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Malzahn’s Name Already Connected To UNC Opening

In addition to messageboard posters and Bleacher Reports bloggers, the scribes at ESPN are among the first to connect Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to the now vacant head coaching job at North Carolina.

Bruce Feldman put together a list of six hot candidates for the job and Malzahn’s name is at the top.  (Feldman’s list is viewable by subscription only, but Chris Low gives an overview.

UNC will go through the 2011 season with an interim leader, so you can bet Tar Heel fans will keep an eye toward Auburn’s rebuilt offense this fall.  If Malzahn’s system can put up big numbers after losing Cam Newton and a talented offensive line, there’s no question he’ll be able to write his own check — if he decides to — by season’s end.

Also on Feldman’s list of UNC possibilities: Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

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