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Malzahn Leaves Auburn For Arkansas State

After turning down Vanderbilt last year and being named in connection with Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas, Southern Miss and Ole Miss since, Gus Malzahn has agreed to become the next head coach at Arkansas State.

Read that again.  Arkansas State.

Now mull this one over: Malzahn will reportedly make about $850,000 a year at ASU… as opposed to the $1.3 million he makes each year at Auburn.

Four things may be at play here:

 

1.  Malzahn — a Fort Smith native — wants to get back to his Arkansas roots.

2.  Malzahn truly believes ASU gives him the best chance to win and further his career.

3.  Malzahn realizes that his stock has fallen since Cam Newton departed and he’d better get while the getting is good.

4.  Malzahn just wanted the heck out of Auburn for some reason.

 

Whatever his reasons for leaving, Malzahn is now the second coordinator Gene Chizik must replace on his staff.  Defensive coordinator Ted Roof saw the writing on the wall and left for Central Florida last week.

This latest move seems to be a fitting end to a year that left so many fans on The Plains disappointed.  Their Tigers went 7-5, were blown out in the Iron Bowl, and now go into the Chick-fil-A Bowl without their best player (Mike Dyer), their defensive coordinator, and possibly their offensive coordinator (if Malzahn jumps to ASU ASAP as expected).

Of course, we tried to warn folks back in August that AU would struggle with so many young, inexperienced players taking over so many key positions.  Remember when Tiger fans were so angry over “disrespect” from preseason pollsters who only had Auburn ranked around #15?

In our view, 2011 shouldn’t have been disappointing, it should have been expected.

At any rate, here’s what’s being said about Malzahn’s move:

 

Gus Malzahn leaving Auburn

Malzahn leaves Auburn

Auburn’s Malzahn moving on

 


8 comments
The Auburn Guy
The Auburn Guy

Auburn's 7-5 record this season is not disappointing to me, I was actually expecting 6-6 or maybe 5-7. I expected growing pains but hoped to see improvement over the course of the season. Instead, the team's play went downhill as the season progressed on both sides of the ball.

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

Arkansas State is a rising program. When the University of Arkansas is good for a couple of years, they can start passing over lower-ranked in-state recruits that Arkansas State begins to pick up. It's no coincidence that Arkansas hiring Petrino in 2008 instantly led to better recruiting classes for A-State, which culminated in this 10-2 season.

Arkansas' FBS representatives are now a combined 20-4 with losses to #1, #2, and #9. Pretty impressive.

knoxville622
knoxville622

John: Post some links to stories about Malzahn's idiot wife and the fact that her yammering knocked him out of contention for all the big jobs. That's the most amusing part of the story.

D Ram
D Ram

Something's fishy on the Plains. This is not your typical coordinator move. He didn't throw his hat in the ring too many other places this time around (or wasn't mentioned by his agent Sexton) and now he chooses ASU??? Doesn't pass the sniff test. Word might not ever come out what really happened which is fine-none of our business unless crimes were committed.

Some Yahoo
Some Yahoo

Malzahn didnt just want to get the heck out of Auburn for some reason. Malzahn wanted to get his wife the heck out of Auburn for some reason...or reasons. Maybe the players at ASU wont be as tempting?

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