Monday, December 13, 2010

Is coaching Vanderbilt a promotion or a demotion for Gus Malzahn?

Reports from ESPN say that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is being offered the job as head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. There is no official word yet whether he will take the job, but he is apparently mulling it over.
One question Malzahn should consider is if coaching Vanderbilt is a step forward for him or a step back. After pretty much being what is considered by many to be the brains behind Gene Chizik's operation, Malzahn could have any vacant coaching that he wants (at least the ones offered to him). Though it would seem that some of the plum jobs have already been filled, with Will Musschamp replacing Urban Meyer at Florida, and Temple's Al Golden reportedly taking the head coaching vacancy at Miami.
So if Vanderbilt is all that's left, Malzahn has to decide if going to what is traditionally seen as the biggest joke in the SEC (other than Georgia's chances of beating Florida) is the right director for his career.
Though to be very blunt, leaving the OC job at Auburn for the head coaching job at Vanderbilt would seem to be like a vice-president of Walmart leaving to become the manager of of a furniture store in South Georgia. While you may be the guy in charge, it's really not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Malzahn really needs to consider if Vandy is the best option in the long run, or whether it's better to stay at Auburn for another year until a bigger and truly better comes along.

(via ESPN)

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