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Kristi Malzahn, wife of Auburn assistant football coach Gus Malzahn, was among friends when she appeared Oct. 6 at The Summit luncheon series sponsored by Cross Church, the Springdale-based megachurch.

She was interviewed by pastor Ronnie Floyd, who knew the Fort Smith native well from her days with Gus as a coach at the affiliated Shiloh Christian School.

Maybe Floyd didn't know her well enough.

In the video, he seems to laugh a little nervously as she talked loudly and volubly about her happiness at being an empty nester, about the long hours that her husband works, about how much they dislike Alabama, about Lou Holtz's lisp and about questionable recruiting techniques, among much else.

She mentioned players – Cam Newton very favorably; Michael Dyer of Little Rock not so favorably.

Words don't do the performance justice. The video went viral, particularly a heavily edited version by an Alabama fan. It won her little praise. "Wackjob" was applied liberally used by blog commenters.

Monday, as the video multiplied on blogs across the country, Cross Church removed the video from its archive and sent notice to YouTube that it was asserting a copyright claim, which forced its removal from YouTube sites.

The Internet being the Internet, you could still find copies. It's a certainty that Malzahn's future employers – he's been mentioned as a candidate for the head job at North Carolina – will obtain a screener. And it seems likely Gus might repeat what Kristi reported him telling her often: "... like, shut up."

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