SEC: Gene Chizik fired

Gene Chizik not spared Plains' wrath

November, 26, 2012
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.

Click here to read the rest of Ivan Maisel's story on Chizik.

Video: Auburn fires Gene Chizik

November, 25, 2012

ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low has the latest on Gene Chizik, who was fired Sunday after Auburn's rapid fall from a national champion to a winless SEC season.

Travis Haney: Candidates for Auburn job

November, 25, 2012
There are fewer head coaching jobs in the country with more "bosses" than the Auburn Tigers gig, because of the established and football-obsessed booster contingent on the Plains.

When things turn, they turn quickly. That was certainly the case for Gene Chizik, who was fired by the university Sunday.

Travis Haney takes a look at five potential candidates to replace Chizik Insider as the next Auburn head coach.

Gene Chizik fired at Auburn

November, 25, 2012
Two years ago, Auburn coach Gene Chizik was celebrating an undefeated season and a national championship. On Saturday, he coached his last game as the Tigers' head coach.

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Butch Dill/Getty ImagesGene Chizik was dismissed two years after leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957.
The dismissal of Chizik doesn't come as a surprise at all. Two years removed from a national championship, the Tigers ended the 2012 season 3-9 and went 0-8 in SEC play. It was Auburn's worst season since the Tigers went 3-8 overall and 1-7 in SEC play in 1998. It was also the first time Auburn went winless in SEC play since going 0-6 in 1980. The Tigers had never gone 0-8 against SEC opponents in a season.

The Tigers also finished the regular season near the bottom of the SEC in most major offensive and defensive categories and were outscored 340-224 this season, including 272-81 in SEC play.

It definitely didn't help that the Tigers suffered some absolutely embarrassing losses this season. A 63-21 loss to Texas A&M this season was the worst loss by Auburn since its 68-7 loss to Georgia Tech in 1917. Auburn was also shut out in its last two SEC games and was outscored 150-21 in its final three SEC contests. The Tigers have been outscored by archrival Alabama 91-14 in the past two years.

Although Auburn was relatively young this season, the product on the field wasn't getting better as the year went on, and two new coordinators didn't have much of a positive influence on the Tigers in games. With new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, the Tigers finished the season ranked 118th nationally in total offense (305 yards per game), and under new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, they ranked 84th in total defense (420.5).

Chizik finished his four-year Auburn career with a 33-19 record (with 14 of those wins coming during the 2010 season) and was 15-17 against SEC opponents. Since winning the national championship in 2010, the Tigers have gone just 11-14 and totally fell apart this fall. There just weren't enough positive signs for the future with Chizik in charge.

Check the SEC blog and for more on Chizik's firing.



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