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Malzahn turns down Vandy offer?

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Sunday evening, the Washington Post reported that Gus Malzahn had accepted Vanderbilt’s offer to become their new head coach.

The school later denied the report, but was hopeful that the report would be accurate very soon.  Now, it appears, it was a false hope on the part of the Commodores.

According to, and citing an unnamed source, Malzahn, if he has not already, planned to turn down the lucrative offer by the Commodores.  The contract believed to be on the table is reportedly worth in the neighborhood of $3 million annually, which would’ve made the Auburn offensive coordinator one of the ten highest paid coaches in college football.  It appears that Malzahn didn’t feel that Vandy was the right fit at the right time.

The website also reports that Auburn is prepared to give Malzahn a raise that would put his annual compensation at more than $1.3 million.  A source told the site that Malzahn is expected to accept the raise from the Tigers and stay on Gene Chizik‘s staff at Auburn.

If this latest report is accurate and Malzahn is indeed no longer in the mix, it would appear that Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin would become the front-runner.  Stanford assistant Greg Roman, one of two finalists for the job, reportedly pulled his name from consideration yesterday, although it’s unclear if he did that because it was believed Malzahn was taking the job.

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14 Responses to “Malzahn turns down Vandy offer?”
  1. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 11:31 AM

    WTF? With the kind of money that was being mentioned with this offer, I thought it was a done deal. Would be very surprised if he does reject it unless, perhaps, there were too many (unreachable) incentive clauses in the Vandy offer?

  2. proppilot says: Dec 13, 2010 11:38 AM

    1990tiger…..why would he accept that position? Vandy’s a great school but as far as the athletic program….and his style of offense, not gonna happen. This isn’t the place for him to go to build his career and work his offense. Too many hurdles in trying to recruit the type athlete he needs and getting past the academic hurdles as well. Auburn will give him enough financial incentive to stay and wait for a better program to open in the coming seasons.

  3. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 12:01 PM

    There are a several reasons he might accept the position. First, the money ($3M would put him in the top 10 highest paid coaches). Second, the money (see previous sentence). The expectations at Vandy are much less than they would be at most other schools. If he could consistently produce 9 wins/season at Vandy, he would be viewed as a genius. I’m not so sure that he couldn’t recruit the type of talent he would need to run his offense at Vandy.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would like to see him stay at Auburn and hope that he does reject the Vandy offer.

  4. Deb says: Dec 13, 2010 12:21 PM

    @proppilot …

    Can think of few reasons not to take the Vandy offer. Good grief $3 million for four years. 1990Tiger is right–he won’t be expected to win a National Championship, but if he improves to, I think, even fewer than 9 games, he’ll look like a genius. That would be what? four offenses that he revamped? He could easily get a bigger program.

    If he stays at Auburn, I think it’s because he thinks he can get Auburn if the doodoo hits the fan there. They’ll scapegoat Chizik and move him up. Fast track to the fast lane.

  5. tidefan519 says: Dec 13, 2010 12:22 PM

    If he wasn’t interested, why did he go to Nashville and interview? Also, I hear a lot of fans saying that he should wait for a better job. Like where? Malzahn has never been a HC before and was a high school coach in 2005? He’s not going to get offered a HC job at a top school as his first job. Muschamp was named a coach in waiting a few years ago as was Jimbo Fisher. I just don’t see a big name college hiring him with no HC experience. I mean Chizik’s first job was at Iowa State, right?

  6. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 12:40 PM

    I agree with tidefan519. If nothing else (but let’s not forget the money), Vandy could be a good stepping stone for Malzahn…..a chance to “learn the ropes”, so to speak as he transitions from OC to a HC position.

    If Malzahn does reject the Vandy job, maybe the $3M offer mentioned in several articles included too many unattainable incentive payments. Maybe Malzahn did an analysis of the current Vandy team and recruits and decided he wouldn’t be able to be successful or he decided that the budget for assistant coach positions was too small to attract the supporting staff he felt he would need.

    Even better, maybe he just loves Auburn and the Tigers too much to leave….

  7. spudvol says: Dec 13, 2010 12:47 PM

    Producing one 9-win season at Vandy should be enough to claim the title of “genius”, given that Vandy hasn’t won 9 games in a season since 1915.

  8. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 13, 2010 2:10 PM

    He signs a $3 million contract for 4 years, guaranteed. That’s $12 million. It will take him 9 years to earn that where he is now. Plus, the “genius” tab will come right off after Cam “The money was too much” Newton leaves and 4 offensive linemen leave. Others mentioned 9 wins…how about 7 wins and a bowl trip and he’ll have statues built for him at Vandy. 9 wins probably gets him a place in Heaven.

    No, the job is not great. However, $3 million/year is.

  9. edgy says: Dec 13, 2010 3:12 PM

    tidefan519, Bob Stoops was never a college HC and his first job was Oklahoma. Charlie Weiss was given the reins at Notre Dame. Look around and you’ll find plenty of examples of coaches without HC experience getting jobs at top flight schools. That being said, I think he should jump on the chance to get the experience without having to worry about how others will think about him.

  10. scardino says: Dec 13, 2010 4:30 PM

    With everything considered, it should not be considered improbable for Malzahn to pull a 7 win season in Vandy by his second season. If he pulls off seven wins there, he will be praised. If he wins a bowl game he’ll be a legend. If he pulls off 9 wins they will probably build a new stadium and name it after him. If he has anything more than a string of .500 seasons at Vandy, I see job opportunities popping up so quickly for him you’d think he was playing whack-a-mole.

  11. thompgk says: Dec 13, 2010 4:40 PM

    This is surely a sign that Auburn is getting the hammer and Malzahn knows it.

    Look for more Auburn assistants to NOT leave because of this mythical hammer from the NCAA.

    I mean, you’ve got the McGregor wiretaps, the Lowder ATM cards.

    Surely Malzahn has read the thread about this?

  12. codyk7 says: Dec 13, 2010 4:56 PM

    If he was smart he’d get out now Auburn is on the way down after cam bolts for the nfl and the truth finally comes out.

  13. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2010 4:57 PM

    thompgk says: Dec 13, 2010 4:40 PM

    This is surely a sign that Auburn is getting the hammer and Malzahn knows it.
    I don’t follow the logic you use in reaching that conclusion. If Auburn were going to get the “hammer”, you would think Malzahn would try to bolt while he could….not wait around to see what happens.

    Frankly, I don’t understand why people think the McGregor wiretaps or Lowder/Colonial Bank investigations are related to Auburn football. I understand McGregor is/was an Auburn booster but the investigation into McGregor is centered on his bribery of state senators for their vote. Lowder was a “very involved” trustee at Auburn but I haven’t heard anything linking him to payment of Auburn players……other than some conspiracy theorists/gossip columnists trying to make something out of nothing. is certainly not a credible journalistic source.

    I’ll bet Malzahn hasn’t even heard of, much less wasted any of his time browsing the site.

  14. thompgk says: Dec 13, 2010 5:05 PM

    I was being sarcastic. Good Lord man.

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