Sun Belt Conference and other reliable sources indicate to IBCR that Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has emerged as an early favorite to take over the Arkansas State Red Wolves head coaching position. Former Red Wolves head coach Hugh Freeze left the program last week after accepting the Ole Miss head coaching position.
The current Auburn offensive coordinator is an Arkansas native and is said to be a front runner to take over Freeze’s spot. Freeze’s offense at Arkansas State has been built around a high-octane spread attack similar to Malzahn’s hurry-up-no-huddle offense. Arkansas state led the Sun Belt conference in scoring and total offense, going undefeated in the league and winning the conference title.
Malzahn also enjoys the advantage of having coached high school programs in the state, and would certainly exploit his contacts in the state’s high school coaching fraternity in recruiting.
There is no indication that Malzahn has interviewed for the position. Auburn is currently preparing for their Chick Fil-A Bowl appearance vs. Virginia.