Reports: UCF to hire Gus Malzahn as head coach

UCF is expected to hire former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn as its next football coach, and the deal could be finalized as soon as Monday, multiple outlets reported.

The job was offered to Malzahn on Sunday, according to 247Sports.

UCF had been seeking a replacement for Josh Heupel, who left last month to take the head coaching job at Tennessee. He followed athletic director Danny White, who assumed the same position with the Volunteers.

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Since then, UCF named Terry Mohajir as its athletic director, and he has a connection to Malzahn. He previously was the athletic director at Arkansas State, where Malzahn coached in 2012.

Auburn fired Malzahn, 55, on Dec. 13 after eight seasons and a 68-35 overall record and 39-27 mark in Southeastern Conference play. He had four years remaining on his seven-year, $49 million contract extension and guided the program to an SEC Championship and BCS National Championship appearance in his first season.

He led Arkansas State to a 9-3 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship in 2012.

The Knights were 28-8 in three seasons under Heupel.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)