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Auburn Football Coach Gene Chizik is out.
email | 11/25/12 | Gene Chizik

Posted on 11/25/2012 4:43:08 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks

To the Auburn Family:

I am very grateful for the opportunity that I had during the last four seasons to serve as the head football coach at Auburn University. I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure.

In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made.

While we experienced a tremendous low in 2012, I will always be proud of the incredible highs that we achieved, including three bowl victories, an SEC championship and a national championship.

I want to thank Dr. Gogue and Jay Jacobs for the great opportunity they gave me. I’m confident in their leadership ability to continue to move this football program forward.

I feel blessed to have been surrounded with so many great coaches, players and administrators that have worked relentlessly and dedicated themselves to this institution. I will miss not being able to continue to mentor these players on a daily basis. I’m confident these young men will continue to excel both on and off the field. They are a great group and I wish them nothing but the best.

I’ve been fortunate to spend seven years of my coaching career at Auburn, which is an incredible place to work and live. My family and I have been blessed to call Auburn home and look forward to remaining in the Auburn community.

I have said this many times, but the Auburn fans are the best in college football. They have an incredible passion and love for their school and I want to thank them for their support in good times and in bad times.

As I said four years ago when I arrived, Auburn was great way before we got here and it will remain great long after we leave. My sentiments about Auburn have not and will not change. I wish the next football coach all the best and I anticipate a smooth transition.

I encourage the Auburn family to continue to be ‘All In’ and support this great university and its athletics programs.

War Eagle!

Gene Chizik


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: athletics; auburn; big12; coach; collegefootball; garypinkel; mikealden; missouritigers; vanity; wareagle
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To: SeaHawkFan

How about Tommy Bowden as the new head coach? He has actually. had a good record. Maybe Baby Bowden poisoned the well for Bowdens at Auburn but I bet Tommy would do well unless he is retired.


51 posted on 11/25/2012 7:21:22 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Jemian

You have to admit that Saban took the foot off the accelerator at half time. He could have put up a whole lot more.

Steve Spurrier would have.


52 posted on 11/25/2012 7:24:00 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Jemian

Thanks, Jem.


53 posted on 11/25/2012 7:25:38 PM PST by lysie
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The athletic director @the Auburn needs to go as well. I never understood why they let Tubberville go except that Dye didnt like him. This has been a very frustrating year.


54 posted on 11/25/2012 7:36:16 PM PST by EmilyGeiger (s)
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To: yarddog

You are correct.

Gotta go now; I have some meetings. I’ll respond to pings late tonight (I am on the otherside of the world above Australia).


55 posted on 11/25/2012 7:37:31 PM PST by Jemian
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To: yarddog

Risk his starters? Nope.

Even though Bama are a-holes, Saban knows better.


56 posted on 11/25/2012 7:39:39 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Thanks.


57 posted on 11/25/2012 7:42:00 PM PST by petitfour
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To: hole_n_one

Tressel’s schtick was getting old at OSU before his downfall...it was time for him to go anyway.

OSU is no. 3 in basketball at the moment...playing Duke Wednesday night.


58 posted on 11/25/2012 7:42:17 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: Fiji Hill

Well, Pat Haden is a good and honorable AD. He will find a good (and honorable) coach, God-willing.


59 posted on 11/25/2012 7:42:17 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: nascarnation

part of the plan...all those coaches are white.


60 posted on 11/25/2012 7:43:36 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: hole_n_one

uh, it was 6 times! :-)


61 posted on 11/25/2012 7:45:02 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I have never understood why Auburn never gave Pat Sullivan a shot. He did fine at other schools. I guess he is now getting a little old now.


62 posted on 11/25/2012 7:45:49 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: MrChips
Well, Pat Haden is a good and honorable AD.

Seems he's become a Domer fan.

63 posted on 11/25/2012 7:49:38 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Memphis Moe

Jeff Fisher as in Jeffy from the Tennessee Titans? I love him. I’ve been mad at the Titans ever since they let him go.


