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AUBURN— Gene Chizik, who has directed the Auburn football program for the last four seasons, has been dismissed as head coach, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs announced Sunday.
“After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Chizik not be retained,” said Jacobs. “President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Gene that he will not return as head coach.”
Jacobs noted that Coach Chizik has served Auburn with class and dignity. “He has exemplified the ideals of the Auburn Creed throughout his tenure here, and it has been a pleasure to work with him. I personally appreciate all that he has done and wish him the best.”
In four seasons at Auburn, Chizik guided the Tigers to a 33-19 record, including a 3-9 mark in 2012. Chizik led Auburn to a perfect 14-0 season in 2010 and the BCS National Championship. Auburn was 8-5 in his first season in 2009 and again in 2011.
University President Dr. Jay Gogue added, “I sincerely appreciate Coach Chizik and his staff for their commitment, hard work and leadership. Athletics Director Jay Jacobs is now devoting his time and energy to search for a new coach who will lead Auburn football to excellence. I look forward to receiving a recommendation from his committee.”
Working with Jacobs on the search committee are noted Auburn alumni Mac Crawford, Pat Sullivan, and Bo Jackson.
“The search committee will work hard and work smart, consistent with the expectations set by Dr. Gogue,” Jacobs said. “We will be thorough and thoughtful as we look for someone with a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and a focus on student-athlete academic success. We’re privileged to have such a distinguished group put in the time and effort to lead this search.”