Auburn’s offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has decided to accept an offer from Vanderbilt to be its next football coach. There were unconfirmed rumors a few days ago that Malzahn was being offered $3 million a year for the job. Now the question becomes – will he leave Auburn before the National Championship game? If so, big advantage to Chip Kelly and Oregon.
But this is a time for hope at Vanderbilt, not pessimism. The Commodores have landed the best candidate they could hope for in the 2010 season, and might have finally gotten the man who can permanently change the program's arc. The only sour note for Vanderbilt is that the true test of how good Gus Malzahn is might be whether and when he leaves.