Brian Kotloff
Wednesday December 5th, 2012

Nine days after firing Gene Chizik, Auburn has hired Chizik's former assistant Gus Malzahn as its head football coach, a source told's Thayer Evans.

As head coach at Arkansas State this season, Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record, a Sun Belt Conference championship and an upcoming appearance in the Bowl.

He served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, helping coach the Cam Newton-led Tigers to a national championship in 2010. Following that season, he received the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football.

The Tigers had previously interviewed Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who along with Malzahn was one of six candidates for the position, according to a report earlier today. Under Chizik, the team went winless in the SEC and 3-9 overall in 2012. He led the Tigers to a 33-19 record over his four seasons.

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