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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn issues statement on Will Muschamp leaving program

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signals a touchdown as he looks at an official during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Officials reviewed the play and changed the ruling on the field to a touchdown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signals a touchdown as he looks at an official during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Officials reviewed the play and changed the ruling on the field to a touchdown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn issued a short statement Sunday afternoon wishing defensive coordinator Will Muschamp well.

Malzahn's statement came on the heels of South Carolina football's official Twitter account announcing the hire.

Muschamp is expected to be introduced in Columbia on Monday.

"I really appreciate Coach Muschamp’s hard work and dedication for our program at Auburn this past year and wish him nothing but the best with his new job. I will begin a search immediately for our next defensive coordinator."

The Tigers former defensive coordinator's second stint with the program lasted less than a full year.

Malzahn hired Muschamp to replace Ellis Johnson, who he fired at the end of the 2014 season.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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