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CBS: ASU Red Wolves' Selecting Malzahn Among Offseason's Top 5 Hires

by Chris Bahn 2/13/2012 8:18 am

Immediately after Gus Malzahn's hiring at Arkansas State became official, national media lauded the move. Some analysts raved that it was the best hire in college football’s 2012 preseason. Given time to evaluate all the moves made in the offseason, CBSSPorts.com ranked Malzhan as the No. 4 best coaching hire in college football. He finished behind three established head coaches who have had major success elsewhere, including Urban Meyer, Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach.

SI.com Looks Deeper At Circumstances That Led Gus Malzahn To Arkansas State

by Chris Bahn 1/17/2012 2:47 pm

Gus Malzahn's move from (highly paid) Auburn offensive coordinator to Arkansas State head coach continues to gain attention outside Crowley’s Ridge or the state of Arkansas. George Schroeder of SI.com is the latest to examine Malzahn’s decision, offering the most in-depth look at why and how the move was made.

Whitlow (Re)Commitment Brings Red Wolves' Recruiting Total For 2012 Up To 17

by Chris Bahn 1/17/2012 10:58 am

Arkansas State again has a commitment from Jalen Whitlow. Whitlow is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback/athlete from Prattville (Ala.) High who originally committed to the Red Wolves and former Coach Hugh Freeze. Whitlow, according to Scout.com, has offers from schools including Memphis, Minnesota and South Alabama.

GoDaddy.com Bowl Preview Capsule: Arkansas State-Northern Illinois

by The Associated Press 1/8/2012 9:21 am

Arkansas State is trying to extend its nine-game winning streak and get a victory in its first bowl appearance since 2005. The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference and are trying for their first bowl victory since 1970. Northern Illinois has an eight-game winning streak and is the Mid-American Conference champion. The Huskies are trying for their 11th win in coach Dave Doeren's first season.

Despite Coaching Changes, Arkansas State Hopes Winning Ways Remain the Same

by Daniel McFadin 1/7/2012 9:45 am

There has been more than enough change at Arkansas State over the last month. Coaches departing, coaches hired and what might seem on the outside like a bit of instability. Interim coach David Gunn sees something else. Red Wolves players and the style of play that got them to 10 wins and a spot to play Northern Illinois in Sunday’s GoDaddy.com Bowl are no different than they were throughout the season.

Bahn: Malzahn Enjoying 'Process,' Turning Attention To Recruiting And Finalizing Staff

by Chris Bahn 1/5/2012 12:00 pm

Technically, Gus Malzahn has begun operating out of his office at the Arkansas State football complex. Malzahn has been inside his office. Maybe even made a phone call or two. But he’s still got a little ways to go before it is fully operational. Not that he'd be spending much time there right now.

Jim Harris: Some Bests and Worsts of Arkansas Sports in 2011

by Jim Harris 12/28/2011 3:37 pm

The state of Arkansas saw a year of wonderment, brilliance, the high of victory and the low of unspeakable tragedy in the sports year that was 2011. College football success may have reached an all-time high among the larger Arkansas universities, and even college basketball picked itself off the mat in some locales. The Razorback Nation was rocked by the death late in the season of backup tight end Garrett Uekman, just as the Hogs reached their highest national ranking nearly 34 years leading up to the showdown with LSU. We witnessed two exciting high-profile job searches, and we again cringed at the antics of Arkansans in the professional spotlight. It was quite a year. Here are some feats that stand out as best or worst.

Former Red Wolves' Coach Hugh Freeze Getting Early Test In First Year At Ole Miss

by Chris Bahn 12/28/2011 11:06 am

Hugh Freeze did wonders at Arkansas State this year, helping them to a 10 wins and an outright Sun Belt Conference title. For his efforts he was rewarded with the Ole Miss gig and a $1.2 million salary. Let's take a closer look at that "reward." Check out the schedule Freeze gets his first season in Oxford, Miss.:

2011 Upon Further Review: Most Read Items On ArkansasSports360.com

by Chris Bahn 12/27/2011 9:00 am

What drew the attention of ArkansasSports360.com readers in 2011? Here's a look at our most read items for the year overall and in a number of categories. Need to get caught up on a big story? Want to relive a favorite moment? Here's your chance...

Sporting News: Malzahn An A+ Hire For Arkansas State, Likes McGee to UAB

by Chris Bahn 12/23/2011 9:30 am

It’s not just folks in Jonesboro or the state of Arkansas that appreciate the magnitude of the Gus Malzahn hire at Arkansas State. ASU gets an A+ from The Sporting News for its recent hire of the Auburn offensive coordinator. That’s one of several coaching hires of interest to folks in the state as graded by Matt Hayes.

