Auburn Football: If Gene Chizik's Job Wasn't in Jeopardy Before, It Is Now

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 6, 2012

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik
Auburn head coach Gene ChizikWesley Hitt/Getty Images

Earlier this week, former Auburn head coach Pat Dye told an Arkansas radio station that current head coach Gene Chizik would stay at Auburn past this season, even if the Tigers went 1-11.

Chizik's Tigers played like that was a personal challenge against Arkansas on Saturday, losing to the visiting Razorbacks 24-7 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

You read that correctly.

The same Arkansas team that has had nothing going for it all season went into Auburn and dominated the Tigers in virtually every aspect of the game for a full 60 minutes.

If Chizik's job wasn't in jeopardy before, it has to be now.

We've said all along that barring a complete disaster, Chizik's job would be safe.

That disaster is happening.

Auburn, which hasn't developed a quarterback since Cam Newton left following the 2010 season, gave up eight sacks to an Arkansas team that only had seven sacks in five games coming in, and lost five turnovers to a Hogs team that only had two all season.

This team is sloppy, confused, undisciplined and—most importantly—regressing. All trademarks of bad coaching.

Auburn has reeled in top-15 recruiting classes in each of the last three seasons, and as the old saying goes, "It's not the X's and the O's, it's the Jimmys and the Joes."

But the talent on the roster doesn't mean a thing if those players aren't developing after stepping foot on campus. 

That's what's happening at Auburn.

The program has regressed tremendously since Chizik hoisted the crystal football at University of Phoenix Stadium on Jan. 10, 2011, and that regression shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

That's inexcusable with a roster that's—presumably—as talented as Auburn's.

Auburn didn't quit when it got punched in the mouth repeatedly by Arkansas on Saturday; it's just not as good. Not as good as the now 2-4 Arkansas Razorbacks—a team that has been blown out by 100 combined points in its previous two SEC games.

It has gotten that bad on the Plains.

The Tigers have games at Ole Miss and at Vanderbilt coming up, and if they can't get an SEC win in either of those two, a winless SEC season would not only be a possibility, it'd be a probability. The fact that that is even a reasonable consideration is indicative of the current state of the Auburn football program.