Gus Malzahn’s $21 million buyout from Auburn was the largest in SEC history, and all 16 fired coaches across the nation last year tallied $94 million in buyout money. So, the Aggies have to make this work.
Worst luck: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
Catalon missed the final eight games of 2021 after suffering a shoulder injury but entered 2022 as an All-American and once again the leader of Arkansas’ experienced defense. He suffered a shoulder injury against Cincinnati last week, and Hogs coach Sam Pittman announced Catalon will miss the season after undergoing surgery.
“I’m going to let him be away from the building a little bit,” Pittman said. “He’s down. You would be, too, if you put in all that work for two years, and you’re not able to play.”