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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.”
A Word From Jay Jacobs
Dear Auburn Family,
First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have reached out to me in recent days and weeks to express your concerns about our football program. You are the best fans in the country, and I appreciate your passion and love for Auburn University.
We have talked a lot in recent years about building the foundation it takes to consistently compete at a high level in the nation's toughest conference. Despite substantial investment in personnel and facilities made possible by your support, the football program did not live up to our expectations. The results of the 2012 football season are simply unacceptable at Auburn.
After suffering some tough losses in a transition year in 2011, we had hoped our team would show improvement this season. Unfortunately, it has not. The competition in our league is fierce and is currently at an all-time high, and we cannot risk falling further behind by waiting another year and hoping for improvement.
That is why after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach.
My primary consideration in making this recommendation was doing what is in the best interests of our current student-athletes and the future of our football program. That has always been my top priority, and it always will be.
While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik's career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years. Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best.
This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success.
Auburn (3-8, 0-7 SEC) visits No. 2 Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) in Tuscaloosa. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. CT; this 77th Iron Bowl game will be televised by CBS.
|Auburn Falls to Alabama in Iron Bowl
Auburn's Onterio McCalebb returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Kenneth Carter recovered a fumble for another score, but it was the Alabama Crimson Tide that came away with a 42-14 victory over the Tigers in the regular-season finale.
AUBURN -- The Auburn football game against Alabama A&M on November 17 will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Fans interested in purchasing the game on pay-per-view must contact their local cable operator or small dish provider for ordering information. The game will be available in the state of Alabama and the Columbus, Ga. market. Fans may also watch as part of ESPN GamePlan coverage and on ESPN3; those broadcasts will be blacked out in the state of Alabama. Saturday's game is Senior Day at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Auburn's 13 seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony. Both the Auburn and Alabama A&M bands will be performing at halftime and those presentations will be part of the telecast. Tickets for the Alabama A&M game are also available for $40 and can be purchased online at www.AubTix.com or by calling 855-AUB-2010.