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Bahn: Malzahn Pitches Vision For Red Wolves In Statewide Speaking Tour
Nearly 350 miles were covered Tuesday. Another 230 miles came Wednesday and a final 350 or so on Thursday.
None of it seemed to wear on Malzahn, the former Auburn staffer and 15-year veteran of the Arkansas high school ranks.
"We’re just trying to cover all the areas and be as visible as we can," Malzahn said. "It’s exciting to me.”
Let's be honest. Arkansas is still a good ways away from being a two-team state. But if anyone is going to put Arkansas State close to the same level as the University of Arkansas, it's Gus Malzahn. Auburn coach Gene Chizik will explain that he is a tireless recruiter. Arkansas high school football coaches will explain that he has about as good of a relationship with their fraternity as any college coach in the country.
Fayetteville will almost always have its pick of the top talent in a football crazy state, but Jonesboro will get more of their share than they have in years past. You. Just. Watch.
Malzahn starts his inaugural 2012 season with Oregon, a team he has already beaten on the biggest stage in college football. They then host the hapless Memphis Tigers before traveling to Lincoln to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. No one expects him to go undefeated in that three game stretch, but his team is loaded with almost the same talent that took the Red Wolves to an 11-2 record and a berth in the GoDaddy.com bowl in Mobile.
Arkansas State is gonna be good, y'all. They're just as likely in 2012 to win the Sun Belt as they were last season, and never underestimate this man's offensive wizardry. Anyone who could take what should have been a 7-5 Auburn team to the national title is a recruiting and offensive force to be reckoned with.