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Malzahn sticking with Auburn

By: 13 December 2010 One Comment

Well, here’s one for the “don’t count your chickens until they hatch” file — Gus Malzahn is, evidently, staying on at Auburn as offensive coordinator.

For the past week, we’ve heard plenty of speculation that Malzahn was going to accept the head coaching job at Vanderbilt, thus replacing Robbie Caldwell. In fact, a Washington Post article yesterday flat out said that Malzahn had accepted the job. Add to that the Rivals.com report stating that Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton sent something out on Twitter saying that Malzahn was heading to Vanderbilt, and it appeared certain that the man was on his way to accepting a new job.

The only problem is that, according to ESPN, Malzahn decided to stay at Auburn and accept a new contract.

Uh-oh.

For the record, we said we at First Arkansas News said we wouldn’t get too excited about all the Malzahn rumors until we had an official announcement. This, folks, is why.

Meanwhile, Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik said Malzahn isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the offensive coordinator has received a nice raise and contract extension from Auburn. That looks like an official statement.

At any rate, good luck to Malzahn. It’s just too bad he only stuck around for a year with the Arkansas Razorbacks before being run off by coaching Wunderkind Houston Nutt.

While it would be five kinds of fun to watch Malzahn square off regularly against the perpetually sloppy and erratic Nutt and his Ole Miss Black Bear Rebel Tiger Shark Cowboy Warriors (or whatever convoluted mascot they’ll pick before next season), one can’t help but think Malzahn is right where he belongs at this point in his career. He’ll be a head coach somewhere one day, but being the offensive coordinator for a team that’s set to face Oregon State in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 10 is a pretty sweet gig.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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