Maybe he does not want to step into a pressure cooker or near fail environment. ArkSt. will bring him close to where he coached High School ball. Many of the big name jobs that his name has come up for the last year involve major rebuilding projects and living in a fish bowl. Maybe after experiencing the fishbowl for a couple of years at Auburn he knows he does not want to live like that.
When the Ole Miss head coaching job came open, one of the first names mentioned as a potential candidate was that of Gus Malzahn. But the Rebels tabbed former Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze instead. Now Malzahn is being mentioned in connection to the job Freeze left.
Auburn’s offensive coordinator obviously has Arkansas ties. He’s also been tied to openings at Vanderbilt, Maryland, North Carolina, Kansas, Southern Miss and Ole Miss in the last two seasons. So it’s no surprise he’s getting some pub when it comes to the Red Wolves’ current search.
But would Malzahn — after being considered (reportedly) by so many larger schools — seriously entertain thoughts of taking over at Arkansas State? We doubt it.
But never say never.