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Friday night was a big deal for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn as he was inducted into the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame.

Malzahn was inducted into the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame Friday/Todd Van Emst photo

Malzahn coached high school football in the state of Arkansas for 15 years winning state championships at Shiloh in 1998 and 1999 and Springdale in 2005.

“It’s a special night for me, it’s a special honor,” Malzahn told Friday night.

Opposing fans try to insult Malzahn by calling him “a high school coach” but he embraces his roots and where he’s come from. He’s proud to be a high school coach and very proud of the legacy he’s left in his home state of Arkansas.....

I like current Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler a lot. He’s a stand-up guy and I don’t think he got a fair shake at Auburn with personnel that didn’t fit his system, a meddling head coach and a staff that wasn’t exactly, ‘All-In.’

But I was alarmed to read in the AJC that Loeffler had told 4-star quarterback Jacob Park from Stratford in Goose Creek, S.C., to hold off committing last fall.

“Actually, on my birthday (Oct. 12), I was going to commit,” Park told the AJC. “Then Coach Loeffler kind of said under his hat that some things might be happening. ‘I don’t know if you want to commit right now.’ I was also hearing from my coach and all over the media that something was about to happen at Auburn. I held off from committing, and I’m glad I did.”

For the record, Auburn was 1-4 on Oct. 12 and would fall to 1-5 a day later after a 41-20 loss at Ole Miss.

Look, I completely understand what Loeffler did. He built up a close and trusting relationship with Park and was honest and realistic that there was a chance he and this staff were going to be fired after the season.

Loeffler was at Auburn for one year.

But the bottom line is Loeffler was being paid a lot of money to represent the Auburn football program and its best interests. And whether it was “the right” thing to do or not, he should have been recruiting Park and all of Auburn’s targets as though he was going to be at AU for another decade.

Imagine if word leaked out last October that Loeffler had told Auburn’s top quarterback target at the time to hold off on a commitment. That would have gotten ugly fast and probably been national news.....

The video of Jeremy Hill punching a man outside of a bar in Baton Rouge, La., is disturbing.

Hill, who was already on probation for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year old when he was in high school, pleaded guilty to simple battery and received a six-month suspended sentence. He was suspended indefinitely by LSU in April and his status for the 2013 season is unknown.

What’s most disturbing to me is that Hill, who is 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, came up from behind and sucker-punched the victim, which he and his friends apparently thought was amusing.

Many schools stopped recruiting Hill after his high school arrest but LSU gave him a second chance. He responded by leading the Tigers in rushing as a freshman last fall with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Will LSU coach Les Miles give Hill a third chance? Probably. I certainly wouldn’t. The best thing for Hill might be to get him out of his hometown of Baton Rouge and at a smaller, lower-profile school.

We’ll see what Miles has to say about it Thursday at SEC Media Days.....

According to multiple media reports, NCAA President Mark Emmert received compensation of $1.7 million in 2011. This is a man that has headed up one of the worst periods in NCAA history.

He’s been portrayed in a series of articles including an incriminating one in Sports Illustrated as all flash and no substance. As a leader more interested in looking good than doing good.

Emmert has emasculated the NCAA enforcement staff, pushed for overreaching penalties against Penn State and bungled attempts at needed reforms in the recruiting process by ignoring input from coaches and administrators that are part of the day-to-day process.

How anyone at the NCAA or in college athletics can justify paying Emmert, who is the head of a non-profit organization that promotes amateurism, close to $2 million is beyond comprehension.

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