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Auburn Fans Aren’t Too Happy With the Gene Chizik Hiring

The first question I always ask when a team fires a coach is, “Who are they going to hire that’s better than what they have?” It’s the same reason I criticized Mississippi State’s firing of Sylvester Croom — what good is it to hire Florida’s offensive coordinator if he can’t bring Tebow along with him to Starkville? And that’s the same reason I thought it was a bad idea for Auburn to fire Tommy Tuberville. If you’re Auburn, how can you possibly convince yourself and your fans that bringing in Gene Chizik — he of the 5-19 record with Iowa State the last two years — is better for your program than having Tuberville as the coach?

OK, so Chizik did some really good things when he was Tuberville’s defensive coordinator at Auburn from ’02-’04 (including the 13-0 season), but what was so special about the Texas defense he led the two years after that? If I remember correctly, it was the Vince Young-led offense that was so impressive, not the Longhorns defense. And then at Iowa State, going 3-9 and 2-10? How is that a sign of doing a good job? I’m just left here scratching my head, as apparently were many Auburn fans. Check out the greeting they gave athletic director Jay Jacobs when he returned from signing Chizik.

I really can’t blame them.



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  • Gene

    I’m guessing that Auburn wanted a coach who was part of the “Auburn family”. Chizik successfully coached in the SEC. He was Assistant Coach of the Year the season that Auburn was undefeated and uninvited.

    He probably knows a lot of high school coaches and players from the southern states, and he probably is held in high esteem by Auburn boosters.

    That being said, I thought Auburn could have come up with someone with ties to the program and the geographical area who had a more distinguished record and could compete on many levels with the likes of Nick Saban at Alabama.

    Chizik is in tough. Auburn has unrealistically high expectations. They just fired a man who beat Alabama six straight times, had an undefeated season, and won the second most games of any SEC coach during his tenure.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Auburn has unrealistically high expectations. They just fired a man who beat Alabama six straight times, had an undefeated season, and won the second most games of any SEC coach during his tenure.

    That’s what makes it so tough to take the job, you know, except for the $2mil a year salary