Yesterday news broke that Will Muschamp had decided to leave Texas to take over the head coaching job at Florida , and now today it seems that another big-name coordinator is moving on to a head coaching job. According to a report in the Washington Post , Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has agreed to take the head coaching job at Vanderbilt.
The Post's Eric Prisbell has been told that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has accepted Vanderbilt's offer to become the Commodores' next football coach.
Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin was a candidate for the Vanderbilt job, and was seen as the Commodores' second choice after Malzahn.
If this is true, this is a huge hire for Vanderbilt. Malzahn has been incredibly successful just about everywhere he's gone, and we've all seen what he's been able to do with Cam Newton and the Auburn offense this season. Of course, he won't be able to bring Cam Newton with him to Nashville.
Still, this is a very good first step for the Vanderbilt program if it's ever going to experience success in the SEC and put an end to being a conference doormat. As for Malzahn, if he's able to win at Vanderbilt, he'll be able to pick any job he wants at any price he wants in a few years.
UPDATE: CBS's own Dennis Dodd -- along with an awful lot of other outlets -- are reporting that Malzahn-to-Nashville isn't quite a done deal yet. It seems likely that the Post 's source would be Franklin or someone close to him who'd been told the Commodores had gone in a different, i.e. Malzahnian, direction, so this could be a case of Malzahn simply trying to get his ducks in a row before going public. But it's also possible there's nothing set in stone as of yet. We'll see.