The last 36 hours have produced reports of all kinds. On Monday, the Alabama Reporter reported that former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had met with "Auburn Energy Brokers." Auburn.
Amidst the tangle of rumors that surrounded the tragedy between millionaire boosters, retired head coaches, beleaguered coaches and school administrators, Malzahn himself was Tuesday in South Carolina with a person far removed from all this drama.
Luke Deal, a serious player who will register early in Auburn, had his home visit with Malzahn and his assistant Larry Porter. Deal entered the day with enthusiasm and left the day with enthusiasm for Malzahn and Auburn. In the meantime, he has been reassured.
"You can see on Twitter that some of these rumors have already been skewed," Deal told AL.com on Tuesday night. "He just reassured me that he will coach this year. So, I mean, you know what, I'm not worried. "
Deal is a three star Emerald High School in Greenwood, South Carolina. That's where Malzahn was today, taking pictures with students, teachers and even the school principal on a photo where Malzahn's Auburn brooch is twisted to the side. Deal said that Malzahn was a celebrity on campus today.
The drama surrounding Malzahn was not discussed in conversations with these people at school, but Deal did not deny that rumors existed elsewhere. And since Deal was planning to register early and settle on campus in December during bowling practices, he admitted that Malzahn's job security was relevant.
"It's obviously a concern for everyone in this kind of situation as quickly as I do," said Deal. "But I mean, he's already gone through this period. Rumors are rife, college football is such a big deal that it's happening like that. Knowing that he is going to be my coach and that Porter's coach will be my coaching position is such a relief. "
Deal's father, Chis Deal, who took his day's work for the visit, highly appreciated Malzahn and said he was confident that Malzahn would be his son's head coach. He would not talk about the details of the conversation, but added, "I'll say it, I'm very happy with the conversation we had. I am delighted that my son is being coached by a man of high morality and high ethics. "
Chris Deal added that other college football programs have used this perceived uncertainty in their recruitment efforts, but he has not changed Luke's commitment to Auburn.