UCF coach Gus Malzahn returns to spring football after personal trials

ORLANDO — Like most football coaches in the ever-changing world of college athletics, Gus Malzahn is beset by a variety of issues.

Lists have never been so unstable. The name, image, and likeness, combined with the transfer portal, led to a free agency-like trend. He fights to retain his own players who are recruited by power programs, while recruiting the next signature class and exploring the portal himself. The recruiting process has accelerated like never before, social media is changing the way players communicate, and bidding wars for prospects are now legal.

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