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Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: December 10, 2010 11:12 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Given who's making the offer, this report from the Tennessean might say more about the upward spiral of college coaching salaries (particularly in the SEC ) than Nick Saban's contract at Alabama ever could. Why? Because it claims that Vanderbilt -- Vanderbilt! -- has just offered to pay Auburn's offensive coordinator some several hundred thousand dollars more per year in salary than his own league title-winning head coach earns :
Auburn coor­di­na­tor Gus Mal­zahn , who was in town Wed­nes­day, is thought to have recei­ved another offer from Van­der­bilt that approaches the ball­park of $3 million per year.
Say this much for Vandy: now that we know that the SEC's most downtrodden football program has the capacity to come up with this kind of scratch (though we're still not sure how ), it makes a lot more sense why they parted ways with Robbie Caldwell after only one season. When you can make this kind of play for a property as hot as Malzahn, there's no reason to hold on to a well-meaning-but-limited coach like Caldwell.

As for whether Malzahn will accept, both the report above and the one preceding it at the Tennesseean make clear that despite the chance to double and possibly triple his maximum salary at Auburn, he hasn't accepted just yet. (Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has apparently moved up to second in the Commodore pecking order and would get the call if Malzahn declines.) He could be willing to wait out the falling dominoes at Florida and then possibly Mississippi State or Arkansas; they might not pay him as much as the Vandy offer and would be almost as difficult a job, traditionally speaking, but the latter would give him a chance to coach in his home state for a fanbase that is already wildly fond of him. That might be worth waiting on, though when we're talking about a ballpark $3 million bird in the hand, it also might not be.

In any case, it looks like Auburn will have to have those dominoes fall exactly right -- Malzahn waits on MSU/Arkansas, Vandy moves on to Franklin, Mullen goes to Florida, State can't make a strong enough offer or goes in a different direction -- to retain Malzahn's services for another year. The far more likely result at this stage is that he's gone, and that the bigger question for the Tigers now is simply keeping Malzahn as focused on the BCS National Championship Game as they can amidst the coaching storm.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:19 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

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Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:39 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

Vanderbilt has more $$ than most of the schools in the conference.  Amount of money is not the issue.  Willingess to spend it on football has always been.

Stupid, uninformed reporters as usual.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 8:27 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

 My bet is the Hogs won't be any better than mediocre next year

Please do explain oh wise one when we will be returning most everyone except Mallett?  Oh wait...Mallett like Newton cannot be replaced right? WRONG...Auburn will struggle next year without Newton there is no doubt about that, but what happened when Mallett went down in a game this year?  Oh yea thats right...his back up, a 4 star QB (Tyler Wilson) came in and had over 330 passing yards, and 4 tds.  If you think we are going to be mediocre next year your sadly mistaken.  Cant beleive a rebels fan is trying to put down another sec team bottom dwellers you! 

Back to the subject at hand....What does Vandy think they are trying to do...Get a coach that could actually make a difference in their program?  Is Vandy finally going to put in an effort to win more than 1 sec game a year?  Really?  About time!

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 6:19 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

While it is obvious that Newton really upped the stock of Malzahn, it does not take away from that fact that he can run an offense! That being said who has ever seen him run a defense and who would come in and be his defensive coordinator?

Auburn had alot of offensive weapons and absolutely NO defense! That my friends won't cut it in the SEC unless you have a Cam Newton to work with, or a Ryan Mallett. My bet is the Hogs won't be any better than mediocre next year and that Petrino will go to Florida. Is that not his MO?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:32 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

There is a lot of talk that UF may go after Petrino.  If that happens, and he goes, that would open up Arkansas for Malzahn.  So, I would suspect Gus will wait out the vacancy at UF before committing to Vandy. 

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:10 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

I hate AUburn with a passion that burns as bright as the sun, but Malzahn is NOT overrated. He turned Tulsa into an offensive machine, and he won games last year at Auburn with a VERY mediocre QB in Chris Todd. He'll win, to some extent, anywhere he goes. Having said that, there is NO denying that Auburn would have lost AT LEAST two games this year without Cam. Probably more like three (Bama, SOuth Carolina, Clemson). Like a few others have posted, I don't see how you could say otherwise. That certainly isn't an indictment of Malzahn; Auburn's defense has been SCORCHED by a few teams this year, and malzahn has nothing to do with that side of the ball. But it's a fact.

Anybody that thinks Malzahn is going to stay at Auburn is nuts. When will his stock EVER be higher than it is now? After Cam leaves, Malzxahn is NOT going to hang around Auburn, trying to win with a freshman QB in the SEC and making a half-mil a year, when he could get his own program and make $3 mil. Common sense, really. If Vandy offers him 5 years and $15 mil, he should take it. If he goes 6-6 at Vandy, he'll get a fat contract extension, and if he goes 8-4 one time, they'll name the stadium after him. The bar is set real low there, but the money sounds big time.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:51 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

I cannot believe your ignorance.
Your comment disgraces even the most fervent Tide fan.
That is like saying that Bama would have been 7-7 last year without Mark Ingram.
Go weatherproof the trailer.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:27 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

"I think Malzahn is vastly overrated, without $cam under center this year they would have lost 6 games."

You realize that when you make a statement like that, tollride, everyone with a functional brain, that can perform simple logic, dismisses everything that you say.
Let me know when those sour grapes ripen up. Rammer Lammer!

I disagree and I would bet that a lot of people would agree with the Bama fan.  It was quite obvious that Auburn would have lost a few ball games had it not been for Cam Newton.  How could you say otherwise?  I'm not necessarily saying that Malzahn is overrated, but I would say that he could be.  It's still uncertain, but Auburn would definitely have lost some games this year had it not been for the preacherman's son.  That is for sure.      

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:26 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

malzahn isn't overrated i'm not an auburn fan and i still know hes an awesome coach. he turned arkansas' offense around his first year at arkansas(10-2) his trick plays are legit. after the whole springdale vs. arkansas fiasco nutt lost his job and malzahn went to tulsa where he worked wonders with their offense and now hes at auburn and you know how thats going.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2010 3:55 pm

Report: Vandy offers Malzahn"ballpark" $3M a year

Um, I think they're going after the wrong guy.  Shouldn't they just have thrown that money at Cam Newton?... or handed it over to his father, like he asked for?  Still, good luck to Vandy, maybe they will actually string together a few years of relevancy in SEC football... HA, that is certainly funny.

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