Poor Auburn fans. They thought they were out of the woods. Earlier this month offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was reportedly very close to accepting an offer to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt before ultimately deciding to accept a raise and contract extension to stay at Auburn. This caused Auburn fans to wipe the sweat off their brow, yell "War Eagle" and give each other high fives.
Start sweating again, Auburn fans.
Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez reports that Maryland's athletic director Kevin Anderson and part of his search committee have met with several candidates for the position of Maryland's Head Football Coach.
Hernandez reports that the committee has met with Mike Leach, who Anderson mentioned in his press conference announcing Ralph Friedgen's buy-out, June Jones, the current head coach of SMU, and Gus Malzhan, the offensive coordinator at Auburn. Both Jones and Malzhan are coaching their respective teams in upcoming bowl games.
Jones, who did interview with Maryland, has already turned down the chance to take the job. According to his agent Leigh Steinberg, Jones is just TOO GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING to leave SMU right now, even though they offered an apparent pay raise. Which means that Maryland's offer just wasn't enough.
Of course, to pry Malzahn away from Auburn, any offer Maryland makes will have to be considerable as well. After all, that extension Malzahn signed will pay him seven figures. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how GOOD OF A HUMAN BEING Malzahn is.