OT: Auburn OC Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State.
Mahlzahn Was the offensive mastermind who used Cam Newton's skills to a tee.
Is it just me who is surprised he went to such a small school? Even though lack of Head coach experience, justs seems like a school with a little more prestige would take a chance on a guy who helped win a MNC.
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Count me as very surprised. He was on the top of my coordinator list for possible Michigan HC when it became clear we weren't getting Harbaugh and Hoke hadn't been named yet. I wonder if there isn't more to this story because Arkansas State is a VERY small school and Gus was clearly considered one of the nation's top OC's.
I guess this is what happens when...Big Charlie takes your job.
However, I'm sure he could've gone to SMU, Houston or S. Miss...two of those will be Big East schools.
top pick for HC of michigan? lol wow
The post suggested OC, not head coach.
No it suggested HC, not OC. He means that he had a list of current coordinators that could get a boost to head coach.
He was on the top of my coordinator list for possible Michigan HC
join Urban in C-Bus.
too big of an ego to share the spotlight.
If Arkansas State can get Gus... how could UCLA not put a better hire together than Jim Mora Jr?
Throw this in with Bama's OC taking off for to Fort Collins, Co. Interesting moves to say the least...
Haven't got confirmation but word is Arkansas State and Colorado State are trying to get it to the SEC. If that doesn't work out, they will Join the Big...East and be part of a 3 man west division along with SDSU
Something seems really fishy about this. Don't see why he would leave for less money and go to a place where if you are really successful you could maybe get promoted to head coach at Ole Miss.
I agree. It's very fishy.
Maybe Malzahn just likes being home in Arkansas. After all went to HS and college in Arkansas, he was a "high school coaching legend" in Arkansas, and Auburn and Tulsa were the only jobs he had outside of the state.
If he turned down more money to stay "home," good for him.
That's really the only explanation.
That's a big if, but I agree. Good for him if you're right.
Maybe he sees it as a better long term career move. It's probably easier to win at Ark St (and Malzahn is from Arkansas too) than to die a slow painful death at Vandy while you get rolled by the Georgia's and Florida's of the SEC. He may be hoping to do well there and then get an offer from a big time school a year or two down the road
If he could win five or six games a year at Vandy, he would be considered a rising star and get a good job in short order. This smells like a head coach who has pissed off his key asssistants to me.
I remember that Malzahn turned down Vanderbilt's offer to become their HC last season but I had no idea that they offered him that kind of money. I thought they had offered about 1 Million.
It sounds like he was just really unhappy where he was and wanted to pull his life back together. I've seen a lot of people do that, and I almost always think it turns out to be a good move for them.
Maybe he figures he'll have enough money in any case, and he just wanted to go home.
Kristy Malzahn's words have proven costly
...about the reputability or trustworthiness of capstonereport.com, this headline from their front page should dispel them:
I'll save you the trip if you'd rather not reward someone who's just (allegedly) created a new account to tout his own website and lure page clicks: he accuses Gary Danielson of anti-SEC bias.
I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed that an Alabama site is proposing that Malzahn's job-search problems stem from his wife. If they can't come up with something more traditionally scandalous than that, there must really not be any fire behind all that smoke.
He's from Arkansas, he wants a head coaching opportunity and the big jobs all were taken without anyone calling him. Seems pretty logical to me.
best to take a head coaching job before another season like this last one and he loses his offensive "genius" reputation.
Is it possible that the Dipsy-Doo, Trickeroo © has run its course in a league that plays “man football?” Or is it possible that Cam Newton, from all appearances, single-handedly validated this embarrassing style of football with his freakish, once-in-a-lifetime dominating ability?
Facts don’t lie. With Cam Newton in 2010 Auburn was 14-0. Without him, in 2009 and 2011, Auburn was 7-5.
Somebody get Urban Meyer on the phone and ask him what it’s like once Nick Saban puts a bow on your unconventional offense. It ain’t pretty, and heart trouble may follow.
I like this quote... especially about Urban Meyer. How much of his success in Florida had to do with Tebow/Mullen and how bad did Saban get inside his head after that thrashing he got in the SEC championship game? The following year he lost 31-6 and you know it was only gonna get worse this year with the type of defense Alabama has. We have to wait and see but, If Braxton Miller is not the next Tim Tebow I honestly think the Brady/Mattison defense will take him down just like Saban did.
Seriously. that's Arkansas State University's deer blind. I believe it's part of their Wildlife Management program.
I WANT THAT
GET ON THIS DAVE BRANDON!!!
now that the epic as-the-plains-burn thread at Tiger Droppings has been locked?
Maybe with the right chemical inducements I'll be able to figure it out on my own....
I understand the pull of having his own program, but I cannot think of a less significant place in FBS football for one of the great offensive minds to be. I'm sure he only expects to be there for a year or two, and he is an Arkansas guy.
"A person close to Malzahn said that not only was the coach looking for a head-coaching opportunity but that he was "looking for a change" from Auburn and "looking to move onto something else." He was willing to take a relatively large pay cut, the source said, for a chance to be happier and enjoy a new coaching environment."
Sounds like the dude just wanted to get the hell away from Auburn
He was "a top target for Kansas and North Carolina jobs earlier this year".
Sounds very weird....
Getting out of Dodge before impedending doom? Cam Newton's smile in that interview said a lot.
But Kansas elected to take the more qualified coach: Charlie Weis. Deeeeeeeeerp.
I would think this has to do with him being from Arkansas. Otherwise, why would he take it? Makes no sense.
His wife is a known to be a very loose cannon. Maybe this move has something to do with that. Something must have happened considering last year he turned down $3 mil a year from Vandy.
A head coaching job is a head coaching job. Guy's interviewed for pretty much all of them lately and hasn't succeeded in getting any of them, so it's not too surprising he'd take what he can get.
That seems like an odd move for him, but I wonder if he does want a quiet little corner of college football to call "his program" at this point in his career, not to mention the fact that his wife's outburst recently might have taken him off everyone's list except Arkansas State's. My inner Oliver Stone makes me think something is about to happen at Auburn too, if two coordinators have left for relatively obscure positions.
and after surveying them, they say Chizik is a complete domineering asshat who creates a craptastic environment for his assistants. Most likely they just wanted to get away from him.
Perhaps ADs at bigger schools have teh YouTube and have seen his wife's video, and here's guessing they don't want any part of that.
Well after the interview his wife gave I think that scared a lot of the bigger fish away.
Borges, Franklin, Malzahn...now what?
Gene Chizik came from Iowa State and did not impress at all in Ames.
Prediction: he'll be coaching Arkansas within a couple years, after they decide they're tired of Petrino.
Correction: When Petrino decides to leave in the middle of the season after getting whipped by LSU and Bama