Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Coaching Carousel: Report: Malzahn to Arkansas St.

((ht: nationalfootballauthority.com))
Gus Malzahn

**Updated 10:15pm**--Nearly every media outlet that reports on such things, confirm the Malzahn hiring. Just so you know.

Really? Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator to the stars. Genius coach who helped Auburn win the National Championship in 2010 and allegedly had offers to coach at Vanderbilt and others and he's taking the job at Arkansas State?

The National Football Authority says it is a done deal. The deal is reportedly a $750K per year job or about 2/3 of what Malzahn was making at Auburn.

Read the story from the NFA RIGHT HERE

Now. We will add that multiple outlets are reporting the job was offered. Arkansas Sports 360 says that it has only been offered. Read their story RIGHT HERE

Al.com says he's being considered along with Florida State running back coach Eddie Gran. You can read that story RIGHT HERE

Many Sportswriters seem perplexed that Malzahn would take the job, but it really wouldn't be a total shock if you read between the lines. Malzahn is after all FROM Arkansas. It's home and $750K plus a nice house in a Country Club may be all he wants.

Sure, he could potentially have the fame and glory of coaching in the SEC or ACC, but it isn't for everyone. The bigger question may very well be what is going on at Auburn. They struggled to a 6-6 record this past season and Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof has already left to go to UCF. With Malzahn gone, it leaves Auburn coach Gene Chizik with the responsibility for hiring people to fill his two top positions.

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