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ASU hires new football coach, fans react

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fans are already feeling "gust." Wednesday, Arkansas State University got some national attention as the university introduced their new Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn.

Since the news broke Tuesday night, fans have been flooding twitter, facebook, you name it. And at Wednesday's press conference, fans and the media both got a first glimpse of ASU's new head football coach.

"Oh it's crazy. It's everywhere. That's all everybody is talking about," said ASU fan Cory Garrison, who came to the ASU Convocation Center Wednesday with a plan. "I came to the press conference and had to get my bowl ticket," said Garrison.

He says there has been a lot of uncertainty since Hugh Freeze made the move to Ole Miss, but since the news hit the air-ways with the hire of new Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn...."Now it's like a complete 360. Everybody is so excited about the program, maybe even more excited than when Freeze was here," said Garrison.

Red Wolves Club President Doug Doggett says all the credit goes Dr. Dean Lee. "He always keeps a short list in his desk just in case. He always keeps a wish list and it just so happens that wish came true this time," said Doggett.

Longtime fan David Gary also made it out to the press conference. He says the new hire just brings that much more positive attention to the university. "It's just a big buzz. It's the best publicity. We're on ESPN and everything. It's just good," said Gary.

A buzz that was evident at the Central Box Office. "It's been non-stop. We've had a lot of people asking about season tickets and we can tell that these are new people," said Kenny Brewer.

The press conference Wednesday afternoon was insane with fans and media anxious to hear what Malzahn plans to bring to the table. For Gary, he just says it's the best case scenario.

"We're looking forward to seeing the staff he's going to put together, especially the defense. That's one of the biggest concerns right now is to get a defense back to the where it was. I think it's a great hire. A lot of people on the radio are talking about the hire of the year," said Gary.

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