Auburn Tigers’ offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn in a Q&A with the Mobile Press-Register provided this revelation that should worry Auburn fans:
Q: Are you the same coach today that you were when you first stepped on campus at Arkansas?
A: I think each year as a coach, you take those experiences and they make you better in the future. I like to think I’m better each year no matter what level. That’s the goal. As a person, I’m definitely the same person I was when I first started coaching as I am right now.
Read that again: I’m definitely the same person I was when I first started coaching as I am right now.
Uh oh. Malzahn was a disruptive force on the Arkansas coaching staff. Houston Nutt is one of the finest coaches and best men in college football; however, even Nutt couldn’t handle Malzahn.
Malzahn was a cancer on the Arkansas staff, and never had the right attitude to bend his ego and will to the greater good of the program. You have to be able to work with people, and he couldn’t work with that coaching staff.
Malzahn is another Tony Franklin, who was a man who couldn’t work with Tommy Tuberville and his successful Auburn staff. He is a coach who pursues his own agenda at the expense of the rest of the staff. If Malzahn hasn’t changed, then Auburn fans should be looking for another disaster with the spread. Auburn’s only hope is that Gene Chizik is a better coach than Nutt. I wouldn’t hold my breath.