On Sunday, the Auburn Tigers football program decided to head in another direction and fire their head coach Gene Chizik following four seasons at the helm of the university’s team.
Just one day after the Tigers got blown out by their in-state, SEC rivals the Alabama Crimson Tide 49-0, the university decided that it was time to part ways with Chizik after four seasons and him leading them to a National Championship just two seasons ago.
This season Auburn had one of the program’s worst seasons in it’s history, going 3-9, including a winless conference record of 0-8. Chizik had just recently been given a new contract 17 months ago, which included $3.5 million per year until 2015 and a large buyout sum.
In a statement Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs had the following to say in regards to the decision to fire Chizik, “After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Chizik not be retained. President (Jay) Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Gene that he will not return as head coach.”
When asked about the disappointing season and the university’s decision Chizik said, “I’m extremely disappointed with the way this season turned out and I apologize to the Auburn family and our team for what they have had to endure. In my 27 years of coaching, I have gained an understanding of the high expectations in this profession. When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made.”
In Chizik’s four-year tenure at Auburn he obtained a 33-19 record and just 15-17 in the SEC but the most shocking statistic pertaining to the coach’s run at the university is the fact that he is just 19-19 (7-17 in SEC) without Cam Newton as his quarterback.