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Report: Auburn Pursuing Major Coach To Replace Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn after beating Alabama.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after the victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Gus Malzahn is believed to be safe at Auburn, with the school's athletic director saying the head coach will be back in 2019. Malzahn himself also said similar things toward the end of the regular season.

“He’ll be the coach next year and I’m confident — he’s already proven we can get through adversity,” the athletic director said this month. “Every team has it and I’m looking forward to working with him for a long time.”

A new report out of Alabama, though, makes it seem like that actually is not the case.

Josh Moon of the Montgomery (Ala.) Reporter is reporting that a group of high-powered Auburn boosters are working on a plan to get Malzahn out, as they've identified a top head coach to potentially replace him.

"Turns out, Gus Malzahn's job at Auburn isn't nearly as safe as once thought. There is a serious movement among high-powered officials at AU to fire him. To the point that a replacement has been identified and initial meetings held to gauge interest. Happy, Monday," he reports.

"The candidate in question was at the top of the list. He was surprisingly receptive to AU's inquiries and made it clear he would be interested in coming to AU for the right, Jimbo Fisher-type offer."

Of course, it's important to take these reports with a grain of salt, as head coaching rumors swirl at the end of every season.

However, Football Scoop added this to their report:

For what it is worth, FootballScoop was told that people representing Auburn met with Bob Stoops a few weeks back….

Stay tuned...