Gene Chizik: Vanderbilt Loss New Low Point for Auburn Coach

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Gene Chizik: Vanderbilt Loss New Low Point for Auburn Coach
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We knew the departure of Cam Newton would have a negative impact on Auburn, but after a national championship in 2010, did anyone expect such a sudden decline? 

After going a perfect 14-0 in 2010 and winning the championship, the Tigers declined to a modest 8-5 record in 2011. 

Now, just two years removed from the 2010 season, Auburn is fielding a team that is completely inept and overwhelmed in the SEC. 

Auburn's only win so far in 2012 came against Louisiana-Monroe, but they have now lost four in a row and are sitting with a 1-6 overall record. 

Needless to say, most of the blame is being placed on head coach Gene Chizik. 

Outside of the 2010 championship season, Chizik holds a modest 17-16 record. As a head coach at Auburn, he has a 15-14 record against SEC teams, but take away Cam Newton, and that drops to 7-14 (according to ESPN Stats & Info via Twitter). 

The latest disaster came against an inferior Vanderbilt team that was able to hand Auburn a 17-13 defeat. 

According to Chizik, the problem was not being able to finish the game. 

But considering that Chizik's overall record as a head coach is 36-35, including his time at Iowa State, maybe he's somewhat responsible for his team not being able to finish. Especially since that overall record is 22-35 if you ignore the year of Newton. 

As a result, the fans are begging for Chizik to be sent to the guillotine. 

Next For Auburn in 2012

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As bad as Auburn has been, the remaining schedule provides multiple opportunities for Chizik to win his job back...but don't get your hopes up.  

The next game will be against Texas A&M, which was ranked No. 18 before the loss to LSU on Saturday. 

The Tigers will also have a shot at Georgia and No. 1 Alabama. 

More than likely, all three games will result in devastating losses; but with college football, you never know. Perhaps the Tigers will play their way back onto the map.

If you're a realist, then you realize that the best-case scenario for Auburn at this point is a three-win season, with the next two wins coming against New Mexico State and Alabama A&M. 

Although, at this point, Auburn can't even take those games for granted. 

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