Behind the scenes of Malzahn's debut
- Published: Monday, 03 September 2012 13:43
- by Doug Samuels
USA Today did an interesting piece following Gus Malzahn up to Oregon for his FBS head coaching debut.
During their pregame walk through at Autzen, some of the players couldn't help but soak up the environment, surely unlike any other place that most had ever played in. Players were snapping pictures of the stadium when Malzahn told his assistants, "Get those guys off the field! They're acting like this is Disneyland or something."
For those of you that didn't catch the actual game, Oregon scored on their first seven possessions and entered the half up 50-10, which prompted Malzahn to lay into his guys afterwards.
"We laid a stinkin' egg! Those guys are really good, but we laid a stinkin' egg!"
"They've embarrassed us. This is a defining moment in our season!" he told the team.
The Red Wolves ended up giving up 57 points, but starting clicking in the second half, putting up 34 points before it was all said and done.
"The first half, they embarrassed us, big-time," Malzahn said. "I'm proud of the way we fought back. Most teams would have shut 'er down. You played probably the best team in college football. I'm encouraged. We're gonna stick together. We're gonna have one heck of a season."
The article also points out that Malzahn sees his rise through the coaching ranks as anything but logical, pointing out that back in 2006 Malzahn was coaching at the high school level. As he sees it, "There hasn't been anything logical about my career."
Also covered is everything from Malzahn's pre game calls to top recruits to a peek into how he prepared leading up to the game.