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."