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Auburn gives Malzahn extension, pay raise

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 8:29 p.m.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walks on the field during practice ahead of Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship college football game against Missouri, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has given football coach Gus Malzahn a new six-year contract worth $3.85 million annually.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the first-year coach's new deal Friday, the eve of the third-ranked Tigers' game against No. 5 Missouri for the Southeastern Conference championship in Atlanta.

Malzahn, a Fort Smith native and high school coaching legend in Arkansas, has led Auburn to an 11-1 season after taking over a team that won three games and lost all eight SEC contests in 2012.

Jacobs said, "we want coach Malzahn to be at Auburn for a long time."

Auburn hired Malzahn last December and gave him a five-year contract worth $2.3 million annually.

The new deal includes a $250,000 raise each year.

Auburn is in line to play in the Sugar Bowl and possibly for a national championship with a win over Missouri. The Tigers upset No. 1 Alabama last weekend.

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