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AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after their 27-24 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
In a move that the college football world has been expecting for weeks, Gene Chizik has been fired as the head football coach at Auburn. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs released a statement which read in part: After suffering some tough losses in a transition year in 2011, we had hoped our team would show improvement this season. Unfortunately, it has not. The competition in our league is fierce and is currently at an all-time high, and we cannot risk falling further behind by waiting another year and hoping for improvement. That is why after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach. My primary consideration in making this recommendation was doing what is in the best interests of our current student-athletes and the future of our football program. ...
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