Chizik Says He's Excited About Malzahn Hire

Comments from Gene Chizik are featured as he discusses the newest hire to his Auburn football coaching staff.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Gene Chizik says he is excited about his first coordinator hire for the 2009 Auburn football team

Chizik, who was named head coach at Auburn earlier this month, has named Gus Malzahn of Tulsa as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Tigers.

"Gus is one of the great offensive minds in college football and we are very excited to having him join the Auburn staff," Chizik said on Sunday. "His track record at all levels of coaching is remarkable and his offenses have been extremely successful both running and passing the ball.

"It's truly impressive that he oversees an offense that is in the Top 10 nationally in all five major offensive statistical categories," Chizik adds. "We're looking forward to having Gus on board."

Gus Malzahn is finishing his second season coaching at Tulsa.

Malzahn, who serves as co-head coach, co-offensive coordinator and QB coach at Tulsa, will coach The Golden Hurricane through its GMAC Bowl Game in Mobile on Jan. 6th vs. Ball State. The 43-year-old coach is scheduled to visit the Auburn campus on Monday and meet with Chizik.

Tulsa is averaging 47.38 points per game this year, which is second nationally among Division I teams and is second in total offense at 565.08 yards per game.

Tulsa is seventh in passing yards per game at 310.23 yards per contest and eighth in rushing at 254.85 yards per game. Last season Tulsa's offense finished first nationally in total yards per game.

"This is an exciting opportunity to coach at Auburn, get involved with the Auburn family and work for Coach Chizik," Malzahn said on Sunday. "I can't wait to get to Auburn and get started."

This is Malzahn's second time to coach in the SEC. He served as offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2006 and has been at Tulsa the past two seasons. Prior to coaching at Arkansas, he was a highly successful high school coach in that state.

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