64 posted on 11/25/2012 7:59:23 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Fiji Hill
He always was. Chose to QB at USC over ND, but it was a difficult choice for him. And, of course, later he employed his large Rhoades Scholar brain in announcing ND games for NBC . . . with the most intelligent and witty comments I have heard from any sportscaster, ever. And he was very fair 98% of the time. We miss him in that role. But, he is where he should be. Trust him to do good things at SC.

P.S. Wittek has a great future.

65 posted on 11/25/2012 7:59:45 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: yarddog

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Sullivan_(American_football)#Head_coaching_record


66 posted on 11/25/2012 8:02:23 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Jemian

Daughter mentioned in last week or so she’d like to try out for Tiger Eyes Dance Line . . . not sure how much competition there is but since she danced for 15 years and we probably spent 25-30K for dance, costumes & recitals . . . she misses dance but being the good conservative young lady she is, she also wants to apply to be an RA so she can earn free housing. I told her not to worry about the money and enjoy her freshman and sophomore years and IF she really wants to do RA she can try her jr. and or sr. year.


67 posted on 11/25/2012 8:02:36 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Jemian
To my fellow Auburn family here - I read this tonight on Facebook and could not agree more:

"We believe in Auburn and love it—not for the football team, but for the amazing experiences we had there as students, the degrees we earned that paved the way for our futures, and the classmates who turned into family. The football culture is fun, but Auburn is so much more than that (and not every school can say that). War Eagle!"

Yes - I still have respect for Coach Chizik and wish him well. My two Auburn college students could not watch the game as we were with family that they only see once a year.... Still LOVE Auburn - no matter what!!!

How is your ankle?

68 posted on 11/25/2012 8:07:36 PM PST by Momto2 (I am praying for Israel...)
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To: EmilyGeiger
I never understood why they let Tubberville go

I've always been a bit of a tub-er-vee-ull fan :^)

As far as Chizik...it does seem absurd that he would be let go so soon after a Nat. Championship...but then it's even more absurd that a team could fall to such depthsso fast. I mean they were getting beaten by good prgrams like directional schools normally are...not just getting beaten..getting flushed in the first half.
69 posted on 11/25/2012 8:13:25 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: MrChips

Seems I recall a story that both Haden and John McKay, Jr.—the son of the Trojans’ head coach—were sought by Notre Dame, and together, they flew over there to check out the school. However, it was the late fall or winter, and they only took light jackets. For some strange reason, they decided to stay in Southern California.


70 posted on 11/25/2012 8:14:02 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Good man, lousy coach. He made more $ in 4 years than I will see in my lifetime, so he’ll be OK. He will catch on as a defensive coordinator somewhere and return to his level of competence.


71 posted on 11/25/2012 8:19:17 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Fiji Hill

LOL! Yeah, there’s a reason they play in South Bend in mid-October and California in late November. Knute Rockne must have agreed to set it up that way. :-)


72 posted on 11/25/2012 8:34:11 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Fiji Hill

LOL! Yeah, there’s a reason they play in South Bend in mid-October and California in late November. Knute Rockne must have agreed to set it up that way. :-)


73 posted on 11/25/2012 8:36:51 PM PST by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: yarddog

I have never understood why Auburn never gave Pat Sullivan a shot. He did fine at other schools. I guess he is now getting a little old now.


If I recall. Sullivan was fighting cancer a few years ago...probably is not physically up to coaching...and he is in his early/mid-60’s by now


74 posted on 11/25/2012 8:37:04 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Marco Rubio is not a Conservative. "Amnesty Liberals" are never Conservative)
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To: hole_n_one

Wish the U of Iowa had the guts to do this. They are paying Kirk Ferentz almost $4 million a year, and he went 4-8 this year. That would be $1 million per win.

