|Will Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy end up at Tennessee?. (US Presswire)|
Here's a look at some of the headlines involving coaching news on Wednesday around SEC country:
- Auburn hired a familiar name in Gus Malzahn, a former offensive coordinator at Auburn from 2009-11. Columnist Kevin Scarbinsky wonders if Auburn simply hired a more offensive-minded version of former head coach Gene Chizik. "On the surface, it would be easy to conclude that Auburn just made a coaching change without changing much of anything, that Gus Malzahn is Gene Chizik's twin brother from another mother, his mirror image on the other side of the line," Scarbinsky wrote on AL.com. "Auburn believes that Chizik's former offensive coordinator is so much more than that, and it better be right."
- Arkansas pulled somewhat of a stunner in hiring former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. Few linked Bielema as a candidate for the Arkansas job until Tuesday morning. CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd called Bielema's hire the biggest surprise coaching news of the year thus far and said that he will bring some sense of normalcy back to the Razorbacks after a tumultuous season. "Bielema figures to calm the waters after Arkansas football was left in the lurch April 1 when Bobby Petrino ran his motorcycle off the road near Fayetteville," he wrote.
- Meanwhile in Tennessee, the Vols enter Day 19 of their coaching search without a hire. Louisville's Charlie Strong has been mentioned as a possible front-runner by various outlets, but CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported Wednesday morning that the Vols have offered the job to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy. "(Gundy's) name has come up quite a bit this month for top coaching vacancies," Feldman wrote. "Friction between Gundy and OSU AD Mike Holden has added to the intrigue."
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