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Report: Auburn prez ‘making preparations to possibly replace’ Chizik

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Well, there’s a shocker.

For the better part of the 2012 season, the seat on which Gene Chizik has resided has been hotter than just about any other head coach at the FBS level.  With each passing loss — and there have been seven in nine games, with no wins in SEC play — the temperature has been ratcheted up a bit, leading most to assume that, in all likelihood, Auburn would be engaged in another search for a new head football coach once the curtain dropped on the regular season.

In that vein, and in the first of many reports should the Tigers’ season continue on its current trajectory, is reporting that AU president Jay Gogue “has told some members of the Board of Trustees he is making preparations to possibly replace… Chizik.”  Multiple sources told the 247Sports website that Gogue “intends to form a committee” that would help determine Chizik’s future with the football program, and that the ideal situation would involve “naming a new head coach within days after the end of the season should the decision be made that Chizik will not be retained.”

While the site’s report doesn’t implicitly state that the decision has been made to fire Chizik — the exact opposite, actually — the fact that a committee will reportedly be formed to determine his fate, plus the fact that a timeline of less than a month from now is optimal for the university to hire a replacement, does not bode well for Chizik’s tenure on The Plains.

Roughly two weeks ago, Gogue sent out a letter to alumni and supporters in which he promised that “the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process.”  The president also said in the letter he understands the concerns expressed to his office regarding the Tigers’ on-field performance this season “are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them.”

Since winning the 2010 BcS championship with one-year rental Cam Newton, the Tigers have gone 10-12 overall and 4-10 in the SEC.  The Tigers close out the 2012 season with a game against FCS-level Alabama A&M sandwiched between a game this weekend against Georgia and the annual Iron Bowl against Alabama to close out the season.

The buyout on Chizik’s contract would drop to $7.5 million — payable over the next three years — on Dec. 1.

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23 Responses to “Report: Auburn prez ‘making preparations to possibly replace’ Chizik”
  1. be4bama says: Nov 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    The word in BAMA is he’s out and Shawn Watson is in.

  2. delashmit says: Nov 8, 2012 5:14 PM

    Joker Phillips is available and derrick Dooley will soon be available. You can probably get 2 for the price of 1. May also be able to negotiate a good deal to get Bobby Petrino’s girlfriend.

  3. kozbee says: Nov 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    Petrino imo would be a good coach,Dooley i doubt will be fired from Tenn just as yet.Gene had his chance and just cant get the job done.

  4. mydixienormus says: Nov 8, 2012 5:42 PM

    In other news, water is wet and grass is green…

  5. delashmit says: Nov 8, 2012 5:43 PM

    Dooley had more of a chance than Chizik. Chizik won a NC. Dooley cannot even beat Tucky any more.

  6. ebrownwareagle says: Nov 8, 2012 7:04 PM

    Bout Damn Time!!! Tubbs was the best coach we had. And still should be there! Bring em BACK!!

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    He can always come back as DC at Texas. At least he can coach them how to tackle and cover. He did it when he was here before Iowa State and Auburn. Something Diaz somehow can’t seem to do with the top recruits Brown always gets.

  8. harveyballwanger says: Nov 8, 2012 9:07 PM

    The one year rental fee on Cam looks pretty cheap now.. compared to $7.5 million.

  9. BrownsTown says: Nov 8, 2012 9:19 PM

    Better take care of the guy so he doesn’t flip and spill the beans on the Newton purchase.

  10. pricecube says: Nov 8, 2012 10:13 PM

    Petrino’s father likely threw his hat in the ring for the Kentucky job in order to let Aurburn know that they better “get while the gettin’s good”. I would not be surprised if Auburn hires Petrino. He is a bargain coach and they will have a 7.5 M buyout to pay Chizik…

  11. choppa2lis says: Nov 8, 2012 10:52 PM

    so when the chiz is fired. will he write a book and come clean about how he knew about auburn paying scam newton to come play football there? the chiz will be desperate for money because nobody will hire this clown, i can see the tell all book coming in the near future

  12. huskersrock1 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:27 AM

    Maybe he just needs to drink some Cammy Cam Juice.

  13. 1990tiger says: Nov 9, 2012 12:40 AM

    All of a sudden that guy who “welcomed” Chizik at the airport when he was hired doesn’t look so stupid.

