Originally written on The Lady Sportswriter  |  Last updated 11/25/12

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
It was only a matter of time before Gene Chizik received his walking papers and there seemed to be no better time than following a 49-0 drubbing by Auburn’s most-heated rival, The Alabama Crimson Tide. A drubbing that was made all the worse by its implications: a win by Alabama meant a trip to the SEC Championship and a potential berth in the National Championship game. The Tigers tumble is one that has been well-documented as it was only two seasons ago, behind the arm and legs of quarterback Cam Newton, that the Tigers took home the National Championship. Two years later, Auburn is the beneficiary of 10 straight SEC losses and a team that finishes the season not only minus a bowl bid, but ranked near the bottom of the league in just about every major statistical category. Even Ole Miss, a team that has been a perpetual whipping post in the SEC West over the last four or five years will be invited to a bowl this season—a sign of the changing dynamic of the SEC West. Potential candidates are already surfacing—Gus Malzahn, Bobby Petrino, and Kirby Smart have all been named as possibilities—but you can bet Auburn [...]
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