That is no misprint in having Auburn third. Recruiting ratings didn’t drop off during Gene Chizik’s tenure. Things like this are why I am so convinced that last year’s 3-9 season was a result largely of players quitting on the coach. The talent is there. It just needs to be used properly, and there’s a good chance that the new regime will get a pretty good bounce back season this fall.
I was at last year’s Georgia-Auburn game and it was pretty apparent, especially on defense, that Tiger team had stopped listening to the coaches. So I think Year2′s got that right.
That being said, Auburn will be on its third defensive coordinator in three years, all running different schemes, on its third offensive coordinator in three years (although 2013 is a quasi-restoration of order in some sense) and looking for a new starting quarterback for the fifth consecutive season. That does not strike me as adding up to a smooth transition.
One tell to watch is whom Malzahn picks to start at quarterback. If he goes with a true freshman there, he’ll be playing for longer term development. That’s not a bad decision if the kid is as talented as early reports make out. After all, if anybody’s got a fan base with some patience this season, it’s Gus Malzahn.