The past year for Arkansas State University Football can be compared to the movie Groundhog Day in just about every way.  However I view Gus Malzahn as the modern day Professor Harold Hill from the musical/movie The Music Man.

Malzahn had a very detailed plan on how he would get back to the big leagues.  He knew we had a team custom made for winning with offensive fire power.  Soooo, he called us (ASU), we jumped, he negotiated his buy out down, he knew Auburn couldn’t win with Chizik’s pro style offense, and that Chizik would be fired at the end of the 2012 season.  The only question Gus had for himself was if he could really be a head coach?  After a bumpy start he proved he could be and rolled to a 9-3 Sunbelt Conference Championship.

Just like Professor Harold Hill, Gus came in and gained the trust of the fans, boosters, and anyone else that would listen to his pitch.  You know, “Buckle up, we’re getting ready to take this thing to the next level!”  “This is a long term deal.”, “All of these people who say he’s only going to be here one year, don’t know me very well.”  “I’ve got a vision for this program, taking it to the next level.”  “I’ve told people I want to make Arkansas State the Boise State of the South.”  One of the most recent quotes, and I’m paraphrasing, was where Gus said he loved being back in Arkansas because this was the first year since being a football coach he was able to go visit his mother on Mother’s Day.  What a lying sack of %@*^.

Ole Gus knew what he was doing, playing us like a bunch fools.  In the process of taking us to the next level, he was spending money we don’t have, and crafting a 2013 football schedule that’s absolutely terrible with five home games and a game in Little Rock  against an FCS team.  That’s NECK level.

He really did a job on the entire A-STATE nation.  Many of us are happy he’s gone.  He was never a personable guy, community oriented, or even wore ASU gear at all unless it was game day.  I was sad when Freeze left but that guy was genuine.  Gus was just a fraud and I’m angry the way conned ASU and it’s fans.

So with the Holiday season upon us I leave you with a quote from the movie Christmas Vacation that has been updated for our particular situation.

“Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Gus Malzahn, former ASU head coach, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber in Ridgepointe with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!@kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s@!t he is. HOWLelujah. Holy s@!t. Where’s the Tylenol?” – Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)