Reports: Malzahn to Vanderbilt

Two major news publications, the Washington Post and FoxSports.com, are reporting that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be the next head coach at Vanderbilt. Additionally, several Vanderbilt players are claiming on their social networking pages that Malzahn is headed to Vandy.

VandyMania.com hasn't confirmed the validity of these reports, however, if they are correct, it could mark the beginning of an exciting new era of Vanderbilt football.

The Tennessean on Sunday evening refuted the Post and Fox reports quoting Vanderbilt officials as saying Malzahn had not been hired yet. However, one official, Director of Communications Rod Williamson, was paraphrased as saying that "Vanderbilt hopes the report would be accurate very soon." The Post later reported that Malzahn still has not signed his Vanderbilt contract.

Sources close to the Vanderbilt administration say that the Vanderbilt Board of Trust is tired of fielding losing football teams. Vanderbilt leadership wants a competitive program that wins and regularly competes in bowl games.

The 45-year-old Malzahn would come to Vanderbilt with an impressive list of accomplishments. He coached Shiloh Christian (2) and Springdale high school (1) to a total of three state championships. His 2005 Springdale team outscored its opponents 664-118. In 2006 in his first season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas he was named the National Offensive Coordinator of the Year.

In 2007, his first year as offensive coordinator at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricanes were No. 1 nationally in total offense. Malzahn recently won the Broyles Award which is awarded to the nation's top college assistant.

Malzahn, who reportedly toured the Vanderbilt campus last week, and been offered between 1.6 and 3 million dollars a year including performance bonuses.

If these reports are accurate Vanderbilt will likely soon be announcing a press conference for Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned to VandyMania.com for more on this developing story.

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