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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


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KEYWORDS: athletics; auburn; big12; coach; collegefootball; garypinkel; mikealden; missouritigers; vanity; wareagle
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1 posted on 11/25/2012 4:43:15 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Jemian; del4hope; gov_bean_ counter; dfwgator

Ping


2 posted on 11/25/2012 4:44:44 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I think everyone knew that at halftime.

Hard to believe he went from NC to bottom dweller in such a short time.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 4:47:54 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Let’s hope a simialr post is made substituting the names USC, Trojans and Lane Kiffin.


4 posted on 11/25/2012 4:48:34 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Jemian

as for yesterday, ouch!


5 posted on 11/25/2012 4:49:06 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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To: hole_n_one
simialr s/b similar

hic

6 posted on 11/25/2012 4:50:03 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Summary: I sucked. Bye.


7 posted on 11/25/2012 4:51:11 PM PST by polkajello
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Next coach of the Missouri Tigers after they fire Gary Pinkel.


8 posted on 11/25/2012 4:58:06 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

He did well at Iowa State, but wanted to go to a bigger school (and one where he had a history).

Looks like he made a poor choice.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 4:59:33 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

In football and other sports, failure means firing and replacement. Too bad voters are not as demanding.


10 posted on 11/25/2012 5:01:15 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Freshman Auburn Mom here . . . daughter majoring in Chem. Eng. is in the band, they knew they were going to lose last night. Even at the games, the fans are still great.

War Eagle!


11 posted on 11/25/2012 5:02:55 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: Clint N. Suhks

Freshman Auburn Mom here . . . daughter majoring in Chem. Eng. is in the band, they knew they were going to lose last night. Even at the games, the fans are still great.

War Eagle!


12 posted on 11/25/2012 5:02:55 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: Clint N. Suhks

Danny Hope out at Purdue also.

Must be pink slip Sunday.


13 posted on 11/25/2012 5:03:44 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: hole_n_one
Let’s hope a simialr post is made substituting the names USC, Trojans and Lane Kiffin.

Teradittos!

14 posted on 11/25/2012 5:03:44 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Qwackertoo

Clint Jr is a junior and a half and he didn’t even watch. And we sent him to the National Championship for his Christmas present. Mrs S is on the Parent’s Association Executive Committee and she wanted to turn it off at halftime but I made her watch. Morale is low and it’s very sad with the circumstances.


15 posted on 11/25/2012 5:25:25 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: hole_n_one

Pre-season No 1 and ends the season unranked...my OSU Buckeyes are in much better hands with Urban Development.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 5:26:09 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: nascarnation

Boston College and NC State also in the news...


17 posted on 11/25/2012 5:28:16 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: redgolum

He did well at Iowa State


He was 5-19 at ISU.
Now that I think about it.................that is a pretty good record for ISU.


18 posted on 11/25/2012 5:37:44 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Unemployment continues to surge under Baraq!


19 posted on 11/25/2012 5:42:49 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

At least four new coaches next year in the SEC: Tennessee, UK, Auburn and Arkansas.


20 posted on 11/25/2012 5:43:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks

They got skunked yesterday; ouch.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 5:51:14 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Word


22 posted on 11/25/2012 5:56:32 PM PST by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: redgolum

He went 3-9 and 2-10 at Iowa State.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 5:59:09 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I think several things happened. I think after the loss to LSU some finger pointed started. It was clear that neither Frazier or Mosley were up to the task the team stopped believing they could win. Finally I think the younger players succumbed to the media whispering campaign that said a NCAA investigation into Memphis football was going to pull in Auburn. Chizik nor his coaching staff could get out front of these issues and the situation snowballed into what we have today.< p>He is a good man. Perhaps in over his head. The Auburn athletic department is going to have to develop a strategy to deal with an openly hostile state sports media. I’ve been following Auburn football for 40 years. We knew the media played up Bama and dealt with it. We are operating in a completely different environment driven mostly by Danny Sheridan and Paul Finebaum. They don’t even attempt neutrality and are at best adversarial. Very unprofessional, if not out and out corrupt.


24 posted on 11/25/2012 6:01:34 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
What was with them hoisting the sole reason (Tressel) for their, to say the least, awkward predicament, being 12-0 and going nowhere on their shoulders before the game against Michigan?

They seem to be pretty good at football.............

but not all that bright.

25 posted on 11/25/2012 6:06:52 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Fiji Hill
5 times they run a play inside the Notre Dame two yard line and they come away with nada.

UGLY!

26 posted on 11/25/2012 6:11:27 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

Ugly, indeed. I was there last night.


27 posted on 11/25/2012 6:16:45 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; GizmosAndGadgets; NonValueAdded; del4hope; MamaB; LowOiL; Jemian; LBKQ; lysie; ...

Thanks for the ping, Clint. I saw the stories earlier this morning (for me, it is Monday morning) but, frankly, I didn’t have the heart to print it.

This is not a surprise. I wish we could have scored something at the Iron Bowl. However, that is in the past.

I wish Gene Chizik and the coaches my best wishes. They are truly men with whom I wish to associate and can value as role models.

However, it isn’t enough to be a good person; you have to be also competent at your job. Apparently, Chizik wasn’t. I think the NC was obtained with mostly Tuberville recruits and Cam. Chizik just got lucky.

I wish Jay Jacobs had gotten the boot as well. He has brought the overall sports program down and needs to be doing something else.

Sorry, list, that I was late pinging you. I had to teach a few classes.


