It is too simple, and not entirely correct, to say that the "legion of skeptics, critics and naysayers" who attacked Auburn for hiring Gene Chizik four years ago have been awarded the last laugh.
That quote comes from the jacket of "All In," the book that Chizik wrote last year after he coached the Tigers to the 2010 BCS National Championship. And while the legion enjoys its schadenfreude, it must be remembered outside the confines of the Loveliest Village on the Plains that 2010 happened.
It happened under Chizik's watch, no matter that he arrived at Auburn from Iowa State with a 5-19 career record as a head coach, no matter that this season Auburn fell faster than Wile E. Coyote parachuting with an anvil.
Saturday, the Tigers finished 3-9 by losing the Iron Bowl to Alabama 49-0. Sunday, Chizik leaves Auburn with a career record of 38-38. He has won as many games as he lost, same as when he arrived at Iowa State in November 2006. That is beyond comic, for since 2004, Chizik's career has whipsawed between the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.