December 8th, 2011 01:46 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: Jim Leavitt, KU, Northern Illinois, Paul Chryst
Despite telling friends that he would likely be back at Auburn next season, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn remains a contender or the head coaching job at Kansas. How serious a candidate he is depends on who’s talking.
A couple of coaching rumor sites report that Malzahn is the frontrunner as KU races to wrap up its search. But other reports claim Malzahn is just one of many interviewees — along with Northern Illinois’ head coach Dave Doeren and Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Just this morning, some online reports had Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis getting some backing at Kansas. Ditto ex-South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt.
Even earlier this week Phillip Fulmer and Houston Nutt were rumored to be candidates and/or interested in the job in Lawrence.
In other words, the Kansas reports are all over the board. But this much we do know – a year ago Malzahn turned down advances from Vanderbilt and Maryland. Is a traditional cellar-dweller in the Big 12 more of a draw than traditional cellar-dwellers in the SEC and ACC?
Perhaps, if you consider the fact that Malzahn’s resume isn’t as sparkly as it was a year ago when he led Auburn’s offense to the top of most statistical categories and earned himself the biggest salary for an assistant in college football.
Maybe this time around the gettin’ is good.
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