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Malzahn gets raise, extension

AUBURN – It’s official now. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn isn’t going to Vanderbilt. Malzahn agreed to a raise and a contract extension Monday.

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn/Bryan Matthews photo

Though terms of the contract were not released, sources say Malzahn will be the highest paid assistant coach in the country, with the possible exception of USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, has overseen a record-breaking offense and coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton.

Malzahn’s offense led the way as the Tigers went 13-0 and climbed to No. 1 in the BCS standings. They will play No. 2 Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 10.

Earlier Monday, Malzahn turned down a lucrative offer to become head coach at Vanderbilt.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said Malzahn earned the raise and contract extension.

"Gus Malzahn has played a large role in the success of our football program the last two years, and we're very pleased to be able to give him a raise and extend his contract," Chizik said.

"In my opinion we have the best staff in the country, and while we want our coaches to strive to become head coaches, retaining them as long as we can is important to me and the entire Auburn family. Gus is a very bright and talented coach and we are looking forward to beginning preparation for the BCS National Championship."

Malzahn said he and his family are happy in Auburn. His focus, he said, is on preparing for the game to come.

"I'm very appreciative of Coach Chizik and the entire administration for their support," Malzahn said. "My family and I love Auburn, and right now my main focus is helping Auburn win a national championship."

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