    Kidding aside, I think Chizik is a stand-up guy. Just doesn’t seem to be a very effective HC. I could see him as an AD or as a commentator on ESPN but I think his HC days are over.

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 9, 2012 1:04 AM

    Leave it to Auburn to totally screw this up.

  15. rsmeans says: Nov 9, 2012 1:39 AM

    The President is right. Chizik is no head coach. A good replacement should be hired quickly such as the head coach at Western Kentucky, the head coach of La. Tech, Mike Leech, Gus Mz, Charlie Strong, the coach at Oklahoma State, the head coach at WVU, Bobby Petrino, or the defensive coordinator at Alabama. Auburn is one of the best coaching positions in the country and will win future NC’s without a Cam Newton. That is something that practically no one outside of the SEC will accomplish. Personally I think Petrino, Guz Mz or the WVU coach would be the best choices.

  16. clonefan says: Nov 9, 2012 7:57 AM

    Just stay away from Paul Rhoads.

  17. florida727 says: Nov 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    $7.5M over the next 3 years NOT to go to work?

    I definitely picked the wrong career.

  18. be4bama says: Nov 9, 2012 8:07 AM

    Auburn will win another NC in about 48 years according to history. RTR

  19. v2the4 says: Nov 9, 2012 8:13 AM

    clonefan…Rhoads isnt leaving Iowa St…thats his dream job

    I think only one thing can save Chiziks job…he must beat UGA and Alabama knocking each one from sec title/national title contention…..that could possible save his job for next season, but it may be too late.

    here is what I think will happen:

    Kentucky will go after Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggert. He is only 39 yrs old and that guy can coach…if he can win at WKU, imagine what he could do at an SEC school like Kentucky?

    Auburn will more than likely fire Chizik and go in all for Bobby Petrino, who they were going to hire in 2006. Petrino knows offense and once his system/players are in place, then Auburn can be a force on offense.

    I think Dooley will survive at Tennessee because Tenn athletic dept is $21M under water(due to owing former coaches and bond payouts on facility upgrades)….to buy out Dooley and his assistant coaches, it will cost $9M…unless Tenn is going to go further in the whole, or a wealthy donor coughs up the money, Dooley may be there in 2013.

    Finally, Arkansas is going after Louisville coach Charlie Strong very hard. Strong is an Arkansas native and has a number of connections in the sec..problem is Strong is loyal to Louisville for giving him his first head coaching job, and he has a pretty good team right now that is very young with only 11 seniors on the roster…they could be a top 5 team next season.

  20. clonefan says: Nov 9, 2012 8:27 AM

    v2the4…. I tend to agree with you on Rhoads, my line was somewhat tongue in cheek. At the same time ISU football has been a stepping stone in the past. Hopefully the popularity of Rhoads, his success and his roots keep him there.

    Hopefully we continue to improve too, but that is a tall order….

  21. cranespy says: Nov 9, 2012 8:34 AM

    Go long…..Chris Peterson to the SEC……

  22. lbroberts123 says: Nov 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    The problem first starts with Jay Jacobs, the AD. He is the one who went behind Tubbs back and flew to Louisville in the middle of the night to try and convince Petrino to come to Auburn. He needs to go. The next person to go is Scott Loeffler. He continues to try to run more of pro style offense with spread players, and won’t adjust to the players he has at his disposal. I think Chizik should stick around for 1 more year as long as he can get the right O-Coordinator to replace Loeffler. There has to be some stipulations for him to keep his job. If he can’t meet those next season then he should be gone.

    IF they do fire Chizik, I don’t want Petrino to coach Auburn. He has way too much baggage and too much drama attached to him. Charlie Strong is who I would love to see, I’m just not sure if he would leave louisville.

  23. 1990tiger says: Nov 9, 2012 12:50 PM


    I agree with you on Petrino. I don’t think AU will go after him because of his character issues. Leaving the Falcons in the middle of the season and riding on/around with your mistress doesn’t bode well for him.

    I don’t think you can solely blame Loeffler for the offense. Chizik knew what kind of players he had and yet he still picked a pro-style OC. I think the buck stops with Chizik.

    I think Chizik will be gone after the end of the season. With the deplorable record AU will likely have at the end of this season, I don’t see how he can get one more year. He has a declining balance buyout payable over 10 years (maybe less) and the amount payable to him gets reduced by other amounts he earns.

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