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Auburn, Arkansas hire coaches

UNDATED (AP) - A pair of struggling SEC football programs have found new head coaches.


     Auburn has hired Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator during the Tigers' 2010 national championship run, but spent last season at Arkansas State in his first college head coaching position.  His Red Wolves went 9-3.


     Auburn was looking for a coach to revive a program that made an unprecedented fall two years after winning a national title with Cam Newton operating Malzahn's high-powered offense to perfection.  Auburn fired Gene Chizik a day after the Tigers completed a 3-9 season.


     Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has agreed to become the new coach at Arkansas, taking over a program that stumbled from scandal into an awful season that had begun with hopes of challenging for a national championship.


     Bielema has agreed to a deal between 5-7 years with the Razorbacks, according to a person familiar with the situation, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The 42-year-old coach went 68-24 in seven seasons with the Badgers.


     Arkansas was 21-5 in 2010 and '11 but went 4-8 this season under John L. Smith. He replaced Bobby Petrino earlier this year after a scandal in which Petrino hired his mistress to work in the school's football department.


     In other college football news, Boston College has hired Steve Addazio away from Temple to be the Eagles' next football coach. The Connecticut native went 13-11 in two seasons with the Owls, including 4-7 last season.  Addazio replaces Frank Spaziani, who was fired after four seasons and a 22-29 record at BC.


     And Tulsa has fired its athletic director a week after he was named in a federal investigation into an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City. University president, Steadman Upham, released a statement Tuesday night saying he has terminated Ross Parmley, effective immediately.

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