28 posted on 11/25/2012 6:22:59 PM PST by Jemian
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To: cornfedcowboy

Which at the time, was a good record.


29 posted on 11/25/2012 6:23:04 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Qwackertoo

It is STILL great to be an Auburn Tiger!

War Eagle!


30 posted on 11/25/2012 6:24:43 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Jemian
I'm a Samford graduate, but an Auburn fan for 40 years.

War Eagle to you and have a blessed evening.

31 posted on 11/25/2012 6:28:12 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Thank you and blessings to you as well.

War Eagle!


32 posted on 11/25/2012 6:32:08 PM PST by Jemian
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To: gov_bean_ counter
NCAA investigation into Memphis football was going to pull in Auburn

Gotta link? I had no idea. Putting up with the BS about Cam his entire season and now this? WTF!

33 posted on 11/25/2012 6:32:37 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I watched. I always hope to catch a glimpse of her when they show the band. :) One of her friends from high school played the year they won the Championship and two of her friends at the other school got to play at last years Championship and might get to play again this year. I did buy me a Tiger Eyes Championship Hoodie and a Season Record or whatever showing teams and scores from two years ago so will wear them both in good health when visiting Auburn. :) Good that you made Mrs. S watch. haha :)

War Eagle!


34 posted on 11/25/2012 6:41:52 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: Clint N. Suhks

The story has been circulating since September, however this version just happened to appear on Iron Bowl week. Somebody allegidly submetted a false HS transcript for an AU signee. Auburn reported the discrepancy. End of story for Auburn. Any recent NCAA activity in Auburn would be investigating football in Memphis. Several schools have been interviewed. BTW, the “source” for the Yahoo story was Alabama (state of) media.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaaf—sources—ncaa-investigating-auburn-s-football-program-201343758.html


35 posted on 11/25/2012 6:44:22 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I think it was also the LSU game that the very young coaching assistant or not sure of his title from Huntsville died right before the game. I didn’t even know until afterwards but I know the team and all the coaching staff were aware. Never heard anything else. So young, so sad.


36 posted on 11/25/2012 6:44:31 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

Yes it is, War Eagle!


37 posted on 11/25/2012 6:46:46 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: Qwackertoo

I believe you are correct. I had forgotten about that.


38 posted on 11/25/2012 6:47:03 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Sounds like Alabama media takes its queues from the 0bama media.


39 posted on 11/25/2012 6:47:45 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Qwackertoo; Jemian
Jemian was an AU Band geek I mean member. hehehe...
40 posted on 11/25/2012 6:51:40 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

ESPN later ran with the story and referenced Yahoo and The Birmingham News (which referenced the Yahoo story). Yep, does sound like the Obama media.


41 posted on 11/25/2012 6:53:09 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

What instrument? My daughter is in the Mello section. Although she plays clarinet and alto sax for other concert and jazz bands.

I remember when she was texting me from the bus for her very first game @ Auburn going to the Georgia Dome earlier this year . . . she said she felt almost like royalty or something with the state trooper escort and getting to run the red lights in town on the motor coaches. haha and wifi and tv’s on the bus . . . vs. the ole yeller Madison County school buses she was accustomed to. haha


42 posted on 11/25/2012 6:55:45 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: Clint N. Suhks; Qwackertoo

Still am, actually. I majored in music ed and married a band director. Lost cause, actually.


43 posted on 11/25/2012 7:01:12 PM PST by Jemian
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To: redgolum
“He did well at Iowa State, but wanted to go to a bigger school “

I was elated when he left Iowa State. He never wanted to be here.
We have a great coach now in Paul Rhodes who loves the state and Iowa State University.
Chizik could have cared less for our state and our team. He had no desire to go out and recruit in state athletes.

He seemed to be a good coach however; surprised to see him let go so soon after winning so big.

44 posted on 11/25/2012 7:01:28 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: Jemian

Will Auburn try to lure Nick Saban away from Alabama?

How about Jeff Fisher from the Rams?


45 posted on 11/25/2012 7:03:46 PM PST by Memphis Moe
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To: Qwackertoo

I play the clarinet. Hubby plays the A. Sax, for a brief period he was even first chair. We didn’t use melophones when I was there and didn’t have flags and all that other hoopla. Just good music. Bodie Hinton was head of the music dept. and Doc Walls was the director. Johnnie Vinson, assistant.


46 posted on 11/25/2012 7:04:12 PM PST by Jemian
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Think the Peter Principle kicked in for Chizik somewhere between being a DC and HC. Rhodes is a good man and good coach. Was glad to have him at Auburn if only for a little while.
47 posted on 11/25/2012 7:06:59 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Think the Peter Principle kicked in for Chizik somewhere between being a DC and HC. Rhodes is a good man and good coach. Was glad to have him at Auburn if only for a little while.
48 posted on 11/25/2012 7:06:59 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: yarddog
I think everyone knew that at halftime.

I think everyone knew it half-way into the SEC Conference schedule.

49 posted on 11/25/2012 7:09:50 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Memphis Moe

saban? ugh. I sure hope not. I have absolutely no respect for that scummy, low-life. I would rather lose all the time than have that poor excuse for a human at my school.

That is NOT to say they won’t try. There are some who hold that winning is more important than anything else.

I do not hold that opinion.

I am not familiar with Jeff Fisher.

I have absolutely no inside information. I grew up in Auburn and graduated there as did most of my family. But as for information on the current workings of the institution, sorry, I can’t help you.


50 posted on 11/25/2012 7:19:04 PM PST by Jemian
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