Bahn: Red Wolves Embracing Bold Vision For The Future; Shanita Arnold Returns 'Home'

by Chris Bahn 12/16/2011 3:31 pm

With the Sun Belt Conference champion Red Wolves headed to the GoDaddy.com Bowl looking for an 11th win, quarterback Ryan Aplin now knows what the program is capable of achieving. So, when new Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn — hired Wednesday to replace Hugh Freeze – began talking about turning the program into a consistent Top 25 program, the Red Wolves starting quarterback wasn’t caught off guard.

ASU Releases Gus Malzahn 5-Year Compensation Package

by 12/15/2011 1:51 pm

Head football coach Gus Malzahn’s letter of agreement with Arkansas State University calls for a five-year contract paying a base salary of $156,000 authorized by the state, plus bonus incentives and all profits from television and radio shows, football camps and clinics.

Bahn: Opportunity Too Much For Arkansas State, Malzahn To Pass Up

by Chris Bahn 12/14/2011 7:45 pm

Knowing where Gus Malzahn was a year ago, ASU Athletic Director Dean Lee was still a little stunned that ASU had just landed him as its 28th head coach. Lee’s reaction post-Malzahn press conference was no different than most of the college football following public. Everybody was trying to make sense of how Malzahn wound up at Arkansas State, a school that won the Sun Belt title outright for the first time since joining the league. Could Lee have imagined hiring Malzahn was possible a year ago or, heck, even a week ago?

Jim Harris: Arkansas State Hits It Out Of The Park With Gus Malzahn Hiring

by Jim Harris 12/14/2011 3:20 pm

The term “home run hire” is thrown around much too often in sports. For one, it’s a well-worn cliche now. But also, it’s not always accurate. A coach-hiring coup isn’t always a home run. We don’t know if it will prove to be successful. We might have thought we saw a home run hire when it was really a strikeout. Ask the Ole Miss fans who thought their last three hires before Hugh Freeze were home runs — many were describing them that way, and all three ended up being fired. However, Gus Malzahn’s hiring is a home run. Even if Malzahn doesn’t deliver a second-straight 10-win season in following up his buddy Freeze next fall, the impact of Malzahn’s hiring has already boosted ASU’s brand.

Hankins: Why Gus Malzahn Took ASU Head Coach Job, What It Means for Red Wolves

by Jeff Hankins 12/14/2011 12:00 pm

Arkansas State is getting an early Christmas present in the form of Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator of defending national champion Auburn. The hire has been a stunning surprise for Red Wolves fans, who had been mourning the loss of Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss while basking in a 10-2 season, who will now make travel plans to see the GoDaddy.com Bowl headed by a new coach.

Speaking Out: A Roundup Of Early Reaction To Arkansas State Hiring Auburn's Gus Malzahn

by Chris Bahn 12/14/2011 8:10 am

Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State is happening. Malzahn, the Auburn offensive coordinator, will be named the Red Wolves head coach at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A press conference is set for the ASU Convocation Center. Before the official announcement, the move already has garnered regional and national media reaction. Below we offer a Speaking Out roundup of reaction to Malzahn’s move:

Arkansas State

by Tre Baker 12/14/2011 6:36 am

Nothing like a Gus Malzahn hire to brighten up the holidays.

Red Wolves' Aplin, Freeze, Joiner Earn Top Recognition From Sun Belt Conference

by Chris Bahn 12/7/2011 11:38 am

Arkansas State is reaping more rewards for its 10-2 season and Sun Belt Conference title. Quarterback Ryan Aplin was named the league’s Player of the Year. Defensive lineman Brandon Joiner was picked as SBC Defensive Player of the Year. Coach Hugh Freeze, hired at Ole Miss on Monday, was picked as the conference’s top coach and seven Red Wolves were named to the first-team all-Sun Belt offense or defense as ASU became the first team in league history to win 10 games in the regular season.

Speaking Out: Freeze Wows Ole Miss Media With Introductory Press Conference

by Chris Bahn 12/7/2011 9:31 am

Hugh Freeze has plenty of work to do if he hopes to win at Ole Miss. But he took the first step toward building a winner by winning his introductory press conference. Locals who saw Freeze in action while guiding Arkansas State to 10 wins, a Sun Belt Conference title and a GoDaddy.Com Bowl berth probably won’t be surprised by press reaction following Monday’s announcement:

Gunn Takes Over Arkansas State In Interim Capacity, Search Begins For Red Wolves Coach

by Daniel McFadin 12/5/2011 10:31 pm

Arkansas State is searching for a head football coach for the second time in a year. Athletic Director Dean Lee addressed the media on Monday with interim head coach David Gunn on the status of ASU football in the wake of the departure of Hugh Freeze to Ole Miss.