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Report: Gus Malzahn interviews at North Carolina

Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:21 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A final decision from North Carolina on their vacant head coaching position may still be several days away. But one thing that does seem clear is that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will be a major factor when that decision is made.

Malzahn has been rumored to have been one of the Tar Heel administration's leading candidate since mid-November, and the Birmingham News reported Friday that the 46 year-old offensive whiz had his official interview Thursday.

Though the News declines to specify how the interview went, message board scuttlebutt ($) suggests Malzahn did well, and you'd have to think the former Tulsa coordinator would have been comfortable with the man interviewing him--that would be new Tar Heel athletic director Bubba Cunningham, who just-so-happened to be the A.D. at Tulsa when Malzahn was serving under current Pitt coach Todd Graham. 

Beyond that, there's another factor working in Malzahn's favor. Namely, it's that two of his biggest competitors for the UNC job -- Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Southern Miss's Larry Fedora, who'll meet in Saturday's Conference USA championship game -- have multiple suitors (Sumlin in particular) and could be in new positions before Cunningham is ready to make an offer. 

If Malzahn is hired by the Tar Heels, Auburn could be due for a major shakeup on their coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has come under widespread fire for his defense's performance this season and could be on his way out; running backs coach Curtis Luper is a finalist for the vacant UAB head coaching position; and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor is reportedly "in the mix" for the head coaching job at Tulane. 

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Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:29 am

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It's funny how many fans (especially band-wagon fans) know so little about football traditions...who has been good in the past, fan support or money.  Football is a huge part of the Carolina experience.  Up until 2000, UNC posted a top 10 appearance in the polls in every decade.  How many other teams can say that?  We were almost there again last year, but ended up holding 14 players out for most of the season. 

It is extremely important to UNC and funds the existence of the other 27 sports (the most in the ACC).  The facilities are state-of-the-art and the academic support system is considered tops in the conference.  We lured Bill Dooley, Mack Brown and Butch Davis, so those in the coaching ranks appreciate the potential at UNC.  Shoot, Even Dick Crum had two teams in the top 10 and he was an average coach at best.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:10 pm

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Well BoilerRick, UNC has been to 28 bowl games to Purdue's 15.  They've got a better winning percentage than Purdue and they've got a winning record all time against the Big Ten which Purdue doesn't.  UNC has a winning record against the ACC all time, which Purdue doesn't and Purdue has an all time record of 1-2-1 against Duke.  No one can say Purdue's almost as bad as Duke in football because they've proven on the field to be worse. 

Your Purdue, BoilerRick, is a nobody in all sports.  Purdue, proud winners of an amazing three, that's right, you heard it first here, three all time NCAA team championships.  My gosh!  Where did Purdue find a trophy case big enough to hold three trophys?


Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:42 pm

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I can see from all the comments how important football is to NC.  Almost as bad as Duke in football and that is really bad.    Keep that round ball bouncing and football won't seem that important 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:39 pm

Report: Gus Malzahn interviews at North Carolina

Not enough experience?  So what.  Maybe he will turn out to be another Mark Richt.  Oops.

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:11 pm

Report: Gus Malzahn interviews at North Carolina

well fortunately for malzahn its not up to you chief.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:44 pm

Report: Gus Malzahn interviews at North Carolina

I am not so sure of this works for UNC or not.  Malzahn's offense was held to 17 or less points in half of their games this past season.  They were very fortunate last season with Cam Newton having a freak type year.  Malzahn really has not proved to me that he has the ability to take over the top spot at a major university.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:43 pm

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This guy needs head coaching experience to be successful.  Then again, the ACC is a pretty weak conference so he might do well right out of the gate.

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