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Chizik Hot Seat Index: Auburn 1-5 for first time since 1998

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The last time Auburn started a year 1-5, Terry Bowden “resigned” before he could coach the seventh game of the 1998 season.

While Gene Chizik likely won’t face the same imminent fate as Bowden, the long-term future of the head coach on The Plains looks bleak.

The latest blight on Chizik’s Cam Newton-less resume’ is Saturday’s embarrassing 41-20 loss to Ole Miss, a program that had lost 16 straight SEC games.  The 21-point loss drops AU to 0-4 in conference play and into the SEC West cellar, which they had previously shared with the then-winless Rebels.

It also comes a week after a 17-point loss to Arkansas, a team that was also previously winless in conference play and had lost its two league games by a combined 100 points.

Yes, it’s that bad on The Plains, and Chizik continues to dig himself a hole from which he may not be able to climb from, BcS title ring or not.

As we’ve written previously, and we’ve pounded home this point time and time again: Chizik has done nothing of import at the collegiate level without Cam Newton as his quarterback.  In 2010, Newton’s lone season at the school, the Heisman winner led AU to a perfect 14-0 season that ended with a BcS title.  In three non-Newton seasons at his current school, Chizik is 17-15, including a lowly 7-13 mark in SEC play.  Add in his time at Iowa State, and the AU head coach sports a laughable 22-34 record without Newton.

It remains to be seen whether Chizik can survive such a brutal start, even less than three years removed from hoisting the crystal.  One thing that shouldn’t preclude a move, though, is the buyout in the current coach’s contract, as was deftly explained by Kevin Scarbinsky prior to this loss.

In that column, Scarbinsky also wrote that, if AU lost to Ole Miss, “it’ll move the school’s decision-makers closer to a day when they’ll have to seriously consider letting Chizik go.”

Whether it’s tomorrow or next month or after what will likely be a bowl-less 2012 season, D-Day will indeed be coming for Chizik and the Auburn football program before the calendar flips to 2013.  If there’s not an abrupt change to the direction of the current season, the only surprise would be AU clinging to a head coach whose in over his head when he’s sans a Heisman winner under center.

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17 Responses to “Chizik Hot Seat Index: Auburn 1-5 for first time since 1998”
  1. ebrownwareagle says: Oct 13, 2012 4:39 PM


  2. sc0820 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:51 PM

    I love when peolple say “we dont have the personel to run Loeffler’s “pro-style”. Loeffler just suuuuccckkksss. worst oc ive ever seen. if they dont get rid of him right away then everybody that had anything to do with bringing him in should be fired. i think chizik is doing a great job bringing in talent, and hiring Van Gorder, but hiring Loeffler was a huge error in judgement and may cost his job.
    My hope for Auburn is that we keep Gene and co., fire Loeffler and get a brilliant OC on par with Van Gorder. I think that’s what we were after and it fell through at the last minute and Loeffler was backup.
    It’s time to fix that mistake. WDE

  3. imaduffer says: Oct 13, 2012 5:12 PM

    About time to buy some more players.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 13, 2012 5:53 PM


    Oh wait a just a mome, who will Auburn hire to replace him. Uh….. uh…….. uh…..

  5. dcroz says: Oct 13, 2012 5:53 PM

    Normally, the national media would be outraged at even the suggestion that a coach who brought his team its first national title in 53 years just two seasons ago should be fired because of one dismal season. But this is not a normal situation. There has been a feeling held by almost every pundit across the country that Auburn got away with paying for Cam Newton’s services, and that therefore they can ignore anything that was accomplished that season as a legitimate assessment of Chizik’s achievements. On top of this, there is resentment that such a questionable coach could have won the national title in only his fourth season overall (with a 13-24 record in those previous three seasons) when great long-serving coaches like Frank Beamer and Bo Schembechler never have/did, and that even multiple-title winners like Tom Osbourne, Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, and even Bear Bryant did not do so until they had been HCs for 12-15 years. If Chizik is looking for support to keep himself on the throne down on the Plains, he’s going to have to look for it elsewhere than they talking heads on here, ESPN, and elsewhere that normally blanche at the idea of anyone getting fired, regardless of whether it’s merited or not.

  6. mrswaldrop says: Oct 13, 2012 6:18 PM

    I remember after last season I said that Auburn was falling fast and Chizik would be fired in a couple of years. A couple of Auburn fans jumped on me saying hey look at the great recruiting classes he’s bringing in (if I remember correctly, he usually ranks around 20).

