College Football News May 18: Gus Malzahn and Will Muschamp Meshing

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Will Muschamp’s return to Auburn as defensive coordinator has many on the Plains shouting with glee; hopefully Muschamp is among them.

But with Muschamp resuming his former post overseeing the Tigers defense, and innovative offensive mind Gus Malzahn guiding things on the other side of the ball, is Auburn’s the nation’s best coaching duo?

Fox Sports Florida personality Jason Hall weighs the impact of Will Muschamp coordinating the Auburn defense for Today’s U., comparing the Tigers coaching combination with that of rival Alabama and Nick Saban/Lane Kiffin.

Top 20 Coach-Quarterback Combinations in College Football

Braden Gall, Athlon Sports

From great coaching combination, to coach-quarterback tandems, Athlon Sports via FoxSports.com has the nation’s 20 best such pairings. It should come as no surprise that defending national champion Urban Meyer and Cardale Jones at Ohio State top the list, but there are some surprising in the ensuing 19 spots.

Spoiler alert: the Big Ten is well-represented on top.

Thanks to Dan Mullen, Mississippi State’s A High-Profile Program

Greg Ostendorf, ESPN.com

Dan Mullen’s unprecedented success at Mississippi State culminated last season in a 10-win finish and stop atop the national rankings. With Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Dak Prescott back in the fold, Mullen’s Bulldogs embark on 2015 in an unfamiliar role as contenders.

Mullen told ESPN that the program’s long-term outlook is positioning Mississippi State for annual contention.

“I think it is just more of a reality that you can sit and tell the parents and say ‘this is our program, this is how we develop people and here are the results.’ And it’s easy to see.”

Sun Belt Conference Championship Game May Be Closer

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser

All talk emanating from national media about conference championship deregulation centered on the Big 12, with its 10-team membership, and the ACC, which has been more top-heavy in one division than the other.

But the move to deregulated conference title games could have an impact for the Sun Belt, which does not qualify for a league championship at present with 11 members.

The Sun Belt’s athletic directors and commissioner met last week in Phoenix, and while there is not yet unanimous support for a championship game, Louisiana-Lafayette athletic director Scott Farmer told The Advertiser that “the majority” of programs are interested.