Chizik Dye

Pat Dye wouldn’t trade Chizik ‘for 10 Sabans’


In the one-plus seasons since winning the 2010 BcS title, Gene Chizik‘s Auburn Tigers have gone just 9-8 in the post-Cam Newton era, including a subpar 4-6 mark in SEC.

The 1-3 to the start of the 2012 season, with the lone win against Louisiana-Monroe in overtime and two of the losses coming in conference play, has led to the temperature on Chizik’s seat rising a few degrees.  The fourth-year coach, though, still has at least one supporter.

One very passionate — and some would say delusional — supporter.

Speaking at the Montgomery Quarterback Club Tuesday night, former Tigers head coach Pat Dye continued his very public defense of Chizik with, well, this:

“Don’t question the guy we got leading the program,” Dye said according to the Montgomery Advertiser. “I wouldn’t swap him for 10 Sabans.”

Saban, of course, is Nick Saban, the current head coach at No. 1 Alabama and winner of three BcS titles at two different SEC schools with three different starting quarterbacks.  Chizik’s lone title came courtesy of the one-year rental that was the Heisman-winning Newton.

Dye, though, wasn’t referring to Chizik, the coach, or the amount of wins and titles he has as compared to the Tide coach.

“Saban is the best coach in the country — I’ll grant him that,” Dye, who predicted UA will win the title for the 2012 season, said, before adding, “[b]ut he ain’t a better man than Gene Chizik.”

OK then…

Dye went on to laud how hard Chizik’s Tigers have played, particularly in the loss to then-No. 2 LSU Saturday.

“I’ve been saying that they played as hard as any football team I ever coached at Auburn, and I coached some pretty damn good ones,” Dye said during the appearance.

In major college football in general and the SEC specifically, no trophies are given out for how hard one plays.  Wins, especially in the SEC, are the only currency that matters for a head coach, and Chizik’s account has been in short supply since the departure of Newton.

(Tip O’ the Cap:

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”