While this move is creating a buzz today throughout the sports world, it’s not surprising considering the Tigers went 3-9, 0-8 in conference this season, and are bowl ineligible.
Despite the sudden rise in the program two years ago when Heisman winner QB Cam Newton led the team to a 14-0 season, and a National Championship win against the Oregon Ducks, Chizik’s wins-to-losses record was 33-19, and 15-17 in SEC play.
While Chizik’s buyout plan will cost the school $7.5 million, it was a necessary move, especially in a conference where the competition and talent seem to be growing at a rapid pace.
Naturally, speculation on who could replace Chizik is a hot read right now, so to add to the chaos, I have to throw current Florida State Seminoles head coach, Jimbo Fisher into discussion.
Fisher always seems to attract attention when jobs open up, but with a new state-of-the-art practice facility, a beautiful campus to call home, consistent recruiting classes, a #10 national ranking, and a 10-2, 7-1 finish in conference this season, why would he consider going anywhere?
As many know, the ACC recently lost the Maryland Terrapins to the Big 10, leaving the stiffest competition in the conference between Florida State, the Clemson Tigers (7-1 ACC), and the North Carolina Tarheels (5-3). Despite Fisher’s 29-10 record since 2010, factoring the ACC’s scheduling, and the odds of getting to a National Championship game and winning are stacking up against him.
Obviously the main issue that could prevent consideration is that Auburn is under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations, so keep that in mind.
I think Fisher has done a great job with the Seminoles, but college football is a business, and if the money is right, coach poaching will always be fair game.
Follow VF Castro on Twitter: @VFdoesFootball