“I’m thrilled to be the head coach at UCF, and I’m truly looking forward to being part of Knight Nation,” Malzahn mentioned in an announcement. “It’s exciting to be head of a program where the future is extremely bright. I will be hitting the ground running in terms of getting to know our team and everyone else connected with UCF. Our goal is to be ready to win championships.”
There was no offset language in Malzahn’s Auburn contract, that means the college is not going to recoup any of that cash after Central Florida employed him.
Malzahn, 55, will look to keep up the momentum generated by Scott Frost and Heupel at Central Florida, which has received at least 10 video games in three of the previous 4 seasons and has turn into one of many higher applications exterior the Power Five conferences. He and Golden Knights Athletic Director Terry Mohajir, who was hired final week, labored collectively for one season at Arkansas State in 2012. Heupel and former athletic director Danny White each left UCF for Tennessee final month.
“When I started the search process, it became very evident very quickly that, based on the conversations I had with the players last week and what they told me were looking for, Gus Malzahn was the guy for the job,” Mohajir mentioned in an announcement. “He has won at every level, and he has coached a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL draft picks. There has never been a better time for Coach Malzahn to lead this program than right now.”
Under Malzahn, Auburn was recognized for its hurry-up, no-huddle offense that produced ample dashing yards, however in 2020 the Tigers ranked simply 46th nationally by way of offensive SP+, a measure of general effectivity (they ranked 34th in 2019). Auburn went simply 8-17 in opposition to rivals Alabama, Georgia and LSU throughout Malzahn’s tenure, 0-12 in highway video games in opposition to these groups, and was solely 2-5 in bowl video games. One of these postseason losses was to Central Florida within the Peach Bowl that adopted the 2017 common season, when the Golden Knights went 13-0 and proclaimed themselves “national champions” regardless of ending sixth within the ultimate Associated Press ballot.
The Golden Knights have ranked within the high 20 nationally in yards per sport in every of the previous 4 seasons, however Malzahn inherits a crew that returns solely 68 % of its manufacturing from 2020, which ranks 74th nationally.