With the abrupt departure of Coach Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State athletic administration is conducting it's second straight coaching search in the last two years.
Last year at this time, Hugh Freeze departed to SEC Ole Miss after leading the Red Wolves to a 10-2 record and an undisputed Sun Belt Conference Championship.
This season Gus Malzahn, a former SEC offensive coordinator, led Arkansas State to a 9-3 record and another conference championship.
AStateNation.com feels that the ASU Athletic coaching search team led by new athletic director Terry Mohajir will look to go after another offensive mind that runs a similar wide open offense such as Freeze and Malzahn.
One Coach that fits that bill is Kliff Kingsbury of Texas A&M.
One of the hottest names in college football as far as assistant coaches are concerned has to be Kingsbury of Texas A&M. The 33 year old Texas native, had an eight year career playing quarterback in the NFL after a very successful college career at Texas Tech University under Coach Mike Leach.
Kingsbury is coming off a great season in College Station, where the Aggies are currently 10-2 and headed to the Cotton Bowl.
Kingsbury who serves as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at A&M also gets a lot of credit for his development of red shirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel known as "Johnny Football" and is probably the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.
Kingsbury comes from the University of Houston where he played a key role in the Cougar's record-setting 13-victory season in 2011. The Cougars finished 2011 with a 13-1 record and posted the program's highest final BCS finish in school history.
Kingsbury served as co-offensive coordinator and QB Coach for the Cougars and was named Offensive coordinator of the Year By Football Scoop.com. The Cougars led the nation in total offense, passing offense and scoring in 2011, while record-setting quarterback Case Keenum placed seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and won the Sammy Baugh Award.
WHY KINGSBURY WOULD BE A PERFECT FIT AT ARKANSAS STATE:It's believed that ASU is looking for a coach that has experience developing college quarterbacks. Kingsbury may be one of the best in the business in this area.
It's thought that ASU will not be afraid to go after a young up and coming coach such as Kingsbury, affording him his first opportunity to run his own program.
Kingsbury is reportedly making $400,000 a year at Texas AM
WHY ASU COULD LAND KINGSBURY: I'm sure Kingsbury is aware of the fact that the last two coaches at Arkansas State have become head coaches in the SEC.
Kingsbury could get a raise at ASU, and the chance of becoming a Head Football Coach.
POSITIVES ABOUT HIRING KINGSBURY: With his talent of teaching and developing quarterbacks, and his air raid offenses, he has the talents that ASU is looking for.
Kingsbury is known as a great recruiter and has a lot of connections with high school coaches in the state of Texas.
WHY KINGSBURY MAY NOT HAPPEN AT ASU:The fact that Johnny Manziel is a red shirt freshman and the probable winner of the Heisman, and has at least a couple of more seasons at AM is reason enough.
It may be hard to convince Kingsbury away from College Station, with the Aggies having a chance to possibly playing for a National Championship.
CHANCES OF LANDING KINGSBURY: 45%
With the abrupt departure of Coach Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State athletic administration is conducting it's second straight coaching search in the last two years. AStateNation will spend the next few days looking at some of the possible coaching candidates that could be the next Head Football Coach at Arkansas State. Go "Inside" to learn more about Kliff Kingsbury.