Temple's Scot Loeffler Introduced As Auburn Offensive Coordinator

Former Florida quarterbacks coach and Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler was hired to replace Gus Malzahn at Auburn

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Scot Loeffler Hired As Auburn Offensive Coordinator

Former Florida quarterbacks coach and current Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler has been hired to run the offense under Gene Chizik at Auburn, according to a report by AL.com on Sunday. Auburn had reportedly been zeroing in on a candidate for the offensive coordinator spot, left vacant with Gus Malzahn's departure to Arkansas State, this past week, and an announcement was expected early this coming week.

Loeffler joins Brian VanGorder, the Tigers' new defensive coordinator, on Chizik's staff.

The hiring of Loeffler completes a reshuffling of Gene Chizik's two most high-profile positions. Auburn hired former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as its defensive coordinator earlier this month. The move gives Auburn coordinators with both college and NFL experience.

You may know Loeffler from his work at Florida, where he was Tim Tebow's quarterback coach for a brief stint. Loeffler also spent 13 seasons in the NFL before heading to the college ranks.

Edit: And it's official:

For more on the parties involved, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills and Auburn blog Track 'Em Tigers.

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Gus Malzahn To Arkansas State Official, School Confirms

Guz Malzahn moving from Auburn to Arkansas State is now as official as it's going to get prior to Wednesday afternoon's press conference. What started as an odd and unconfirmed rumor has now been confirmed by the school.

Arkansas State posted a note on its Facebook site Tuesday evening saying that they would hold a press conference on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to announce the new head coach. School officials issued another release on Wednesday morning confirming it was Malzahn they'd be announcing as the team's new head coach.

Malzahn's contract at Arkansas State has been reported at six years for $600,000, likely making him the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference. It'll still be a pay cut for him, according to reports, but SB Nation's own Jason Kirk gave a bit of background on Tuesday night regarding that situation.

For many, the sticking point in all this ... how did Malzahn fall from turning down a $3 million-per-year offer with Vanderbilt to taking a pay cut just to land in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at a school that had never won six games in a year until 2011?

For one, we could be dealing with a man who values things beyond money. There are a few of those. He may also just really like the state. He's 46 years old, and as far as I can tell, has spent just five years of his adult life based outside of Arkansas. He went to high school and college there and coached there until 2006.

Either way, Malzahn is officially the new head coach at Arkansas State and desrves all the praise and recognition that comes with that sort of job.

For more on the Arkansas State coaching job, stick the the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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Gus Malzahn Accepts Arkansas State Job, According To Reports

Arkansas State has concluded their head coaching search with the hiring of Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, according to a report by AStateNation.com:

We have confirmed that the contract has been signed and that Gus Malzahn is the new Head Coach at Arkansas State
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AStateNation.com's report has been confirmed by columnist and SI.com contributor George Schroeder. A press conference introducing Malzahn will reportedly occur Wednesday.

Malzahn had been rumored to be a candidate for the position, but many did not think he would accept it. Malzahn is from Arkansas, however, so there might have been something sentimental about rebuilding the program. As James Bryant of AStateNation.com notes, Malzahn spent 14 years coaching high school football in his home state.

Malzahn has been the offensive coordinator at Auburn University since the 2009 season. He helped call the nearly unstoppable Aurburn offense that was quarterbacked by now Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Malzahn originally hit the college ranks in 2005 as a wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Arkansas, when he came as a package deal with a group of prized recuits whom he coached in high school. After two years, left to become the offensive coordinator at Tulane, where he directed one of the nation's top offenses.

For more on the Arkansas State coaching job, stick the the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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