The Auburn Tigers were on the wrong end of a 24-7 beating against the Arkansas Razorbacks and have dropped to a dismal 1-4 (0-3 SEC) on the season. That is completely unacceptable for a program with such a storied history and one that had high expectations coming into the 2012 campaign.
After winning the national championship with Cam Newton in 2010, Auburn suffered through a hangover in 2011, going 8-5 with a somewhat redeeming Chik-fil-A Bowl victory against the Virginia Cavaliers.
However, this year has been atrocious for the Tigers, whose poor start looks to only set the stage for the rest of the season. Auburn still has to play ranked Alabama and Georgia. Plus, the team has tough SEC matchups against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss left to go.
One of the many people to catch some blame for this failure is coach Gene Chizik. The Tigers headman rightfully deserves this criticism, as it’s largely his fault the team has been so underwhelming out of the gate.
The coach installed a pro-style offense, which he figured would work better with his personnel, switching from the tried-and-true spread offense that brought the BCS championship home to Jordan-Hare Stadium less than two years ago.
Because of the 1-4 start, some rumblings have started that Chizik should be out as the coach. There also are whispers that he lost the team.
He addressed some of those concerns following the loss to Arkansas on Saturday, per Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com. “I’m never concerned about my job security,” Chizik said. “I’m very comfortable with myself working really hard, and I plan on being at Auburn next year.”
It may be time for Chizik to start worrying about where he will be coaching in 2013, though, as finishing the season as poor as it has started will undoubtedly lead to his dismissal.
Auburn is a serious SEC power, and its supporters do not support losing ways. Expect the brass at the school to crank the heat up on Chizik and let him know that he must turn this team around or pack his bags.