After news broke that Arkansas had stolen away Bret Bielema from Wisconsin, SEC rival Auburn wasn’t about to be outdone. The school has reportedly ended it’s coaching search and will announce that Arkansas State head coach and former coordinator Gus Malzahn has accepted the job and will be Auburn’s new top dog.
Malzahn wasn’t a hot commodity among the names being tossed around, but he’s not an awful choice. He’s familiar with the school as he served on Gene Chizik’s staff from 2009-2011, winning a National Championship with the team in 2010.
Word out of Auburn is not yet official, but Malzahn’s name has been leaked and he is expected to be announced as the Tigers new head coach in the next 24 hours. With news of the hire leaking and spreading fast, the announcement may come sooner. However, Arkansas is expected to introduce Bret Bielema tomorrow and Auburn could try to crash that party with their own conveniently timed introduction.
For Tigers fans, it’s not the flashiest of choices, but recent history has shown (in both the college and pro ranks) that the glitziest name isn’t always the best. If anything else, Malzahn’s crowning achievement was coaching Cam Newton’s incredible season in 2010 and after the dismal finish to the Chizik era, anything that resembles or reminds fans of a winner is a step in the right direction.