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Auburn's Gus Malzahn denies interest in Cleveland Browns job

John Bazmore / Associated Press
Gus Malzahn has led Auburn to a 12-1 record and a berth in the BCS title game in his first season as head coach.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn on Friday denied interest in speaking with the Cleveland Browns about their head coaching vacancy.

"I'm happy at Auburn. I think I've made that clear," Malzahn said Friday evening before the Lawry's Beef Bowl, an annual pregame dinner held before the Rose Bowl and the this year's BCS national championship game.

CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the Browns were interested in Malzahn as a candidate to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired last week.

Before hiring Chudzunski last season, the Browns interviewed then-Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, who, like Malzahn, successfully operated a run-heavy spread offense in the collegiate ranks.

In his first season as head coach of the Tigers, Malzahn has guided Auburn to a 12-1 record, SEC championship and a berth in the BCS title game against Florida State on Monday.

Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2010 when it won the BCS championship behind Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton.

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