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Gus Malzahn's coaching odyssey

Originally Published: January 8, 2011
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gus Malzahn's first game as football coach at Shiloh Christian High School was in 1996 against Prairie Grove, a miniscule map dot in Northwest Arkansas near the Oklahoma border.

It did not portend future greatness.

The scoreboard tilted in favor of Prairie Grove. Adding injury to insult, Shiloh Christian players started dropping with cramps -- so many of them, recalls Jimmy Dykes, the school's athletic director at the time, that their opponents had to help ...

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