While Georgia can focus on preparing for its playoff appearance, Auburn now will have to deal with chatter regarding coach Gus Malzahn, who is likely No. 1 on Arkansas' coaching wish list.
If the best is yet to come following this deal, that is welcome news for the Auburn faithful. "We're excited for the future of Auburn football".
Malzahn had been the top target at Arkansas, which let go of former coach Bret Bielema the day after Thanksgiving. Malzahn, in his fifth season as Auburn's head coach, was a successful high school coach in the state of Arkansas, walked on as a receiver at Arkansas when he was a player and also spent time on Houston Nutt's staff as the Hogs' offensive coordinator.
David, an Auburn fan, and wife Katie, a UGA fan, put their house-divided rivalry aside to say their "I-dos" inside the University of Georgia chapel. That's what is exciting for me. He offered no comment in his press conference previewing the SEC Championship game on Friday, then, after the loss to Georgia on Saturday, said he was "happy at Auburn" and "I want to be the head coach at Auburn".
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Auburn manhandled Georgia 40-17 on November 11, but the Bulldogs were much more physical this time around, stifling Auburn's rushing attack - it helped that Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson obviously wasn't anywhere near 100 percent - and grinding out 238 yards on the ground themselves.
Malzahn is 45-21 in five seasons at Auburn and has apparently done enough for the school to thwart him from leaving for Arkansas.
Auburn motored down the field on its first drive, going 75 yards in 10 plays for a 7-0 lead.
"We didn't finish the SEC championship game the way we wanted to this year, but I'm proud of what this team accomplished", Malzahn said.