Auburn head coach Gene Chizik’s days may be numbered on the plains as rumors are circulating that Auburn president Jay Gogue is discussing the possibility of removing the coach that won the national title just two seasons ago.
Chizik is in his fourth year as coach of the Tigers and currently 2-7 and winless in the SEC.
The hiring of Chizik was met with much disdain from the Auburn faithful when the former Iowa State coach was announced as the new coach at Auburn. At Iowa State, Chizik was 5-19 in two seasons and coming off a winless season in the Big 12.
Auburn enjoyed success early with Chizik and won the 2010 national title going 14-0 with Heisman winning quarterback Cam Newton, but Auburn is 18-17 without Newton and the team has struggled mightily on offense since his departure.
The primary reason for the struggles this season has been the play at quarterback where Auburn is now on their third starting quarterback of the season. The team is ranked 114th in passing yards per game and 112th in points per game.
Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace have combined for only six touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games under center.
If Chizik is fired he will receive a $7.5 million buyout because his contract runs through the 2015 season.
Auburn is host to No, 5 Georgia on Saturday in what may be the final game of Chizik’s tenure, so perhaps his team rallies in an attempt to try and save the job of the coach that brought them to Auburn and make the decision for Gogue that much more difficult.
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