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Auburn coach Gene Chizik loosens up -- a little

Updated: December 29, 2010, 6:37 PM ET
By Dave Wilson

Gene Chizik has come a long way. His career path took the old-fashioned route, starting as a graduate assistant at Clemson, with stops at Middle Tennessee, Stephen F. Austin and Central Florida before hitting the top-tier jobs.

He's a hard-nosed defensive coach who has blended his knowledge gleaned from years of working for others while also venturing out for advice.

"That's where I've learned to put together what I believe in, and I believe very strongly in things, ...

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