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Auburn Reportedly Close To New Agreement With Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn gives the thumbs up after a big Auburn play.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after a touchdown by the Alabama Crimson Tide was overturned after review during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Auburn and head coach Gus Malzahn are reportedly close to a new agreement to remain with the program. Earlier this week, rumors suggested Malzahn would be replaced by former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, though those rumors were quieted by Stoops himself.

Now, Auburn is in the midst of reducing Malzahn's buyout and allowing him to return for the 2019 season.

According to Phillip Marshall of 247Sports, Auburn plans to reduce Malzahn's "by an unspecified amount."

Here's more from the report:

Malzahn’s buyout, sources said, would be reduced by an unspecified amount. Any coaching staff moves would have to be revenue neutral, effectively removing the possibility of paying buyouts for assistant coaches and assuring Chip Lindsey would remain as offensive coordinator unless he chooses to leave.

The move effectively makes it easier to move on from Malzahn in the future.

In six season as the team's head coach, Malzahn racked up a 52-27 record and six bowl games.

Stay tuned for more on the coaching front.