    Well, I hate to say it, but Chizik will be gone by the end of the season unless they make it to 5 or 6 wins (and even that might not save him). LEt’s face it, he’s not a good coach. He sucked at Iowa State and the only reason he won a N.C is because of Tuberville’s recruited defense and Cam Newton.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:31 PM

    It was Malzawn’s offense. He doesn’t have the players for the new offense. It’s really pretty simple. Too bad.

  8. normtide says: Oct 13, 2012 7:17 PM

    Chizik’s mistake was trying to make Frazier a drop back, pro style QB. There was no chance of that working out. He has had great recruiting classes, but those recruits don’t really fit what AU wants to do, on either side of the ball. Has Chizik earned one more year? Probably, but at the same time, the further you go backwards, the longer out takes to get back.

  9. firegenechizik says: Oct 13, 2012 7:56 PM

  10. mrlaloosh says: Oct 13, 2012 8:52 PM

    Wow! Lost to OLE MISS! Makes you wanna kill some oak trees.

  11. bunyanj says: Oct 13, 2012 11:48 PM

    I agree that Chizik is a lousy head coach and that is why he had to hire a loser for the OC. Talent is not the problem, it is coaching. Chzik should be fired ; but let’s not forget about the guy who hired him, Jay Jacobs. Jay has taken every major sport at Auburn: football, basketball and baseball to the bottom of the barrell. He has even killed the swimming program by not paying David Marsh what he was worth.

    The first fire should be Jacobs, then let a hire a new AD to hire a coach with a NFL background. No decent coach in the NCAA would sign on at Auburn with the current Athletic Administation. Let the new AD clean house of all those inbred family and friends that run Auburn Athletics today.

    While we are at it, think about firing the other Jay, J. G. the university president. He is a solid supporter of the current losing leaders.

    Sorry about the bad news; but Chizik is just the tip of the iceberg.

  12. dcroz says: Oct 14, 2012 12:52 AM

    Firing Jacobs would be a major step, but the only way that could happen would be for someone to step up and tell Pat Dye that he needs to butt out of the football program. Jacobs played for Dye in the ’80s, and once Tommy Tuberville (who told Dye to stay off the sidelines during games) was jettisoned, Dye was given an office in the football building. He is the real power behind the throne.

    Before his fall from grace with his Colonial Bank going under, BoT leader Bobby Louder provided the leadership needed to counter Dye’s foolishness; he was even the lone dissenting vote on the BoT for Chizik’s contract extension. Since then, no one has stepped up to fill the leadership void and put Dye in his place–which is with complimentary season tickets and luxury suite, not the locker room or sidelines on game day. President Jay Googe (or however you spell his last name) has let Jacobs run the athletic department pretty much unsupervised, and he does whatever Dye wants. As long as kissing Dye’s ass is a requirement for being head coach at Auburn–and it will be until someone steps up to provide leadership–then the Tigers will continue to wallow in mediocrity…or worse.

  13. atmason says: Oct 14, 2012 2:04 AM

    In 2003, Ole Miss beat Auburn. Obviously not a 16 year gap.

  14. umrebel19 says: Oct 14, 2012 3:47 AM

    The Rebels also beat them in 2008 in Oxford. The writer of this article needs to be fired. Idiocy at its finest. Get the facts straight before you vomit out this joke of an article.

  15. bunyanj says: Oct 14, 2012 11:41 AM

    dcroz is right about getting Pat dye out of the picture. The last football program for the LSU game had six pages of pictures of football support staff. I dididn’t take time to count all of them; but about half of these folks owe their job to Pat Dye. The other half are related to somebody of influence at Auburn. There is no hope for the Auburn football program till Pat gets out and stays out.

    Dcroz is also right about the BoT. There is no leadership, certainly nobody who wants to take on Pat Dye. Until Dye is gone the best we can hope for is mediocrity.

  16. bigdogpappad says: Oct 14, 2012 2:07 PM

    Terrible writing nu John Taylor “to Ole Miss, a program the Tigers had previously beaten 16 times in a row. ” Check your facts ding dong – Ole Miss has lost 16 SEC GAMES N A ROW.

  17. mydixienormus says: Oct 15, 2012 8:58 AM

    I’m a little late to this article, but I guess this guy was right…

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