Sunday, December 28, 2008

Things just got interesting

Ladies and gents, we interrupt this blog silence and a lazy Sunday afternoon to bring you the following news bulletin: things just got interesting on the Plains.



So much for the smashing of mouths, huh? Assuming Chizik lets Malzahn hire his guys and be the Tony Franklin Tony Franklin never became, consider me de-freaking-lighted. If if if if Chizik can just hold the damn line on defense and Malzahn's success isn't entirely a byproduct of plying his trade in C-USA, it's suddenly not so difficult to see Auburn ... well, getting somewhere these next two years.

And even if Malzahn faceplants, hell, 2009 just got a hell of a lot more fun, didn't it? And hey, let's not ignore what this might do to recruiting--Tulsa with Malzahn just stole away one of Michigan's top recruits and of the best QB's in the 2009 class. Ray Cotton, you want to reconsider?

All in all--this is a smash hire, and provided (again) that Chizik leaves Malzahn alone and lets him do his Malzahn thing, one that's taken a supreme amount of smash-mouth guts on Chizik's part. Full kudos. Spread Eagle forever, baby.

UPDATE: Auburn makes it official, via press release. The attribution of Arkansas's 2006 numbers to Malzahn strikes me a little disingenuous--I think we all know by now there were a lot more Houston Nutt fingerprints on that offense than Malzahn's, and obviously the floor for those Hogs' numbers with the likes of McFadden and Jones were always going to be pretty high regardless--but nonetheless consider me encouraged that Chizik sees "the great offensive minds in college football" and not "guy who runs spread do not want."

5 comments:

Taylor said...

not so gloom and doom anymore eh jerry? what did i tell you?

jrsuicide said...

Let's hope spread eagles 2 electric boogaloo is a better sequel than the original. That being siad, I am like totally stoked and stuff.

bovinekid said...

Wait a second. Are we getting excited about Spread Eagle for the second year in a row? Are we sure about this?

Razorback Expats said...

Well, damn. We liked the idea of battling an Auburn team that was a legitimate threat to score in the (low) double digits more than battling one led by an official offensive wizard.

Anonymous said...

Oh no - this is an absolute disaster. I remember the last time an SEC team hired Malzahn and what happened there. Nobody is left from that debacle at Arkansas.

I thought we were going back to smash-mouth football, but apparently we are simply going to concede the next few years to Bama and everyone else in the country and maybe hire Turner Gill after this HIGH SCHOOL COACH fails to implement the spread at AU once again. Tony Franklin, redux. What is that quote about insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result ? The ONLY silver lining in hiring Chizik was he promised a return to AU football, i.e., not the spread. So what does he do next ? This is it for me. The powers-that-be at AU are absolutely crazy and the whole lot of them needs to be run off....