After many speculated whether or not Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn would return next season, athletic director Allen Greene squashed any further rumors by announcing Tuesday that he will return.
Auburn, which began the season in the top 10, but have fallen out of the top 25, has had a disappointing season thus far after such a promising start to the campaign.
Allen Greene told me a few minutes ago that Gus Malzahn WILL be Auburn's coach next season.— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 6, 2018
Greene told reporters that Malzahn would be "our coach of the future."
Malzahn was given a seven-year, $49 million contract last season after a 10-4 effort that saw his squad take down two No. 1 ranked teams, Alabama and Georgia.
This year has not been so kind to the Tigers. They began the season 2-0, but heartbreaking losses to LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee have derailed their once promising season.
It's only fair that Auburn gives Malzahn another chance, considering he has proven that he can take down top teams. Also, firing a coach one year into a seven-year deal is just a terrible idea.
With their last two games coming against No. 6 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama, if the Tigers can pull out an upset victory or at least make it close, Malzahn can show Auburn fans he belongs there and deserves another year with the team.