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Malzahn reportedly interviews for UNC job

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It’s been over two weeks since a report surfaced tabbing Gus Malzahn as the front-runner for the North Carolina job.  Since then, the Malzahn-to-UNC talk has cooled — thanks in part to this video if you listen to some* — to the point where a few observers felt the Auburn offensive coordinator was considered nothing more than a fringe candidate.

That likely wasn’t the case at the time, and it’s certainly not the case now as AuburnUndercover.com is reporting that Malzahn interviewed for Butch Davis‘ former job on Thursday.  The Huntsville Times subsequently confirmed Malzahn’s interview.

Everett Withers, who was named UNC’s interim head coach following Davis’ firing, is the only other candidate reported to have received an interview.

At least part of the reason for Malzahn being connect to the Tar Heels is new UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham, who held the same job at Tulsa when Malzahn was the Golden Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007.

Malzahn’s not the only member of the Auburn coaching staff Gene Chizik has to be concerned about losing, either.  The Birmingham News reported earlier today that running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper is one of the finalists for the UAB job, while the Times reports that wide receivers coach/towel-waving coordinator Trooper Taylor (no relation) is in the mix at Tulane.

(*those “some” are incorrect; had nothing to do with anything other than Mrs. Malzahn coming off as batspit crazy)

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12 Responses to “Malzahn reportedly interviews for UNC job”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 2, 2011 1:06 PM

    It would take a darn good paycheck to lure him away from Auburn. He has a fairly long contract and somewhere out there, has to be a player Auburn can lure for a semester to get them back to the top. If not for Cam Newton, what would he have done in 2010. Guess we will never know about that.

  2. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2011 1:34 PM

    I would like to see Ralph Freidgen get a shot there. He’s got the track record of doing well in the ACC. Just seems that it would be a good spot for him.

  3. cubano76 says: Dec 2, 2011 1:37 PM

    Also, if they could get him out of VT. Bud Foster would be a nice hire. He def knows the ACC on the field, and recruiting wise. But it’s going to take a lot to get him out of Blacksburg I would imagine.

  4. woebegong says: Dec 2, 2011 1:40 PM

    I agree with you about freidgen. He made Maryland respectful and he knows his X’s and O’s. I know Maryland wanted to rise to the top of the ACC quickly, but some how they took a real down turn this year. I would call firing him, one of ther 10 most stupid things U of Md. ever did, and having been born there, this is a state, that specializes in stupid moves.

  5. woebegong says: Dec 2, 2011 1:47 PM

    I think some Asst. Coaches, just really don’t want the hat a HC jobs gets. Local, the ability to teach young kids full time, and just getting comfortable in the area, makes them not want to move. The SEC is kind of like that for a lot of the coaches down here. They have it all, in terms of needs being met, and fan appreciation. The HC usually takes the most heat, even when it appears that a assistant loses his touch. I guess money isn’t everything.

  6. ncsportsfan says: Dec 2, 2011 1:57 PM

    If you only knew who the REAL candidate is you would not be impressed with GM.

  7. deadeye says: Dec 2, 2011 2:14 PM

    “If you only knew who the REAL candidate is you would not be impressed with GM.”

    ==========================

    Please do tell.

    Also, I heard a rumor (how reliable is that?) that after this season, Mark Richt would part ways with Bobo and hire Freidgen as UGA’s offensive coordinator. He would dramaticaly improve the Bulldogs IMO.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Dec 2, 2011 2:23 PM

    I gotta agree that Friedgen is the guy they should be looking at-he has been aroud the ACC forever . Those offenses with Joe Hamilton when he was coordinator at GT were sick and he did as well as head coach at Maryland (who really screwed the pooch by not hiring Leach) anyone looking from the outside could have expected. I am sure he would relish the chance to go back to his alma mater and sprinkle the ashes of his diploma after whipping them.

  9. woebegong says: Dec 2, 2011 2:24 PM

    I don’t see that happening for UGA. I also don’t think Freiden wants to come down south. He is a North easternor and after coaching at GA. Tech. he wouldn’t move badck down. I don’t think Bobo will go anywhere for the next year.

  10. cosanostra71 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    ncsportsfan says:
    Dec 2, 2011 1:57 PM
    If you only knew who the REAL candidate is you would not be impressed with GM.
    —————————————————————————————————-

    ncsportsfan is not the only insider here at CFT. I am ready to report that my sourcees indicate that UNC is making moves and will soon hire former Alabama head coach Paul Bryant.

  11. 19rolltide69 says: Dec 2, 2011 8:50 PM

    Malzahn is gone. #1 reason is Auburn has
    problems. #2 reason Chizik is not satified
    totally with his asst coach this year and knows
    that changes must be made to save his job.
    There is not going to be any better for Auburn
    the next 2 or 3 years. There already has been
    some conflict between the two this year.
    3rd reason. the money will more than double his salary at Auburn with no for sure future there
    Asst coaches at Auburn are pointing fingures at
    each other for downfall.
    He will get job and get this program going I think.
    I am Alabama Roll Tide fan (always have been
    and always will be)
    Gus knows that his time is short at Auburn
    and maynot have a better offer if Auburn does
    continue to bite the dust.
    ROLL TIDE ROLL

  12. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 3, 2011 1:17 AM

    Why would he take over a job where major NCAA violations are going to be coming down the pike?

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