Vanderbilt denies that it has hired Gus Malzahn

Nashville (The Tennessean) - Vanderbilt denied a report Sunday that it had hired
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as  
football coach.

But director of communications Rod Williamson said
Vanderbilt hopes the report would be accurate very

Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams, who has
headed up the search process, did not return
multiple phone calls.

Malzahn, 45, interviewed last week in Nashville and
has been at the top of Vanderbilt's wish list to
replace Robbie Caldwell. Last week Malzahn
captured the Frank Broyles Award, given to the
nation's top college football assistant coach. This
would be his first college job as a head coach.

Malzahn was in New York on Saturday night to
watch Auburn quarterback Cam Newton claim the
Heisman Trophy.

Vandy players expressed excitement at the prospect
of landing Malzahn. Running back Wesley Tate
welcomed him on his Twitter account, although Tate
said Sunday night the players had not been told
Malzahn took the job — only that they had heard
reports he was coming.

Auburn faces Oregon on Jan. 10 in the BCS national
championship game.

Malzahn would be Vanderbilt's third coach in the
last six months after Bobby Johnson's retirement in
July and Caldwell's ouster two weeks ago on the day
the team concluded its second consecutive 2-10 season.

Malzahn has been an offensive coordinator at
Arkansas (2006), Tulsa (2007-08) and Auburn
(2009-10) since a highly successful 14-year stint as
a high school head coach in Arkansas, where he
won three state championships.

Vanderbilt has other offensive coordinators among
its finalists, led by Maryland's James Franklin.