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Auburn AD gives vote of confidence to 'coach of the future' Gus Malzahn

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Gus Malzahn will return next season, athletic director Alan Greene said Tuesday.

The Tigers (6-3) began the season ranked in the top 10 but have subsequently dropped out of the top 25.

Greene told reporters that Malzahn would be "our coach of the future."

Malzahn was awarded a seven-year, $49 million contract following last season when the Tigers beat then-No. 1s Alabama and Georgia during the regular season, finishing 10-4.

This season has been much tougher sledding as Auburn lost to unranked SEC foes Tennessee and Mississippi State.