During Malzahn’s eight-year run at Auburn, he seemingly played hot potato with playcalling on offense. Multiple different offensive coordinators had turns calling plays, with Malzahn himself holding those duties for other periods of time.
As for what the plan will be at UCF, Malzahn confirmed this afternoon he won’t be ceding playcalling responsibilities any time soon–maybe ever.
“Definitely I’m gonna call plays. I’m gonna call plays the rest of my career,” Malzahn said, via 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello.
Gus Malzahn is finally free. "Definitely I'm gonna call plays. I'm gonna call plays the rest of my career."
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 15, 2021
Only time will tell how this decision plays out for Gus Malzahn. As Jason Kirk of the Shutdown Fullcast stated, there are positives and negatives to having Malzahn handle playcalling in addition to being the head coach.
There are four types of Gus years
People are happy Gus calls plays
People are mad Gus calls plays
People are happy Gus doesn't call plays
People are mad Gus doesn't call plays https://t.co/Jo3rmTtFKE
— Jason Kirk (@thejasonkirk) February 15, 2021
Malzahn brings an overall record of 77-38 as a head coach to Orlando. He went 68-35 at Auburn and 9-3 in one season at Arkansas State.