1. Did Auburn repeat a mistake and skip over more qualified candidates?
2. Stewart Mandel: “Auburn AD Jay Jacobs essentially conceded what many already believed — that Malzahn was the real brains behind Chizik’s 2010 national-title team.”
3. Bo Jackson on Malzahn: “(A)ctually, we were surprised that he was as sharp as he was.”
4. When Auburn phone Bobby Petrino this week, the questions and comments “all revolved around Petrino’s personal life and why Arkansas fired him in April.”
5. Bret Bielema was a surprise hire at Arkansas to many people, including the state’s governor. “I never heard him mentioned, so it is a surprise.”
6. Andy Staples on Bielema: If he considered (Urban) Meyer a ruthless foe, wait until he meets Nick Saban and Les Miles.”
7. Dan Wetzel: “There’s hardly any legitimate competition between the Big Ten and the SEC anymore. At least, not on the field. That’s just reality.”
8. Bielema’s deal worth $3.2 million annually over six years.
10. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury a possible candidate to replace Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State?
11. Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown on rumors linking him to Kentucky.
12. Ellis Johnson reportedly interviewing for defensive coordinator at Auburn. Future plans for Gene Chizik?
13. What does the future hold for Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo?
15. For the fifth straight year, the GoDaddy.com Bowl losing a coach who guided team to postseason. This year, both teams, Arkansas State and Kent State, will be looking for new coaches.
16. Butch Davis to Florida International?
17. All these coaching searches have sparked an Internet feud.