AUBURN, Ala. — With rumors of Arkansas trying to bring him back to his home state continuing to grow, Gus Malzahn has reportedly given Auburn administration his demands in a new contract.
According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Malzahn’s camp has “presented a package to Auburn president Steven Leath to keep him in blue and orange.”
Barnett reports the asking price from Malzahn to Auburn is “substantial,” and writes that “it’s hard to imagine Auburn letting Malzahn walk at this point.”
Malzahn has quickly dismissed questions about the Arkansas job over the last several weeks. On Sunday, when asked if he would commit to coaching the Tigers in 2018, Malzahn said, “Yeah, I’m honored to be the head coach here at Auburn.”
Per Barnett, Arkansas boosters and fans remain optimistic the Razorbacks could convince Malzahn to leave the Plains for his home state if the Tigers lose to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday that Malzahn was Arkansas’ top candidate in its coaching search, which is going on at the same time as one for a new athletic director.
Former AD Jeff Long stepped down earlier this month, while Arkansas fired Bret Bielema shortly after the Razorbacks’ season-ending loss to Missouri last Friday. The Razorbacks finished 4-8 overall, with a 1-7 record in the SEC.
Auburn is No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings heading into the SEC Championship Game this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT on CBS.
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