As for Malazhan... its pretty much an extension of Gene chizik. After the game against oregon, gus was raved as an offensive genius and really should of cashed it in for a big time job then instead the following year his credibility was hit with massive uncertanty and he had to settle for ARKST. Arkst played in an easy conference and gus thrived because of it. When Jay called it pretty much spelled the doom for Auburn. Instead of hiring a smashmouth coach and cashing in on probably the best chance they have to get good physical players, they hire Gene Chizik v 2.0. Gus hired ellis Johnson which doesnt solve one of Auburn's most gaping problems that their defense cant tackle anyone.
As for Butch Jones he is a great game time coach and he has inherited a very talented team, and I can see 7 to 9 wins his first season because of it. Talk about him following chip kelly all you want to but you dont just win 4 out of 6 conference titles just because of the previous coach.