Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn could have had any job he wanted.
He is one of the brightest offensive minds in the country and one of the most respected coaches. He is great at what he does but has never been a head coach of a football team. He's had job offers thrown at him over the years but has turned them down, probably waiting to get that dream job.
That's why he he picked Arkansas State as his school of choice—it was very bizarre.
This is a guy that just helped the Auburn Tigers win a national championship and was labeled as the next great head coach. How in the world do you go ahead and coach a team in the Sun Belt Conference that's enjoying its first winning season since 1995?
Sure, he played football in Arkansas, but this couldn't have really been the school he wanted to coach at.
Then a video began popping up on the Internet of Malzahn's wife, Kristi Malzahn, and it really didn't help her husbands chances of earning a job at a top university. You can see the video here (via Deadspin).
She trashed the Tigers star running back who played a big part in Auburn's championship run.
"He has a little bit of an attitude," Kristi Malzahn said. "He carries himself with a little confidence we have to kick around every now and then. But he's a great kid."
She also went on to trash legendary head coach Lou Holtz and the way he talks.
“We got to go to Lou’s house. Gus was way impressed. I kept saying, ‘He has a lisp or something. There’s something going on with his mouth. I can’t really understand what he’s saying. And Gus, was like, ‘Shut up!’”
Kristi really should have gotten the hint back then, but she never did.
Her comments on Heisman winner Cam Newton were extremely disturbing and she also mentioned that head coach Gene Chizik didn't want him to begin with.
"He is cute. Pretty boy. I love him, but don't tell Gus."
She didn't stop there either, as she went on to talk about college football players in general and their lack of knowledge according to her.
It goes to a place of questioning his integrity and his character and his intelligence because a group of 18- to 22-year-olds did not perform on the field like they should have. And if you’ve worked with 18- to 22-year-old individuals, most of the time they’re not the most intelligent people that are out there anyway. We’re the nuts because we’re willing to base our whole entire lives on what they decide to do for the day.
It seems like the only one who isn't very intelligent is Kristi Malzahn herself.
I'm not saying that this is the reason the former Auburn offensive coordinator is now stuck at Arkansas State. But this is a guy who had universities lined up out the door, and they all slowly hired somebody else.
Parents love to say, "children should be seen and not heard." Maybe that saying should be implied to more than just children.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com