Auburn Coaching Update
Rumors are flying like crazy today as Auburn’s coaching search comes to its conclusion. Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Auburn president Jay Gogue said an announcement would come in the next 24 hours, possibly even today.
At the start of the day, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was the hot name, with some sources saying the deal was done. Now, he’s been replaced with Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn.
Auburn Undercover is reporting that Malzahn in the clear front runner. Quoting from his story a few minutes ago, Phillip Marshall writes, “It looks like Gus,” a source close to the process said. “Unless they (search committee) are talking to someone else, that’s the way it’s headed. He was much better in the interview.”
Meanwhile, conflicting reports are emerging about Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and Arkansas. Reports earlier today said Gundy had accepted the Razorback job. A short time later, those close to Gundy said no such deal had been reached. In the last few minutes, Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports is reporting that Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema will be named Razorback coach today, with an announcement set for tomorrow.
Take this information for what it’s worth. New names are popping up by the minute. We’ll keep you posted.