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              === Auburn rewards Malzahn with 6-year contract ===
 Auburn,  AL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Auburn has rewarded head football coach Gus
 Malzahn with a new six-year contract worth a total of $26.85 million.
 The  deal, which  came on the eve of Auburn's SEC Championship Game appearance
 against  Missouri, will  pay  him $3.85  million next  season  with raises  of
 $250,000 each year following.
 The new contract, announced Friday, replaces the five-year pact Malzahn signed
 last December.
 "As  I've said before, we want Coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time,"
 Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said.
 The  Tigers finished 3-9 last season without Malzahn, but this season are 11-1
 as  SEC  West champions. That  includes two  dramatic wins against Georgia and
 Alabama over the past couple weeks.
 Last  Saturday  Auburn had maybe the  most electric finish in college football
 history  when Chris Davis fielded a missed field goal a yard short of the back
 of  the end  zone and  used a  convoy  of blockers  en route  to a  miraculous
 touchdown on the game's final play for a 34-28 win over then-No. 1 Alabama.
 "A  lot of  programs would love to have  Coach Malzahn, so this is a good move
 that  allows  him to continue taking  Auburn football where our fans want it,"
 stated  Auburn president Dr. Jay Gogue. "I've consulted with the president pro
 tem of the Auburn Board, and he let me know that he supports it as well."
 Malzahn  was  the offensive coordinator at  Auburn in 2010 when the Tigers won
 the national championship. Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy that year.
 12/06 23:08:45 ET

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