Report: Malzahn declines Vanderbilt's offer

You have to give credit to Vanderbilt. The Commodores did their best — including stepping up financially — to try to land Gus Malzahn. In the end, though, Vandy's brass is forced to go back to the drawing board.

According to ESPN.com’s Chris Low, the Auburn offensive coordinator has decided to stay with the Tigers despite the Commodores' aggressive pursuit.

The second-year Auburn assistant, who was the Nashville school’s top target after leading the Tigers to a prolific offensive season, decided to remain on Gene Chizik’s staff after mulling over the offer the last two days.

The Broyles Award-winner, who is known for his innovative offensive mind, directed a unit that ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense and seventh nationally in total offense. The Tigers averaged 42.7 points per game.

Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin, who is the head-coach-in-waiting under Ralph Friedgen, is likely now the frontrunner for Vandy’s head job.

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