Gus Malzahn's departure from Auburn's offensive coordinator role to take the reins at Arkansas State was sudden, but not one that Auburn coach Gene Chizik isn't respecting. Chizik released a statement on Malzahn on Wednesday:
"I’m very happy for Gus and the opportunity that awaits him at Arkansas State. Gus has always had the strong desire to become a head coach and the chance for him to return to his home state that he is so familiar with, will be very beneficial. He’s meant a tremendous amount to our program the past three years, helping our offense and our program achieve unprecedented heights, winning a BCS National Championship and setting countless offensive records. Gus has experienced success in each stop of his coaching career and I have no doubt that he will have similar results at Arkansas State. We look forward to having Gus stay with us through the bowl game and hope to send him out with a victory."
Auburn faces Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve.