Gus Malzahn was welcomed onto the Auburn campus recently like some sort of conquering hero.
After engineering one of the nation’s most powerful offenses as Tigers former head coach Gene Chizik’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2011, Malzahn spent a season winning the Sun Belt Championship as the coach of Arkansas State.
Now, of course, Malzahn is replacing Chizik at Auburn. The two made a great team in coaching up 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, and War Eagle won the BCS National Championship in the same year.
However, the program was comprised of far more people than simply Chizik, Malzahn and Newton.
There were men coaching all over the defensive side of the football, on special teams, and yes, in various offensive specialties as well.
Many are the same that coached alongside Malzahn in 2010, when everyone on the staff, from the lowliest graduate assistants all the way up to Chizik were all considered geniuses.
A lot has changed since the glory days of only two short years ago, however.
Chizik, of course, is gone, but now absolutely everyone else is too.
Malzahn, despite having worked with men such as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, running backs coach Curtis Looper, offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware during the national title run of 2010, no longer believes any of these man are capable of repeating such success.
After a 3-9 2012 season, perhaps he is right.
However, he has offered his defensive coordinator position to Ellis Johnson, who was fired after literally one season as the head coach of Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles won 12 games for the first time in its history under Larry Fedora in 2011 before he bolted to take the job at North Carolina. Johnson took over and promptly engineered an 0-12 meltdown before getting canned.
Auburn fans have already gone with the “In Gus we trust” slogan.
With the most recent news of the complete firing of the staff, they had better, because Gus is already making some questionable moves to kick off his campaign as the Tigers head man.
But hey, War Eagle Nation can always just cheer for Notre Dame if things don’t work out.
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