Originally written on Aaron Torres Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14
During the course of Auburn’s disastrous 2012 season, the cliché tagline that got thrown around about former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was as follows: The man never did a damn thing as a head coach without Cam Newton as his quarterback. Between stops at Iowa State and Auburn, Chizik has a record of just 24-33 with anyone other than Newton playing quarterback for him. He was 14-0 with a National Championship when Killa Cam was under center.   Honestly though, I never really thought that argument was very fair. To say that Chizik never had success without Cam would be to imply that the 2009 and 2011 seasons never happened. They did. Auburn improved by three wins in Chizik’s first year on the Plains (from 5-7 before he got there to 8-5 in 2009) and won eight more games against college football’s toughest schedule in 2011 (all five of the Tigers’ losses were to teams which won at least nine games). That is a credit to Chizik and his staff.   And it’s that last part- where ...
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