Auburn Reaches New Lows with Chizik FiringAuburn dismissed Gene Chizik as its head football coach, this weekend, after one of the more tumultuous seasons in school history. This firing came only a day after the Tigers suffered devastating loss to archrival Alabama 49-0.
It’s really remarkable to see how the administration has turned on Chizik. Granted, this season proved to be one of the worst in the school’s history. The Tigers finished the season at 3-9 with an 0-8 SEC record.
Yes, there are no excuses for the way the 2012 season played out. When you’re the head coach of an SEC program, you’re held to a higher standard.
Still, you would think there would be some grace period for Chizik. Only two seasons ago, the Tigers had a perfect 14-0 season, culminating in the school’s first national championship in decades. Auburn, a school which had always lived in the shadow of rival Alabama, was finally king of the college football world.
No one had any complaints about Chizik then. Even with allegations that star quarterback Cam Newton received improper benefits from boosters, no one dared to even consider the notion that Chizik was bad for the university.
Recent reports say that the NCAA is investigating the Auburn football program. In time, after the findings are released, the school may use the report as one of the reasons that it had to make a change in leadership.
Now, athletic director Jay Jacobs has the unenviable task of trying to find a suitable replacement to help guide the program back to prominence, but this coaching job might not be as desirable as one might expect. The job security at Auburn is tenuous to say the least and who wants to be the guy who has to recruit against Nick Saban.
One coach who would might make sense would be former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. The offensive architect of Auburn’s national title team, Malzahn left in 2011 to become the head coach at Arkansas State. He would seem to be a natural fit for Auburn’s program.
In a way, Auburn fans’ feelings towards Coach Chizik have come full circle. They were upset when he was hired, then they adored him, and now they are happy he’s gone. That sure was fast.
Photo Credit: al.com/Gene Chizik
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