Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be returning to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2013 with his Arkansas State Red Wolves scheduled to play Auburn in football on Sept. 7th.
Malzahn accepted the position of head coach at ASU in December and moved to Jonesboro, Ark., immediately after coaching the Tigers in Auburn’s New Year’s Eve victory over Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
ASU announced that Auburn will pay the Red Wolves $1.1 million for making the trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium, the largest payout ever for an Arkansas State team. Arkansas State was paid $1 million by the Tigers for playing at AU in 2010.
The Red Wolves will open the 2012 season in Malzahn’s debut as head coach at Oregon and will receive $950,000 for making the trip to Eugene.
Malzahn worked at Auburn the past three seasons, including the 2010 campaign when he coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton as the Tigers finished the season as the unbeaten, BCS champion.
Auburn defeated Arkansas State 52-26 in 2010 and in the only other football game between the universities the Tigers prevailed 27-0 in 2006.
Auburn’s 2013 game with Arkansas State could mark the return to Jordan-Hare Stadium of running back Michael Dyer, who was suspended from the Auburn team at the end of the 2011 season. He transferred to Arkansas State in January and he is expected to sit out this season as a transfer. If that happens he would be a redshirt junior for the 2013 season.
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