Arkansas State DC Hot Board

AStateNation.com is your only source for everything Arkansas State Athletics including the current coaching search by Gus Malzahn for a defensive coordinator for the Red Wolves. Go "Inside" to get our take on Malzahn's search for a new DC. Here are six names, two that we have recently confirmed it appears recently interviewing for the position.

Mike Dubose
Current Position:
Former Defensive Coordinator at Memphis, Former Head Coach Milsaps, University of Alabama
Age:
NA
Overall record:
NA
Salary:
N/A
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Recently completed the 2011 season as Defensive Coordinator at Memphis. The former head coach at Alabama, also has coached at Milsaps College as the Head Man.
Positives:
He is a big name to some, especially in the coaching fraternity
Negatives:
What have you done for me lately comes to mind here, Memphis defense wasn't very good.

Keith Burns
Current Position:
Former Co-DC at Ole Miss in 2011
Age:
NA
Overall record:
NA
Salary:
NA
Buyout:
NA
Notable:
Keith Burns has a wealth of coaching experience. Was a Head Coach at Tulsa, former coordinator at Arkansas and other impressive stops.
Positives:
Known as a defensive mind, also has a reputation of being a great recruiter.
Negatives:
Was only at Ole Miss for one year, not really long enough to see how successful he would be on the Rebels staff.

John Thompson
Current Position:
Current Defensive Coordinator at Georgia State
Age:
NA
Overall record:
NA
Salary:
NA
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
A name that is very familiar in Arkansas coaching circles. Former AD at Central Arkansas, known as an aggressive defensive mind.
Positives:
Known for aggressive defenses, was thought to be a top candidate for Hugh Freeze last December.
Negatives:
Didn't want to make a move last year due to family, hearing that might not be the case this year.

Tyrone Nix
Current Position:
Former Defensive coordinator at Ole Miss
Age:
Overall record:
NA
Salary:
N/A
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Currently unemployed after spending the last four years at DC at Ole Miss under Houston Nutt
Positives:
A solid defensive coordinator who did good things at Ole Miss in years one and two. A big name which would help in recruiting.
Negatives:
Last two years Ole Miss defenses were not very good, perhaps a big understatement.

Art Kaufman
Current Position:
Former Defensive Coordinator at North Carolina
Age:
NA
Overall record:
NA
Salary:
NA
Buyout:
NA
Notable:
This 27 year college coaching veteran recently spent the last three years as DC at North Carolina. Currently unemployed.
Positives:
A veteran coordinator who has had a lot of success at a lot of different schools. Including time at Middle Tennessee.
Negatives:
His age might be a concern, how many years he has left in his career.

Keith Patterson
Current Position:
Current Co Defensive Coordinator at Pittsburgh
Age:
NA
Overall record:
Salary:
N/A
Buyout:
N/A
Notable:
Spent the last year as Co-Defensive Coordinator at Pitt, not expected to stay on new coaching staff.
Positives:
Came to Pitt from Tulsa where he spent seven seasons on the defensive side of the ball and the last four as Co Coordinator
Negatives:
Left behind when Pitt's first year head coach Todd Graham left abruptly to Arizona State.