Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 12/13/11
Well, here's something I didn't expect to be writing today: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is about to take a 30 percent pay cut to become the head coach at Arkansas State. Batten down the hatches, everybody. Are NCAA hawks about to swarm on Auburn? Did the Tigers' predictable post-Cam Newton plunge ruin Malzahn's reputation as an offensive mastermind? Did his crazy wife scare off more attractive suitors? Are real estate prices in and around Jonesboro, Ark., the steal of the century? Why is he taking this job? I don't know. With Malzahn's reputation, he could conceivably top the wish list at any one of at least five current vacancies — not to mention most of the dozen head coaching jobs that have already been filled over the last month — all of which could afford to improve on his $1.2 million salary at Auburn, the highest in the nation for an offensive coordinator. Last year, he was reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a $3 million deal at Vanderbilt before things fell ...
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