Notre Dame’s defensive coaching staff has 3 former Hawkeye players/coaches: Bobby Diaco, Kerry Cooks, and Bob Elliot. So the pattern continues, tons of former Hawkeye coaches play for National Championships, and Iowa has a losing record against Iowa State, Northwestern, and Minnesota under 14 seasons of Ferentz. He only had a winning record against Paterno at Penn State; now that he’s gone, Iowa lost to them 38-14 this year.


75 posted on 11/25/2012 8:56:49 PM PST by hawkeye101 (Well done is better than well said.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

He had the talent to win, but player development and retention was terrible. Auburn lost an unusually high number of players before their eligibility ran out, and many of the highly rated players did not pan out. They caught lightning in a bottle with Cam Newton, but after that, poor coaching took its toll.


76 posted on 11/25/2012 9:16:00 PM PST by yawningotter
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To: Jemian

The only question is will Charlie Strong go to Arkansas, Tennessee or Auburn.


77 posted on 11/25/2012 9:45:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I have never seen state media so one sided as those of this state. I do not read any sports articles of the papers here or watch tv sports. It is disgusting. With fans like some on the sports sites, AU deserves better. A friend who played for AU is quite upset with some fans’ attitude of telling others to not support AU.


78 posted on 11/25/2012 10:07:23 PM PST by MamaB
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To: Jemian

Well said, Jemian....I agree. I hope a new coach is found quickly. Better days are ahead.

WAR EAGLE!!


79 posted on 11/26/2012 4:06:41 AM PST by jch10 (7th generation Floridian)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Nice signoff.
This coach will find another college willing to bring him in. A national championship ex-head coach will not go overlooked for long. Especially with his overall record.


80 posted on 11/26/2012 4:33:16 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Jemian
"It is STILL great to be an Auburn Tiger! War Eagle!

Well said, Jemian. I have been an Auburn fan (student then alum) for 46 years and have seen many many highs and lows. It's to be expected. But above it all we are always ready to proclaim a hearty and proud "WAR EAGLE!"

81 posted on 11/26/2012 5:10:39 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

To paraphrase Gunny Ermey in Full Metal Jacket:

Not even a reach-around for Cam Newton!


82 posted on 11/26/2012 5:52:30 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The other guy Auburn should go after is James Franklin, look what the guy has already done at Vanderbilt....and they are sure can’t match the dollars the other SEC schools would be willing to throw at him.


83 posted on 11/26/2012 2:17:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I am an Auburn Golden Eagle. Have loved Auburn all my life. I was at the presentation for the National Championship Trophy in 1957 and went out to the National Championship game in 2010. This was the hardest season I have ever experienced. It was so evident that there were some deep issues,but no one seemed to have an idea what they were. Even some past players I talked to seemed puzzled.

I just hope that somehow, the committee comes up with a really good strong coach. I also hope that that coach can instill the Auburn spirit and traditions back into the team.

84 posted on 11/26/2012 2:32:06 PM PST by AUsome Joy
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To: Qwackertoo

That’s him; Jeff Fisher who now coaches the Rams. Jeff’s son is on the Auburn football team.


85 posted on 11/29/2012 7:27:14 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: yarddog

Pat Sullivan, football coach of Samford University, is on a committee of three to select the next Auburn football coach.


86 posted on 11/29/2012 7:29:22 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: dfwgator

Supposedly Bobby Petrino has the inside track.


87 posted on 11/29/2012 7:31:40 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: Jemian

Jeff Fisher who now coaches the St. Louis Rams. Jeff’s son is on the Auburn football team.

Talk is Bobby Petrino is the guy at the top of the list.


88 posted on 11/29/2012 7:33:52 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: Memphis Moe

I have had to grit my teeth and bite my tongue when we had a coach whose behavior was not worthy of emulation. I would have to do that again should Petrino get the job.


89 posted on 11/29/2012 7:41:55 PM PST by Jemian
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