I keep reading that Gus feels unappreciated at Aubren and is unhappy because of the fans /administration.
What I don’t think Gus understands is that there are many that don’t want him here, and there will be intense pressure immediately. $50 million for 6 years is ridiculous money and there will be NO honeymoon period. He’s coming to place much harder to recruit to without all of the talent he has at Aubren.
I have no doubt he knows. Auburn expectations (long term) are higher than ours. He can average 9-3 at Ark, and we will probably be happy. We want an SEC title run periodically, always be top 25, and go bigger every few years.
At Auburn, that won’t cut it. And you have to beat Bama consistently.
The $ is the money, and he can get good at either. Is Ark really important to him or is he happy in Auburn? That is the only real question. This is his chance to come “home.” May never happen again. If he wants to come, great. If not, then let’s move on and find our guy. More uncertainty? Sure. Cheaper? Sure. Possible bust? Sure … but Malzahn is no guarantee either. But we need to make a choice and saddle up.
There is a factor that hasn’t been discussed much and that’s his wife.
Any married man knows, your wife is certainly just as much in the decision as you are. I’m sure She has sacrificed a lot, to help promote Gus and his career.
Is she happy? Does she want to come home?
I know if I had done great things, made a lot of money, and my wife wasn’t happy, I’d bend over backwards to get her what she deserved. Close to her parents in a familiar, friendly place, we’d be heading home.
I’ve already said I’m done with Arkansas football if they hire Gus. Doubly-done if they hire Kiffin. I’ll just find another way to spend autumn Saturdays. I bet I can find one. And it’ll be a lot less expensive than donations and season tickets.
I believe Gus will be as well. He has to basically start over. Everyone who has been against Bret this year has been saying we lack speed. Gus’ system requires speed. In five years, he should have the offense where everyone expects it to be, but the defense will still be a work in progress. I just can’t see paying someone 7 million a year to get us to where we are now.