Gus Malzahn, perhaps the hottest name on the college football coaching carousel, was reportedly offered the head coaching job at Vanderbilt on Thursday. The Auburn offensive coordinator was in Nashville and reportedly left with a $3 million contract offer from the Commodores. According to The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge, Malzahn is mulling over the offer as Vanderbilt looks into contingency plans.
Auburn coordinator Gus Malzahn, who was in town Wednesday, is thought to have received another offer from Vanderbilt that approaches the ballpark of $3 million per year. But if he continues to pass, look for Vanderbilt to move on to Franklin or perhaps Roman in the very, very near future (and save some money in the process).
Vanderbilt has long been a doormat in the SEC, falling behind the national powers housed in the nation's premier football conference. A commitment to Malzahn in the neighborhood of $3 million is a sign Vanderbilt is prepared to make real strides in an effort to get itself to equal footing with the rest of the conference.
Malzahn, the Frank Broyles award winner as the NCAA's top assistant coach, should see plenty of offers this season with the coaching carousel kicking into high-gear this offense. The departures of Urban Meyer and Dave Wannstedt are likely to set into motion a chain reaction within college football's coaching ranks.
The only question that remains for Malzahn is whether he should take the first offer, and large paycheck that comes with it, or wait to see what else comes his way.
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