Chris Petersen Hire Adds Substance to Gus Malzahn-Texas Longhorns Rumors
What a difference a week can make. On Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Tigers fans were celebrating their historic upset of Alabama, which made first-year head coach Gus Malzahn their program’s new savior. Six days later, Steve Sarkisian signs with USC, Chris Petersen is the new head coach at Washington and Mulzahn is dodging questions about a report stating the Texas Longhorns head coach position is his “dream job.” Add all those things together and the Nick Saban rumors don’t seem so farfetched, huh?
Now this isn’t about Saban, but it’s important to note that Bill Powers “debunked” the Saban rumors, but he didn’t deny the reports that UT has talked with Saban’s agent; he simply said he hasn’t talked to Saban and that the Horns “haven’t hired Saban.” That’s relevant because Powers’ words were chosen carefully so that he thinks he’s making his point, but really he’s opening the door to all possibilities.
So now that Petersen is no longer in the running for the Longhorns’ head coaching job, the report that Mulzahn would apparently give his left kidney to wear burnt orange suddenly has some meaning. Considering what Malzahn has done with a Tigers team that went 3-9 last year, the Longhorns would be crazy not to pay some attention to his “dream job” comments.
You may have already read Malzahn’s response to those remarks, saying he’s happy to be the coach at Auburn. But he didn’t say anything about the future or deny those comments, which leaves everything up in the air. But considering what he’s done in Auburn with the recruiting there, he could take Texas to a national championship in his first year with the recruiting trails the Longhorns boast.
Saban may not be on his way to Austin like originally thought, but Malzahn will certainly listen to offers from the school if Texas offers him his dream job. And put simply, he’d be foolish to turn it down.