After Charlie Weis was hired at Kansas last week, Crystal Ball Run told you that there simply wouldn’t be more shocking coaching hire this offseason. Well, with all due respect to Mr. Weis, move on over, because we’ve got a new “most surprising hire of 2011” to report.
According to the website AStateNation.com, the Arkansas State Red Wolves- who recently lost head coach Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss- are set to announce… (are you ready for this?) …Gus Malzahn as their next head football coach.
Jaw, meet floor.
Simply put, in a college football coaching offseason which has held particular intrigue, this one takes the cake. Because of the school (a Sun Belt outfit with less football history than pretty much anyone in the FBS), because of the name (Malzahn was the hottest coordinator in the country a year ago) and the money, it just doesn’t get more off-the-radar and surprising than this. Speaking of the money, according to AL.com, Malzahn will “only” be paid about $850,000 a year, a signifi...