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JONESBORO, Ark. (KTHV) - Auburn University made the official announcement Tuesday afternoon. Arkansas State University's head football coach is leaving the Natural State and heading back to Auburn.
Malzahn was the offensive coordinator during the Tigers' national championship run in 2010, but spent last season at Arkansas State in 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.
Malzahn replaces Gene Chizik, who was fired after a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama to complete a 3-9 season.
ASU issues statement on Gus Malzahn's resignation
AStateNation.com tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon.
ASU's student newspaper, ASU Herald, also confirmed that Malzahn has accepted the head coach position at Auburn. The team is expected to meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
THV's CNN affiliate KAIT in Jonesboro is reporting the change as well.
Auburn released this opening statement in a release at auburntigers.com this afternoon:
"Gus Malzahn, who served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, has been named the program's head football coach, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs announced Tuesday. Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2010 while helping the Tigers to the BCS National Championship, spent the past season as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the program to the Sun Belt Conference title.
"Known for his innovative offensive style, Malzahn has made a profound impact during each of his coaching stops at the collegiate level at Arkansas State, Auburn, Tulsa and Arkansas. "
To read more from Auburn, visit http://bit.ly/TE9oaG.
(Sources: The Associated Press, AuburnTigers.com, CBS Sports, Region 8 News, AStateNation.com, ASU Herald)