The Auburn Tigers have been a program that has struggled in 2012 as they currently sit 1-4 on the season. While things have looked bleak on the plains, there was only one person who could motivate the Tigers fan base. No, it wasn’t Trooper Taylor, Brain Van Gorder, or even Gene Chizik.
It was Gene Chizik’s wife Jonna Chizik who posted this on her personal Facebook page late Wednesday night:
“I have given quite a lot of prayerful consideration to your desire to help and make a difference this season and I do have a thought. As you know, Social media can be a very powerful tool.
Recent examples of its power can be cited by googling how it played a primary role in the Occupy Wall Street protests, the uprising in Egypt, the Konya 2012 movement, and the various flash mobs that randomly occur all over the world to name just a few examples.
Therefore, my humble suggestion is to create a VERY POWERFUL “ALL IN” movement of your own.
We have fans all over the US and I think it is time that they RISE UP and snatch back what satan, himself, has stolen.
We serve a God who recovers ALL that “has been stolen” from us and there are times that He requires the efforts of His people to accomplish this truth.
Just think about the effect it will have first for the players and their families who sacrifice daily but how it will impact the fan base as a whole.
During the season of 2010 the fans came together each Friday afternoon to send our boys off with a reverse tiger walk and the effect of just that alone was palpable enough that it carried over onto the field each and every Saturday.
I encourage you to think outside the box and create something that will show the rest of the world WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO and why when we refer to ourselves as FAMILY that we mean it.
I look forward to see what you come up with.
Blessings, Jonna Chizik
P.S. feel free to share all of this as you feel led!
While this isn’t the first time a wife of an Auburn coach (see Kristi Malzahn) has made statements that have drawn national attention, this certainly cannot help Jonna’s husband as he tries to maintain his position as head coach of the Tigers. Jonna Chizik may have had the best of intentions, but her post was ill received, which led to a clarification later in the evening.
“To clarify my original post about utilizing social media to come together as a fan base in support of what Auburn stands for…when I referred to what satan has stolen from us as a whole I NEVER meant or even vaguely was referring to wins and/or losses on a football field. To be clear, I honestly believe that God doesn’t care who wins a football game but I do know that we serve a GOD big enough to do as He pleases.
So for those who have misunderstood my humble attempt to get the best fan base in America to rally around a group of 17-22 year old young boys and for those that have misrepresented my words or my intent to unite the Auburn Family please forgive me for offending you with the integrity of my heart.”
While it remains to be seen if Jonna Chizik’s Facebook posts rally the Auburn fan base and turns things around on the plains, Gene Chizik will be the big winner either way; his estimated buyout this season is $7.5 million.