Serve no master but your own ambition.
If he takes it, you know Saban won't have him coach in the NC.
He's liked by most of the *barn fans, it's a step up for Malzahn, he's coached there before, there are enough offensive players for him work with and he's a solid recruiter (so barners say).
JMO, but if it were Petrino, I think they'd have hired him already. I think they've probably took a shot and offered Strong and maybe Patterson from the get-go, but have had to look down their list.
As for KS, CNS encourages his assistants to interview whenever they have the opportunity, so I read nothing into it at this point other than that.
If he does accept the AU job, he needs to go ahead and part ways and not coach in the BCS championship game. I would not be bitter about him taking the job, it's just the fact that he would not be 100% committed to us or the game, and on the flip side would not be 100% committed to AU coaching in the game. It's really a conflict of interest both ways. Most AU fans can't stand the fact of us winning another championship and their coach would be helping us do that.
Didn't your OC call your game in New Orleans last year after taking his current head coaching job? Why would you not want Smart doing the same thing if he is hired by another school?
IMO, it would be very foolish to do otherwise with Smart.
They need a fast paced offensive minded coach like Petrino or Malzahn. My hunch is that if Petrino had support from Jacobs, he would already have the job.......so Malzahn is the obvious choice. Certainly they understand that they can't emulate Bama a la Pat Dye, but are going to have to Ying to our Yang. That's how they won in 2010, and will be the reason they hire Malzahn. Hiring Coach Smart would be a disaster from him as well as their program imo.