Auburn's all smiles this afternoon, out in the market with basket on arm, cheerfully pooh-poohing the idea that Gus Malzahn was ever in any real danger of leaving the Tigers for the Vanderbilt job.
Kirk Sampson, the school's assistant athletics director for media relations, said Malzahn will remain in Auburn but would not confirm or deny multiple reports that the second-year coordinator turned down an offer to Vanderbilt's next head coach.
He doesn't really have to confirm or deny it, not when Vandy's already done that for us, but no matter: The money has talked, and the coach will not walk:
A source told the Associated Press that Auburn will double Malzahn's $500,000 a year salary, making him one of the top paid assistants in the country.
Either way, Jimmy Sexton gets richer, and that's all that really matters, right?
And so we appear to close the book on Malzahn for the 2010-2011 offseason, until he gets offered the Pitt job and gets his salary redoubled, or the Michigan job comes up for grabs, or the NCAA rides into town on pink unicorns and disbands the Auburn football program entirely. Vanderbilt's casting couch will reportedly host Maryland OC James Franklin next.