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Malzahn on speculation: "I'm committed to being" at Arkansas State

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The first potential candidate for the suddenly vacant Arkansas head coaching position to comment on the situation just so happens to be the first candidate that will have come to mind of many Arkansas fans.

That candidate is (of course) current Arkansas State head coach and former Razorback assistant Gus Malzahn. Local Jonesboro radio host Mickey Ryan tweeted the following response from Malzahn when the Arkansas native was asked if he had been contacted by the Razorbacks:

"I'm the coach at Arkansas State. I'm not worried about anything else. I'm committed to being here."

From the Red Wolves' perspective, that's likely a disappointingly boilerplate answer. The "committed to being here" statement is nice enough, but note that Malzahn failed to deny that he'd been contacted by Arkansas and failed to says point-blank he'll be at Arkansas State this season.

Is it fair to parse Malzahn's statement that closely and hold what may very well be innocent omissions against him? Probably not. But nonetheless, there's a way to douse the fires of coaching speculation before they really get burning, and -- assuming the context of Malzahn's statement is accurately presented -- answering a question that begins "have you been contacted by ..." with anything other than "No" isn't it.

HT: @cbahn.

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