Iron Bowl Week Misdirection Play: Malzahn to Texas Rumors
During happier days, when a head coach was in waiting…
It’s the biggest Iron Bowl week EVER and what would it be without a little controversy. If the ESPN BCS talking head trio didn’t give us enough respect Snubday night, the rest of college football isn’t far behind. Even though the whole country wants us to beat Alabama, and more than a few need us to, few seem to think we’re capable of it. And instead of letting Auburn think about the task at hand, some are already speculating about the future of Gus Malzahn, who’s apparently too hot for Tiger fans to keep from slipping into that still-active pipeline to Austin. I guess the whole Saban-to-Texas drivel finally wore out.
Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation had a Fanpost up predicting the Malzahn to Texas rumors were already a done deal, that contracts had been signed, moving companies contacted, and realtors already listing. The thread has since been taken down. It was starting to attract enough Auburn and Alabama fans to get hijacked with Iron Bowl spillover so maybe that’s why it got the axe. Lord knows we’ll fight it out on whatever stage you give us. Or maybe they realized the guy was just full of crap?
It was complete with the typical I don’t really know what I’m talking about b******t that is contained in every threadpost that claims to have such info on the down-low:
- Multiple sources, none of them named, if you don’t count a guy I know…
- Pick has been made, contracts tentatively agreed on
- Departing coach (Mack Brown) has given his blessing, as he knows his time draws near
- An oft-mentioned coach (Saban) was just a ruse, masking the real target (Malzahn)
- Awaiting confirmation on ONE more source (some guy I know)
Probably the only typical coaching change rumor I didn’t see was that the whole deal was on hold pending Jon Gruden’s official declination of the job. He’s the most mentioned former pro coach that’s always on every homer’s short list for dream candidates (even some Auburn fans’ too, I recall)
Just a little more reasoning than your average dirt road Bama alumnus can generate will punch more holes in this Malzahn theory than Trey Mason and Nick Marshall will punch in Alabama’s front seven Saturday.
The arrogance that every Texas boy thinks that every Arkansas boy wants to be a Texas boy is incredible. Everything is bigger in Texas–especially the egos. This is the state that wasn’t big enough for UT and A&M to coexist in. Understandably so, considering Texas blew up college football three years ago by starting their own damned network. That’s what drove the Aggies to get the hell out of Dodge and bolt for the SEC. And yes, I know Dodge City is in Kansas. But it’s Big 12 country so it’s all the same. Texas alone drove off Nebraska, Colorado, Missoura, and A&M out of the Big 12 and caused the great conference grab of 2010-11 that almost blew up college football by threatening to form great Pangea-like mega conference blobs that would have made the old Southern Football conference with thirty-something teams in it look like the withering Big East.
I got news for you, Longhorns. You’re not in the SEC. You’re not on the biggest stage in the country–not even close. We got teams that don’t even win our freaking conference playing for the BCS title now. Outside of Daryl K. Royal, you have only ONE national championship in the last 44 seasons–2005. That ties you with Auburn and Tennessee for fourth in the SEC during the BCS era. Our conference champion is a lock for the title game. Next year we’ll probably start sending two to the playoff. If Auburn loses Saturday, we’ll probably drop from 4th to 6th in the BCS at season’s end–which’ll still put us in the Sugar Bowl. With a prayer, you’ll go to the Sun Bowl.
You’re a big fish in a big Texas pond but we swim in an ocean of competitive waters here in the SEC. Why would a coach at a top tier SEC school step down from the show and play triple A ball? You can lure all you want and throw all your money this way but you’ll never be able to buy yourself respect–or another championship under Mack Brown.
Hey, Texas. I have it on good authority from a guy I know that Will Muschamp and Gene Chizik might be had for little coin these days–if you’re still interested. Maybe Tommy Tuberville too.