ATLANTA -- Gene Chizik isn’t happy, but he’s not letting his frustration get the best of him.
He simply doesn’t have the time.
With the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virgina to prepare for as both Auburn’s head coach and defensive coordinator, Chizik can't worry about the fact that star running back Michael Dyer will be missing on offense after being indefinitely suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.
“It’s extremely disappointing, but we’re not going to dwell on the ones that aren’t here,” Chizik said at Monday’s Chick-fil-A bowl news conference.
With Dyer out for the bowl game, Chizik said he will turn to junior running back Onterio McCalebb and freshman Tre Mason to get the bulk of carries out of the backfield. He’ll also work with a few other offensive players back there, but wouldn’t disclose any names Monday.
“We have a good plan,” he said. “Both of those guys will certainly up their load. We’re committed to running the same things with different people.”
McCalebb ran for 532 yards and four touchdowns this season, while Mason ran for 97 with no touchdowns.
Chizik wouldn’t go into any details as to why Dyer was suspended and would only say that he has some work to do before he can come back to Auburn’s football team.
“He won’t be practicing for the bowl game. He won’t be playing in the bowl game,“ Chizik said. “If you see him back at Auburn, that means he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do to get back in an Auburn uniform.”