AUBURN, Alabama – Although no agreement has been finalized and modifications are possible, Gus Malzahn is about to accept a reduced buyout and other restrictions to stay in his seventh season as a coach. head of football, said AuburnUndercover.
The purchase of Malzahn, according to some sources, would be reduced by an unspecified amount. All coaching movements will have to be revenue neutral, eliminating the possibility of paying for assistant coach repurchases and ensuring that Chip Lindsey remains as offensive coordinator unless he decides to leave.
President Steven Leath presented the offer at a meeting with Malzahn on Sunday. Leath left Tuesday morning for a meeting in Washington, D., and, according to sports department sources, left the negotiations with Malzahn in the hands of the trustee, Raymond Harbert.
Malzahn was on the road hiring Monday night and left for another recruitment trip on Tuesday morning. He should not come back until Tuesday night.
After defeating Georgia and Alabama, while they were both No. 1 last November, Leath, with the support of Harbert, reached an agreement with Malzahn on a seven-year contract with Worth US $ 49 million guaranteed at 75%.
Since then, Auburn has totaled 7-7 and 4-7 against the five powerful conference teams. After starting this season in eighth place, Auburn finished 7-5 and 3-5 at the SEC, creating a firestorm among supporters and donors of Auburn. Redeeming Malzahn's contract and making a change would cost about $ 32 million, of which $ 15 million would be due for 30 days, the rest to be settled in four annual installments.
According to sources, Auburn coaches have been confronted with questions about Malzahn's future during almost all the recruitment stops of the last two days.
In six seasons at Auburn, Malzahn is 52-27 in total and 28-20 in the SEC. In 2013, his first team in Auburn had a total of 12-2, 7-1 at the SEC, had won the conference championship and had lost 34 to 31 against Florida State in the BCS Championship team. His 2017 team was 10-2 in the regular season and won the Western Division Championship before losing 28-7 to Georgia in the SEC championship game and 34-27 to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl to finish 10-4.
From 2014 to 2016, the combined record was 23-16 years in total and 11-13 years at the SEC. The Tigers finished 8-5 and 4-4 in 2014 after starting 7-1, 7-6, 2-6 in 2015 and 8-5, 5-3 in 2016, losing to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. The Malzahn bowl record is 1-4, the only win against Memphis at the 2015 Birmingham Bowl.
There is no word left on when an agreement will be finalized.