“I’ve got one of the best coach’s wives ever. I would not be in the situation that I’m in right now professionally without her. She’s been a great coach’s wife,” Malzahn said.
Kevin Scarbinsky is asking the same question I asked earlier:
That explains why Arkansas State wanted Malzahn. But why would he leave the SEC for the Sun Belt?
Based on his article, Scarbinsky thinks there are two main reasons:
He appeared close to landing each job, but the Jayhawks did a quick about-face last week to hire Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. The Tar Heels earlier turned to Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora.
People close to Malzahn say he believes one factor played a role in each of those schools going in a different direction: the Kristi Malzahn video.
And this one:
Malzahn had inside help to get the job. The ASU coach who left for Ole Miss to create the opening, Hugh Freeze, is a confidant. Freeze helped bring the two sides together. The ASU AD, Dr. Dean Lee, taught Malzahn in class at Henderson (Ark.) State.
Did Malzahn wind up at Arkansas State because Mrs. Malzahn’s video and because he had contacts in Jonesboro?
Maybe so, but I don’t think that’s the full story. I think he wound up in Jonesboro because Cam Newton is no longer playing for him. I think it’s more likely that folks are more skeptical of his offense than they are of his wife.
Believe me, if Nick Saban had been married to the drunk airport kissing woman, Bama fans would not have cared one iota.
From all accounts, Malzahn is a quality guy. I hope he does well.
“I said, ‘Coach, you’re my Cam Newton.’ I said ‘Coach, we’ve got to get this deal done,’” Lee said.
“I’m very happy for Gus and the opportunity that awaits him at Arkansas State,” Chizik said. “Gus has always had the strong desire to become a head coach and the chance for him to return to his home state that he is so familiar with, will be very beneficial.
If the 1st words to Gus from Mrs Malzahn was '22 pts really' after winning NC..I wonder what she's gonna say to him tonight.—
Tim Watts (@TimWatts_BOL) November 27, 2011
To understand this, you need to take a look at this.
And if you haven’t watched that, you will probably want to. That may be the nuttiest piece of work I’ve ever seen.
Apparently some folks think Gus’ bloom has fallen off:
Gus Malzahn is overrated. Someone had to say it. So far this season through 10 games, Auburn is ranked 84th in total offense. With the talent Malzahn has to work with, the production has been unacceptable.
Granted, Auburn is a youthful team. But with talent like running backs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb, wide receiver Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, there is no way Auburn should be behind Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State and Ball State in total offense.
Malzahn is not living up to his $1.3 million yearly salary. Is he a capable offensive coordinator? Yes. Is he the “genius” he has been labeled after only a few seasons at the collegiate level? No.
Kinda stinks, though, when that’s a sports writer for the local paper:
So far in 2011, this has been Gus Malzahn’s offense only for the second time in the SEC without an all-world talent at his disposal. And it’s been pathetic.
What seemed like genius earlier has now turned dunce.
Actually, I don’t think it was ever genius. In fact, Auburn has been pretty lucky that Malzahn’s offense has been somewhat tempered this year. Malzahn prefers the fast-paced, 90 play a game offense, but the Tigers have definitely slowed things down. If not, the beatings would most likely have been worse.
This offense can work, but, in my opinion, it’s the Jimmys and Joes that make it work, not the Xs and Os.