Sunday, December 28, 2008

Malzahn hired

Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is bringing his high-tempo, no-huddle offense to Auburn.
Sound familiar?
This should be widely considered a success since Malzahn has run successful offenses at both Arkansas and Tulsa. However, Malzahn does have a tradition of running a variation of a spread offense. Auburn fans don't need to be reminded how the spread offense worked last season.
At Tulsa, Malzahn's offense finished No. 2 in both scoring and total offense. The Golden Hurricane averaged 565 total yards per game and 47.2 points per game in 2008.
Tulsa will play Ball State in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile.
Auburn sent out a release minutes ago.
“This is an exciting opportunity to coach at Auburn, get involvedwith the Auburn family and work for Coach (Gene) Chizik,” Malzahn said through the release. “I can’t wait to get to Auburn and get started.”
“Gus is one of the great offensive minds in college football and weare very excited to having him join the Auburn staff,” Chizik said through the same release. “His track record at all levels of coaching is remarkable and his offenses have been extremely successful both running and passing theball. It’s truly impressive that he oversees an offense that is inthe top 10 nationally in all five major offensive statistical categories. We’re looking forward to having Gus on board.”

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