back to national prominence. This is a homecoming for me and I look forward to being reunited with the Auburn family.”
Malzahn, 47, returns with his fast-paced, no-huddle offensive style. He replaces former boss Gene Chizik, who was fired one day after a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama to complete a 3-9 season.
ARKANSAS: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema agreed to become the new coach of the Razorbacks, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.
The move was the second stunning hire at Arkansas, which brought in John L. Smith after firing Bobby Petrino this year after he hired his mistress to work in the football department.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles’ next coach.
Addazio went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls since taking over for Al Golden.
AWARDS: Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.
• The Maxwell Football Club plans to honor Penn State’s seniors for the players’ commitment and leadership during a tough season.
The 31 seniors will receive the Thomas Brookshier Spirit Award after the Nittany Lions finished 8-4 following the NCAA sanctions for the school’s handling of the child molestation scandal involving retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.