by Chris Bahn on Wednesday, May. 9, 2012 9:03 am
Arkansas State Coach Gus Malzahn was an assistant at Auburn in 2010 when the Red Wolves and Tigers played. They'll play again in 2013. (Photo by Todd J. Van Emst/Auburn University)
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Arkansas State gets a trip to Auburn and a $1.1 million payday in 2013.
It is the largest payout for the Red Wolves in school history. They have topped $1 million three previous times, but will get their largest contract for the Sept. 7, 2013 game.
ASU Coach Gus Malzahn was hired from Auburn where he served three seasons as offensive coordinator. Malzahn was running the Tigers’ offense in 2010 when Arkansas State lost 52-26 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won the BCS national title that year.
Malzahn discussed the possibility of meeting Auburn during a February radio interview:
“Well, believe it or not when they hired me here they said it’s already in the schedule, in the plans in two years. That kind of caught me off guard a little bit, but it looks like in two years we’ll be playing them anyway.”
This marks the third time in seven years for the Red Wolves to play at Auburn. They also played in 2006.
Not only does the game figure to be a homecoming for Malzahn, it could mark the return of running back Michael Dyer. He ran for 1,000 yards in his first two seasons with the Tigers before being suspended indefinitely and eventually transferring to ASU.
Dyer is expected to sit out this season. He'll be eligible for the 2013 NFL draft, but Malzahn said he expects Dyer to return.
Arkansas State also has Memphis scheduled for 2013. No date is set for the game.
Below is a look at the Red Wolves’ $1 million-dollar paydays: