Gus Malzahn to Ole Miss: Rumors Suggest Malzahn Favoring Ole Miss over UNC

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent INovember 21, 2011

Courtesy of the Associated Press
Courtesy of the Associated Press

The college football coaching carousel has already started to spin this year with the firing of coaches like Mike Stoops and Houston Nutt.

So who will replace Nutt at Ole Miss?

According to Charles Robinson, senior investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports, the job will go to Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. The offensive coordinator had a major role in the Tigers' National Championship last season and is widely considered one of the best in the business.

The primary competition for Malzahn is North Carolina, where current head coach Everett Withers is expected to be just a one-year hire. The departure of Butch Davis was too late in the year for the Tar Heels to really snag a quality guy for the job.

According to Robinson, the university is eyeing current South Florida head coach Skip Holtz to replace Withers.

Malzahn’s offensive knack for the game would be a spark, but it would be particularly helpful for Ole Miss fans who remain faithful to the program despite recent woes under Nutt. Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Arkansas have all been ranked in the top give within the last calendar year, so clearly something must be done to make the program competitive in the division.

The SEC West is one of the toughest places to start a career, but this would be a great hire for both parties, but keep in mind that it is only a rumor at this point.

Expect an announcement to come shortly following Auburn’s bowl appearance.