Gus Malzahn agrees to new deal to remain at Auburn, spurns Arkansas

After consistently reiterating that he is "planning" on staying at Auburn for the 24 hours following the 28-7 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, it appears that coach Gus Malzahn's plan is coming to fruition.

The school confirmed that Malzahn and Auburn officials agreed to the broad outlines of a new contract extending his leadership of the Tigers. Malzahn and Auburn officials expect to finalize details in the contract extension within a few days, and according to 247Sports' Brandon Marcello, who first reported the agreement, Malzahn's new contract will pay him $49 million over seven years. 

"Strength and stability go hand-in-hand, and we have both in Coach Malzahn," said Auburn President Steven Leath said in a statement to CBS Sports. "We're excited for the future of Auburn football. This means a lot to the Auburn family."

Malzahn had been the top target at Arkansas, which let go of former coach Bret Bielema the day after Thanksgiving. 

Malzahn, an Arkansas native, former wide receiver with the Razorbacks, legendary high school coach in the Fayetteville area and former Hogs offensive coordinator, is 45-21 in five seasons at Auburn. Under his leadership, the Tigers have won the 2013 SEC title, 2017 SEC West title and have been in the meaningful postseason discussion in November every year except 2015. 

No. 7 Auburn will face No. 12 UCF in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year's Day.

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