Malzahn to Texas? Will Auburn coach be one and done?

Gus Malzahn should leave Auburn after this year, if the Texas job comes open, writes Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. (Getty)

Gus Malzahn should leave Auburn after this year, if the Texas job comes open, writes Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. (Getty)

Gus Malzahn has done a great job in his first year at Auburn.

He’s revamped the program, taking a team that was 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC to 11-1 and a shot at not only the SEC title, but also the national championship.

Malzahn has been a hotshot high school coach.

He’s been a hotshot assistant.

And now the hotshot head coach should bolt Auburn while he’s at his hottest, for the riches of Texas, should that job come open, Sports Illustrated writer Pete Thamel writes.

Thamel states that other Auburn coaches — Terry Bowden (11-0 in 1993), Tommy Tuberville (13-0 in 2004) and Gene Chizik (14-0 in 2010) — have had undefeated seasons at the school, only to later lose their jobs when boosters grew tired of them.

In the 14-team SEC, Auburn will never be better than the fifth-best job, as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU are widely considered a notch above the Tigers’ position. So if Malzahn gets a chance to go to the Longhorns, he should jump at the opportunity. That’s in part because of the boundless potential in Texas, where recruiting talent is flush and national championship expectations are realistic. (Think the Texas high school coaches wouldn’t all love Malzahn?)

We have to stop here and point out that Mack Brown is still the coach at Texas. The Longhorns (8-3, 7-1 Big 12) have won seven of their past eight after losing two of their first three and could still win the conference title.

Who could have guessed this summer that Malzahn may be more likely to go to Texas than Nick Saban? Meanwhile, Alabama is having a season that includes an uncharacteristic number of off-field issues.
University of Texas’ regents have made it clear that Saban is their top target, but there’s little optimism in Austin that he’ll jump. While Alabama’s presumed absence from the national title game increases the slim possibility of Saban leaving — it eliminates the awkward timing element if he’s playing for a BCS championship — it’s hard to envision that happening.

Thamel says Malzahn shouldn’t spend his “prime coaching years” chasing Saban.

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45 comments Add your comment

LaBubba

December 3rd, 2013
6:58 pm

who is the next clepto in line to qb auburn

PaulinNH

December 3rd, 2013
6:55 pm

Malzahn going to Texas and the source is Pete Thamel??? I wouldn’t describe him as a reliable source.

This is the same guy who wrote a puff piece in SI on Manti Te’o and how his girlfriend had been killed.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1206734/index.ht

PaulinNH

December 3rd, 2013
6:55 pm

Malzahn going to Texas and the source is Pete Thamel??? I wouldn’t describe him as a reliable source.

This is the same guy who wrote a puff piece in SI on Manti Te’o and how his girlfriend had been killed.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1206734/index.htm

http://media.trb.com/media/acrobat/2012-09/84115860-26115823.pdf

Spanky

December 3rd, 2013
6:10 pm

Mulk, it’s true with Texas as an exception…instead of the longhorn head on the helmet, they should have a dollar sign!!

GM

December 3rd, 2013
6:08 pm

If any decent job is available anywhere other than at Auburn, he would be wise to go after it. The trick pony show returned and caught many offguard again this season. Next year it will be back to reality after the proper adjustments are made again by next season opponents. Just like after the 2010 season.

mulk

December 3rd, 2013
5:13 pm

And here I thought that there was no school that a SEC coach would rather be than at a SEC school.

ARdawg

December 3rd, 2013
5:12 pm

Joe Pa was demn near 90 when he got forced out and Bobby Bowden wasn’t far from it. I expect Saban will be the same way

ARdawg

December 3rd, 2013
5:11 pm

Willie
I like Saban. I always have. You should know by now he is no different from other coaches that deny, deny, deny until they show up at another team. Saban has a longer history at it than most. When they say it isn’t about the money or, about this or that, it is all about the money and this or that. And, who can blame them? Saban may truly love being a Bammer but, that can can overnight. Don’t delude yourself.

WetWillie

December 3rd, 2013
4:53 pm

Gus or Jimbo will get a good gig and nobody can blame them for taking the Longhorn job. Nick would have taken the challenge but like he said at 62 that next big thing over the hill does’t matter anymore.

Spanky

December 3rd, 2013
4:48 pm

Yes, by all means, please venture west!!