What about Malzahn?

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    Please be gentle with me, lol, as I never post but read this site from time to time.

    I am only a lurker and went to school at UNF. I have always rooted for the Gators since I was kid, because I liked Spurrier, but I am not the quite the hardcore or in the know fan like you guys are.

    If there is an coach in America who I can think of that can turn things around very quickly it is Gus Malzahn. Is there any chance the Gators could get him if they said "This is the guy we want"? I know UF has the financial means to pay as much as any school in the country, but what I do not know and I am sure you guys know much more than myself, what could stop that from happening? Does he have a huge buy-out? Some clause as far as leaving for another SEC school?

    I just thought about him due to how quickly he changed Auburn's fortune's. It would seem like a similar scenario at UF, knowing that they have the athletes in place, they just need the scheme.

    Like I said, if this a dumb question I apologize, I don't know all the inner workings as many of you do.
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    Not a dumb question at all. He is exactly the guy I campaigned for us to hire 3 years ago....when we could have actually gotten him. Instead Foley opted for Muschamp even though our big problems were on Offense rather than Defense and even though Malzahn has a history of turning Offenses around very quickly and even though we were running a Spread Option Offense and that is very similar to what Malzahn runs so the transition looked like it would work quickly and well.

    So now here we are 3 years later looking for a coach again after our program has been dragged down to depths not seen since the 1970's and Auburn has hired Malzahn as their head coach and would pay pretty much any amount of money to keep him so he's out of our reach now. Foley screwed up bigtime.
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    I believe it's a great and valid question..like a petrino w/o the baggage.....the worst he could say is "no"....and it costs nothing to talk to his agent to gauge his interest.
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    I just think that if UF said, "We want you" and money is no option, it would be hard for Malzahn to say no. No disrespect to Auburn, but they are, in my opinion still a second tier school. I know they won a Title just 3 seasons ago, but UF is a top five job. I truly believe Malzahn is an offensive genius and that is the guy to go after. I also like Art Briles, but he is nearing 60 and I think more than ever, College Football is a young coaches game.
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    Heck, bama might throw in some funds just to get him to leave the state! ;-)
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    If Florida can steal him from Auburn, it would be our greatest heist since the Gators stole Lon Krueger from his dream job at his alma mater Kansas State
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    I haven't considered him just cause I didn't think it was realistic. However, it's worth a shot and he should be very high on the list.

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    So, a second tier school has a current win streak of 3 over us and an overall winning record of 43-38-2. Nice. I guess that is all Muschamp's fault too.
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    I don't see how Auburn is a second tier school. The only reason why Florida maybe more attractive than Auburn is you are in a separate division than Bama. However, Florida's schedule is much tougher than Auburns.

    Auburn's facilities are just as nice as Florida's, maybe nicer. Jordan Hare is an incredible stadium

    Florida maybe able to recruit better, but i don't see it being a huge difference.

    While you could argue Florida is better, I could argue the same for Auburn. They also have just as much money as Florida to pay a coach.

    Also never cared for Malzahn. The way he was hired at Arkansas to begin his career was a little shady. Also, he was part of the Cam Newton deal that you wonder how much he was a part of.

    It is only a matter of time before the NCAA catches up to him.
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    They have great sports facilities at Auburn. My daughter swam there in summer camp a couple of years back. Their swimming and diving complex was flat out awesome, way better than at Florida. Their football stadium and surrounding athletic areas were impressive too.
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    Auburn is as dirty as they come, he won't come because we don't do business like they do.
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    He would be great but I think there is virtually no chance he would come here.
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    I don't see him coming, but I think for many of us, he seems to be more of a fantasy than getting Gruden, for the mere fact he came back to Auburn as a hero. If he continues to win, and beats Saban, there is no chance he leaves. Although I would love to have him too.
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    I don't think he'd leave Auburn after just one year. But otherwise a great question and suggestion. I don't see coaches pulling up stakes that quickly unless it's to jump levels.

    And Auburn is not a 2nd tier school by any stretch of the imagination.
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    Not going to happen. Auburn boosters can match anything BullGators can produce. They found their guy and he's staying until Auburn wins a NC beating Bama in the process.
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    I can't believe we choose WM over Malzahn....what a terrible move.
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    But in our current panic, I thought we now wanted to do business like anybody and everybody else does . . . as long as we can just win :huh::whoa:

    I mean, that's all there is now, and the rest is irrelevant junk.

    See, e.g., Bobby Petrino and similar ideas.
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    Gus would consider the offer, thank Foley for the opportunity and diplomatically turn him down - all in the course of 15 minutes. He currently has better talent on his roster at Auburn and a better staff.
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    I actually think Malzahn is among the top 6-10 current SEC coaches:

    1) Nick Saban
    2) Kevin Sumlin
    3) Les Miles
    4) Steve Spurrier
    5) James Franklin
    6) Gary Pinkel
    7) Mark Richt

    8) Gus Malzahn

    #5, #6 and #7 are subject to debate.
    Have to give Pinkel his due for 23 years in coaching.
    Have to acknowledge Helen Hunt for his 13 years.
    Franklin has all the mojo in the world going for him.

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