If Texas Calls, Gus Malzahn Should Jump at Chance to Leave Auburn
Toilet paper still draped the trees in Toomer’s Corner on Tuesday morning. The nation still marveled in awe at Auburn’s dramatic 34-28 Iron Bowl victory over Alabama, when — maybe you’ve heard — cornerback Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
It’s been that kind of season for Auburn, as the Tigers have reeled off one dramatic victory after another — Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Georgia and finally Alabama. It’s also been a dramatic change from the state of affairs a year ago. In his first season as head coach, Gus Malzahn has taken a team that went 0-8 in the SEC in 2012 and led it to the league title game.
But as great as things are for Malzahn on the Plains right now, here’s a piece of advice for the Tigers coach: Get out of Auburn as fast as you can.
There’s an expectation that the Texas job will open in the next few weeks. According to a source, Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching the Longhorns is his dream job. If confronted with the choice between Auburn and Austin, it’s a no-brainer move for Malzahn to bolt. The best job in the Big 12 is a much more stable place than The Plains, as even a play-caller of Malzahn’s acumen isn’t likely to make adjustments to historical trends.