Gus Malzahn apparently believes that his wife’s now infamous viral video (put out there by a ‘Bama fan, natch) cost him shots at the Kansas and North Carolina head coaching jobs. Well, now.
Are there athletic directors out there dumb enough to let something like that influence a hiring decision? Hey, in a world in which Jim Mora (Jr.? Jim L.? Whatever.) can land a Pac-12 job, I wouldn’t underestimate that as a possibility, but I think Malzahn does a little underestimating of his own if he doesn’t think Auburn’s ranking in total offense falling from 7th nationally with Cam Newton to 104th without didn’t have an impact on his desirability.
But I’m also wondering if we’re nearing at least a temporary end to the age of the hot coordinator, at least in so far as them jumping to head coaching jobs in major conferences. Look around the BCS conference landscape this last month or so: head coaches or former head coaches with baggage (Leach), no institutional loyalty (Graham), no college experience to speak of (Mora), nothing more than a short stay at a mid-major school (Freeze, Sumlin) and other warts (Weis) are the guys claiming the jobs ahead of the Malzahns of the college football world. Has a single head coaching job at that level gone to an assistant yet?
Last year, Will Muschamp got the Florida gig. This year, Kirby Smart is interviewing at Southern Miss. Something’s going on. Who knows how long it lasts?