Auburn hired Gus Malzahn and the disgruntled Auburn family is now rapturously heralding the hire. You would think Malzahn was the second coming of some type of offensive guru.
Oh wait. The last guru didnâ€™t work so well. However, everyone in the media has declared Malzahn a success.
â€œHeâ€™ll work out better because heâ€™ll control the offense,â€ the talking heads declare. â€œHeâ€™ll have committed assistants,â€ others said.
Malzahnâ€™s history with Houston Nutt should generate concern and not orgasmic relief.
Malzahn wasnâ€™t able to subordinate his desires for the good of the team. Did his time at Tulsa help? Weâ€™ll find out in the coming months. He certainly canâ€™t do worse than the original guru did on the Plains.
What will be more important for Auburnâ€™s success is what kind of leader Chizik can be. The initial returns should worry Auburn fans.
Kevin Scarbinsky provided details on Chizikâ€™s kissing hands meeting with Auburn. Chizik supplicated to every Auburn demand. He even conducted negotiations without his agent. Chizik was begging for a job and surrendered every power imaginable in his begging. Chizik also appears to have severed ties with Jimmy Sexton, according to Scarbinsky.
Chizik sounds more like Mike Dubose than a qualified coaching candidate. A bum standing on the side of the road with the sign Will Work for Food has more pride than this guy. If Pat Dye and Bobby Lowder had asked him to bend over, he wouldâ€™ve had the lube ready.
Chizik has no power at Auburn, and everyone in coaching knows it. That is why Stacy Searles stayed at Georgia. Who wants to coach on the Plains for one, two or three years amidst the train wreck? Chizik canâ€™t lead the Auburn program because he has no power. He canâ€™t enforce accountability. Without accountability a program canâ€™t succeed.
Auburn fans are rallying â€˜round the flag now, but they should demand regime change at the highest levels for the good of Auburn. Auburnâ€™s leadership created this Chizik. Fans shouldnâ€™t forget that.