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Gus Malzahn: 'Goal is to get Auburn back to championship level'

  • ***Malzahn said being at Auburn was the three best years of his life and he feels connected to the Auburn community.

    ***Malzahn said the search committee handled everything with class and it was an honor to be chosen.

    ***Malzahn said he will build a team with: Great character, fast-paced offense with a run the football, play-action system, and an attacking multiple defense,

    "We'll get this thing turned around and it will be fun for the Auburn fans," Malzahn said.

    ***Malzahn said they will recruit the best players in America that fit his system. He plans to start recruiting as soon as press conference ends.

    ***Malzahn said his expectations will be high and nobody will out work them.

    ***Malzahn said he would take his time building a staff. He wants men of great character, great coaches and great recruiters. He said he will get best fit for Auburn whether its guys at Auburn, Ark St or somewhere else.

    ***Malzahn said he feels very confident that everything is fine in regards to any NCAA investigation of Auburn.

    ***Malzahn will be spending coming days recruiting, hiring coaches and meeting with coaches.

    ***Malzahn is not sure if he will coach Ark St in bowl game. Said he's 100 percent committed to Auburn. He said he got extremely close to his players at Ark St. He said it was a great place and tough to say goodbye.

    ***Malzahn said he watched very little of Auburn last year.

    ***Malzahn said he hasn't spoken with Gene Chizik since he was fired but will. He said he takes a lot of pride in Auburn and was hurting for them as they struggled this season.

    ***Malzahn said he knows the challenges he faces at Auburn and they're going to get things turned around.

    ***Malzahn's message to the fans:

    "It's a new day and my goal is to get Auburn back to a championship level."

    ***Malzahn said they will be a fast-paced, attacking style offense and defense.

    ***Malzahn said he does have people in mind to hire as defensive coordinator. He said he wants to play multiple fronts on defense -- odd and even.

    ***Malzahn said arriving at the airport was an unbelievable experience and it hit him when he arrived and saw all the fans there.

    ***Malzahn said he'd been talking with Auburn for about 3 days and accepted the job mid afternoon.

    ***Malzahn said he'll be helping with the offense but can't say at this time if he'll actually be calling the plays.

    ***Malzahn said he and Hugh Freeze talk quite a bit and have known each other a long time.

    ***Malzahn said Auburn does have some talent and does have some deficiencies. He said he will address the deficiencies and the mindset of the players immediately.

  • I really like the part about nobody will out work them. I remember from his OC days people talking about his desire for perfection. I see this past season just being a blimp on the radar screen and auburn returning to being competitive. Thanks Brian for the update

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