Auburn releases statement following the hire of Gus Malzahn as new coach

New Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn. (

Auburn University will hold a news conference Tuesday at 8 p.m. to announce the hiring of Gus Malzahn as the new head football coach on the Plains, and Auburn President Jay Gogue, athletic director Jay Jacobs and Malzahn released a statement regarding the announcement.

Auburn President Jay Gogue:

"It's a pleasure to welcome Gus back to Auburn, this time as our head football coach. We owe the search committee our gratitude for their time, expertise and dedication to Auburn. They are each distinguished graduates of this great institution and I'm grateful for their ongoing commitment. I appreciate them working so closely with Jay Jacobs as a team--a very good team."

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs:

"We are tremendously excited that Gus Malzahn will be our next head football coach. Coach Malzahn was the clear unanimous choice of our search committee, and I am pleased that Dr. Gogue has accepted our recommendation. This is a great day for Auburn football and Auburn University.

"Gus Malzahn is a proven winner. He is without question one of the brightest minds in college football and he has won everywhere he has been. Coach Malzahn knows what it takes to build a championship program in the Southeastern Conference. He knows our state and region and he understands what it will take to turn our program around. Coach Malzahn will also be an outstanding ambassador for Auburn University, and that was important to the committee.

"I want to thank each member of the committee for their tireless effort in helping us find the right man to lead our football program and represent Auburn University," Jacobs said. "They were objective, thorough and thoughtful throughout the entire process. Their one and only agenda was doing what is best for Auburn."

Gus Malzahn, new Auburn head football coach

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to become the head football coach at Auburn University. It's an outstanding institution with a storied football program that I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand for three years," Malzahn said. "I deeply appreciate the confidence that Dr. Gogue, Jay Jacobs and the search committee had in my ability to turn this program around and to bring Auburn back to national prominence. This is a homecoming for me and I look forward to being reunited with the Auburn family."