Gus Malzahn is not having his best season as an offensive coordinator. However, he has five tremendous seasons on his resume. This season’s woes are the result of a young offensive line and unproven playmakers.
Malzahn has also proven that his roots in Arkansas are great for recruiting. Currently, Auburns best player, Michael Dyer, and their player with the highest ceiling, Kiehl Frazier, are both from Arkansas. Being Mississippi’s neighbor could prove to be a great value.
Coming into this season, in Malzahn's five years as an offensive coordinator, his teams have averaged almost 11 wins per season (10.8).
Think he didn't have much to do with that success? Think again!
The seasons prior to his arrival at these three schools that he served as an offensive coordinator for they averaged less than six wins per season (5.66).The season after he left they only averaged 6.5 wins.
Some will argue that if he turned down Vandy, he is sure to turn down Ole Miss. However, consider this fact: While Vandy was offering Malzahn a tremendous financial package, building a team at Vanderbilt is difficult because of the academic standards.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, has proven that they will take in athletes with questionable paths for the sake of winning football games