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Report: Gus Malzahn To Arkansas Hinges On Iron Bowl Result

Gus Malzahn of Auburn looks on at his team.

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 to Arkansas is looking more and more like a reality.

Rumors have been circulating that Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has interest in the Arkansas job (assuming Bret Bielema is on his way out), and the rumors took on even more legitimacy today after it was reported by SB Nation that Malzahn's future with Auburn apparently hinges on this year's Iron Bowl. There's apparently a "strong chance" Malzahn leaves if Auburn loses to Alabama.

Malzahn, an Arkansas native and an Arkansas alum, has pretty strong roots in the state, and with his job seemingly always in flux at Auburn, it might be the right move for him. You can't knock him for wanting a change in scenery, as you can make a case that he's been grossly under-appreciated during his tenure with the Tigers.

There are a whole host of reasons why the move makes sense, and SB Nation lays it out pretty well, but all of the reasons are more or less a nullified if the Tigers are able to take down the Crimson Tide—then again, he could still choose to leave, who knows.

There's always a ton riding on the Iron Bowl, and this year is no different.